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.
Ms. Frank is the best teacher I've met yet! She is always professional, kind, nurturing and always has high expectations of the students. She never has to raise her voice and always maintains a positive, student-centered classroom!
My daughter loves Pritzker and is very successful in the Regional Gifted Center. She always comes home with stories of what she is learning in the classroom.
My granddaughter, 2 years ago, was told that she couldn't talk, that she couldn't speak English, etc. Now at Pritzker, she has a straight A average! We love it.
I have never seen so many programs offered in one school: fine & performing arts, regional gifted center, Spanish, Chess, Science, before school care, partners w/Wicker Park, homework help clubs, etc. The opportunities are here, the staff and administration are excellent and the parents are devoted. The only area in need of improvement is how we can all continue to work together to accomplish all of our goals. Pritzker has the potential to be the best school in Chicago!
The parental involvement in Pritzker is better than I have seen in any other school.
Great school, great staff, great location. The administration is willing to listen to and consider all suggestions in a community effort to continue to improve the school and student success. Everyone in this community works together.
My children LOVE the new climbing wall in the gym! They are also excited about the new art garden and the new playground equipment that will be installed this summer!
A diamond in the rough or a lump of coal? This school has great student diversity (more diverse than most of the regional gifted centers), expanded arts education, a nice location, and some very involved parents who are working hard to make the school better, but -- even after a change of principals -- this school doesn't live up to its potential. A good administration can make all the diffference, but the school administration here seems to stumble from one misstep to another. There are some very good teachers, some mediocre, and some bad. If your child is in the gifted program, s/he will probably have very good teachers for the lower grades. If you are a parent willing to be pushy and vocal about making sure your kid gets the quality education s/he deserves, then you may be happy with this school and may help turn things around.
i am concerned that there is no crossing guard on the corner of Damen Avenue, south of the traffic light. I may be too early, but at 8:45 am, I would assume that a crossing guard should be present.
I love this school for my children. I have two children that attend it, one in middle, one in elementary. I wished there were more passion in creative writing at this school. I hope they consider adding some programs, even for twice a week or something. Overall my children are very pleased with it and are encouraged artistically.
I like the school, and I think the principals are very good this year. GO WILDCATS!
This is my childrens first year at Pritzker and I am more than pleased. I think the start time of 9:30am is excellent for both children and parents. I am also pleased with the math program everyday mathematics. My children actually look forward to school and the fact that they can choose what they want to wear is also an extra added benefit. The principal and assistant principal seem to have a very good grasp of what is required to foster excellence in children. The front office staff has been courteous and helpful. Overall I would say that Pritzker is an excellent school with the potential to be even greater than it already is.
Pritzker is a great school. The staff is very helpful and my children have learned a lot.
I am currently a student at Pritzker. It is a good school. The bathrooms are clean. ALl the teaachers are very nice. There are security cameras at every door and there is a security gaurd and emengency plans for an emergency. This school is a great school. I suggest this school for everyone!
Pritzker School definately needs some restructuring. They have a 'supposed' fine arts program that is almost non-existent. My daughter was accepted to Pritzker School in the 2nd grade and her teachers have gotten progressively worse. Her last teacher offers no stimulation, no challenge and has no expectations of the students. Overall I am disappointed with the scores on the standardized testing as even with the gifted program Pritzker's scores aren't great. I do realize that there have been extinuating circumstances at Pritzker this last year, with the interim principal etc., but I hope that the next year brings abut dramatic change. The one good thing I can say about Pritzker, is that parents are very involved.
I'm currently attending this school. This is my first year at this school and I was very suprised to see it was not all what it was made out to be. I started the scoold towards the end of the first quarter and was told that in January I would be able to try out for looking glass theatre. That never happend. Some teachers do their jobs but others like my homeroom teacher don't really give us anything to learn. We're told to do vocabulary words that a difficult compared to the ones we're reading in our book, and sometimes the teacher'll give us an assignment and will forget about it for like three weeks and suddenly remember 4 weeks later. I would not recomend this school to anyone.
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