The teachers are wonderful and passionate and the community is vibrant. If you want to be part of a city school experience this is the place for you. If you want a private school at public school prices-- try to get in elsewhere. Love the arts curriculum-- love the auditorium, library, art room, science lab.
Depends on the year. Some teachers give a lot some give very little. With school hours from 9-4 it leaves very little time for homework. I am of the mind that teachers should teach the material and excessive amounts of homework make it the parent's responsibility to help their kids learn material.
The teachers are great. The parents are good (but there are only a small dedicated group of them--they can get more involved then it would be great). The principal is TERRIBLE. She doesn't communicate with parents at all, she is dismissive and has no listening skills. I would steer clear of it until the LSC can do its job and fire her.
We had a less than stellar experience with Pritzker. The first year we were here my oldest had a terrible experience with bullying. Her coat was slashed and she was physically harmed, without the teacher doing anything about it. The only option was to move her up a grade, which was much better for her. My other child spent about 6 hours a day reading, because no one cared what he did as long as he wasn't causing trouble. He came out of that year with very poor grades, which is unfortunate because he is capable of much more. What you have to know about this school is that it is basically it is two schools- the gifted section that they flaunt and the neighborhood section which is doing very poorly. Most of the fundraising goes to gifted classes and very little of it goes to the other classes. The art/dance/theatre teachers, however, are fantastic as is the preschool teacher. And Ms Pagany in 6th grade is one of the best teachers I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Needless to say, we found better schools and are much happier.
So far, so great. Transferred our daughter after her former school moved its start time to 7:30 a.m. (gah!) Did judge Pritzker by its well-worn cover, but shouldn't have. Its teachers care, its extracurricular programs are plentiful and diverse, and its parents are active and welcoming. Just recently, the guidance counselor invited our daughter to a 1/1 new student lunch to track her progress and get to know her. They are vested in her, and she can tell. There's no better comfort for a parent.
I went to this school for 2 years (middle school) and it was just so-so. I had teachers ranging from good to awful (some making sure i'd succeed while others threatened to fail me for no reason). The atmosphere is slightly odd, and looking back I wasn't very happy there. There was a bullying problem in multiple classes that was not dealt with at all, the teachers and adults being completely unresponsive. Not the best school, could improve greatly with effort, communication, and a reevaluation of how things are done there.