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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 860
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2230 West McLean Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

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(773) 534-4391
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April 18, 2014
We switched from a Catholic school to Pulaski to 'try it out' since we had heard good things about it and it is actually our neighborhood school. One of the best decisions ever! I am a fairly involved parent and I love seeing how parent/teacher effort and participation really impacts the school and the larger community. Pulaski has started doing 'socials' for parents and the community members which is a great way to connect with other families. At an academic level, I can't thank enough the teachers for their dedication. My son at the end of first grade was reading at a level appropriate for a second grader ( end of school year). He also developed such a love for books that he knows the hours for the nearby public library by heart. Between discipline and academic excellence, I truly believe I have found the school that meets our educational needs. 5+ years ago the school was somewhat struggling but this has dramatically changed. There also have been numerous facilities and grounds improvements such as building out an outdoor classroom and a sensory garden.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
I currently have first grader at Pulaski and could not be happier. We live just outside the neighborhood and wanted a great community school with a strong curriculum. Pulaski fit that bill. We are so fortunate to have gotten called off the waitlist. The IB program is fantastic. Such a grounded and well rounded curriculum and I hear my child speaking the IB language daily. She has learned so much. She has fantastic teachers. I am amazed with them daily and we are thrilled with Dr Bedard and the administration. She hit the ground running and has brought nothing but positive energy to the school every single day. I also enjoy being an involved parent with so many opportunities to help out. We look forward to many wonderful years ahead at Pulaski!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
The school is academically great the only thing that does disappoint is the Administration staff they are VERY unhelpful and rude they could care less about You as a parent or about their students...

- submitted by a community member
January 13, 2014
I currently have a first grader at Pulaski. I am proud of our neighborhood school-we specifically bought in Bucktown for this school. I am an involved parent and love the community we're building here. My son is excelling here in the IB program. We're looking forward to our future at Pulaski!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
Pulaski school is simply the best. My son has been there 3 years now and I could not be happier and more convinced I made the right choice. The teachers are amazing at what they do, they are all experienced, innovative and ceative with their teaching methods at all levels and grades while also being very caring and supportive. The genuinely care about all the kids well being, academic advancement and are great role models. The parent involvement here amazes me. A great number of parents volunteer all of their free time to coordinate activities, clubs, bus and parent pick up and drop offs, child safety and more. Not to mention the great IB programs offered by Columbia College.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My husband and I have been pleased with our experience at Pulaski thus far. We have two kids who attend the school, and we plan to enroll our third in preschool for the next school year. We are finding that our kids are both challenged by and enjoying the IB education program at Pulaski. Everyone there (faculty and parents alike) work together to make Pulaski a better place for the children and community.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
I have two sons at Pulaski. They are both extremely happy at school and love their teachers. The principal is so involved, caring and responsive. The school offers music, art, technology, library, Spanish and physical education. The school is not only focused on their minds, but their health. Talking to them about healthy eating habits and exercise. The kids love it and want to make great choices. We love walking our kids to school and have such a sense of pride and community in our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Second year at Pulaski. Second GREAT year. Pulaski is our neighborhood school and we are so happy with all aspects: engaged teachers, amazing principal/assistant principal, great enrichment programs, and parent involvment.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My son is a 1st grader and it is our 3rd year at Pulaski. We've been happy watching our school improve and really become a strong neighborhood school over the last few years. I'm very happy with our principal Dr Bedard and look forward to more years here.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
We could not be more please with Pulaski International School of Chicago. Our son is a second grader and has attended the school since pre-school. He has had a caring and dedicated teacher every year who have each given him confidence and the desire to be the best student he can be. Not only does he love going to school, he is proud of his school. The teachers and administration are thoughtful, responsive and approachable. The parent involvement continues to grow and the community feeling at Pulaski is extremely positive. This is exactly what we hoped our neighborhood school would be.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Pulaski International is a terrific school in a fantastic neighborhood. The teachers are so caring and involved. The parents are really engaged in the school as well, which will only make the school continue to get better. Our son is going into 1st grade this year and had a wonderful kindergarten experience. He learned so much his first year there I was really amazed.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
Pulaski International School is a good Ib school to go to for all students !! Pulaski School can be hard sometimes but if you try then you will be fine for everything students !! This school has rules you need to respect whick are Be Responsible,Be Respectful,Be Positive,Be Safe. In Pulaski School you learn alot of new things that you have never knew before !! This school has specific consequenses you need to do if you do not listen and respect all teachers from this school which are detention, righting a letter to the teacher,and to dtay inside for recess and help the teacher do things. If you dont wear the uniform you are not suppost to be wearing you will get sent to detention on a specific day and you have to wake up super early . Pulaski school teachers want all of their students to be on their best behavior and to get good grades to be on the honor roll and also no tardy slips and perfect attendence because you learn more when you are at school !! My name is Genesis and i am going to sixth grade.

