« Back to compare
/ / School Profile

Contact this school

4332 North Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60613

School website
(773) 534-5525
(773) 534-5775
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Ravenswood Elementary School address.
March 29, 2015
We were lucky enough to be accepted into Ravenswood via the lottery for magnet clusters. We love this school! The most important aspect of the curriculum for us is the social-emotional learning. There is a school-wide focus on positive discipline, even a community-wide focus, since there is a large effort to educate parents in what the whole concept of positive discipline means. We also love the integration of the arts in the entire curriculum, including in the after-school classes. The parent community is active and very welcoming - it is so easy to get involved here and be a part of this wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2015
We chose to move into this neighborhood after hearing rave reviews first hand from other parents about Ravenswood. Our school has a strong sense of community that is difficult to find in a public school. Despite funding issues, our strong community persistently strives to raise money in innovative ways for our children's education. The fact that the school is an arts magnet is perfect for my children and I am so pleased with art integration in the classroom. Each of the teachers we have had have been so caring and spent time with me as a parent one-on-one to discuss my children's progress. I have also found that they are open to suggestions and focus strongly on the social-emotional development of my children. The administration is enthusiastic and Principal Manaen makes certain that he is easily accessible for children and parents alike. His dedication to our school encourages all of us.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2014
The staff is extremely friendly and always ready to help in any way. Parents are so involved in activities, as well as the school makes sure to have us well informed. The principal is so attentive with his students as as with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2014
Wonderful school- deeply committed to students and families. My oldest son graduated from Ravenswood and was very prepared for Honors level classes. My youngest still attends and has made huge improvements- especially with Mr. Garcia- who is a WONFERFUL EDUCATOR.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
Ravenswood is definitely getting better and better each year. A great neighborhood school for our kids, they love it!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
We have two children at Ravenswood and couldn't be happier. When my son was struggling with reading comprehension, his teacher identified it right away. She reached out to me, explained her observations, outlined a strategy for us to work together at school and at home, and kept in touch with me regularly to compare observations and adjust our approach. Sure enough, his year-end assessments demonstrated amazing growth. I am convinced this happened because of Ravenswood's top-notch staff, the school's commitment to smaller class sizes and their "balanced literacy" approach to differentiated instruction. In addition, Ravenswood also offers an amazing arts integration program, inquiry-based learning, and employs the Positive Discipline model. The new playground and outdoor campus that will be built this summer (as a result of strong parent and community involvement) is just icing on the cake for this gem of a neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
The Ravenswood Elementary community is incredibly supportive and conducive to a positive learning environment. The Drama, Art, and Physical Education teachers are amazing and my child, and all of her friends, love each of these teachers. I know that north side parents rave about Coonley, Bell, and Waters, but Ravenswood with its diversity and focus on the arts is THE neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
The principal can run hot and cold with parents. Of course, if you are actively involved in the parent group and fundraise for the school, the principal will love you. If your child has an issue, the principal will dodge you like the plague. (which is not a quality I want in a principal) To her defense, due to cut backs, her vice principal is teaching, so she is doing it all! Ravenswood has a positive discipline approach. The principal is excellent at using the positive discipline apporach with the children, & she has a positive presence in the school. Academics are not as high as they need to be. The school is working hard to improve. The school has a very active parent group with emails going out to inform parents of what is happening. And the parents have a buddy system to match up CPS experienced parents with parents new to the system. The parents are very active in fundraising for the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
