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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 784
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1212 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60605

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August 15, 2014
I am disappointed in the behavior of the principal of South Loop. Several friends in the neighborhood have spoken with her and have been met with less than enthusiastic responses from the principal when inquiring about their child attending the school. One incident in particular, she was not very nice to a friend that lives in the neighborhood who wanted to register her grandson because he lives with her. She almost insinuated that my friend was lying about the child living in the zone. She then asked her several questions which I felt was inappropriate. During their conversation, A Caucasian man came in and the principal's whole attitude changed with him. It is sad that she may be showing parents signs of reverse prejudice against her own race. I would really hope that is not the case, but my friend was very offended. South Loop overall seems to have a good reputation, but the principal may need to check her attitude/prejudices at the door.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I live in the neighborhood and have children in both the Gifted and Neighborhood programs. The teachers and atmosphere in both programs throughout the school are excellent and individualized for students' needs. The parent community is involved and the administration is helpful. As the school transitions to an all neighborhood school, South Loop will continue to improve as the caliber of parents and students attending is very education-minded, high-acheiving and engaged.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
My experience as well as my child's experience at this school has consistently been sub-par. The Administration needs an intervention asap. Smiles to your face but can be rude and has poor follow-up. Huge bullying problem amongst students and staff. I have witnessed Administration yelling at children. Academic and social enrichment is important amongst this age group. Unfortunately, this school is greatly lacking social/emotional support of the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
We have a child in Kindergarten. Teacher is pleasant, friendly. Administration not pleasant, dare I say rude? Defensive? Kid has fun, but there is no challenge -- homework seems preschool level and uninspired -- all workbook pages, no differentiation...cookie cutter. Kid is not challenged to exceed normal Kindergarten levels which we feel is a waste of time, kid has much more potential than this. Having to supplement from home. Disappointed. We expected a better experience and better academics.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
Where do the graduates from this school, attend high school? im just wondering before i enroll my kiddos. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
South Loop is a wonderful school. From the parents, most teachers, programs and after school options - all wonderful. As a working mom, I appreciate that my child is able to participate in many activities such as drama, Choir, dance, band, piano, yoga, and even cooking classes. South Loop has something for everyone. Rather than feeling guilty about leaving her in after-school, I'm grateful that she is gaining exposure to experiences( cultural, academic, and extracurricular) that will help shape her in to a responsible, independent, and open minded adult. I'm confident that my child is receiving a quality education while being exposed to real life diversity and cultural differences. As for the negative comments on Ms. Shelton, I don't get it. She is always approachable, knows my daughters name, grades and has taken an interest to make sure she is challenged. I'm really not sure what more could be expected.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
I believe this is one of the best all around school in the city because of its academic and after school programs. They have something for everyone. The teaches really cares about the children and each other. When I was in school it was not like this, I believe my children can be what they want to be.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
There are so many outstanding qualities to expound on about SL. The principal has an open door policy and is visibly present on a daily basis. Parental involvement is superb. The diversity is a major plus, especially in the city of Chicago. Teachers are engaged, enthused, and supportive. DNA Info Chicago, recently featured the 5th grade Science teacher, Mr. Kacena, in a Teacher of the Week article. (My son absolutely loves Mr. Kacena's Science class.) I could go on; but, instead, I'll just point folks to a recent Chicago Magazine article that ranked SL among the top schools in Chicago. Enough said.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
My daughter is currently in Kindergarten at South Loop and our family has been very impressed with this school so far. The curriculum is very challenging and the school has great resources to make sure that all students can keep up. Our teacher plans her lessons around themes and really makes learning fun. The parents readily volunteer for special classroom activities and field trips. There are an abundance of after school activities and clubs available at the school. The after care program offers drama, music, and dancing programs that are all excellent. We plan to send our pre-K student to this school in the next couple of years and would highly recommend it to other members of the community.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
