We are thrilled that both of our daughters attend Stone Academy. They are experiencing first-hand the very best of the future of our country, with friends whose families come from all parts of the world, all incomes.
Along with the astounding diversity, many characteristics are shared: all of the students seem to be nerdy, and all parents seem particularly devoted to the academic success of their children. Our children have experienced no bullying (and the administration responds quickly to the hint of it).
Class sizes are typical of all popular CPS schools: around 30-35 kids per class (that is the fault of CPS, not Stone). Despite large class sizes, we have consistently been impressed with the personalized dedication and kindness Stone's teachers have demonstrated toward our daughters. The school's librarian is a wonderful, nationally-known expert on fostering the love of reading in children (our daughters adore her). The principal is shy but very good at managing with limited resources, while the assistant principal is super outgoing and knows every kid by name (they complement each other well).
Stone Academy is a very special place thanks to the Principal Onofrio and many great teachers she has on staff. I think it would even be better place if the LSC is not micromanaging every decision made by very capable principal. Also, there are few malicious parents who are just taking way too much of principal's time as well as teacher's time without realizing that time would be better spent if they left teachers and principal do what they do best. It is unfortunate how much weight and time is given to squeaky wheels.
Ugh. So disappointed in this school. There is a clique of wealthy parents who are "rah, rah" about this school, and who are seriously clueless about what is going on in the classrooms because they are so focused on "ballroom dancing!" The culture between the staff and teachers is very dysfunctional, and it is felt throughout the school community. My children received lots of worksheets, few interesting or engaging projects. The discipline is based on fear and intimidation. Disrespectful of families of color or low-income families, not inclusive. I'm shocked, frankly, that there are as many positive reviews as there are here, because that is not what is being talked about between parents at pickup and drop-off.
Stone is a school with a lot of nice activities and dedicated staff. Teachers help the ones in need, but there is not enough time and money to create the programs for students who are above the average.
Stone Academy is a rare treasure in the belabored Chicago Public School system for many reasons. In no particular order, Stone celebrates and represents students from many cultures and ethnicities. Every year the school holds a "Heritage Assembly" that celebrates this diversity. The staff and faculy are highly motivated to help every student succeed, and the parents and families are actively involved in our school. The administration has done an excellent job in educating kids on the risks & dangers of bullying, and bullies simply aren't tolerated at Stone. Being a K-8 school, t's common to see older students helping and playing with the younger ones. To know Stone Academy is to love it!