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PK-8
Public charter
Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 426
 

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1643 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660

(773) 433-3530
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June 24, 2014
Very disappointed with Passages school. My children complained all year, so they will not be returning. The administration is horrible and they lack knowledge, personality and problem solving skills. Need better leadership besides a new principal.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2014
I used to love passages and only kept my son and daughter there this year because if all day kindergarten. There has been continual turn over of administration as well as excellent teachers over the past 5years. The kids are having to constantly adjust to different rules which are never consistent. For a NPO they seem to be charging for everything including detentions. This year will be their third New principal and disciplinary dean within the last 5yrs as well as third or forth gym teacher and art teacher. Other teachers also change quickly. The kindergarten teacher have 0 patience to deal with the 5 and 6yr olds that are coming into their own personalities. As a parent i would have to call the school to find out what was going on because all information was given out so last minute no one had time to prepare including picture day which this year we found out the day before. They have no parent teacher group and don't seem to care much about parent involvement unless its financial. I was all for passages a few years ago but have pulled my kids this year and enrolled them in private school.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
I like this school; because I always receive updated information regarding enrollment;working for a Head Start program. Parent are looking for a full-day Kindergarten. Passage Charter School send me monthly email about theirs enrollment progress.

- submitted by a community member

June 17, 2013
Passages USED to be a great school, emphasis on the USED. Passages has attracted some really great teachers over the years, and has lost some really great teachers, which really has impacted the quality of education students get at the school. The reasons teachers leave is - lack of support from administration. In fact, the principal sits in her office the entire day most of the time when she is there. When she's not there, she's "working from home." - the team leaders aren't qualified to be in the positions they are in and have no idea what it means to teach the grades they supposedly are in charge of - the pay for teachers is the BOTTOM OF THE BARREL I really enjoyed teaching here for a while, but this past year in particular they are hiring some really poor teachers and the teachers (who actually work with your students) have very little say in what goes in in the school. This school is better than some in the vicinity, but don't expect that the teachers your child has one year will be there the next year. Teachers are not appreciated at this school, which you should be aware of. Lack of teacher appreciation = poor morale = low quality education for your child.

- submitted by a teacher

December 12, 2012
This is a great school. Very concerned, motivating staff & teachers. Children come in on all different academic levels making it very challenging for all, but they all are committed to the success of students. Excellent teachers. Challenging academic programs. Motivating teacher aide. Great teacher to student ratio. Very hard working staff. excellent!

- submitted by a community member

August 12, 2012
I transfered my child to Passages to escape the bullies from his other school. I found the school and its staff to be nice and appear to want to help. Since being at Passages, my son gets out of too early on Wednesdays and 11 am seems every other week. Some weeks he hardly is given homework. Those are my grips.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2011
This school is unacceptable. Check their test scores. We've stayed as long as we could, and tolerated as much as we could stomach. Parent/Teacher involvement is not valued, which explains why a mass exodus of students and teachers abandoned Passages for better options elsewhere. A lot of lip service and lack of accountability on behalf of the administration and their proprietors, Asian Human Services and management company, American Quality Schools. This school refuses to engage and involve eager students, parents and teachers. They are more concerned with how much money they can obtain from the state for each student than investing in highly-needed technology and individualized curriculum for all students. No incentive for 'better than average' students. The school is in dire need of responsible and accountable professionals to take ownership of THEIR children's education. Anywhere else is better than here.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2011
I gave the school a lower grade because of the attitude of the administration towards kids that are above average. Nothing is being done to keep the smart kids in this school. I would say it's OK to keep your child in school for the 1st. and 2nd. grade but after...move on. There are no programs designed to encourage kids that are above their grade level so after these kids are gone, you are left with average and below average, which explains the bad test scores. I am in the position where I will regretfully move on because my kid is bored as hell in school and all of his friends will be gone. As far as parent's involvement, there isn't any and while this is a very diverse school, it's also very segregated.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2010
Passages is the hidden gem on the northside! Superinvolved teacher & parents who go above & beyond expectations are what makes our school great.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2010
This school is a true gem in the public school system. The teaching philosophy is great, focusing on reading texts and writing responses as opposed to memorization and regurgitation. They are the only CPS school I know of that administers the NWEA test to truly gauge their performance. (and the scores are great!) The parents I know with students needing an IEP are very happy with the services at the school. I am gettin my Master's in special education and have done a few observation exercises here and the methods employed are on par wit hthe best practices taught in Universities today. The transition to the new building and school management team hit bump last year, but I disagree wholeheartedly with the review stating this new team is anything but excellent. AQS consistently produces the city's top performing charter schools.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2010
This is my second year teaching at Passages and unfortunately, I'll be moving at the end of the year. In my 2 years at Passages, we've been through good times and bad, but I never felt alone in my struggles. My Administration is supportive and encouraging, my fellow teachers are the most dedicated and inspiring I've ever seen, and the students are unique and encourage me to bring my best each and every day. If you're looking for a school where teachers are always on the look out for new and exciting educational opportunities, then this is the place for you. A community where grant writing and professional development are valued, and personal differences are celebrated- that's what makes Passages great!

