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Palmer Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 962 students

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Posted June 23, 2014

Palmer school is really a great school. We have fantastic teachers and staff, who truly want all of our children to succeed. Palmer is also getting a new art room, computer lab, and band class starting this next school year 2014-2015.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Everyday are Palmer school is improving i love Palmer school thank you teachers and staff . Palmer school rocks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Palmer Shool is a very goo school for all kids. It has activities that interact with both boys and girls in all ages. The staff members all work hard soothe students can have a good time. This school is very different from other schools I have taken my kids to. It has talent shows for those students that want to express their talents, it has game night, it has Jamfest the night all both parents and students look forward to, it also has literacy night where the students get to do activities for fun with the staff members. Palmer school has many activities that try to enhance the students to learn and they do it in a fun way so the children will want to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

I absolutely love Palmer! The teachers are great and really care for their students. My boys love going to school everyday.The new principal has been doing a great job so far and seems to be involved with both students and staff. Palmer Elementary is on its way to the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

There is a lot of good stuff happening at Palmer! The new Principal is very committed and determined to improve the school and he got a lot accomplished in the time he's been there. Starting in the fall, a Comprehensive Gifted Program will be offered. My kids like going to school and I can't say enough about the dedicated teachers I've met so far. It's a great neighborhood school, smaller class sizes, outdoor recess, music program, art, dance and some after school options. The only thing I miss is a tighter parent community, although the PTA is working hard on changing that by organizing social events like Game Nights, Movie Nights etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

Despite what this site is promoting in regards to Reading and Math ISAT scores from 2013, everyone must remember that the test was dramatically changed and the pass fail cut off was changed as well. The 2014 ISAT test results will not be made public because it was again changed and will not be used for promotion or school evaluation. As schools move to support the Common Core Standards, time must be given for students to get caught up to the new grade level standards.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 23, 2014

This school is amazing the kids are nice the parents are nice the new principle is nice everything is organized great library and the school has so many programs for kids to learn and do activities before school and after school and everybody there is just really nice I recommend your kid going there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2012

Palmer is a regular chicago public school. You've got teachers who really care and go the extra mile and otheres that just are bad. Some of the teachers are very mean, othere teachers have no athority in there own class. One of my daughters teacher collected money for a field trip that never happend and wasn't ok'd buy the princable. She never refunded the money. Big problems with bullies, girls like to presure othere girls to fight after school. The school rarely returns phone calls, Princable is always in a meeting. During the winter a child broke his leg walking into the school. Because of ice all over the place. I watched the EMT's put the boy on a stretcher I asked the Princable if the need money salt, we all could donate so this doesn't happen, no answer. Later I see a huge bag of rockk salt right by the entrence. Aparently they don't care enough to use it. There are some truely wonderful staff and teachers but not enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

Because they have people who care from top to bottom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

I think the principal, teachers and staff are working extremely hard to make this a top school in the district on both an academic and social/emotional level. A major strength is our diverse community of families who make up our school community. If you make just the slightest effort you'll find that our parents are so open, welcoming, and helpful - everyday it's a joy to meet and talk with other parents, grandmothers and grandfathers who care so much about the well being of their kids. I'm confident, based on the turnout at the first parent meeting and open house, that with we will continue to build on our strengths and exceed our goals for the year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

I love this school because they care about all the children and want the best for them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

I used to work at Palmer (relocated to Denver)! The great staff (co-workers), students, and parents made the school work so well. I will always have fond memories:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

It is an exciting time of change, and the school is a great place for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

If you want excellent teachers that actually care about each individual student, this is the school you want. If you want diversity throughout the school, this is the school you want. If you want help, advice and understanding regarding any personal situations or help with your child, this is the school you want! My son will be graduating from here in June and I can't thank everyone here enough for helping us and supporting him since the 2nd grade, everyone will truly be missed and I can only hope that financially things will get better for me so I can be blessed enough to put his brothers and sisters back at this school so they can thrive , grow and prosper as he did!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

In the last year Palmer has come up from poor leadership to a great leadership team. The Local School Council and the staff worked hard to find Mr. Anderson and it was a great choice. The teachers now have support, discipline, and with that comes a great learning environment and students' ownership to the school. It is a great neighborhood school that will only get better. You can't go wrong with this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 7, 2009

The Palmer community is very fortunate to have Don Anderson as their new leader. I wonder how many parents realize he was responsible for training new CPS principals prior to accepting the principal job at Palmer? Together with Mr. Frede, the new AP, they have improved the curriculum, addressed ESL and Special Ed issues, cleaned up the campus, supported after school activities such as the new music program, upgraded textbooks, got the tech lab up and running, finally we have a library where the kids can actually borrow books...the list goes on and on. The teachers, a change-resistant lot, have embraced his leadership because his ideas are sensible and well thought out. Yes, he is difficult to reach on the phone because he is always on the go, not sitting at his desk. Stop by the school office and he will make time to talk to you, he is extremely personable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

Palmer is so much better than it was in past years. The new principal is wonderful and is really starting to challenge the teachers to do their best, and provide them with the training and professional development to grow in their profession. He is providing teachers and parents with more resources. The school is neat and clean finally and security is tighter. Parents are not allowed to roam the halls and this also keeps out any other strangers from walking around unattended. Communication is better, I don't know why the previous reviewer said it wasn't. Parents are encouraged to talk directly to their student's teachers instead of going through him it means clearer communication. The afterschool programs are much better than last year, and we now have a great music program. Parents like the new curriculum also. The teachers worked hard to recover from the previous mismanagement of the last principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2009

Palmer was a better school in the old principal's time. We would communicate with her all the times. The new principal who started this year gemerally doesn't answer the calls and never return the calls. Therefore when parents have any problem with a teacher or anything else they cannot addess their concerns to the principal. Poor principal leadership.


Posted November 10, 2006

I have two son's that attend palmer school. I have a first grader and a fourth grader. We only have been at palmer school for little over a year. This school is wonderful and the teachers are excellent on how and what they teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

I can't say enough good things about Palmer. My daughter is in the 3rd grade and compared to other kids her age much more advanced in reading and language skills especially. I never was much of a reader but find it to be crucial for her development. This school has far exceeded my expectations. I firmly believe this is due to the dedicated teachers and outstanding principal and vice-principal. Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students48%
Female52%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asian61%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income44%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners10%

Reading

All Students51%
Female58%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asian65%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income48%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners10%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students42%
Female33%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian58%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Low income35%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students36%
Female28%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Low income31%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female55%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income58%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners32%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students44%
Female49%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Low income40%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female55%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asian63%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Low income46%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female58%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income55%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners16%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female57%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian63%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Low income48%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners16%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female58%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income57%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female56%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian76%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income53%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners14%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female58%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income65%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female65%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income66%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners25%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female67%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian71%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income61%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 45% 24%
White 33% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 18%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Creative Schools Certification (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 4:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • LaShawn Ray, Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Gardening
  • Golf Club
  • Lego Club
  • Science club
  • Student Leadership
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Palmer is a neighborhood school that focuses on all our students’ success.
School leaders can update this information here.
 

How to apply

Does this school have an application or enrollment process?
 

No

Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Von Steuben Science & Math Academy
Lane Tech
Taft
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5051 N Kenneth Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
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Phone: (773) 534-3704

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