My child has had a fabulous Kindergarten year. She loves school, has developed into a fluent reader, asks me to quiz her on math problems for fun and is very excited about her science project. The school strikes the right balance for a well-rounded kindergarten curriculum with art, PE, library, computer science, spanish and science lab. I don't like to emphasize test scores too much but scores at the school are extremely respectable - especially when you take into account that family income is often one of the greatest predictors of results on standardized testing. Teachers and other parents I have met are fabulous and I appreciate the emphasis on keeping class size small and offering many special classes. The principal reports that many of their 8th graders are able to test out of freshman algebra and their graduates get into high schools of choice. A few things could still use some polishing (a near empty website) and I am still trying to find the best way to get involved and support the school. Galileo wasn't my first choice during the application process, but I am extremely satisfied to end up here. They don't do lots of outreach and marketing but don't overlook this school.
this school is in an hispanic community.i loved subbing at this school .as a black man i thought this was going to be hard but the kids were easy to get along with.nice working class community too!
I was so excited my daughter got into this school in time for her to start 3rd grade! My daughter was wait-listed at #9 and they called me the last Thursday in July to tell me she got in! For 5 years I paid 6K of my 22K salary to send her to Catholic school because all of the schools in my neighborhood had test scores in the 20s, 30s, & 40 percentile ranking which meant not only were the kids not learning much but it means the schools are filled with behavioral issues I would not ever want my daughter to be exposed to! Since arriving at Galileo last fall, her math score went from a 56% to 89% & reading from 70% to 83% and I am sooo happy about that! It shouldn't be so hard to get a quality free education!!
I currently am an 8th grader at Galileo and have been there since preschool. I would have to say that the teachers and staff here are so dedicated so the success of the students. The only problems I have with the school are some of the students. The Majority of them are good, about 90%, but there are those "problems" which you will find every where you go. Certain students are disrespectful but are not bad kids at all. The only other problem is that I wish there was more of a mix of races among the students as it is about 80% Hispanic. Besides those slight problems I feel that Galileo is one of the best schools in the city. I just don't think it gets the respect it deserves compared to competing schools like Jackson or Skinner. I feel that Galileo has prepared me for High School and for life.
Because it is so close to Jackson and Skinner (and now STEM) I think Galileo's accomplishments often get overlooked. From what I've gathered from test results and talking to fellow parents Galileo is an EXCELLENT place for your child to begin their education, and the new principle is working with teachers and parents to make it even better. Class size in the 5th grade classrooms when children begin departmental instruction has been reduced to 20 students. A new science teacher has been brought on board (don't worry, they're keeping Ms. Economou!), and they now have a dedicated reading tutor too.
Our kids are 1st and K and they love Galileo! The atomospher is very friendly and they show academic progress. Teachers are great and pay attention to each students. I saw the comment of racism, but our kids are minorities and they don't see any discrimination. We chose Galileo over Jackson Academy and it was a good choice!
My experience with Galileo has been great. My child's teacher bends over backwards to help out every student. The staff has always been professional and friendly with our family. The science teacher Ms. Economo is so friendly and fun. I wish I could go back to school just for her Science class! All the teachers from technology, library and gym seem to be engaged with the students. It is a good feeling to have confidence in your children's school.
My child is currently attending Galileo and his experience has been a difficult one. As a parent I do not feel welcome at the school and my child has been made to feel less than successful. I also do not feel that the school is open to the accomplishments of all races when it comes to celebrating the ethnicities of all students. It appears to be geared exclusively to students of Hispanic heritage. Sensitivity training would be helpful here for the faculty, since it is majority hispanic and white with only 2 black teachers.
Galileo is nestled in the heart of the UiC academic community. I love seeing all of the different nationalities at the school. My child has friends who are Indonesian, Indian, Latino and Chinese, and African . I feel that Galileo mirrors the great history of Chicago when the Near West Side and Maxwell st. were the port of entry to the City. We are fortunate to be in a community with strong diversity and academics.
