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Chicago, IL
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5330 W Berteau Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

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November 11, 2014
My child has been attending Portage Park since Pre school. I havent had an issue at all until this year. My child's teacher (One of this school's greatest teachers) Dr.Hopkins has left Portage Park. I'm concerned that my child has no permanent teacher now. 3 weeks and counting of substitute teachers isn't good at all for any student. Specially for 5th graders getting ready to go to Middle school next year. To make the matter worse, I wasn't even aware my child had no teacher since no letter was sent home or no call has been given, no notification whatsoever! I had to ask my child what is going on since I noticed a significant change in her homework (hardly any homework). Parent's have never been notified that the children don't have a teacher! I don't know anything about the changes being made or the actions being taken to this matter. I question the leadership of the principal... A call would be nice to let the parent's know there's no teacher, what's going on? what's going to happen? a simple notice. But nope, nothing whatsoever.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
I am concerned about this school because I was actively involved in its progress many years ago.

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2014
I support the fundraising efforts of the principle and teachers. We don't want our school to be on Mayor Emanuel's closing list next year. As he did close some really good Schools, I'm sure he would have no regrets in closing Portage Park. It's a good school and all parents want the best education possible for their kids. so we should all help out in any way we can.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
Every week my child comes home with flyers asking for money. These CPS budget cuts are ridiculous. I don't even know why Rahm Emanuel added an extra school hour to CPS, when that hour is being spent as "recess" time in Portage Park. Nothing is being learned during that added hour. If you can, run from the public system, Specially from this school. I don't agree with children being sent out in the cold during winter days for recess. Days as cold as 25 degrees. Over crowded recess area, it looks like a circus. Children are constantly getting hurt by their peers during this time, too many of them out there at once. On rainy days, students are sent to a crowded auditorium to watch movies. How is this helping my child's education? The new principal is ridiculous, even the faculty and teachers don't like her and disagree with her new policies. Don't get me wrong, not all is bad here. A few great teachers and friendly faculty staff, but it is hard to deal with a principal this arrogant.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
I wanted to like this school, as it is only a block from our house... But after attending the kindergarten orientation we were very disappointed. The orientation was unorganized and gave no information about the program or school. We didn't get to see the classrooms, or hear about what the daily schedule would be like. The principle was militant and lectured the parents about the importance of attendance, and stated," This is kindergarten, NOT preschool, bring your child even if they are sick! We have a school nurse, we will see if they are really sick or not. " How irresponsible is it to tell people to bring in sick children? And to talk to the parents as if we have no clue if our children are really ill?! Needless to say, we will not be attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
Great neighborhood school with Fine Arts and Sports! Today and every day they do it the Portage Park Way!

