Students enrolled 30
Hours no info
School leader Isaac Daniel Castelaz
Transportation options Yes
District City Of Chicago School District 299
Preschool capacity no info
Before school no info
After school Yes

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55 West Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616

(773) 534-9970
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4 stars
Based on 14 ratings

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June 10, 2014
The teachers and staff at NTA are great and the RGC is fantastic, but I am afraid of what my child would be exposed to before/after school and during recess. Just from what I ve seen from volunteering scares me. I ve seen parents/students threaten teachers and students. There are fights. The middle school students have rival gang issues between boys and girls. This is the principal s second year, but he is only a puppet for AUSL. What I ve learned about AUSL since my child has started -is that they are more concerned with attendance, than behavior. NTA will reward a student for attending school every day, even if he s a bully and gets in fights. NTA does not address behavior, except for detentions, in-school and out of school suspensions, which doesn t really change behavior. My daughter couldn't understand why X received an iPad even though he is on red light everyday. I know I cannot shelter my child from everything, but I think a private school might be the way to go until NTA figures out the kinks and the administration receives better training and experience. I also heard that NTA is cutting programs, and staff members, only to increase the instability of the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
Im so happy that we accepted the space my son is a 1st grader in the gifted program. I love this school, my sons teacher is amazing, i love the principal is great. The staff is very responsive and eager to help. My son will be back next year as well as his younger brother.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
I am the father of a 1st grader at NTA. This has been our first year at the school and we have been really impressed. From the outset, I was skeptical; the test scores historically have not been strong. I was won over, though, after multiple tours, opening houses, and conversations with the principal. The facility is unmatched, with a beautiful library, music room, gymnasium, swimming pool, etc. The teachers are really strong from what I have seen, and, because it is a teacher training school, each neighborhood classroom has two teachers, one lead and one trainee. The principal is very open to parent involvement, approachable, humble, and dedicated. I am very happy with our decision, and our child is thriving and loves her school. What this school needs more than anything is more enrollment from the South Loop neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
Our child is in the Regional Gifted Center at NTA. We were reluctant to accept the spot given the school's test scores and somewhat unknown reputation. As we near the end of the school year, we are happy with the NTA Community and plan to send our younger kids to the neighborhood program. Highlights: - Strong core group of active parents in the Parent Advisory Committee. The PAC is proactive and meets regularly. - Positive, responsive leadership. Teachers seem to like the Principal and VP. - Dedicated, hard-working teachers & good student:teacher ratio - Orderly and disciplined environment, but very welcoming - On the cutting edge of technology learning - Beautiful facilities - Good separation of older/younger kids - Extras for all kids: swimming, art, music, PE, Technology, and Spanish - Organized, meaningful field trips (Children's Museum, Cultural Center, a play, etc) - Parents welcome in the classroom - Not overcrowded It is a very solid school with great potential in both the RGC and neighborhood programs. Take a tour.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
My child is in the gifted program, Kindergarten. We could not be happier with her teacher and the staff at this school. Caring staff, Principal who listens, holds himself accountable and wants to build the school to something great. Homework is appropriate for age, the kids are challenged and have fun. Nice parents at the school, parent participation could be increased and I hope it does increase. Clean environment, children's work displayed so that they can be proud of what they're doing. Differentiation for kids in classrooms!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
My child is in the gifted program, 1st grade, and so far so good! The curriculum is challenging and I like my child teacher. I also love the principal because he is approachable. Plenty of activities, and a swimming pool for the kids to use. I can say without questions, that my daughter will be here until graduation fron the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
It is a great school my daughter started going their in kindergarden when they first opened up and she graduated class of 2011. I still have 2 sons attending, they are in 6th and 2nd grade and I plan on also letting them graduate from here. They have so much to offer, they have good teachers and they also have a pool and a variety of activities for the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
I love NTA! I transferred my child there 2 years ago and it was the best decision i could have ever made. I find the principal and staff to be so involved and caring. You know that the concern is real and not just their job. I want to send a special thanks to Mrs. Brooks my child's teacher. She is the greatest.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
This is a very rough school. If your children attend, you will not get much support and you will have to worry about their safety every day. Children are so disruptive in classrooms, it is very hard for the teachers to teach them.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
I love the school . I like how the teacher are very friendly. The principal is very nice person I like how every body treat the children like family. They alway listen to you.they have a lot of resouce there for the children. You have come down there your self.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
Outstanding opportunities for students that have parents who motivate their children to do their very best.

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November 06, 2007
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National Teachers Elementary Academy
55 West Cermak Road, Chicago, IL  60616
(773) 534-9970
Last modified National Teachers Elementary Academy is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
National Teachers Elementary Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews.