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PK-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 1,165
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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5025 North Laramie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

(773) 534-3500
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December 15, 2014
Congratulations to Beaubien on OUR 1+ rating! For the 2013-2014 school year, Beaubien scored as one of the top schools in the state with 98% of students meeting attainment. Surveys taken from students, teachers and parents show a consensus of effective leadership, collaborative teaching and involved parents. As a parent of 2 students attending Beaubien, I can say it is an incredible place to be educated. The classrooms are mini microcosms of the world! My children are maturing academically, physically, artistically and socially. Under the leadership of Michelle Ludford, Beaubien s environment has become a place where parents are welcomed, teachers are professional and students are learning! Do not hesitate to come to our school. Jefferson Park is a great community; it is no wonder why President Obama chose it to speak to recently. It is a quintessential urban neighborhood; proud, diverse, safe and affordable with a great public school!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2014
I don't hate Beaubien, but I don't love it either. The teachers give way too much homework. They should be teaching more in-school, and don't even get me STARTED about their Spanish Program. No textbooks and no workbook. The poor kids don't have a clue what's going on, mostly because of the unorganized teacher. My child is developing back problems because of the heavy backpacks they need to carry around all day. I can't believe that they don't allow the children to leave their heavy winter coats and boots in some type of closet or locker. They have to carry them, along with their heavy backpacks.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2014
Beaubien is not a good school. Little things, like the water fountains CONSTANTLY being broken, but it's also the big things. I used to have a lot of friends. And then one day everybody started hating me. I was bullied so terribly that I hated both the experience of school and, simply put, the school itself. Especially when I told on the bullies. I told on the bullies to my homeroom teacher, the principal, the vice principal, and other assorted staff. The bullies never got in trouble, not even once. They still bully me physically, verbally, and through texting and social media. It started last year and has continued, getting worse. Kids are stealing things from me and refusing to give them back unless I do their homework and whatnot for them. But the school doesn't care. And THAT is what makes me angry the most.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2014
I am amazed at the total lack of common sense that most teachers and administration have at this school. Poor communication also. Just really a joke. Accidents and incidents just waiting to happen instead of prevention. Either they have no common sense or the staff just plain doesn t care. Pack in the kids and don t bother them with any concerns or questions.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2014
The administration at Beaubien (Principal: Mrs. Michelle Ludford, Assistant Principal: Mr. Nicholas Kotis) are more interested in protecting their own image and that of the school than they are concerned about protecting the safety and well being of students! BULLYING IS DOWNPLAYED, DISMISSED AND COVERED UP.. regardless of the mental and physical abuse the student is enduring.. year after year! The only way to make it stop is to transfer out of the school. Which is just fine with them and they are quick to let you know that. One less problem they to have to deal with and cover up. Mrs. Ludford and Mr. Kotis have no problem twisting your words to benefit their own agenda. They lie to you and about you. They don't follow the rules or the protocol set forth in the CPS Code of Conduct. And if you dare to question them or go against them.. Watch out because they are coming after you AND your child!!!! If there were a zero star rating I would have chosen that!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
Most of the teacher experiences have been great. However, the Administration in the school lacks anything but image perception. Bullying is ignored, and anything that may "harm" their reputation is ignored. Sheep in wolves clothing.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
Beaubien is a very large school with a very diverse student body. I think the principal has done a great job of holding events and functions to welcome parents and families after hours and on weekends. I have found the principal and assistant principal to be responsive to any questions and concerns I have. I have a 4th and 2nd grader at Beaubien. Both of them have had outstanding teachers so far, and they are challenged when they need to be. The teachers seem to have very good behavior management. My sons tell me that when students misbehave, it is handled promptly. Any bullying issues seem to be handled effectively. The culture of the school seems to emphasize tolerance and accepting differences. My son has a 504, and he has several friends who are pulled out for various types of help from resource to social work, and it is not looked down upon (at least in the primary grades). The teachers do a good job of making all kids feel included. There is an after school program for working parents, which is provided by an outside vendor. They also provide several classes kids can sign up for, such as chess, piano, band, theater, and others.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
Ignorance of the teachers added to my mental health disability. Unwelcoming tensions in the air whilst entering majority of my classrooms open a new vulnerable door teverytimr o the thought of hating school already, not because of the work but because of the peopleI. I understand that school is a work place but if a kid is dying in the corner why wouldn't you help him or her? Counselors didn't help neither did the school psychiatrist. I wish teachers seemed to care more.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2014
Beaubien is great! I have 2 boys in there and they are excelling! The teachers make their work challenging enough to keep them interested in their subjects. My oldest will be in 6th grade this year and will have different teachers for each subject. He is so looking forward to this so he can learn so much more. My experience with Ms. Ludford has been wonderful, she is always smiling and interacting with parents and students in a positive manner.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2014
This school is horrible!! First, bullying is an issue that seems to never be resolved (usually between the neighborhood kids and gifted). Next, 15 kids in 6th grade need to attend summer school. The real issue with that is that the"wonderful" principal ,Michelle Ludford, is only sending 8 of them. The reason is that she doesn't want the school's precious reputation to be ruined. I beg you, parents and guardians, please look over this school before making a decision. Beaubien is not a good one.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
I had 2 kids now adults in this school. Special ed kids, they NEVER wanted my kids in special ed except 1.The other one had add and was failing in school.I had to move to TX and the elem there put him in 504.Then I moved back to chicago.back to Beaubien. they r dropped outs. I don't think that Beaubien is a good school with special ed kids.it is a school for gifted kids.I have an 8 yr old who need a 504 he's is failing. Help, I don't want him to be a dropped out just because he doesn't have 504 to help him