My child attended Galilieo Elementary school and had an awful experience. I felt that a few of the staff memebers was rude and needs to be revised. Although the cirriculum is good, not worth it in the end!
This is my daughters first year at Galileo. She is in first grade and loves it. Ms. D is her teacher and what a great teacher she is. She really makes learning fun. We use Sheridan Park next door for our after school program. The kids take tumbling, craft making or swimming. I feel this is a good way for Galileo kids to get to know each other outside of school. The student population is wonderfully diverse and I must say they are respectful.
My son is currently in 1st grade and this is his first year at Galileo. On the first day, he was very nervous but I was allowed to walk in with him wait in line and walk to his classroom. Once he saw his classroom he felt at ease and liked the welcoming environment that one feels when you're comfortable with your surroundings (like home). He loves his school and he has learned a lot. I was surprised at how fast he picked up reading! Ms. D is a great teacher, she really teaches her students and communicates the way they will understand. He is doing great in all his subjects. I think Galileo is a great school! I definetely feel secure dropping-off my son at school every morning.
Overrall I have been satisfied with my daughter's success at Galileo. I would however like for the kindergarten teachers to use best practices such as (scaffolding & differiated instruction) to challenge my son and move him to the next level. I see great gains with his math skill, however he needs to be challenged more in literacy. In addition, it would be helpful if the monthly newsletter reflected the skills they are working on in class for the month so I'll know what to work on at home and not just announcements of upcoming events, that is already given out on a weekly basis.
This is my daughters second year at Galileo and I couldn't be happier with the teachers she's had. However, I have to admit a few of the secretaries in the office are a little snippy at times, would be nice if they were a little warmer in greeting visitors & parents.
My younger son goes to this school and we are happy with the teachers ability to win over the young hearts and guide them in the right direction with excellent support from the school management. I want to convey my thanks to Ms. Rose and Ms. W for taking good care of my sons education while he was in their care. My son is very good with his Kindergarten math skills and I feel the school is doing all then can to challenge the young minds. The office administrator is a role model for her peers at other schools.
The reviews I've read are from parents of younger children. My son attended Galileo from pre-school through 6th grade. His teachers were wonderful and his test scores proved that every year. I think that being an involved parent helped him to do well in school and wish more parents would do so. The first time I visited Galileo, I felt the welcoming spirit of the principal, staff and even the children. If it were not for Galileo, my family would have moved to the suburbs in search of a 'good school'. Since my son is now a Senior at Whitney Young High School, it may have been a terrible mistake.
I have three children in this school. My eldest son has been there for four years and I absolutely love the school. The school has a very good academic quality. My kids are learning alot there and I think it has alot to do with the wonderful staff. The teachers really take pride in what they do.
My son is in the first grade. He attended a private school for kindergarten. I have been impressed thus far with the curriculum, structure/discipline, and the communication between administration and the parents. The teacher/school provides weekly/monthly calendars which are very helpful in keeping parents in the loop. Even though the school is housed in an older building, it is always clean and organized. The science program is a plus. I am amazed at the things my son tells me he is studying.
My son has attended since the tution based pre-school at 3, which was an excellent program. (wish it was still offered for my younger boy). He isnow in third grade. The principal is very involved, and always thrives for excellence from his students. He knows their names and I was very impressed by that. the class size is smaller then the average schools and this helps with more individual attention. I would like to see my son challenged a little more in math. He loves the school and and looks forward to going everyday. He would like to see more after school activities, as he puts it 'to release some energy'.
My daughter has attended this school since the first grade, she is now in the third. This school has an outstanding level or parent and community involvment which makes for a very positive and progressive work environment for the students. The teachers interact heavily with the children even in passing in the hallways. I am truly impressed and encouraged by the nature of the entire staff. Their excellence is clearly apparent in the levels of the test scores. The administration, the teachers, the students, and the parents are outstanding at this school!
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