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2013
nice school but you have to eat with the students at lunch time!i had fun subbing there!

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2013
We live in the neighborhood and are thrilled to send our daugher to our neighborhood school. The new principal, Dr. Bedard, is fantastic and has hit the ground running. The administration is very responsive. The teachers are so dedicated, really KNOW your children, and we are blown away with all that our daughter has learned in kindergarten. There are also many opportunites for parent involvement (lunchroom/recess, kiss'n go, office/library assistance, etc.). We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
I have had my kids at Pulaski for four years and neither they nor any of their classmates have ever gone missing. However - in my career as an elementary teacher, I have made the awful mistake of leaving a kiddo behind. It happens, usually only once. The faculty and staff at Pulaski are outstanding and vigilant. A little perspective is a wonderful thing.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
Children have gone missing at Pulaski. A 4 year old boy was brought to his classroom after being found outside. The pre-school teacher's response was that he should know better not to leave the building.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
I've got two daughters at Pulaksi International already (2nd Grade and Pre-K) and another that will go in the future. I doubt any school is perfect, but the commitment level and quality of the teachers at Pulaski is incredibly impressive. Seeing the teachers collaborating after hours to provide the best education for the students gives me such a feeling of pride for our neighborhood school. I also think that the integrated nature of the International Baccalaureate curriculum is having a very positive impact on my daughters. They are learning to think critically and absolutely love their teachers and classmates. I love the school and am confident in its ability to help develop my girls.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2012
I have been a parent at Pulaski since my kids where in Pre-K. I am proud to say that this year my kids will be graduating and going to a good High School. Even though Pulaski has gone through some rough challenges, as a school community, it has shown the students that they can overcome anything in life. I would like to say THANK YOU to the teachers, staff and principal for their commitment, hard work and support. KEEP ON ROCKING!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
I have been a parent of a student at Pulaski for three years and every year I have been impressed by the growth in learning from my child and the other children I've seen at the school. I am also part of the school's Council of parents and staff that oversee the operations of the school. This is the hardest working staff I have ever seen. The teachers are motivated and their students are excited to learn. The International Baccalaureate program is in place for all grade levels and is connecting the students to people and cultures around the world. The principal's vision inspiring. He is building strong team work amongst teachers and is helping the students become competitive for High School and then college. Parents are involved on a daily basis around the school as well as organizing larger events for the school and community. This school feels like people are working together to build a great education for all the students. Students are being challenged and inspired to learn. Teachers are being innovative and using technology to further their lessons. School leadership is visionary, yet rooted in what is going to help the students at the school now.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
I'm a parent of a first grader at Pulaski. His kindergarten teacher last year was amazing. She had all the kids reading and writing by the end of the year. Now our son has another amazing teacher. Ms. McGee treats all students as scholars and has high expectations. She does a terrific job differentiating the needs of each student. She expects more from kids who are able, yet she expects each child to keep pushing the limits. By early April this year - the students had all met the requirements for graduating 1st grade and the kids will have surpassed the spelling requirements 2 years beyond what is expected. WE LOVE IB. Students are learning empathy and how to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. My son is learning critical thinking, inference, multiplication, Spanish, creative writing, science, ecology etc... My son recently did a presentation and was encouraged to use Powerpoint. He also wrote a book about how his family life would be different if he lived in another country. He's becoming a global citizen and a scholar. AND there is a band. AND we walk to school. AND my son loves his class!