As one of the first Tuition-based PreK parents I approached Ravenswood with some hesitation. After all I'd been told only magnets were good enough. But I knew two parents who had sent their children there so I took the leap. We've been so pleased. She has the attention she needs with smaller classes. She loves art & needs to move so a school with art & music AND now drama as well as 2 days of PE, wow! I'm sad the library had to die but unfortunately non-magnet schools don't get enough funds for everything. My child's scores have not been part of the stellar, but we also don't hear much sniping about "those sped kids bringing down our scores." She is accepted and incorporated by other kids. When we thought of moving I decided against it because I didn't think starting over would be good for her, nor did I think, where we were looking to live, that we would find another school like this. When we moved here very few people who lived in the area sent their kids here, now most kids on our block go to Ravenswood.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
Four things I love about Ravenswoood: 1. Art Integration through out the curriculum. Students are learning to think about their process of creating, and asking others about theirs. 2.Project based inquiry-students are learning critical thinking skills,where to look to find answers and how to work together. 3. Commitment to small class size. 4. Strong sense of community.Teachers and administration all working with the same educational philosophy. Strong parent involvement. Even within the individual classrooms, a strong community is created among the students. It is warm, welcoming school community. Such a great, great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
I am so happy with Ravenswood. My son has been here since PreK and is now in 3rd grade. They use great curriculums (balanced literacy and Everyday Math) to teach reading and math, but my son more often comes home talking about science and how much he has learned about life cycles (3rd grade curriculum). I love that the teachers find time to give science and social studies their due, along with lit and math. Ravenswood is so committed to lower class sizes (the most he's had is 25), which is a bonus for my son, who might not get his due in a large class because he's a quiet kid. Last but definitely not least, Ravenswood provides quality Arts education--art, music and drama every week! I have been impressed with all of the teachers--they go above and beyond to make Ravenswood a true community!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
Our son has been at Ravenswood since Pre-K and is now going into second grade. He has continued to thrive is this school. The sense of community and parent involvement is fantastic. The Friends of Ravenswood is a welcoming parent group that has really helped with communication in the population. We are thrilled to have our son in this program.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2012
My 2 kids have been at Ravenswood for 4 years and I couldn't be happier. I am also a teacher and I absolutely CHOSE this school because of the fantastic instruction and philosophy that the school values. The students are challenged and engaged in authentic learning that is completely differentiated. The staff is extremely talented and the administration is top notch. Our school community is really strong and the amount of events that bring us together is unbelievable. I think the best part of this school that sets it apart from the rest is the unbelievable arts integration program that the kids are involved with. The knowledge my kids have around the process of art, drama and music is more than I could have hoped for as a parent. I would highly encourage anyone who values instruction to look at this school beyond test scores. What a wonderful experience Ravenswood has been for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
My daughter has been at Ravenswood for five years and has had an incredible educational experience. She is in fourth grade and every year she has been challenged and supported with excellent teachers, a deeply integrated fine arts program, a strong emphasis on reading, and an incredible community spirit. The teachers and staff at this school are dedicated to continuous improvement and at least every month there are collaborative events that bring together students, teachers, staff and parents for learning and community building. The principal is focused on rigorous academic standards and on giving teachers the tools and time they need to be successful.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
My daughter has completed two years of Pre-K and now kindergarten at Ravenswood, and I couldn't be happier. She's well advanced in reading, writing and math. She's learning great social skills and loves the art, gym, music and drama programs. The teachers are enthusiastic, and we've heard great things from friends with kids in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade how great those teachers are.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
its a great school with a model arts integration program, a strong emphasis on literacy, excellent after school programs. Ravenswood is going to grow by leaps and bound in the next few years with a talented and commited princapal leading a dedicated staff. The parents at Ravenswood are very involved in developing a close knit diverse community. This is the school any parent in the city will want their children to be part of.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
This school is AWESOME this was my elementary about 7 years ago i loved Field Day i actually won 2nd place in the softball trow and also i love the times when we had World something were all the classes chose a country and we would bring stuff from that country and we would not have class on that day !!! :) Mrs. Donovan was a good principal not sure if she is still there.... oooh yea security guard Mr. Willis he was such a good loving person...