My son is in 1st grade at South Loop now (neighborhood program). The review reflects his kindergarten year. He received a wonderful academic start! The curriculum included reading, phonics, math, science, social studies, art, music, PE. The teachers did a fantastic job. I liked that early drop off was available, and that for a reasonable fee after school care/activities were available. I expect the same for this year. Class size is an issue. Parental involvement is great. There is room for improvement but given the challenges the school and community are showing very good results.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
One of the best schools in the city! Some people have complained about the Principal but do NOT let those negative remarks taint this wonderful school. You will find at many schools that parents complain about Principals, teachers, curriculum, etc. No school is ever perfect but the Principal is responsible for taking this school to the TOP 20 Schools in the city (Chgo. Mag. 2012). If the school was failing (like a number of schools in the city), many would blame the Principal. Why not give the Principal some credit for growing and making this school what it has become...a talented and great school! Ms. Shelton loves her teachers, students and has a genuine interest in doing what's best for SL School. Many parents are disgruntled bec. she doesn't give in to what "they" want her to do and when. They have never been Principals, Teachers, etc and think they are experts on what's best for the school! There are alot of unpleasing parents out there and always will. Don't fall prey to the negativity.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
Wonderful families and parents. Diverse, kind, and invested in their children. Some teachers are much better than others, which is to be expected at any school. Major space shortage problems. The biggest drawback is the principal. A number of good families have complained about her and have left the school because of her. She is disorganized, unprofessional, and mean. With more space and a new principal, this would be one of the best schools in the city.

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2012
This is a school that has diverse, fun, and talented students. As of right now I am enrolled in the school. I love it. I think there are things that can be better but, all schools need change right? So just cause we have a few weird things in our school doesn't mean we are a 'bad' school. We are a perfectly good school. -Student

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2011
My child attended this school in the gifted program for 5 years. ... And she loved it! The communication, education, performing arts and all around experience was great. The school is extremely diverse and that in itself taught my child a valuable lesson ! She graduated this past year and misses all of her teachers, faculty, principal and of course friends.... Thank you South loop for providing my child with such a positive stepping stone.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
As a parent who has a student at SLE, I can honestly say that the person that submitted their "review" on April 8th is completely out of their mind and most likely trying to poison the waters. His/her claims of "many parents" sending their kids to other schools is completely baseless. Most likely it was this person and perhaps one of their friends, which to them means "many". Any parent of a child in SLE would challenge this person to back up their wild accusations of safety, diversity and academic "stimulation" issues. My child is thriving at SLE as are the other children in his class. The soon to be released SLE 2010 test scores will be near the top of the CPS rankings. Right now the only issue I have with this school is the over-crowding due to so many people trying to get into it.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
My child graduated this year from SLS and thanks to the wonderful teachers and principal...she was accepted to Walter Payton College Prep

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
As a new parent on this website who is researching schools for next year I really value the input provided by parents. I would like to know from the parent who submitted a review on 4/8/2011 if they can give specific reasons as to why they believe the South Loop school is changing. As information, I submitted a rating because I was required to in order to post this. I am basing my rating on the tour and research I've conducted.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
Many parents who live in this neighborhood have opted to send their kids to private schools, CPS magnet schools (like LaSalle, Andrew Jackson or Sheridan), or CPS gifted/classical programs (like Bell, Lincoln or Skinner). Take the time to learn about the different schools and what their admissions requirements are. Although South Loop school is changing I do not see it as an option for my son. Other schools offer a more stimulating, safe and diverse environment. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Over the years this school has made a Tremendous change. I remember at one time many in the neighboorhod would not send their children to the School. I have had many family and friends attend the school. That was one of the reason's my children attended the school. I vote them the upmost Improved in Education, After school learning Programs due to my children has advanced so much from the studies, the music classes, art, sports my daughter never thought of playing, and the after school activities. Their are some teachers an after care staff I give high five too as well as the Principle Ms Shelton!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
