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K-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 834
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6024 W Warwick Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

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(773) 534-3640
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October 19, 2014
This is my daughter's 3 year at Thorp and the quality of the school has improved each year. I really like the principal, Mr. Toledo, and I am satisfied with the communication between the teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
Excellent school! Incredible parent involvement. Best teachers ever. High level of instructions, especially in math. Highly recommended. My two kids go there and we all love it.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My daughter is new to Thorp scholastic Academy. I thought the transition would be difficult for her as she entered 6th grade. I was mistaken. She has found all of her teachers more than willing to go the extra mile and help her with all her needs. Thorp has also allowed for her to become involved in many activities outside of classroom time, which she is also enjoying.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
This school has always been a well performing school with students getting into Northside Prep, Peyton, Young, and Lane. The new principal, Mr. Toledo is incredible with the Vice Principal having a serious focus on science. Many programs have been offered in the area of science for the children to enhance their science awareness...for free! The parent community is very active with the administration on getting a new playground. The organization is called Friends of Thorp. The PTA has always been strong due to active and involved parents. They offer many free afterschool programs starting at the Kindergarten level such as multicultural club, board game club, sign language club for the older kids, knitting, violin etc... Check it out you won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
I have a daughter in this school and to be honest I am truly amazed, because my daughter was not doing so hot at her previous school and no matter how much I tried to communicate with her teachers to help her stride for success I kept getting e-mails stating they would work on it with her I kept asking what is (IT) what or where is she failing? no response , now at thorp if I have a concern I let her teachers know and the very next day I had a response with a plan of action. Now my daughter is an A & B student.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
My two kids have been at Thorp since Kindergarten. It is a school that keeps getting better with time. The community, teachers, and administrative leadership work together in making that happen. I am waiting to see what the upper grades bring us, but the K-4 experience has been excellent thus far!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2013
The new pricipal has energized the entire community. We all have a "can do" attitude, including teachers, parents and students. Love the academic challenges my daughter has received. Very pleased with the increased level of communication we receive as parents. Bravo!!!! All hands are on deck to make this a GREAT school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2013
I have a daughter in the 1st grade at Thorp. I have been absolutely amazed by this incredible school!! She started last year when she was accepted for Kindergarten. We were a bit apprehensive when we started since we had not known anyone that attended the school. We were really happy at the private school that she attended for preschool, which we had decided would be the one she would attend through 8th grade. We were immediately overwhelmed by the incredible parents and kids at the school!! Once Mr. Toledo and Dr. Chipain came to Thorp, the school has become the most ideal school that I could ever have the honor of sending my child to! They have made such remarkable changes that, I truly believe, are making Thorp one of the top schools in Chicago!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
My child has been here since Kindergarten and is now in fourth grade, in the Comprehensive Gifted Track. We have always enjoyed Thorp and thought it was an exceptional school, but since the new leadership has gone into effect, we love it even more! Mr.Toledo and Dr.Chipain are a wonderful team, and are doing great things for Thorp, that have not been done in the past. The parental involvement is fantastic as well. Any child would be lucky to have a seat at Thorp.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
This magnet school is really making great strides to become a unique learning experience within the CPS system. The new principal has made a huge impact in the attitude of staff, students, parents and the community and has big hopes and plans for the future. The academics are really solid and continually improving.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
my daughter loves the school and the friends she has made. She started the school year off not very much interested in school and now comes home already finished with her homework and looking for more things to do. Great school I am waiting for my youngest to be of age so she can attend as well. I give brownie points to the office staff they are great and work well with my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy is an excellent school. The administration and principal are top notch. The academic level of instruction and training is superb. They could use a few more extra curricular activities, especially in the sports department (there were some cut backs). My children are receiving a great education and we are very happy to be at Thorp.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Because my dauther are studiying there and they are good students. As a mother I feel sure the way how they are doing getting every day good knowlodges to make them better as persons and as students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 31, 2009
Thorp is a great school. The staff and the administration are fantastic. My children are getting a very good education.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
I have two boys at Thorp. They have both received an excellent education so far. Great teachers and staff. The principal and vice principal are very involved with the children. Staff is very supportive if any problems arise. Love the PTA. I commend them for all they do. It's an incredible group working together for the best interest of the students.

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March 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2009
One of the best schools in the area. I have two of my kids there, and I am very happy as they are too.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
My child is currently in second grade at Thorp. We could not be happier. Her teacher, Mrs. Carlos is amazing. The dedication and determination she exemplifies should be commended. This is one of the teachers that we will always remember... for nothing but good things. My child is so happy and loves school. Mrs. Carlos' hands-on approach to science and other subjects is where this new realm of education is going and this is the teacher that should help guide it. We had heard great things about this teacher and were so excited to find out our child would be in her class. What a priviledge it has been!

