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Ravenswood Elementary School5
Posted April 06, 2015
- a parent
Great school! We're just starting with their preK program now, but since it's our neighborhood school, we plan on staying through 8th grade with both our children. The teachers we've met so far are very involved. The community is wonderful and very supportive of the school. I'm not sure what this site's scores are based on, but Ravenswood's test scores are also very good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.