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8601 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

(773) 534-1090
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January 30, 2014
Fantastic school. I went there and absolutely loved it. The teachers were great, the staff was great, and most importantly the curriculum was great. This school has an ESL program, and the great thing is they have multiple teachers who speak different languages. The classrooms usually have an aid to help the students. The school also has events such as movie nights, reading nights, volleyball tournaments, and of course basketball games. As a parent of a child who now goes there I have to say this school is pretty great. The pricipal has changed, and I'm not a huge fan of him, but the assistant principal Dr. Archibald is amazing. The office staff is also great. The only downside is that when I attended the school I rarely swathe nurse in her office, at some point I wasn't even sure that we had one. Overall great school, Send your kids here!

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2013
I am a former parent and am a LSC member if you all have issues with this school and the staff you may address this monthly meeting . We need to know what parents need and want . Our meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7 pm please you feel that sethong is not right tells us. This school and staff have come a long way lets try to even make or better . LSC member

- submitted by a community member

August 27, 2013
Horrible school. My kids went to this school 2009/2010. It was so bad that we had to move. Now we are in excellent school district and I see how great school look like with caring teachers and great administration.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013
Dirksen is an excellent school. My three children attend and they love it! The teachers are really nice and caring, I would recommend this school to anyone

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2013
Dirksen did not prepare me well enough for high school. I only have a few months left of high school, and when I started I didn't know any math. When I was in 8th grade, they put a teacher in the position to be a math teacher for 7th/8th graders. That was such a bad decision. He did not prepare me at all. Otherwise, I did pretty well at Dirksen. They had a very good social science teacher when I was in 8th grade. But, at night they are a lot of kids that smoke/drink behind the mobile units. That needs to be put under control. It makes the environment worse around there. That needs to be stopped.

- submitted by a community member

December 06, 2012
We always appreciated the old principal, he always had time for you and he smiled a lot. We felt he cared. But he has ben gone about 2 years now. We have a new principal. The new principal seems very friendly and smiles too. Overcrowding is an issue that should be brought up with the School Board. A good school always gets overcrowded because people want their children to go there. If the principal had more funds from the school board, he could do more things for the kids. Maybe we need to help him work with the board. I myself have not seen teachers be nasty with the kids. I think they try very hard to work with our kids. Some of the teachers who left were some of the ones who were not very nice. The new ones and the remaining old ones work hard. My kids teachers always speaks to me when I have questions to ask.We are lucky to have Dirksen.

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2012
Its really easy to go up to a parent and tell them that the teachers are mean and dont listen.Thats how a child gets out of studying and homework. If you really want to know more about your students teacher, then dont listen to your child, just go to the teacher. Dirksen is one of the schools with the smartest teachers I know. They listen to the students. I know these teachers. They are very smart and hope they help the students with their bright future. To believe your childs words, listen what other parents say, classmates, teachers and other staff member.Dont judge a book by its cover ;)Judge a book by thir inside ;) So to find out the school then I have important advice GO TO THE SCHOOL, TALK TO THE STAFF MEMBERS, TALK TO THE CLASSMATES AND DONT ACCUSE ANYONE OF YOUR CHILDS LEARNING. your children choose the grade they want, not the teacher. Teachers teach, help Students disobey that and do whatever they want DONT BLAME THE TEACHERS BECAUSE OF YOUR STUDENTS "WORDS" ABOUT THE SCHOOL Just try to help your child and see what the teachers go through

- submitted by a community member

October 12, 2012
I am very displeased with this school. Most of the teachers, along with the principal, don't understand the children's problems and ignore the parents.Whenever they make a mistake, they don't admit to it. They treat the children thoughtlessly. The school is their personal farm; not a fellowship with the children's parents and the teachers. The principal doesn't even care about the school. There's a lot of bad things that can be written about the teachers and very little good. Thankfully, there's some good educationalists.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2012
I have been getting email with the reviews of Dirksen School. For all the negative reviews are the parents involved in communication between the student and teacher. They have excellent teachers and staff and I have worked with the with positive results. I do not believe they are removing negative posts and students have ways of making entries (misspelling errors) just to insult of demean teachers. My daughter was there 6 yrs. Would you like to have your child go to a school on the South Side? With horrible conditions and poor safety? We need to worry about our students grades! If they need help ask. If you do not ask then do not be surprised at report card results. Communication is key. Rather than blame the teacher try to have a meeting with your student,teacher and principal. Sometimes the student is not focused on the subject and at the end of the class blames the teacher for not teaching it. I have seen if first hand. Yes parents need to be involved if you choose not to you really will not know what is going on. Ask questions first and then you will have a clear picture of what happens in the class room. Sit in the class room I have.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2012
as I subscriber I always receive email notification if someone posts a review . Few days ago I read negative reviews about this school, and today that review is not here anymore Removed by admin :-)...3rd parent in a row whos review being removed by web/admin. If parents can only share positive reviews then does it really makes sense of keeping this page and misleading parents? Gladly, my child is not a student of Dirksen. Indeed horrible school.