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
We have two kids at Pulaski and we are very happy. Their teachers are great. The other parents are engaged. But most important thing is that pur kids are happy and we are confident that they are getting a good education. Plus walking to school sure is better than fighting traffic and we see school friends all over the neighborhood which is fun.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
This school is a fantastic school to work in. I have worked in a lot of schools in CPS and have never felt so supported and encouraged in innovative and rigorous teaching efforts. For those who are unaware of the International Baccalaureate process, Pulaski has only just been accepted to begin the candidacy portion of the IB process. They will have 3 years starting this year (2011-2012) to train the staff and implement the program and will then be evaluated and given official IB status. That is why the IB program is not extremely visible as of yet. Give it a few months of this year and you will see a lot more evidence of IB and the benefits of the program. Hands down, if I had my own children, I would send them here before sending them anywhere else. I have seen first hand how the leadership, teachers and all neighborhood children have created a fantastic learning environment.

- submitted by a teacher
August 17, 2011
I continue to be impressed with the new leadership at Pulaksi and am excited to have my son starting in PreK in the coming weeks. He will be in Ms. Phyllis' classroom and I am thrilled. My interactions with her to date have added up to exactly the type of teacher we want for our son and her classroom is full of inspiration. Dr. B is living up to his reputation as one of the best principals in the CPS system. Last night, I attended a parent meeting regarding the implementation of the school s new curriculum, International Baccalaureate. With last year s test results compiled, they are reporting a 9 point gain in reading scores over the 2009/2010 school year. This is a significant increase within a single year and shows the hard work, focus and raised expectations of the school s entire community teachers, parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2011
My son had the last school year a great teacher,we'd like to have her again this year,he's gonna be in 4th grade and all this years we had no problems inside or outside of the school,Pulaski it's not perfect but it's a good school and COULD BE BETTER WITH OUR HELP.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
I'm a resident and parent whose child attended Pulaski preschool for 2 years but have decided to send my kids elsewhere for the coming 2011 school year. Don't believe the hype and what you might hear on the playground or from those that have never attended. I'm sure this school will be fine in 7 or 8 years, but it's not now. There was never a day where I felt like my child was the focal point which is disheartening. Strife amongst current families attending Pulaski, new administration and new comers entering the school, clouded the focus tremendously. I never felt there was a sense of community and unity amongst parents or teachers. Plus the over-hyped IB efforts weren't even implemented. The school is dingy, dirty and has limited programs like gym, library or other enrichment courses. There are so many established neighborhood schools especially at the preschool and elementary level where your experience will be much more positive for your child and family. Those sending their children there this school year especially at the preschool and elementary grade levels will experience disappointment with the reality, as it's all "smoke and mirrors" in its current state.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
I don't know about the school or other teachers, but my daugher has Ms. Solayman as a teacher. I hope all teachers at Pulaski are like her. She's great. Kids love her! My daughter learned so much while in her class. I wish we could have her next year too. That would be wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
I have went to this school for my whole life up until the middle of 7th grade and the education was great but my problem was how they went to slow with everything. Some of the teachers were great and the others were very mean and disrespectful. Another problem i had with the school were it's students. They were extremely rude and hateful towards others. The lack of discipline in Pulaski was unacceptable. It was so bad that gangs, and racial hate groups were created. I told my own mother about all the secret things that went on in the school and she couldn't stand for it. She had me transferred to another school called "Ogden International". This school was everything I ever needed. Overall Pulaski Academy is a not a good choice to send your children if you are worried about there safety. I now go to Linkcoln Park HS

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February 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
This school has excellent teachers who make excellent students with awesome parents! The after school programs are fantastic I wish I had those options when I was in school. The teachers and students are truly blessed to have on another!

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December 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
I love this school. My son has learned so much here. Keep up the good work. AWESOME!

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no rating August 13, 2009
I think Pulaski has a great staff. They are alway available before, during and after school to work with their students.

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March 13, 2009
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September 12, 2008
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September 04, 2008
I think Pulaski Academy is a great school, great principal, great teachers and staff. This school has a lot to offer the students.

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August 31, 2008
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January 13, 2008
i think this is a great school and more kids should try it

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December 03, 2007
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Pulaski International School of Chicago
2230 West McLean Avenue, Chicago, IL  60647
(773) 534-4391
Last modified Pulaski International School of Chicago is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pulaski International School of Chicago Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top