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December 05, 2008
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November 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
The teachers care. The kids are clearly challenged. Staff are attuned and aware - with 800 kids, they still know my name, and those of my children - even after 2 wks of K for my youngest. They are responsible and caring, and the kids do leave school happy and excited. Thorp is dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2008
My son is in kindergarten and has learned so much. I'm very impress of his improvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
My daughter is in kindergarten and has learned so much to my amazment! They are teaching her stuff i would think a 1st grader would learn! This is in my opinion the best school in the city! She is doing spelling test and addition/subtraction and i think it is wonderfull they can learn in kindergarten instead of color all day like i did! Mrs.Benedict is the sweetest and most caring teacher i have met and i am so glad my daughter is in her class!

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March 07, 2008
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October 02, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2007
As an alumna and parent of a kindergartner now enrolled at Thorp, I can honestly say that the educational experience surpasses most schools. I am currently a graduate student and have the motivation to go much further, this is because of the drive instilled at the grade school level. I valued my education so much that I made sure to give my son the same opportunity. There are many chances throughout the school year for parent involvement, independent school fund raising (no using limited resources as an excuse), student motivation, arts enrichment, etc. I love this school because the students come first. They are, for the most part, well behaved and respectful, which may be attributed to the time spent nurturing them individually. Former Student and Current Parent

- submitted by a former student
May 15, 2007
My daughter is in kindergarten, she loves going to school. Her teacher is wonderful, although there are a many kids in the classroom she manages to take care of the needs of each one of them. She has learned so much, we are very happy with the school. We wish the parents where more involved and helpful. The PTA is great and works really hard to help the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2006
The school is great! Sports and other programs stimulate growth and encourage students. The gifted program is really fun an challenging. I am in the gifted program and come home with a bunch of homework everyday. None of the teachers at Thorp are slackers and are very involved in helping children.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2006
I think Thorp needs to consider their music program and make it more available for lower income students as well.Also I feel that the Chicago Public Schools should seriously consider starting spanish/french @ the grade school levels just as they have the english classes for the foreign students, instead of waiting until they reach the high school level. By the time they reach high school they could be fluent in the languages.Please inform Mr. Arnie Duncan of this request as I will forward him an email too!As a parent of Thorp Academy students(3) I'm very proud & satisfied with it's curriculum, but would like to see longer after school programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2006
I love O.A.Thorp it is so fun we do all types of activities like field day ice cream day and etc... some of the teachers up there are real cool. im going to sixth grade and im staying until i graduate. The pricipal ms bandolik is cool but also serious when she need to bee i think parents will love O.A.Thorp!

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2006
This school is very well run from the top down. The internal gifted program particularly well designed and implemented.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2006
The parent involvment at Thorp is great!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
I am not happy with the quality of the teachers at Thorp. Some Teachers at Thorp don't take time to spend with the kids having a difficult time with the currculum. The impression given is they go to school, teach to collect a paycheck and at the end of the day....they're gone.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
academic programs are great and the principal is the best.

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August 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
My son started O.A. Thorp in the second grade. O.A. Thorp is a school where children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart of dumb kid. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. Mary R. Ravid is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my son graduates this year. Thank you O.A. Thorp for bringing out the best in my child and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world. Aisha Hamidani Vides Anuskiewicz

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February 10, 2005
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February 07, 2005
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November 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2004
O. A. Thorp Scholastic Academy is a good school. Coming from experience as a present student, this school has taught me many things. They also have displined me when needed! Yes, I can say that I am glad this is my last year at Thorp. But I will surely miss this school called Thorp.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2004
I think that Thorp has an excellent administration. Thorp is very diverse and has great scores. My son just started kindergarten and I really love the school. He has learned much in his first year and his teacher is outstanding. I really appreciate having a principal that works hard to keep the school and students at their best and strives for continued improvements. My dearest congrats to all staff and to the children!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
My daughter has been a student at Thorp for eight years. I am very satisfied with the education she has received from teachers and staff. She is on her way to high school and I just pray that she enters a high school that cares so much about their students, like the teachers at Thorp academy.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
My Daughter has only been there for 2 years but she has learned so much. The teachers have made her early years fun. I hope we can be apart of this school till Graduation Day in 2010. Thank You Thorp Academy.

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Thorp is the only magnet school of six Scholastic Academies throughout the city with a Comprehensive Gifted Program. Unlike schools such as Decatur Classical, Edison Regional Gifted Center, or the Academic Centers at Taft, Whitney and Lane; Thorp students are selected solely through a random lottery. Students in our Gifted Comprehensive Program are initially selected based on their performance at the end of Kindergarten.

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Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy
6024 W Warwick Ave, Chicago, IL  60634
(773) 534-3640
Last modified Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thorp O A Elementary Scholastic Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top