I am a first year teacher at Passages, and reading the comments from parents is surprising. I have found that the parents who complain that the school is not what it used to be are the same parents who are not involved in the school. I have been to all of the PTG meetings, and its the same faces. The same parents who volunteer their time in the classrooms the same parents who talk to the teachers. I am curious why parents are so dissappointed, yet they are not coming to the meetings or putting their 'comments' in the comment box which has been located in the office. I have an issue with people who have nothing but negative things to say about everything. I am amazed at the parents who are more concerned with how warm they are treated vs. the education their students are receiving.
I am a parent at passages and also would like to transfer my children out. The school is not warm and not welcoming at all. We will be out after this year.
Passages has been dissapointing. We transfered our child here a few months back because we heard such positive things about it. But now it seems that was in the past or the news was old. The whole experience at this school has been terrible. Everything is so strained and negative. We wish we oould transfer our child out, but three schools in one year in just too much. We will move after this year, to where I don't know. I just wish we'd never moved.
I have been closely involved either as a teacher or parent with five different Chicago public elementary schools, plus one in Schaumburg, and one in Evanston. This is by far the best. Starting with the principal, all staff are obviously dedicated to creating a warm, nurturing, family-like environment and tailoring services to the individual needs of each student. My six-year-old has Down syndrome. This is her third elementary school. She spent three years in CPS blended Pre-K programs but aged out when she turned 6. Her options were a self-contained special ed classroom (for which she is far too high functioning) and the regular kindergarten at our less-than-adequate neighborhood school where the fact that she is not fully toilet trained would no doubt have become an issue. Passages has been a perfect fit, thanks to its dedicated staff. Highly recommended.
Passages Charter is an absolute hidden gem! I could not be any more thrilled with the individual attention and teaching of the the whole child this school thrives on. Passages prides itself on its smaller class size, and rightfully so. Smaller class size plus competant and caring teachers and principal who educate the whole child equals a well-rounded, well-adjusted child bound for success. Teachers here LOVE what they do-- and it shows. They genuinely Care about what and how our children learn and their ability to affect the world. I am proud to send my thriving son here, where other CPS schools fail to deliver.
Passages is a diamond in the rough!!! And we couldn't be more thrilled! Like the previous reviewer, it's a hidden gem. My kid is an avid learner, conscientious citizen, & a responsible youngster. They are big enough to offer true diversity, across racial & economic groups, and small enough to teach the whole child.
Passages went through tremendous change over the summer. All but two of the original employees left. The principal is new and is a nightmare for teachers, parents, and students. Many current parents are eager to get their children out of Passages and into another school. This school used to have an excellent learning environment, but is now tense and a shadow of what it used to be. So sad
Choosing a school for your children is never an easy task, but when i found my sons school i was at ease. It was two weeks before the first day of school and we were lost. We didn't want to put him in our neighborhood school because it was not up to our standards. But by word of mouth we found a charter school that had just moved to a new location and had some openings for kindergarten. We checked it out. Let me just tell you, if you have any doubt about the school your child is in then i highly recommend passages. My sons teacher is the greatest. If there are issues she calls right away, and his growth since sept is amazing. I volunteer once a week in the classroom and these kids are truly blessed to have the teachers they have in this school. I have never met such caring teachers they really do put your child first. So if you are interested in a change, interested in your child being a name and not just a number than email me because you will get that at passages. The principal ms. Newsome is no nonsense person, she keeps these kids in line. There has been such a change in my child for the better i cannot even begin to sing their praises. If you want a private school feel with out the cost then this is the best school. Their fees are reasonable, they bus, and have an after school program that accepts daycare action. If you have any question please feel free to email me. I am so happy with my sons experience that i just wanted other parents to know how well he is doing, because if you are thinking of a change for your child this school comes highly recommended from a very picky parent.
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