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2014
Wonderful school! Great teachers, friendly staff and an amazing principal. This school has really improved.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
New principal is really turning things around. Just in the past year they have clubs for the kids after school, a new parent "club," and a new curriculum that has 6,7,8th grades in a "middle school" setting. Very encouraging with a 6th grader going here.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Portage park has a say. Do it the portage park way Children that come to this school are so polite. The teachers it is easy to speak to many teachers at portage park They listen and work out a plan. They understand children they do yell at children they talk to them they make children feel like a person. When they teach they make sure every child in the class room understands. No child is left behind in class. Principle such a wonderful lady to speak to very compassion with children very understanding and caring. Best of all she is involved in the playground before and after school.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2012
the teacher doesnt care. the office doesn't know anything about whats going on in the classes. my son is in ?th grade and his teacher is not doing her job. we asked her to make sure that he writes his assignment in everyday and she has yet to comply with our wishes. my son is a special needs student and they do not help us with that.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
This being my neighborhood school i attended an open house. Very disappointed. My biggest concern is the kids that attend this school. While my child woudl be in the early education program, the 6th-8th grade students are terrible. I would never want my child to be around them. Numerous gang related incidents have happened at this school or around it. I would send your child here as a last resort. Apply to all schools you can before sending them here. We bit the bullet and pay for private school to avoid this school. It is ashame because the early education teachers seemed to be rather great. Just not the environment i want for my child.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
I am so in love with this school! I could not be more grateful To these attentive and patient educators! I have two students at P.P. I think to myself how lucky I am that we are able to go to such a Great and safe school. Unlike other posts, my daughters consistently Have at the very least 11/2 hours of homework a night. I need to give a special thanks to Ms.McCullom, Ms.Broler, Ms.Schimisaki, and Ms.Klein My kids love and fondly remember each grade they've spent with these wonderful teachers. There has always been an open dialogue with the teachers ,be it face to face or over email. I think the success of a student not only depends on good teachers but proactive parents taking an interest in their childs education and asking questions. I am a working parent so I make it a point to be as involved as possible. If I were a stay at home mom I would be volunteering and tutoring and setting an expample for my kids and the rest of the community! The PTA is amazing at this school. Kudos to them. I wish more parents would get involved in this organization. I couldn't say enough about the school administration or LSC total professionals that are always up for a quick convo.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
The teachers in this school are nice people but do not care about their students at all. My son goes to the school and is not challenged at all, spends no time doing homework, but is on honor roll. The amount of days off the kids get is ridiculous. Thank God that I don't work and can stay at home with him because I don't know what I would have to do if I worked and constantly had to take time off. The teachers are constantly absent and take time off to go on vacation during regular school weeks. I thought that summer vacation, spring break, and winter break would be sufficient but I guess not. If I child sneezes or comes to school with a headache, the parents are immediately called to pick them up but the kids who are constantly missing school and most likely could use a visit fro the truency officer go ignored and teachers show no interest in their well being at all. Test scores are not very good. 8th graders often don't get into good high schools and in general you get the feeling that the whole school is just there to be there and collect the check. I'm transferring my son next year because aside from the school being a safe place, I don't have anything good to say about it.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
My son transferred back to this school in 6th grade. It was the worst mistake I have ever made. The teachers here don't care about their students. You have to call and request a call back from a teacher everyday. The teachers from the school my son came from would call you if they acted up, missed an assignment, or if grades started to slip. And don't ever call the office because they don't know a thing about anything. For everything, it's "ask the teacher" and I would if they would just return a call! Sad, sad that this is the school I'm stuck with.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
My son transferred here from a private school and loves it. He's a A" honor student for the last two years, but I believe it's from our involvement. Positive -very clean and safe school -caring teachers Negative -ISAT scores have not gone up in the last 3 years. Scores are average -parent involvement not where it could be Overall I believe my son is excelling because we are daily involved with his homework and studying. It's a good neighborhood school, but with more involvement from parents, it could be a top school on the NW side.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
Almost a year has gone by since we transferred from a private school. The year has been a busy but good one at Portage. My 8th graders is almost done with Alegebra I and will be attending a selective enrollment school. The teachers have done an excellent job. My 6th grader has enjoyed her year as well and adjusted. She had fun in volleyball, baskeball, and now softball. So many things offered at this school and did well on her tests. A very supportive principal and vice principal as well as office staff. The school is clean above and beyond any that I have seen and that goes for private as well. The counselor is incredible and very helpful with the high school application process which is needed to navigate. Parent group tries but lacks the support of parental involvement which is the key to success at any school. LSC has not done much that I am aware of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 10, 2010
The Principal is one of the best I have ever come across, he listens to parent's concerns and it is fast to accomodate a child's needs. Dr. Hopkins is one of the best teachers in the school if you are looking for a no non sense teacher she is it. My 9 year old daughter has been positively challenged by this amazing teacher. The school overall is very nice, clean and welcoming. The front office staff has very much improved on their people skills.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2010
My sister went to Portage Park and that's one of the reasons I was happy to have my daughter go there. All and all, the staff is very knowledgeable and they offer a well-rounded curriculum. My only suggestion to potential students and parents is to research the teachers and make requests on whom you'd like your children to have. Ask the other parents about them and the way that they teach so that you can select a teacher whose teaching style will suit your child's development and learning style. If you find your kids need a bit more of a challenge, I can heartily recommend Mrs. Shimasaki for second grade. She's the best teacher I have ever come across!

