Really fantastic. My daughter is in the options program and we expected a lot. Pritzker is delivering in spades. We moved in from the suburbs for a year before our daughter started school. We were going to move back out for better schools, but then we found this fantastic place.
This school covers it all. In the five years my daughter has been here, they have made great gains. The staff is young, beautiful (inside and out), strong, energetic, enthusiastic, competent, effective, communicative and much much more! Administration is strong and solid. Parental involvement is always present. The talent and opportunities are busting out of this school at the seams! From the moment you walk in you are captivated by the Art Institute art work, bulletin boards, announcements, and more. My child is very happy, I couldn't be happier and we hope to find a high school as good as Pritzker! There are so many options and opportunities for all...
Our kids our proud to be part of the Pritzker family (Fine Arts and Gifted programs). I'm happy to be part of a parent community that cares, commits, and gives back to their school.
The school building needs attention and renovations but the staff and administration it holds have passion and intelligence that will inspire your child. We were previously paying a substantial fund for preschool and would happily have continued to do so IF WE had seen the passion we saw at Pritzker. What we have seen and loved in the gifted program: adapting the difficulty level of assignments and extra challenges in works. The before school program, k (and upwards) receives art, music, PE, spanish, and library. Every child can play a part in a theatrical production if they choose. A parent organization which has gathered funds for a new K playground and upper grades science lab. The website is informative; check it out. Like any large organization, there has been miscommunication but my questions have always been met with quality and thoughtful answers. If you are searching through all of this for OAE applications, you are the reason I wrote this. I was worried about our choice, our son could have tested into any school but we put Priitzker first because we saw him there and when he comes home off the bus he has many stories of good kids and good adults who surround him.
My two children attend this school in the fine arts program. We love it! The teachers are wonderful, and the school is bursting with activities and involved parents and kids. We have been glad we chose this for our children!
We are a family friendly phenomenal fine arts school. I often feel that we are the young Julliard of Chicago. We have a diverse atmosphere with an exceptional teaching staff that constantly strives to enrich the minds of our children. My sons and I love it.
I love Pritzker because it is so diverse. The teachers and students are so unique. The atmosphere is like a big family. They have a few after school programs, but we need more!
Been at Pritzker for many years. All my boys think that Pritzker's teachers are great.
Pritzker Elementary in Chicago's Wicker Park goes the extra mile to bring great teachers, great programs and great life lessons to an extreemly talented and eclectic student body. Pritzker offers an amazing and varied art, music and theater program, before and after school activities, and a comprehensive support system via the staff and teachers who are engaged and motivated. The school's top priority is the safety and well-being of its families, not its 'demographic'. Prtizker Rocks!
Pritzker is the greatest school in Chicago. The administration, teachers,and staff value excellence in education and believe that every child can learn.
I like that they have a lo of great arts programs for the kids like a real art and music room and have Spanish twice a week. They also have a lot of great family programs throught the year that are fun and a learning experience too. All of the teachers are warm and welcoming and willing to meet with you anytime you want to discuss something about your child. The Principal has alos listened to some of my suggestions and implemented them.
Great preschool for all program with involved parents and staff throughout 8th grade.
Our child is in the options program kindergarten. We have been thrilled with the teacher and the school. The school is open and welcoming to parents, and is rewarded with a high level of parental involvement. The before school program, a partnership between school administration and parents, is impressive. We have been very happy with our son's experience.
Pritzker is fantastic. They have so many opportunities for all areas: Science, Drama, Art, etc. My daughter is very happy and ... is very challenged academically.
My son is in the Regional Gifted Center at Pritzker and we love it. His teacher is dedicated and attentive. The work he brings home is challenging and engaging, and he enjoys being with his classmates. Beyond the gifted program, Pritzker offers terrific options for activities, including chess, violin, performing arts and a wonderful before-school program. I particularly like the fact that the gifted program, magnet program and the neighborhood school program combine to make Pritzker a wonderful choice for any child.
My daugther is in the gifted program at Pritzker. She is doing great and loves going to school. She comes home each evening excited about learning and ready to spend time on homework. The school has so many things going for it: a committed group of parents dedicated to making it one of the best elementary schools in the city, community involvement, a diverse student body, and a strong and creative spirit. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about where to put their child next fall, to ask yourself what's really important. Things are not always what they seem to be on the outside. Pritzker is worth a serious look.
Our children are in the gifted program in the lower grades, and they are having really good experiences at Pritzker. Their teachers are great, they're learning a lot, they enjoy school, and their classmates are a nice bunch of kids. The parent and community involvement in the school is excellent, and it's a huge benefit to our whole family that they can attend a good school close to our home. However, the school is definitely in need of new leadership. As other posters have said, the administration has stumbled from one mis-step to another, and the problems with teacher retention and enrollment are serious. Great leadership is the only thing that is keeping Pritzker from being a real gem of a school.
This school has some serious difficulties. It has been in turmoil for several years now. The fourth grade gifted class has had 3 different teachers so far this year. A third grade class is also on its third teacher this year. Last year several of the upper-grades classes suffered from a similar revolving door syndrome as teachers walked out or were re-assigned mid-year. About 25% of the seats in the gifted program went unfilled this fall because parents removed their children over concerns about the quality of the education. About half of the teachers left last year, some in midyear, some at the end of the school year. The nationally-certified teachers are gone. The hardworking, dedicated science teacher for the upper grades left. IEPs are ignored. If you consider this school for your child, go into the situation with your eyes wide open. Visit the school. Take a good look around.
Pritzker offers so many extra curricular activities, before school, after school and even during school! There are many partners and the community and parents all work together to keep Pritzker a great school for our students.
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