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4650 North Menard Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

(773) 534-3460
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January 12, 2013
i really like the school and the teachers are great.the staff in the office is very nice to the students to> but my one concern is the vice princibal and the princibal. They are always looking for ways to get the kids in trouble.Ever since we got a new vice princibal two years ago there have been thousands of detentions and suspentions.She and the princible need to be replaced.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2012
My daughter went to this school when she was in 2nd and 3rd grade. She had to move to many different schools every 2 years because of living arrangements and I hated this one the most. The teachers used to embarrass her in front of her classmates making her feel unintelligent as the rest of them. They literally would make her feel discouraged and did not care for the people they didn't like or were bothersome. She was little at this time and did not realize that they were not treating her properly until I transferred her to another school and remembered how her previous school before Prussing treated her. They offered piano lessons during class. The piano teacher would pinch my daughter's classmates and her spine because they weren't sitting straight enough. All she learned from that piano teacher were the main keys C, D, E, F, G for 3 weeks. It was a waste of money! My daughter got a detention for having too many tissues in her desk and that her desk was messy. Therefore, they felt it was right to move her desk away from her classmates and onto the center of the classroom crying as they tilted and dumped everything inside her desk on the floor in front of everyone in her class.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
1st year here, but before i brought my daughter to this school i heard & read negative remarks about itl. 1st day of school wrong info & paperwork were given. Its fine, things happe., 2nd day i went to office for paperwork & question regarding medications, place looked unorganized as staff. The teacher she has now is great, easy to talk to & personable. Office members,something else. Not all, just some.They are rude, act as if you're a bother, sometimes act as if they dont see you waiting. I've seen principal several times & doesnt seem friendly no eye contact or present himself. I helped out at Fall Festival (i loved) a Deputy Sheriff walked towards me (my husband) & so did principal thinking something was wrong. I work in Pediatrics for 7 plus yrs. When a client/patient walks in they are always to be greeted & asked if help is needed. This school does not offer that Mannerism. Last straw for me might be when a staff member came out of office being loud through hallway walked up to me as i was speaking to another staff member regarding reviews on this school, stating she didnt/doesnt like my tone when i come in the school. Really?! I come to find out it was the OFFICE MANAGER!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
This is our first year at this school and I am truly disappointed. First of all there is no communication between anyone. Trying to find out what is going on either in the class room or with the school is like pulling teeth. There is a monthly news letter, and that does not contain any information worth while. I went to a PTO meeting and it was a very disturbing display. If I could afford to send my children to the closest catholic school I would. I have had numerous conferences with the teacher and she is a wonderful person and is willing to do anything to help out. It really more the principle that I have a problem with. He is rude arrogant and need to be removed from the school. He says that his best interest is the kids, but I believe he is more interested in what goes in his pocket and at the front of his name. I tried to e-mail him and he does not put an email address on the web-page. Aren't principles suppose to be accessible to the parents. I guess he doesn't want us to contact him with our concerns. Parents if you have kids at this school please help us get him out!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
This is in response to the parent who wrote this school is a dump. I think it's very sad that they would leave their children in a dump for 4 years. My mother once said, "If it seems like the whole world is wrong, you should probably look once again at yourself."

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
I think it's sad to have taken the time to craft this rant when, clearly, you have personal issues best addressed in person and not on a community post. The only thing your poor children are suffering from is your inability to cope, move, communicate effectively to end the "nightmare" or find a solution that doesn't involve slander. The staff at Prussing is professional, helpful and doing the best they possibly can. Constructive criticism is one thing, rambling rants are really unproductive.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2011
This school is a total nightmare!!!! My children have been in this dump unfortunately 4 years now due to being in area & not having much of a choice right now. My poor children have been suffering the consequences due this school's unprofessionalism and ignorance! For the record the principal of this school is rude & is totally unqualified for this job if you ask me because he can care less of the kids' education/well being or even the parents for that matter. As for his office staff they are all a total joke & should not be working with children either. Finally, as far as the teachers go I wouldn't say they are all bad, but yes, there is a BIG percentage that are absolutely awful. So please parents beware...if you are deciding to move into this area for this school I would definitely think twice about it for your children sake.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
My son is at Prussing for PreK. I feel the education is wonderful because of the teacher. She is compassionate, caring, intelligent, considerate and has a genuine passion for developing our children into educated individuals. She is a gift to our community. That being said, the office staff and principal have much to be desired. They have a rudeness and level of arrogance I have not experinced in my lifetime. I also have seen a Chicago Model of "Pay to Play Politics" that I find extremely disturbing and of much concern to parents as weli as the boundry being clouded between professional and personal relationships with the principle, the priciple's family and some parents. This issue causes an uneasiness in LSC and PTO meetings for the parents in attendance. The behavior of administration makes it difficult for the teachers who are very supportive and hard working to shine.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The office staff at Prussing has been so helpful as far as my daughter and I are concerned. My daughter transferred in from out of state and had a very difficult time adjusting. The office staff went out of their way to make her feel welcome and comfortable. I have nothing to say but thank you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2010
My child called sick from the classroom and when I called back not knowing the kids can call from the classroom the office staff acted as though I was bothering them wondering why I saw Prussing School on my caller ID. My child sat in class for another 2 hours with a toothache & earache til she came home wondering why I did not come get her! Only then did I learn that she called from the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
The office staff and principal have to be the rudest people I have ever met. After sending my children to private schools, I can see the difference in consideration, honesty, and concern. This was the worst choice I could have made for my child!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2009
I agree with the parent who feels that the office staff is very rude. I also do not feel welcome. Every time I ask for help, or come in to ask questions or look for resources, they are very rude and I feel they are judging me.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2009
I love the school. The primary and middle teachers are wonderful! The assistant principal and office staff have been really helpful and kind to my children and I live the fact I can pick up my children homework the next day when they are sick. The school is very clean and as a working mom it is nice to know my children can print their work at school. Prussing gets an A+