South Loop is a wonderful learning environment for my child. It's diverse, and reflects the real world. The teachers are good educators and the Principal is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
My kids are graduating 8th grade this year, and South Loop has done an excellent job preparing them for high school. They got into the schools they wanted (selective enrollment & charter) because of the education they received in the best school of the city!! :)

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
This school does not only compete victoriously against other CPS schools or other schools in the city, but against the best schools in the whole Chigagoland. It is a hidden gem in the heart of the city!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
I love the Early Childcare program at South Loop. I love Mrs. B. You can tell she just enjoys her job teaching the children. Her two TA are awesome as well. I will miss them when my son goes to kindergarden next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
Great community of involved caring parents, and energized, motivated teachers in the heart of the city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
South Loop staffs and teachers are very concerned about their students education. They care about their students like their own child. They programs are more advance then other neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
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- submitted by a student
April 12, 2010
Over the past three years or so this school has begun a decline that can be measured by the number of students transferring out, particularly from the gifted program. The very active and involved parent community can only do so much. With a competent principal, this school might be able to get back on its previous upward trajectory.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
Have been very disappointed with this school. There is so much potential, but something is lacking. Nothing innovative, and no sense of the joy of learning among the students, particularly when compared with other schools. It may sound good on paper but the reality is quite different.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
How can a school be anything more than average when no foreign language is offered? This is a very strange area in which to cut back in our global world. After school activities are nice, but they don't make up for lack of the basics (and are only available at additional cost to parents.)

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
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November 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Led by Ms. Shelton, SLES is showing kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds that they do matter and they do have it in them to succeed! How the staff learns all these kids' (and parents') names is beyond me, but they do!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
I have three daughters at south Loop Elementary school, my oldest started in the preschool back in 2001. This school was almost shut down but then parents elected a new local school council and a new principal and the scores went up 85% and now they are overcrowded, a good problem! We love things like the South Loop Way - 'be safe, be respectful, be responsible.' We love Mr. Gabe, Mr. Mitch, Mr. Butler, Mrs. Pierce, Ms. Shelton, Ms. Townsend, Ms. Garcia...the list goes on and on of caring teachers and administrators. This is a very diverse school and the parent volunteers are incredible! Our daughters are being nurtured in both the accelerated and neighborhood programs. They added volleyball teams this year. We are already looking forward to the drama perfomance. Our oldest plays basketball and volleyball. Our middle daughter is a member of the cheerleading club. Our middle and youngest are getting piano lessons in after-school. We are hopeful that Spanish will be added back to the curriculum soon. They're doing the best they can with the limited funding in Illinois. We wouldn't want our girls anywhere else in the city!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
South Loop is a great neighborhood school. The kids are getting a great education and have access to many extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I love the spirit of community and respect at this school. We know the teachers, administrators, other parents and students -- not just our children's classmates, but kids from all the classes! It is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
The teachers, administration, student and parent community are top-notch. The school has improved greatly over the last 5 years and continues to do so!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
After a few years of dissatisfaction with this school, I decided to try another CPS school for my child. Now I'm just sorry that I did not make the move sooner! Until this school gets a principal with vision and some intellectual depth, it will remain average at best.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
My child only attended the kindergarten before we had to move due to job changes, but I would like to report that this school is definitely good, and truly excellent by CPS standards. We found that the other children and parents we met were the highest quality of people, and serious about education. The teaching staff was very professional and the school functioned well. It is, however, a CPS school, and when there are any problems, things can feel a little cold and institutional. I honestly don't know how anyone can expect more from the behemoth CPS, and I think any child would be fortunate to attend South Loop.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