- submitted by a community member

July 23, 2011
Horrible school. Aggressive and misleading staff. There are many open enrollment schools who offer more programs and activities for smarter kids. Girls, boys 7th graders smoke, skip class and on top your child who needs courage will be placed in a same group with them. You cant do anything about it. Over 25 students in one class and only one teacher, what to expect? stressing out!

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2011
It is unfortunate to hear people badmouth their child's school. It is not the school's fault that is is crowded. My children have received an excellent education at Dirksen and I am thankful for the kind, caring teachers they have there. Perhaps if you got involved in the school you would see that. As for the lady that complained about the registration process, she should know there are rules to be followed. The website tells you want you need to bring or you could have called to find out. The off ice ladies at school have always been kind and helpful to me and my children.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2011
i did really suffer 4 years inthat school ,crowded classrooms ,there is no enough space for preschool,when my daughter reached kinder her level was low,teacher are stressed because they all the time complain about the chidren and adidn't find those problems when imoved to haorwood heights,my dids hates dirksen a lot they was having hard time and not happy .there is no enough activities.drop off and pick up is not allowed all streets closed.it is really horrible .there is no space in the school for preschool,and kindergarten only 4 hours .and almost 28 children in the classes .how kids will learn.and why they should suffer and another kids in the suberbs are just 15 in the classrooms , ithink there is abig difference,idont absolutly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2010
This school has been lacking in the special education department under the past principal. A new principal has taken the reigns of this school this year and as a parent I am already seeing improvements. I look forward to the up and coming changes and hope that things will continue to change in a positive manner.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 17, 2009
Hard working individuals help our children. We are treated to very helpful office people.

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July 10, 2009
My son just graduated from this school. I highly recommend it. The best faculty, the best Principal... can't say anything wrong !!!

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June 29, 2009
This school has really helped my kids. The principal is hardworking and the kids look up to him. The Assistant is a happy, smiling person. Teachers work hard for the kids. Overall, we are very happy with the school

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July 23, 2008
The teachers at this is school are great. My kids have learning disabilities and they have been great with them and they are excelling because of the teachers. I was worried because it is a chicago public school but i'm happy that they are there.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2008
the best school ever!!i reccommend this to all kids and parents!

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December 29, 2007
this was a horrible school to let my son go to.

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March 04, 2007
I have two children in the school. Both of my children are exceeding acadamically very well.

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March 29, 2006
I appreciate how well the school is run. I find all the staff to be really helpful for my children. The school administration has help me with a serious problem. I appreciate their concern.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 06, 2006
I have never in the years that I have been the Dirksen principal bully any child's parent or guardian. If I am asked a question, I respond honestly. We follow the policies set by the Board of Education. I think, at times, people believe that we can make up the policies to suit their particular problem. We can not. We try to solve problems. Hopefully, most parents/guardians believe that we are doing our best to meet the academic needs of their children. That's the job. I do wish we had more classroom space. We have to deal with the space limitations we have. Our teachers are of the highest quality. They work hard so children succeed. This year, because of enrollment, we opened a third kindergarten class (no more than 25 children in each). CPS is going through a rough budgeting period. We need to see what may happen.

- submitted by a teacher

November 01, 2005
all three of my children went to dirksen.It is a good school. my children have learned alot since going. my daughter is a honor student. they have had very good teachers.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2005
Teachers are good, but sometimes expect too much. The Principal is too used to getting things his way and is not above using underhanded techniques to bully parents. He steps beyond the realm of his professional reach. During the 2004-2005 school year he spoke inappropriately to several parents. The assistant principal however, is very responsive and personable.

- submitted by a parent
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Dirksen Elementary School
8601 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL  60656
(773) 534-1090
Last modified Dirksen Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dirksen Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top