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2010
The principal and lower-grade teachers are very enegetic and dedicated. The school has a great learning environment for younger kids (that's what I have). I predict that we are going to see an upswing in the test scores over the next several years, but the important thing is the high quality of education that the kids are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
My kids are each in their fourth year at Ravenswood. For our family, it is exactly what we were looking for in a school: challenging academics with differentiated instruction, fantastic teachers, administration with a vision and the skills to deliver it, and a strong, diverse, close-knit school community. To really appreciate it, you need to dig deeper than test scores and come for a visit.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
I feel lucky to be part of a school where the teachers and parents know all the kids and care for each other as a community. After a fire displaced 2 families this week, a call went out for donations. By the next afternoon both families had beds, other furniture, dishes, clothing, TVs and even toys, which police donated. I was not surprised, but reminded about the compassion that adds to a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 12, 2009
The tuition based pre-K is amazing - probably the best kept secret on the northside. The teaching staff is extremely energized and dedicated to the students and parents. We have seen our four year old excel in just a few short months in writing, reading, and having a better grasp of her emotions.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
We've been at Ravenswood for 4 years now. The school has struggled a little in the past couple of years but they seem to be righting themselves now that we're firmly into a new administration. I enjoy the after school program immensely. Even the afterschool takes the arts integration mission seriously offering drumming, dance, theater among their choices. I can't quite give a five yet but, as a prior parent wrote, I expect one could be coming in the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Ravenswood is one of those Chicago Public Schools that is in the midst of making that difficult but rewarding leap from 'just another Chicago Public School' to one of those schools that is sought after by parents both in and out of the district. The administration, parents, teachers, and community are all excited and working together to complete the transformation. This is a special school that is truly striving for excellence. I'm expecting to add the 5th star to my rating in a few more months.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
Our son is in the Tuition Based Pre-K program and it is fantastic! Great parent communication from the teachers to the principal. Our son is thriving and we are very happy to be a part of such an amazing program and school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
I graduated from this school in 2008, and it has helped me prepare myself for high school.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2008
New principal, new assistant principal, new LSC, new PTA - you can feel the spirit and the excitement in the school raising dramatically! We've come through what looked like a bad storm that's turned out to be the best thing that could have happened. This academic year is full of promise and the teachers, administration and staff are fantastic. This school has 30 fairs and events, after school workshops and clubs, summer camp, tuition based pre-K, the list goes on and on. I'm thrilled to be a part of it and wouldn't put my two kids anywhere else! Seriously - check it out.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
New principal and new LSC, as of July 1, 2008. New principal looks really promising - very positive attitude and cares about the students - not just metrics. I was in the office yesterday filling out paperwork and noticed a marked improvement in staff attitude. It will be a big transition year, but the school has a lot of potential. Great teachers, involved parents, and promising new administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2008
The administration merits 2 stars at the most. They have repeatedly shown lack of concern for the well-being of students, particularly special education students, and for the teaching staff. They have made comments at meetings with parents that denigrate the hard work of the teachers and they have consistently refused active involvement with students and teachers. Their mismanagement is so severe, the LSC has successfully worked to not re-new the principal's contract.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
This is a school that has great potential. I have two children here. The school has a very dedicated teacher base and a new principal who will provide great leadership and help the school achieve even higher levels of success. The facility itself is in good condition and the diversity and community feel of the school enhances the learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2008
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2008
The principle is a reformist with superb management skills, the teachers in the primary grades are excellent, the Friends Of Ravenswood group is full of hard working parents and visionaries. The LSC is a complete disaster with the exception of 2 community representatives.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
Ravenswood is what it is because of the principal. The majority of the teachers are resistant to change and to new teaching techniques.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2008
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 14, 2007
Totally agree that this school have the BEST TEACHERS( and I say THE TEACHERS) in the State of Illinois!, they are the ones who have made the school one of the best.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Amazing school. The teachers are very involved with the studentsand want only what is best for the children as seen though their academic programs. Excellent art and music teacher.

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2006
Ravenswood Elementary serves 500 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Ravenswood boasts an award-winning faculty and has a caring community of parents who are working together to create a safe, nurturing environment in which students flourish. Among Ravenswood teachers are Golden Apple teachers, a National Board Certified teacher, and an Illinois Art Educator of the Year. The Ravenswood curriculum is built on literacy, and individualized instruction. Ongoing assessment to inform instruction allows teachers to support students' strengths and address their areas of need. In addition to literacy instruction, Ravenswood students participate in school-wide programs designed to emphasize higher academic standards and citizenship, including Junior Achievement, Young Authors, Science Fair, History Fair, World s Fair, Peer Leaders Program, Visiting Artists, Opera Workshop, athletics and more. Each Ravenswood classroom has at least five internet-accessible multi-media computers. In addition, there is a school-wide multi-media computer center with 20 workstations and wireless laptops.

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness


Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Nearby homes for sale


Last modified: March 29, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.

GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Ravenswood Elementary School
4332 North Paulina Street, Chicago, IL  60613
(773) 534-5525
Last modified Ravenswood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ravenswood Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top