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September 26, 2009
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August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
I transferred my 1st grade son from a Catholic School to Portage due to financial reasons. I was worried that he wouldn't get the special attention and he would be overwhelmed with the size of the school and class. We actually found out that he was behind on reading and math. With help from the teachers and my involvement, he is now on honors. I also brought my 3 year old who is speech delayed for an evaluation and he meets with a speech therapist 1x week. He is also doing great. I know that this school may not be on the top twenty yet, but it's improving every year and it's safe.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
I transferred my youngest son from a private school to Portage in 2007 due to learning disabilities and special ed needs. In 2006 the special ed department was disorganized and hard to work with. A change in the Special Ed leadership has resulted in a very much improved Special Ed program and success for my son. I then transferred my older son to Portage due to a bullying situation at the private school. This turned out to be very good for my son in many ways. We discovered that he was at least 6 months to a year behind his grade level in math, grammar, and studying skills. It was a difficult transition, but we all worked together and now he is doing very well. Most of the teachers are easy to work with, although I've had some difficulties communicating with one or two of them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2008
My daughter has attended Portage Park since the 5th grade and will be graduating this year. Portage is a good school and safe, the only thing is the staff in the main office is unprofessional and the principal acts as if he's prejudice towards the minorities. The assistant principal is a wonderful woman however, it would be an even better school if they got another principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2008
This school works if your children are working at or below the average. My kids are a bit above average, according to the tests, and the teachers pretty much refuse to provide any sort of extra assignments. From what I gather, there isn't a lot of motivation for the teachers, and I believe this trickles down from the principal, who is coarse and unprofessional, based on my and other's experiences. Always, always standards should surpass parent expectations... not here, though (for higher-than-average students).

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 19, 2008
I am a parent of 5th grader. My son has been attending Portage Park for 5 years. I have to say that the teachers he has had were tremendous. I stress to every teacher in the beginning of the school year how important my sons education is to his father and I. I expect to be given updates and be informed of issues, which I have been. My son is a straight A-B student, and has been throughout the past 5 years. I give alot of the credit to the teachers at Portage, but I also take credit as a parent who follows up and is involved in my childs education. I believe teachers and parents need to work together for the sake of the child. Portage Park has alot to offer students

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2008
I have 2 chidren attending this school, 1st and 5th grade. I like the teachers, but feel the classrooms are over crowded. For several years I was struggling with one of my sons who has ADD. I was always seeking special help for him but was never properly directed until he reached 5th grade he is so far behind now, but they keep passing him. The Chicago Public Schools need to train their staff in directing parents to the proper dept. when they see that a child is falling behind.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 01, 2007
My two youngest attend 2nd and 5th grade and I must say the teachers that they have had are tremendous. Their continuous skills in making the lessons interesting to students is great. Entering this school year 2007-08 with the new learning lesson I can not wait to reveiw the results. Also, I like to prasies severals teachers that have contribute to my childrens' success Ms. Klein, Mrs. Sider, Ms. Sawcwnko and Ms. Ramondi. Sincerley Mrs. Sonia Gonzalez-Santana (Amelia & Nathan)

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
I have three children who attend Portage Park. They have all had very good teachers, who are extremely dedicated, motivating, and compassionate. My children have excelled in the learning environment provided by Portage Park Elementary School. In the 5 years I have had experience with the school I have not had a bad experience with their teaching staff. I wish more families in my neighborhood would send their kids to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
Two of my children have attended the state pre-k program at Portage Park, which is fabulous. The pre-k staff is knowledge, caring and wonderful. But parents should know that the state pre-k program is not run by the principal and is separate from the rest of the school. My dealings with the principal and the office staff have left a negative impression -- it is a very top-down administration that does not seek input from teachers. Many decisions are made for the convenience of adults, not in the best interests of students. While the school is clean, safe and with good test scores, that has more to do with the students going into the school than what goes on inside the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I am a former student as well as a parent of a current student of Portage Park School. Not only do I have fond memories of my days at Portage, but I have been very pleased with the education my child is receiving. I have found all of the teachers to be very helpful, challenging, and communicative. I've had very little to complain about. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with Portage Park School as is my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2006
The special ed department is unorganized with poor communication. My son gets A's and B's because half of the teachers tell him to only do what he can. That gives him the opportunity to do nothing and still get a good grade. The teachers and special education department should work togather to follow IEP's and a goal oriented but not overloading workload for their special education students. My other child is not special ed and, so far, for him, the school seems to be adequate.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
This school has been very helpful to my kid. Her teacher is very supportive in helping her with her homework, stays after school to help her with any questions, and is available to talk to the parent any day or time. My daughter was in another chicago public school before this one and this school is really friendly and have high expectations for our kids. The neighborhood is very peaceful. This school is a very good choice!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
My son has been enrolled into Portage Park due to child find. He is currently 4 years old and the school is suppose to evaluate him because the child find feels he may have a learning disorder. I contacted them in early Nov they have yet to see him it is now late March. This school has already really disappointment me!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
My son has gone to this school for 2 years for the Illinois pre-k. I beleive that the teachers, staff and facilities at this school (for the preschool) far exceed those at all but the most expensive schools in the city. My wife (a PhD and I JD/MBA) are very focussed on education and we think this Pre-K is terrific.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
Portage Park has an exceptional pre-K, comparable and superior to any private program I've seen. Teachers are well informed, the facility is ample and well-maintained. The principle is extremely dedicated to meeting the needs of his students.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
Portage has very involved teachers. They seem to love what they do and continue to find better ways to teach children with all kind of learning abilities. They find creative ways to teach and make the children more interested. Overall, it is a really good school.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
The Pre-K classroom inthis school is awesome. My son has some mild specech/language issues and these people have done wonders for him. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2006
I pulled my daughter from her third grade class after a few months of attendance. The teacher had absolutely no control over her students. The worst part was that the teacher didn't contact any parents over issues in her class. It was only because my daughter told me, otherwise, I would not have known. They are behind private schools. They do not stress the importance of learning. Very sad!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
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April 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 22, 2005
I'am Portage Park's class of 2005. The school is really good. They have many athletics and clubs to choose from. The administrators are the best. They will always help you when you ask for it. The only problem with the school is overcrowding. There's more than thirty students in almost every classroom. I think that's got to change.

