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Students enrolled: 1,037

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4310 North Melvina Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

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(773) 534-3711
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 21, 2015
The teachers are very effective because they genuinely care about their students and build a rapport with them.

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2015
Smyser Elementary School is a fantastic neighborhood school with an excellent principal, faculty, and staff. Smyser has received the highest rating that CPS has to offer (1+). The curriculum is rigorous and extra-curricular activities are plentiful. This school is the hidden gem.

- submitted by a community member

November 23, 2014
I as a concerned mom thinks that smyser has alot to work on. Let's begin with the principal he lacks leadership and doesn't seem to show any concerns at all whatsoever when it comes to our children. What I personally experienced at smyser could have been better handled. Nothing at all was done when my childrens issues were addressed. 6th grade is a bridge year understable,now these kids should not be in fear or scared to go to school but have fun, feel comfortable and want to attend class.I believe that the smyser is overrated. My kids feel good want to go to school and are thriving at their new school. Parents tend not to speak up as they should I myself could not. If we teach our kids to speak up and speak out you as well (parents should do as well.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2014
The expectations for our students are high. The teachers are excellent at academics. Discipline should be more consistent.

- submitted by a teacher

April 22, 2014
My children's school is outstanding! The teachers are well qualified, the principal Mr. Travlos is professional, kind, and approachable. The school makes my children feel safe and nurtured. My children are learning Spanish, and we have a wonderful Art teacher Ms. Lee. Smyser aslo has a reputable music department. The only thing Smyer needs is a permanent addition, as many children live in the district.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2014
Smyser is a great school. My child can be on the honor roll if she tries. The only thing is she has to like the teacher if the teacher doesnt yell she is fine. The only problem I have with smyser is no air conditioning for these kids.my child never liked a school with uniforms but if you ask her now if she wants a uniform or no uniform she will say uniform. All in all I like smyser.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Fact: You will not find a better music program and department than Smyser Elementary on the Northwest side of Chicago for K-8, in either the private or public sector. As a parent, I've been proud to introduce my children to music lessons I'd otherwise never approach. Beyond the arts, their administration has always been welcoming and helpful. My children have consistently been challenged academically, and the rising scored of the school's report card are evident of the compassion of their educators. I am lucky to be able to have a neighborhood school like Smyser.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013
Smyser is a great school. The website is user-friendly and all information is updated including policy and homework. Teachers post homework on website along with other websites to help students with learning. Administration is very attentive and truly cares about their students. The school has a great music program and athletics. Smyser also has a great PTO. My children enjoy going to school everyday. I am thankful for that.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2011
As of late June, 2010, Smyser has over 1000 students! For the most part, the majority of the teachers are happy there! The prinicipal is outstanding and the teachers "wok their butts off!"

- submitted by a community member

August 16, 2010
My two girls go to Smyser and love it. The pre-K teachers are amazing and a wonderful way to start your child's education. We feel so lucky to be able to live in the Chicago and have our children go to a public school that not only takes their job seriously but exceeds expectations. The principal and assistant principal are very accessible and kind. I am a member of the PTO and feel that the parents that are helping and giving of their time are doing an outstanding job. I wish there were more members but it's understandable that most families have parents working two jobs and just getting by. We are thrilled with the diversity of the students, parents, teachers, and the curriculum. We are very happy.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2009
I was a student here, this school is not good if you plan on moving to the suburbs where the schools are better and this school doesnt prepare you for highschool. you dont even have to work hard to pass

- submitted by a student
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September 07, 2008
so far i'm happy that my kids are studding at this school the teachers are great

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2008
My daughter transferred to Smyser 1st grade from a magnet school gifted program in 2007, and her sister began K here at the same time. We are thrilled with the change. Learning is thorough, integrated, and fast-paced. The kids have gym 2 times a week and music 2 times a week. There is a wide variety of after-school classes available for the kids with registration taking place near the start of the school year. The teachers are excellent, dedicated, and approachable. The principal and assistant principal are visible everywhere, it seems, and interact with the kids and parents. Best of all, we feel welcome in and around the school, which was not the case at the magnet school we attended previously. The office staff is terrific: helpful, friendly, welcoming. Expectations are set high for the children, and they rise to that high level. Discipline is balanced, appropriate, and consistent.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2006
I love this school. My sons teacher mrs. Seatsema is wonderful, she keeps well informed on my sons process. Which i am happy to say is good. We work together to give my son the best education possible. The staff, principal, assist. Principal make you feel welcomed, they have a great news letter and activities for kids. My son loves this school. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to attend. Two more years to go.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2005
Great school and I loved the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2005
my child came here in the middle of the year and i think the teacher was excellent in making the transition easier for her she made her comfortable around other students. when my child transfered here she could not read after 2 months my child was reading books a great job smyser did and there was room for lots of parent involvement. i would recomend to everyone great school.

- submitted by a parent
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Smyser Elementary School
4310 North Melvina Avenue, Chicago, IL  60634
(773) 534-3711
Last modified Smyser Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Smyser Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top