- submitted by a teacher

March 04, 2010
There are better choices in the neighborhood. Passages does not offer a lot of the extra-curricular activities like most Chicago Public Schools.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2010
I love this school. My child is very happy and he is learning a lot. The teachers are great and very enthusiastic. They really care about the students.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2010
As a teacher at Passages, I am so pleased with the community we have been able to build. Last year was definitely a struggle due to problems with our building and adjusting to change, but I am so proud to work with so many enthusiastic teachers and families (we've all worked so hard!). In addition, I love that I have kids from 10 different countries speaking 12 different languages...we are truly living Dr. King's dream. I can't speak for other classrooms, but I am proud that my kids are thriving both academically and socially. I welcome all families to come visit us :)

- submitted by a teacher
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December 06, 2009
I am a teacher at Passages, and I am sad to see some of these comments. This year we have all worked hard to ensure that each child is getting the best education in the city. As the Teacher President of the Parent Teacher group, I am disappointed that many parents are not involved. As with many things, it is easier to sit back and complain instead of getting involved to bring positive change. It is hurtful to see parents that want to transfer their children, but please first speak to the principal and maybe she can fix the situation.

- submitted by a teacher

November 26, 2009
I am an 'old parent' that has stuck around, last year was just terrible but I thought this year would be better with a different principal. Boy was I wrong! The new disiplinarian is beyond awful. The children are treated like criminals. And the administration seems so hard on the teachers. The teachers always look tired. I am thinking that during this break, we will finally have to move our child elsewhere. I am just fed up, angry and dissapointed.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2009
A third administration is three years is quite a bit. But, the quality teachers have stayed and are still providing our students with a great education. Teachers understand what each individual child needs and provide a tailored curriculum for each child. This is why I have seen my daughter grow so much at Passages. If you are looking for a high quality education, where all members of the school community will know who you and your student are, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2009
The quality of education and culture of the school has decreased since the new administration came in this school year. My child has had three different teachers this year, and the parents did not receive one letter from the principal (or teacher) informing us of this change. I found out through other parents. The Principal's communication and leadership is very poor, and they are not welcoming of parents. The hiring of staff is also poor, teachers seem to be in-experienced (probably first year/second year teachers in most cases). I am very disappointed with the quality of education and lack of communication from the administration. This school falls below average compared to other charter or elementary schools throughout the city. I think the school will have a chance for improvement with with new administration and experienced/diverse teachers. I would not recommend Passages, and will be transferring my child next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 09, 2009
Passages has had continuous and prosperous growth! As a new parent with work and a school schedule, I have been able to turn to Passages for support and have received an adequate learning environment for my children. I have seen initiative to continue to help working parents by providing afterschool programs and activities. At passages my two children as well as my niece, are receiving far better education that I would be able to afford. The individual help that children receive is far more than I expected. The school working together with other institutions has allowed it to give families various forms of assistance in different areas. Because the school only offers Pre-k to 5th grade, it is able to concentrate on those needs of individual growth more than anything else!

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2009
I am a new parent at passages and I love it. The teachers put in just as much work in to helping my son that I do. The school works together with the parents to come up with solutions to problems. I am moving and am staying close to Passages just so my son can continue to receive the best education that he can.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2009
I don't believe this school offers a quality education. Look else where. There are many other great schools in that area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 22, 2009
I feel that Passages is a really good school. My son was going to one of the public schoos here in the city and things were horriable. He didnt want to go to school becasue there were always problems with other kids and it seem like the teacher and the principle didnt care. His grades were really bad and he almost failed. Now that he has been attending passages, his grades have improved so much and also his behavior. I am really happy that we found this school for him. Everyone seems to really care and want to help.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2009
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.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2009
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

- submitted by a community member

December 14, 2008
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.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2007
Wonderful school! Wonderful curriculum! Wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent

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Passages Elementary Charter School
1643 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL  60660
(773) 433-3530
Last modified Passages Elementary Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Passages Elementary Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top