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
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.
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.
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.
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!
This school is very well run from the top down. The internal gifted program particularly well designed and implemented.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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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