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 25, 2009
This school needs to focus more on student learning than ISAT scores. More emphasis should be placed on two important subjects such as Math and Science. There is also not enough parent and teacher interaction.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2008
This school is ok, I like the my son's teacher but alot of the teachers there have a weird sense of entitlement. And to the person who posted about not getting involved after going to only 1 meeting, what a cop out! I mean give me a break, you went once and never went back because you thought that the person was only trying to get her point across wasnt listening....If you want change for your kid get involved in the school! maybe she was only pushing her point because she is one of the only people who ever does anything for the school because parents like you just want to offer ideas and not participate.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2008
First: the office staff, including the Principal, was not very friendly or comforting on the 1st day - and thereafter. Second: they may have good ratings with test scores, maybe because they require 2-3 hours of homework a night. My child is in 1st grade, & that is just too much. He was so consumed with school & homework, even on the weekends & holidays, that he doesn't want to go back to school. Third: they have no recess - at that age, they've got too much energy to be confined in school all day. Fourth: They only have after school programs for 3rd grade and up! We're moving out of the district so my son can go to a better school for 2nd Grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2008
I think Prussing school came a be a great school but I think the Principal needs to be more polite to the students and parents and provide more resources/after school programs. I feel he focuses to much on grades and less on the problem areas children are having. The office personnel needs more training on what is going on in the school and less on being rude. I also disagree with the way they handle student with problems in Math and Reading. They need more after school programs for our children. They expect a lot from our children with little resources for our children and the parents. Submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 04, 2008
While some may feel the school may be operated very poorly it's certainly not for lack of trying. If more parents got involved I think there would be a huge turn around. The lack of parental participation is terrible, and I think if parents want to look for somewhere to blame the need to look in the mirror! Take some time and get involved!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 17, 2008
I think this school is operated very poorly. The staff is very unorganized.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2007
Prussing is a school that really cares. The teachers have tried their best to help my kids achieve their goals. The building is always clean and the staff are polite. The principal and the teachers are always willing to take an extra mile to make things better. My kids have spent a lot of time using technologies before and after school, which they couldn't do at their previous school. If all Chicago schools are like Prussing, there wouldn't be bad words about the system anymore.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 22, 2006
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May 30, 2006
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April 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
prussing school has a great special education program, the teachers that work at prussing are wonderful, but there is no after school program no longer due to not enough funding. the school dose not offer sport programs for the children, such as a softball team, or basketball ect. the princapil at prussing can do alot more then what he dose. I feel he should do everything in his power to make sure our children have all they can have, such has after school programs, after school sport teams etc. I don't like the principal he likes to label the children. my child has been there since kindergarten and this might be his last year because thay don't have the programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
I think prussing school is a ok school but I think the offic personnel needs a head check, they are very rude and do not care about the kids needs, I also disagree with the fact that my kids come home with their bookbags so heavy that hey cannot carry them. I see a problem overall with this and the teachers do not help out.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
I have a son in eighth grade and a dughter in fourth at Prussing. I have never been nothing but happy with the education my children recieve at this school. They have wonderful teachers who care about your children. They have a terrific music program their that is ran by Mrs. A, who everybody loves. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
I have a past student and 2 current students currently enrolled. There are some really great teachers there that really try to do for the kids. I believe the administrative staff needs to follow some of the teachers. The asministative staff is more discourageing than encouraging towards the students. All they are worried about is how the clean the school is. I'd rather have the school not so clean and have the administrative staff be more pro active with the kids. If you like your kids to sit and obey then this is the school for you. If not don't give this school a second thought.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
My daughter has attended Prussing for 3 years and my son is beginning pre-school this fall. The teaching staff at Prussing work hard for a successful school. Many teachers are willing to come in early to help students with any problems they may have. I really wish more parents would get involved with the school, such as the LSC or PTO. The administration at Prussing, I believe, does not listen to parent or teacher concerns. Parents have been begging for the younger students to have a 20 min. recess daily, to release some energy. However, administration believes in sitting still and quiet all day long, even in first grade.

- submitted by a parent
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Prussing Elementary School
4650 North Menard Avenue, Chicago, IL  60630
(773) 534-3460
Last modified Prussing Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Prussing Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top