Although this school isn't as bad in the lower grades, you will see many parents transfer their children as they approach the middle school. It's sad, because this could be a wonderful neighborhood school, supported by a very active group of parents, but the emphasis is on the very superficial. No focus on curriculum, be it innovative or traditional. More attention is paid to a school dance for first graders than to a serious academic environment. Parents can only do so much when there is a lack of leadership and focus on what is important educationally.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
I would not recommend this school unless you have no other options. The 'gifted' program is no more advanced than any other middle-class school. There is no real leadership or vision by the administration who seem more interested in obtaining 'partnerships' with corporate interests which do not seem to benefit the kids, but rather provide publicity for the corporate interests. There are a surprising number of disciplinary problems which have continued year after year and diminish the already brief school day. Curriculum does not appear to be well planned or organized, substitute teachers are frequent, and a huge amount of time is wasted on non-academics. It's too bad because there are a large number of very involved parents who give generously of their time and resources. Their efforts would be better used to find a principal who strives for academic excellence instead of mediocrity.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
As a parent of an older student that has been at the school when it was just starting to make the change I can tell you there is no other school I would want my child at. My child has gotten the best education at South Loop. The staff cares so very much for the kids, the parents give their all for the school, and the kids come everyday and it is a fight to get them to go home. No school is perfect but we have found as close to perfect as we could. I would send my child to South Loop again if I had to do it all over again. I have seen other schools and I realize what is truly important in a school that my child feels safe, challenged mentally, and supported emotionally. We get this here and we get the 3 R's also.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
After several years at this school I see many of the students in the upper grades moving out to different schools. Why? Lack of academic challenge (this is tue in both gifted and neighborhood classrooms), safety/behavioral concerns and lack of diversity. The school is changing most at the lower grade levels. The principal and front office staff have not changed at all-don't expect friendliness or warmth either toward parents or students. As you can tell by test scores they are getting the job done. You must decide if your unique child will fit in this transitioning environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2008
I have been very pleased with quality of education and parent involvement. I agree one school does not fit all but most parents in the neighborhood are choosing to send their children here. Wish those that were angry would try to change it and not just complain.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2008
I am so glad I found this website, but I wish I had found it when shopping around for schools. I find the comments about South Loop to be extremely polarized. Parents are either angry or very happy. My expereince has been very negative with the school. I have two children, one in each program. Overall, I am not happy with the lack of academic vigor. I feel the instruction is rote and focuses on memorization, which is not the way either of my children will grow. This is only my second year at the school. At the end of last year, though disappointed, I was willing to give it another year. Also, I didn't want to transition my children to another school in so short a period of time. I am considering alternatives, but I have to stick out this school year.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
I have had nothing but negative experiences with the principle and teachers. The Assistant Principle is nice and helpful. She also tries to help you when you or your child has a problem. Other than that, SLS seems to prioritize getting its funding and status at the cost of your childs education.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
My child attended the ECC, and she had an absolute great year. The ECC provided a great foundation for entering K, and she was reading and performing simple addition and subtraction in her preschool class. The teacher and aids were wonderful and nurturing, and we will miss them all. We hope to have another child at the ECC next year!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2008
I would recommend to every parent to stop by unexpectedly in the middle of the day at ECC (the tuition based pre school program for children ages 3-5) to check on the quality of the care and service provided. It has been very frustrating for me.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 25, 2008
I am a parent of a 4th grade child in the Gifted Program. I must agree with the post of July 19th, 2007. I believe the school has much to offer and has come a long way. However, the gifted program has alot more to change if it is to truly accomodate the needs of 'gifted children'. I would catagorize it as 'enrichment' for smart and hardworking kids. The students are given a ton of work, photocopied out of teaching manuals, maybe, at most, one grade ahead. Not 'gifted education'. When a gifted child masters something, they crave to learn more. Not repetitive work of something they already 'get'. It would seem that the school should model their program after Lenart Academy who seem to really understand gifted educaction and their students. Too bad, as the school has alot of parent involovement.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