- submitted by a former student
February 12, 2005
My entire family has attended Portage Park School. It is a great school and the reason I am a teacher today. Portage has alot to offer its students. Graduates of Portage have much more to offer than others. I teach several graduates of Portage and they do well on test and in class at the high school level.

- submitted by a former student
February 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 12, 2005
I may not be a parent, but I am a former student from Portage Park. I attended there for seven years of my life and it was the best years of my life. The teachers are great. They're always involved with the students. Portage has many activities for students to join. I personally was involved in alot. I was in chorus,I was secretary of student council, advanced math class and basketball team.I learned great leadership and responsibility when I graduated class of 2004 of Portage Park.If you ask me Portage is a clean, smart and safe school. I'm now a freshman taking all honors classes passing with A's & B's. If it wasn't for my teachers at Portage I wouldn't be where I am. -Jessica Sanchez

- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2005
I have been in Portage Park School since Pre-K. Iv'e never had a problem in it, and the teachers teach well. I think the programs in the school really help the students with they're work. There are sports and other fun programs for after-school.I can't imagine leaving this school. It's awesome!

- submitted by a student
no rating January 05, 2005
I would like to say that portage park is a good school compared to other public schools.My children moved to this school from another state where they were not as pressured to learn as they are at this school.I consider that an improvement in their life.They have excelent teachers who not only give their regular lessons to the children but also care to let the parents know their children's needs and progresses.I'm glad my children have the oportunity to go to this school. A proud mother of a 3rd and 4th grader.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2004
I am not a parent, but a student that attended Portage Park Elementary for 8 years. I think Portage Park is the best school in Chicago. There is no violence, I do not know what the other was talking about, the teachers are amazing, and the school is wonderful. I am proud to be a former Panther. The teachers not only teach you history, or math, but life lessons that I took into high school. I am currently a freshman at Lane Tech and in the honors program. Portage Park offers many great oppertunities for bright students what want to work hard. I myself went to the Kelloggs Advanced Literature class and Ms. Guilmettes Advanced Math class. These classes are a great way to get a head start on what you will see in high school.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2004
After 7 years of attendance, I pulled my son from this school due to increasing violence. Sadly, the faculty turns a shy eye with the general opinion that children in this age bracket are old enough to manage their own actions. This is of course a huge mistake as violent behavior whether verbal or physical among young people is on the steady rise. I can't even count the times I visited this school in an effort to rectify the situation, to little avail for the most part and the reporting of offenses caused all heck to break loose in that the harassment and violence toward my son grew in numbers. I will most likely keep him out of this school as great damage has been done. Truly unfortunate!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
I think this is a pretty good school for students. I went here to 6 & 7th grade and now I'm a freshmen in Conant High School. Over all Portage has excellent teachers and parents have a great oppurtunity to be involved with school activities.

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Portage Park Elementary School
5330 W Berteau Ave, Chicago, IL  60641
(773) 534-3576
Last modified Portage Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Portage Park Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top