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1816 W. Garfield Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60609

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April 19, 2015
As a teacher who has stuck with the kids, the curriculum, and the model for three years, I can honestly say it has come a LONG way. It shows in the test scores. One parent commented that for many parents, this will be the only opportunity that they will have to see their children wear a cap and gown, but that is the exact mindset we are trying to combat. Also, as far as kids never being able to socialize, not true. My scholars are some of the MOST social and happy children out there. We just emphasize learning as a priority and therefore, socializing must be structured and limited as not to take away from what we are really trying to accomplish. I just really hope that any parent that is reading these reviews will come see for themselves. Don't let anyone else's negativity and bad experiences stop you from being open to an awesome learning experience for your child. If you come visit, you will be walked through the school and you can judge for yourself. Like I said, it was rough in the beginning, but I almost left, and now I'm so glad that I didn't!!

- submitted by a teacher

October 17, 2014
My daughter been going here for 3 years and the only thing I don't like about the school is the lack of school books..

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2014
As a Basil staff member, I'm excited to see a satisfied kindergarten parent. I'm disappointed to see some unhappy parents (I hope we can earn back your trust this year under new principals), but it's true this school is not for every family - we're not an arts school, or a sports school. We're an academically focused college prep school. We truly believe that ALL of our students can and will graduate from college, and I'm always amazed by how hard the teachers work to get students there. Every teacher I work with is passionate and dedicated, and the school has improved greatly over the past two years. There has been a lot of change, which is always hard, but I absolutely believe we're stronger because of it and are ready to kick off a FANTASTIC new school year.

- submitted by a teacher

August 11, 2014
My daughter started Kindergarden last yr at basil. I LOVE this school. They focus so much on preparing the kids for college, and its awesome. I heard a lot of parents complaining that Basil treats the students like they are in the military. And, I disagree with that. Basil is teaching the kids discipline at a young age ,which a lot of students do not receive at home.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2014
In the past two years, Basil has undergone significant change. It was once on the watch list as a potential school to close. In the past two years, the school has improved significantly. The focus is on college prep and character. The scores have dramatically improved, and it matters. Our students did not wear caps and gowns, because they attended a moving up ceremony that was beautiful and appropriate. You wear a cap and gown when you graduate, not move from 8th to 9th grade. We have to raise our expectations. We expect our students to graduate from college and live meaningful lives. We have an open door policy. Anyone can come, visit and see the transformation.

- submitted by a teacher

August 05, 2014
I wish I could give 0 stars. Do NOT send your children here. Admin don't care about children and teachers operate under constant fear. The rules are oppressive. Kids are not allowed to socialize ever and are "disciplined" for every little thing

- submitted by a teacher

June 19, 2014
This school is trash . The 8th graders couldn't graduate in cap and gowns but just 2 years ago the kindergartener had cap and gowns . I guess the 5 year olds accomplished more than the 8th graders . This school cheated done of these parents out of the only cap and gown pictures they may ever have of their kids . In this community many of the kids will be killed in the streets before they reach senior year and some will simply drop out . Also they will call you for every single thing your child does . Kids are suspended here for age appropriate behavior . No library or text books . Parents opinions don't matter at all .

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2014
I have three kids that attend CICS Basil this school is for kids with behavior problems. The 8th are not allowed to wear captain gowns for graduation because they haven't earned it, the kids raised they hand the wrong way they get checks or no treasure chest on Friday. They love controlling our kids and don't value the parents opinion. I so regret letting my kids attend this school. Please do your research before applying to this school . I do respect the fact everyone needs a job , but they communication is horrible. Please parents be wise with your school choose.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2014
This school is such a fluke!! My son attends this school and they don't put parents first!!! It's like when u want to speak to a superior it's a lot of whispers, hidden agendas and other bologna. My son was held back from the fifth grade which was horrific for him but I told him that he wasn't putting his best effort in to his work I came to realize that he didn't get the work and he was falling behind I did what I had to do as a parent but when he came to the school he was falling behind because the teachers never worked with him, I just hate the fact that they say they focus on the students growth and potential to move to the next level when in fact it's not true!!