Great School, Great Principal, Great Teachers, Great Before and after School Program, Great Parents, Beautiful Neighborhood next to Great Park, Recess, Art, Music, Gym, Library time, Tae-Kwando, Soccer, Scouts, fun homework and an excellent Gifted Program. :)

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
Luckily I see more then most parents as I volunteer for many activities to stay current with what is happening at South Loop. I see discipline. Better than what we had in the suburbs (in a good school district). Maybe the teachers are harder on those in the higher grade levels, but when you see what I see, its warranted. Maybe they do not get it at home and so South Loop has to use it. As far as school work, I feel that the teachers do an excellent job. Not perfect by any means, but a good job and the test scores are improving all the time. When I worked at a suburban school, cramming for ISATS was the norm. So blame the state, not the teachers. I believe that South Loop is getting better everyday. Instead of being negative, volunteer!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
South loop school is not really a good place to send your child that much because my son says that the teachers are not telling the students things that they should know ahead of time.For example the grades for the science fair for 2008 my son still has not gotten his grade. Fights break out all of the time,student bathrooms are dirty at points,and students break the rules.The parents are also not kept imformed.The students say that the principle is mean to some of the children in 6-8th grade.The acadimics are not that challenging either.South Loop Elementary pretty much stays the same year after year

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2008
I see minimal, if any, learning going on and have not over the years. For the first half of the school year, the teacher spent the vast majority of each day complaining to the students about a discipline problem. Not all subjects are covered daily . . . ever -- maybe math all day one day, dealing with discipline problems another day, and reading all day another. If you make a complaint, you are treated as the enemy. A month before the ISAT, students were being crammed with material that they should have been taught all year. Parents are not kept informed. I have received all of five graded papers all year long! No emphasis placed on academics but all stops pulled out for a PreK-8 grade dance and hoopla over a fence. I used to think it would get better but year after year, it has remained the same.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
My child has been at South Loop for a number of years now. We have been pleased overall with the education and programs offered by the school. No school is perfect, but the reality is South Loop is one of the best schools out there. I would recommend the school to family who want a school that offeres you a great mix of kids and a good solid education. Looking back I would not change sending my child to South Loop.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2008
I am a parent who just recently enrolled my kindergarten daughter at the South Loop School. So far I have been very disappointed. The office staff is not friendly at all. When we first arrived to enroll my daughter it felt as if we were an annoyance at the end of their day. There was no welcome package of any kind. We had to ask where we would drop off and pick up our daughter. We had to ask for a list of school supplies. We had to ask about lunches. We didn't even realize there was a school uniform until we noticed a student walking by. The staff is completely rude and unflexible. We've had more run ins with them that won't fit on this page. It's sad because the teacher seems to be okay at this point and my daughter likes her school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 03, 2008
Unfortunately we had to pull our child out of this school/program. It just wasn't challenging enough, however it is good for mainstream learners.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 30, 2007
I'm a kindergarten mom as well. My daughter also attended the ECC last year. So far I have been very happy with the school and it's programs. My child is also reading and doing math. Her teacher is great and she also brings homework home once a week. The only downfall I see at times is that the principal and sometimes the office staff are not very friendly. I suppose a 'goodmorning' when I drop my daughter off in the mornings or a 'goodnight' in the evenings would suffice. I do not want that sort of attitude to rub off on the young impressionable children.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
My child is in kindergarden this year and attended the S Loop Pre K last year as well. We have been very pleased thus far. The teachers have been great, the administration has been engaged and effective and our involvement as parents has been welcomed and satisfying!!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
The education at this school is excellent. Parent politics and some issues with students keep it from receiving a higher score.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2007
I'm a Kindergarten mom. I don't have any comments at this point since its too early in the year. What I will say however is that her teacher is great and she brings home homework once a week and creative drawings and art work daily. She is reading and writing. So far so good!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
