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Students enrolled: 171
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6445 W Strong St
Chicago, IL 60656

(773) 534-1228
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June 11, 2015
This school is absolutely amazing. The principal, staff, therapists and teachers are all very committed and care deeply for the students and families. They are professional and highly trained to work with children on the spectrum as wells as many other special needs. The school has a beautiful garden, a new track and an awesome playground. The building is always clean and well maintained. A small student to teacher/paraprofessional is maintained. Communication between the school and parents is excellent. I am a parent of a pre-k student. Our family has made friends with other families and we have play dates with our kids. There are a wonderful group of parents committed to being involved in the school and we have just started the Friends of Beard (www.friendsofbeard.org), a 501c3 dedicated to fundraising to support Beard School. If you have a child on the spectrum or with other special needs please consider this school. I have seen my own child as well as other students make great progress in this environment. The school supports instructional programs from Pre-K through 3rd grade and also offers a blended Pre-K program. This is one of the best schools in CPS.

- submitted by a community member

April 17, 2014
I'm sad to say this will be my son's last year at Beard. He had made a significant progress in all area's. I wish this school had room for 4th through 8th graders.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2013
Magic happens here. Beard is absolutely the best place and school. What a brilliant staff! Everyone is very willing to help, the teachers are great, the administration is receptive and the paraprofessionals are so friendly. It has a good feel as soon as you walk in.

- submitted by a teacher

June 06, 2013
this school is amazing my son has been there for 4 years and sadly this is his last year I'm so happy that my son next year would be going to a special ed classroom at his home school but with other kids with different types of disabilities and I'm so thankful to all the teachers and therapiest for all there hard work. My son and our family would trully missed Beard school..

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2013
As a Beard School parent, I am saddened and angered to see the changes in the school since the new principal started in Fall 2013. Last year, my child and our family felt supported and helped. My child was challenged to do the best in school, but never judged or punished inappropriately for having special needs. This year has been very different. The new principal, perhaps due to her lack of Special Education experience, has used inappropriate methods to deal with my child s special needs. He was isolated from his peers and removed from a learning situation. His teacher was instructed not to communicate with me. I was repeatedly told that if I did not pick my child up early from school, despite the fact that I was at my job, the school would call SASS or an ambulance to remove my child. In one case, the principal actually called the Chicago Police department to handle my 7 year old. This is not conducive to learning, especially in a school dedicated solely to serving special needs children. I m very sad to see these changes in what was previously an exceptional school. I"m giving two stars because, although many faculty and staff left, many good teachers and staff remain.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2013
Our son is just nearing the end of his 3rd year at Beard. He started at the age of 3, and spent 2 yrs with Ms. Kathleen (Preschool). As another parent said, he too showed a tremendous amount of improvement after only a short time of starting school. He is now in Kindergarten (Ms Tracy's class). The improvements haven't stopped! The amount of kindness, compassion, love, and guidance is amazing at this school! We too are very lucky to have our son at Beard!

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2012
The teachers and staff are wonderful. My son loves going to school and I love that he is so happy when he is there. Everyone really is on the same page with me regarding my son's goals. I am truly lucky he is there.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2009
Well i have two children that attention this school and this is best school for my sons need. teacher are good hard working may god bless them all!

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2009
My son has been attending Beard for three months and we have already seen a great deal of progress. Miss Kathleen, PreK, is a tremendous teacher who keeps us informed of everything our son does in class. The therapists and teachers work together as a team and Mrs. Weekly is a wonderful principal.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2009
This school has been a blessing to our family. This is our son's 2cd year and he is doing great. The teachers love what they do and it shows!!! Thank you Beard!!

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2008
This school is the best thing that ever happened for my son. All the teachers and staff love what they are doing and it shows. So many schools for autistic children are just glorified daycare. The staff at Beard believe my son can learn and empower me as a parent. I wish every child with a developmental disability could have a school this wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
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August 04, 2007
My son Michael has been at Beard since 4 years old. When he 1st arrived at Beard he was non-verbal. Michael has come such a long way, not only is he talking but reading and writing. Michael has 2 more years left at beard and will be sad when its time to leave. The new principal is great. Mrs. Weekly deserves 5 stars and 2 thumbs up for being great.

- submitted by a parent

July 27, 2007
My son has attended Beard school since he was 3. When he started he was not talking, and had many emotional out burst. Since being at Beard he is now talking with on problems and the out burst are few if any. We love this school. Our son has one year left at Beard. He will age out when he turns 10 next year. We will greatly miss it. The teachers and staff are amazing at this school. They go the extra mile for all students and their families. This is the best school for all special needs children and their parents. The Deem Family

- submitted by a parent

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Beard Elementary School
6445 W Strong St, Chicago, IL  60656
(773) 534-1228
Last modified Beard Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-3
Beard Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top