I am a student that goes to Mark Sheridan... this is my 9th year there. I have been there since kindergarten and now I am graduating and this school is one of the best things that have ever happened to me. I know that when I leave I will not get the same education that I got while I was at MSA. Words can not describe how I feel about this school.
This is my childs second year at MSA and we feel very fortunate to be part of the school. The sense of community you get at msa is that like of a small town school. The kids all know each other, the teachers know all the students and parents by name. The principal along with the teachers and some kids are helping with morning drop off. it's a very positive experience for the kids and parents. The school is very diverse and the school embraces it. The teachers are great and communicate very well with the parents. The school is ranked just as well as some of the selective schools.
Our child is a Kindergartener at Mark Sheridan. This school has been excellent. His primary teacher and specialist teachers have been extremely supportive and enthusiastic. The administration is passionate, caring and involved. The older children at the school are extraordinarily polite and well mannered and they provide positive role models for the younger children. The school has great diversity. In addition, there is an intangible positive vibe about the school that is infectious. Class sizes are very good for CPS. The building has tons of charm.
It's my son's second year attending Mark Sheridan and all I can say is that it' a wonderful school. The teachers and staff that I have meet so far have been wonderful. The education that the child receive here at Mark Sheridan might be challenging, but in the end, it's a great challenge that the students will benefit from moving into the future. Keep up the great work MSA!
Mark Sheridan is an example of what all public schools can be. Diverse, challenging, always striving to do even better than the last year. The teaching and administrative staff are highly invested in the success of the students and in keeping the parents in lock-step with their mission. Not only are the academic achievements outstanding but the requirements for every student to practice inclusiveness and civility makes for a wonderful experience for all MSA students.
As a college professor who has conducted research in urban public schools and as parent of a MS student, I have come to appreciate the effort that MS faculty and staff continue to make to ensure the success of students . It starts at the front door with the Principal who knows students by their names and greets them at the school door. It continues in the classroom with a teacher who types an individualized progress report for my daughter at the end of each semester. It extends to relationships with parents who are welcomed into the life and environment of the school. And finally, it continues in the way that the administrators, faculty, and staff "make it work" for the students. MS is an island in the CPS system. When are schools are failing just blocks away, MS continues to succeed with a very diverse student population and diminished resources. No whining. No belly-aching about the performance reviews. No negativity. Just doing school as it ought to be done everywhere in Chicago!
I have two kids that went to MSA. One has graduated and the other is in 7th. The school is great and the teachers really do care about your child and their relationship with the parents. Majority of the teachers are very understanding and approachable. The involvement of the parents at school is great. No matter what the event was there is always a group of parents helping out. Most of all the school is challenging and prepares the children for high school very well. I am very proud to say I am a wildcat mom and I recommend this school.
This is the fourth year that my two children (who are currently in grades 3 and 4) have attended MSA, and I could not be more pleased. My children are given demanding and thought-provoking work and homework that does not exceed their abilities but demands their best work. The teachers at MSA are involved, in close contact with me, and work incredibly hard. The administration is available and accessible. The school's anti-bullying policy has been a huge benefit to my daughter and my son has received excellent special education support from the IES department as well as his regular ed. teachers. We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to watch our children thrive at MSA.