I agree with the last poster, My child was in the EEC too. Though only for one year she was always coming home with project she had made in pre school. Her class room was filled with art. The playdough was always out at activity time. Markers and paper were plentiful. Books were everywhere in my daughter's classroom, songs were always sung. It was truly a wonderful time in my child's life. Even today a year later, we were reminiscing through a photo book her teacher made for her at the end of the year. Needless to say we have many great memories. I am still in contact with her pre-k teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
As a 2nd year parent of the tuition based pre-k program, I'd have to say the school is moving in the wrong direction. The lead teachers are good but are overworked and many of the assistant teachers lack creativity. I would give it a score of 6 out of 10. Where is art? clay? Painting? Parents are strongly encouraged to leave the teachers alone!.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 19, 2007
My child was in the so-called gifted program, testing far beyond the 99%. This school hasn't a clue how to meet the needs of truly gifted, most administrators, teachers and parents don't understand the true meaning of gifted. It's more than just higher learning.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2007
I'm not happy with the education my child received during his two years at SL. I feel that I made a mistake by enrolling him in the neighborhood program, despite warnings from neighbors an friends. I am in a position to pay private school tuition, but I am a believer in public education. This school has no real programs. What exists exists for the sake of appearance and making the principal look good. Where is teh fine arts? Where are the performances and celerations of the children? I am limited in space or I would elaborate about my frustrations. I feel the principal and the administration made me false promises when I enrolled my child. He will be going to a charter school next year.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
The academic programs have ceilings and the curriculum does not have the breadth or depth to meet the needs of all students. There are behavior problems in many of the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
We are moving both of children out of South Loop because classroom teachers seem to have problems managing behavior in the classroom. While the school has a lot of activities and partnerships, the programs themselves are not quality programs. The feedback I hear from my children is that they are not learning anything!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 05, 2007
South Loop has been a school in transition for the last several years. Unfortunately, most of the school's successes have been 'for show' with a principal who was more concerned with test scores and community partnerships than with supporting the teachers in their work. Classroom discipline can be a problem and administration does not crack down enough on those students. Many parents are cliquey and combative with teachers, instead of working collaboratively. There also needs to be a higher standard for what qualifies as 'gifted.' The school atmosphere can be bleak at times and needs to be more friendly, genuine, and student-centered. Hopefully the new principal will bring about positive changes to turn the school around.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
I have two children attending this school, one in each program. Both the gifted and neighborhood fine arts magnet programs are tremendous considering this is a public school. Criticisms of the gifted program not really being gifted may have been true at start up due to lower relative applications. It is no longer the case as application rates have risen to levels comparable to Skinner and other gifted elementary schools. From the beginning the school has required teachers of every class to adhere to the curriculum demands equally. Each class goes through an intensive data assessment phase that is used for curriculum design. Resources are directed equally among the programs. The best part of this school is dedicated parents. This school ranks in the top 5% of CPS schools for money raised. Events are well attended. Parents here value education.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
We've seen continuous change in 4 years. Not only academically for all students, but also in terms of the Fine Arts program and extra-curricular choices. Thanks to the principal, the school has received numerous grants and is in many partnerships. A literacy grant provide all resources, training and individual assessment tools. The Music program, with 2 full-time teachers, offers all band or choir from 4th grade, Recorder in 3rd and learn music theory earlier. 2nd and 3rd graders can choose String lessons for free after school and anyone can pay for piano lessons. Anyone can participate in before and after-school activities beyond Academics and Sports (Theater & Dance, Lill Street Art, chess, book club) with hot breakfast and hot dinner. Fundraising added another teacher to the largest classroom, a technologist and more computers. The parent-run safety patrol helps congestion & safety. Monthly Family nites are fun. Sensitivity and openminded-ness spells

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