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2014
This school does not have a library. This is a travesty. What message is that sending? Literacy is the key to a sound education. Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian "improving" literature. You'll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant. One way to destroy a child's love of reading, of course, is to make sure there are no books of any kind around. Literacy is more important than ever it was, in this world of text and email, a world of written information. We need to read and write, we need global citizens who can read comfortably, comprehend what they are reading, understand nuance, and make themselves understood. Libraries really are the gates to the future. So it is unfortunate that CICS Basil sees not having a library as an easy way to save money, without realizing that they are stealing from the future to pay for today. They are closing the gates that should be open. Instead, they are focused on data and test results.

- submitted by a community member

June 17, 2013
This school is a waste of time!!!!! I wouldn't send my pet here!!!! Most of the teacher's that I was in contact with were unprofessional and immature!!! This school doesn't use textbooks, just worksheets and packets.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2013
This a okay school and the school I go to and it on a level 2

- submitted by a community member

January 06, 2013
I think basil is a good school i had three kids who attend the school.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2012
Today, my son was accepted to this school via lottery. I have a bittersweet reaction to this. Although I did have hopes of him attending a CICS School, I was hoping that he got in to the other higher ranking schools. Basil was our 4th choice and because 2nd grade wasn't being offered at the other campuses he was placed here. I guess because of the probation status Basil have, I'm a little leery about the school's academic ability. I am transferring my son from a Private School because he was not challenged there. He is waitlisted for the Magnet and Classical Schools and so, in doing my research I thought the CICS was the way to go. I will give Basil a try, that's if I don't hear from any of the Classical or Magnet Schools first.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2011
To the parent who asked what Middle School has students walk in a sigle file line, facing front, in their own square, well the answer to your question is most middle schools! Also, if they did not place emphasis on uniforms, hair styles, etc. there would be absolutely no order in the school. Academics can only take place if structure exist! I had the opportunity to visit the school briefly, and I cant speak about the absence of the library but I will say that the teachers do have some very high expectations for the students and that is very admirable. I had the opportunity to briefly work with an all male class and they were well behaved for the most part and very attentive. Ms. Hardy is very nice and approachable.

- submitted by a community member

April 14, 2011
I had the pleasure of working on a temporary basis in the main office with an outside firm at Basil Elementary School and I found the teachers, staff and principal to be outstanding and serious about their role as educators. You must have order in the school and the classrooms or the children will be out of control. The teachers, staff and principal always displayed true leadership skills while in class and even in the hall. During my short time I saw kids being given speech lessons and one-on-one time by instructors to help bring grades up. I saw an awesome music room with instruments (are you really complaining about buying a book?) I'm no longer employed as a temp at this school but I firmly believe that it is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a community member

March 16, 2011
theater/drama, dance and yearbook? No, they don't exist. A library? Nope, none. They have a book of rooms that students aren't allowed to check out. My kid had to buy his own novel because they don't have books or novel sets his class. Behavior is ridiculous. They don't let the kids be kids. What middle school walks students in a "silent single file in, in your square, facing forward"

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
This is my child first year at Basil; she is here for convenience (it s close to home). I feel the teachers are trying their best, however the school is more focused on school policy (uniform codes), and fundraising efforts than academics. The curriculum seems to change daily; to the point the students never master any skills (math, literacy, etc.). I feel this school has potential, however I am not sure if the program needs a new direction, and focus on one curriculum instead of changing each year as it has in the past. Emphasis needs to be on the basics (reading, writing, arithmetic s), and not on school uniforms, shoes, hair styles, etc. A plus for the school is that it does offer sports, art, music, Spanish, cheerleading, dance, chess, etc, and helps to develop social skills for the students. My daughter has made friends in the program, and loves her teacher.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2009
The teachers at Basil work tirelessly to ensure the students receive the best education possible. Our school year and school days are longer than most and we make every minute count.

- submitted by a teacher

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CICS Basil
1816 W. Garfield Blvd., Chicago, IL  60609
(773) 778-9455
Last modified CICS Basil is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8
CICS Basil Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top