Peterson is an awesome, community supported school. Nothing is status quo. Each event, classroom, team, teacher, parent and organization is constantly evolving, educating and evaluating itself. It is so much fun to feel like a welcome part of this neighborhood school that profoundly embraces it's social and cultural diversity. I feel like my kids are safely getting an education that supports who they are and what they want to become.
Peterson Elementary is absolutely the best grade school any parent could ever want for their child. the Faculty and teaching staff are truly dedicated, passionate educators. the sense of community within the school is palpable. Kids in the same grade have a true bond with each other - and vertically - the teachers are connected - as well as older to younger kids connected through mentoring. The music program is phenomenal -- with instruction starting at 1st and 3rd grades. Many other schools don't start choir, theater or band programs will 4th, 5th or even 6th grades.
Peterson is a fantastic neighborhood school with fantastic dedicated teachers and caring and involved parents. There are great opportunities at the school for your child to get involved in many extra activities. I do wish that there was after school care for working parents and language classes offered but with a tight budget that's probably not possible. We had the opportunity to move into any neighborhood in Chicago to attend a school and chose Peterson for it's deep community.
Peterson School is what public education should be: open to everyone, striving for excellence, balancing academics with enrichment and awareness of the softer things that make life interesting, demonstrating - not just speaking about - care for others, for community, for earth. Does it have its troubles? Sure. All places do. But in the past 10 years since I have had children there, the school has had a steady cohort of inspiring teachers, involved parents, intentional collaborations all working to make things better. There's really no better way to learn, is there? Watching all the adults around you work hard to make things better allows children the freedom to make their own mistakes and work to get better. I love our school for that.
I can not imagine why anyone would not love and embrace this school. Get involved and you will feel the same.
Peterson elementary school is awesome. The teachers are extremely kind and helpful. They never hesitate to reach out to help a student in need of guidance. The best part of the school is the music program. The children learn to play many instruments and have the oppurtunity to be a member of a high ranking band and choir.
My child recently started Kindergartern at Peterson. This school is truly a hidden gem. The school is extremely diverse with around 40 languages spoken in student homes. Academic performance is impressive and many graduates go on to great Chicago high schools. Even though it is a larger school, there is a community feel. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The principal and staff care about the students and families. We are so happy we are a Peterson family!
Call Anna Alvaravo @773-534-1113 if u have any Issues with this school, she's the person u would report to. She's in the downtown office
The teachers here are terrible. Be prepared to get outside help for your children so they will be able to get into a select high school. These teachers buck the administration at every turn and make sure parents and students know. I don't understand why these teachers stay if they hate teaching here so much, move on. I looked back at the history of Peterson's administration and found that in the last 13 years there have been 4 principals, I think the teachers are so difficult that principals don't want to stay. I hope the teachers are reading this, maybe it will give them that push they need to leave!!!
The teachers are amazing. I am so impressed by their creativity and dedication. It is an extremely diverse school and the students behave collaboratively and respectfully to one another overall. It has been more difficult to jumpstart widespread parental involvement and the diversity of languages/cultural exp re: school might make that hard. But the diversity is a big advantage in other ways. Both the Principal and Asst Principal are not touchy-feely, but fair and smart and is very creative in finding the resources needed by teachers. The Principal seems willing to try new and creative ways of engaging students/parents/staff. He respectfully listens to parents' ideas and input, does not attempt to micro-manage PTA and volunteers as far as I can see. The vibe at this school is very welcoming and my child is bringing home really great work. The communication to parents from the school is SO much better than our previous school district before we moved. The art/music/tech programs are excellent. And they are doing terrific work on the core subjects as well. My child loves this school, and so do we.
The teachers are very involved in my childs education. The principal is okay. Kind of a goofball. Parents are not very involved, it is a very diverse school and maybe language is the reason they are not as involved. In the end it's the teachers that matter and they have a great curriculum.
When giving the option to rate this school 1 star was an option it goes straight to 2 stars. I wouldn't send my child here if you're African American. I did love this school @ one time, my oldest son went to Peterson for 4yrs on basketball team, had great friends and teachers. Now my younger son who is in kindergarten is not doing so well. The new principal seems to have a I DONT CARE ATTITUDE. We had issues early in the year with some kid bullying him & to mention this is a REAL problem with this school. To me its just seems so racist. In preschool the teachers loved my son, very involved. Another teacher pulled me to the side to inform on some issues that was going on between my son & his teacher. I didn't understand why the teacher herself wouldn't call us as parents.
With the new principal, there is new structure at the school. The principal and assistant principal are very involved and collaborate with the teachers. The teachers also now collaborate much more with other teachers in the same grade level and all others, in order to all be on the same page with what students are learning. The code of conduct is now school-wide: PAWS and seems to be very effective. The school has had many renovations over the summer and looks much better. There are many programs for students in addition to regular classes. The longer school day is alright so far. I hope we are back to school on Monday. -Future teacher
I love this school. I find the teachers care about the students. I have had 3 children and all have excelled with the teachers that are at Peterson now. The ethnic diversity gives my children a view of the world that everyone should be exposed to. One of my sons has a problem with writing and the counceling staff has been very helpful. Even with all the changes over the last few years, I still feel that they care deeply about my kids. With their help he has been able to maintain an A average. Of course all of this can not be done with out the great parent support. Parents at Peterson care and the staff and Principal realize that this is what is needed to make Peterson a success. I know some of the test scores are low but we have a very diverse community where english is a second language. The teachers are top notch and work hard to make Peterson school a success.
Peteson changes all the time. Weather it is the principal or the staff you never know what you will get. Teachers complain about the principal no matter what and the Special education system lacks leadership and qualified teachers. If you have a special ed student yoou must be prepared to really voice your opinion or they will run over you.
I have a preschooler at Peterson right now and I a have been impressed with the attention that my daughter and the others in her class get. She has learned so much and I plan on keeping her there next year. Also I had to joy of seeing the holiday concert this year and the music department is outstanding!
Great diverse school, wonderful teachers who do the best they can considering their shortage of resources.
Proud to have the children attend and participate at Peterson. It's thrilling to watch them grow and thrive. Thank you.
I'm thrilled to see someone else finding so much good to say about our school - it is awesome and most of what makes it so is the group of devoted and thoughtful parents who support a great team of teachers and some really terrific kids.
My son is in the 7th grade at Peterson and also has an IEP. I have never seen him so excited about school and about wanting to please his teachers. He shows me his homework with pride and even has a homework buddy. He asks questions when he doesn't understand and feels safe. I am most impressed with the number of parents that showed up to the first PTA meeting. So far I have been very happy with how I am treated, how children come dressed for school and the overall 'feeling' of the school. Wish me luck!!!
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