Get the definition of what 'gifted' means before you apply to this school. The majority of the children in the gifted program are not in the uppper 95% of the bell curve when tested. As a result this school is not prepared to meet the needs of children who test in the 98 and 99%. There are ceilings in the gifted classrooms. Behavior problems are present in some of the classrooms and the afterschool program. It seems that all children are punished for the bad deeds of a few. The parent 'culture' might put you off - quite cliquey, territorial, and many overly involved parents (yes there is a such a thing at SLES), have some type of unknown agenda. This school will definitely meet the needs of the general population but if you are looking for gifted program make sure you ask a lot of questions before making a decision.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
My child has attended South Loop since Kindergarten and is currently in the 2nd grade gifted class. I think South Loop is a wonderful school. Test scores rose from 51% to 81% in 2006; note that the gifted class only represented 1/7 of the classes tested. I think the dedicated parent participation and their initiatives to help raise funds, benefit all three curriculums (pre-K, gifted & magnet) and have made a huge impact on the quality of education provided at South Loop. The teachers are qualified and seem enthusiastic. No situation is ever perfect, so issues do arise, but there seems to be a strong partnership between the administration, teachers and parent groups to work together to continually improve the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2006
I would not recommend this school to anyone in search of quality education and safe environment for their children. My son was in the 6th grade and was constantly harassed by other students. The teacher didn't seem to care one way or another. A seemingly lack of control by the staff is apparent. Also, the gifted program is only a few years old, still full of kinks, and only for primary students. The children in the upper grades seem to have be left in the cold; hence, the low test scores.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
My son has been attending South Loop School since kindergarten. He is currently in 2nd grade. We are very pleased with South Loop School. We have had wonderful teachers, and the new principal has done a tremendous job of turning the school around and initiating all kinds of new programs. They have music, art, sports in the regular school day, and through a partnership with a 3rd party, offer a tuition based on-site after-school program where the kids can participate in additional activities such as dance and drama. All students have an opportunity to participate in clubs such as chess club and book club. There is a great Family Involvement group that has Friday night activites once a month. They also have a wonderful positive behavior initiative program which rewards children for positive behavior and focuses on how to teach behavior. It has been a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
My son has been attending the Pre-K program for the last two years. They moved into a dedicated building just north of Chinatown called the Early Childhood Center. Overall, we are pleased with the experience. Although the school generally lacks efficient organizational skills (as the new center was opening, workers were still working on the school and the opening itself was chaotic), I believe the longer they are in operation, the better it will become esp. since it is a tuition based program and primarily attracts the local residents.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
As a gifted student myself, and the parent of a gifted child, I find this school to be excellent. Sadly the school currently only offers its Regional Gifted Center for grades: K, 1, 2 & 3. Fortunately, one gifted grade will be added annually. Surely, once the school becomes 100% gifted, any 'ignorance and unorganization' mentioned in another parent review will be eliminated along with the under achieving students that cause this school's state test scores to be below average. Judging by the same parent's mis-spelling of the word 'tolerance' more than likely her child will be one removed to make more room for the gifted children like mine.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
This institution is trying to head in a direction that is exclusive.Exclusively for Gifted and to the area children only.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
This school is quickly on its way to becoming one of the top elementary schools in the Chicago Public School System. In the classrooms where the Principal's directives have been carried out by the teachers the test scores and student achievement have risen to levels never before approached at this school. There is still work to be done and a small segment of teachers who are resisting the reforms, but tremendous strides have been made in two years and as the school continues to add a gifted/neighborhood class year each year, things will only continue to improve. The school has a very dedictaed, active and cohesive local school council that is solidly behind the Principal and an active parent group, especially in the lower grades that is developing strong financial and volunteer support for this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2004
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South Loop School is a partner with Community Schools which enables the school to offer a 8:00 am early morning drop off program, a springbreak/christmas break program (8am to 2pm), a summer program (8am to 6:00 pm) and an after-school program(2:45pm to 6pm) for working families. Parent involvement is our greatest asset.Contact slsvolunteers@gmail.com for more details on parent participation.

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South Loop Elementary School
1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL  60605
(773) 534-8690
Last modified South Loop Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Loop Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 86 reviews. Top