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2013
My daughter attends Beaubien for K and 1st grade. So far, a wonderful experience. We appreciate that Beaubien offers great opportunity for kids to excel, especially in math and science area, along with caring and helpful teacher. Go BULL DOG!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
My daughter went to Beaubien for pre-school and now she goes to 1st grade. Although the classes here are larger (28 students to 1 teacher) I feel that my daughter gets the attention and help she needs to succeed in school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
My son started adventure with Beaubien from preschool and now is 5th grade!I am really appreciated for this school.we have new principal and she is amazing person and all staff in a office too especially Paula!!we have great team in room 101so if you have any problems with kids just welcome and Kim is most professional person!!!all teachers Thank you for yours work!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
My daughter attended Beaubien for kindergarten, and is on her way to first grade this year. We have been very pleased with both the staff and the curriculum, as well as the level of parental involvement. We are very happy at Beaubien.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
I'm very surprised with beaubien being 7 out of 10 school there's no reviews parents please start revewing your wonderful school. We are a new family and I are very excited about the new year 2013_2014.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
MY KIDS ARE VERY HAPPY AT BEAUBIEN. THEY NEED AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS. MY SON DID 3 YEARS IN PRE-SCHOOL AND HAS CAUGHT UP ACADEMIC WISE. HE IS NOW IN KINDERGARDEN. MY DAUGHTER IS IN SIX GRADE, AND LIKES IT ALOT.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
This is a great school. Great teachers and principals. Very good academics as well. I love this school.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2011
We transferred my son to Beaubien after moving into the neighborhood, and it has been like night and day, compared to his former magnet school, we totally lucked out! I wish they had more after-school programs, and that's a wish, not a complaint!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
Couldn't be happier - great learning school. I see happy parents & kids every morning and the teachers are beyond fantastic

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
My daughter started Beaubien at Kindergarten and is now in 1st grade. Very happy with the school. There is a good sense of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
The school is great, my daughter goes to options program and they really teach good skills for math, reading. plus They have Latin as a second language. I only hope that they have after school programs for younger kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2010
The school leadership and is not transparent. Involvement that threatens the status quo is squelched.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 20, 2010
Most of the teachers are excellent; my children have done extremely well, and love school; this is a very good sign that it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
The academics, gifted program and neighborhood program, art, music, great teachers and terrific school community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
The teachers at this school are wonderful. The school is one of the best.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
Great school...great programs...great teachers and staff!!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
My children are thriving in the school and learning so much. I am so happy that this is my neighborhood school

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
The school family is helpful, the educators are desirous of assisting the children, the programs are wonderful, the whole experience is as close to an old time school as you can get.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Beaubien has an amazing principal in Chris Kotis who has unbelievable foresight. His careful, thoughful budgeting over the last few years has enabled Beaubien to keep several teachers in these horrific economic times. The staff devotes itself to doing the best for all the students. Despite the few who try to bring us down, the Beaubien family continues to prepare thoughtful, capable future citizens.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Beaubien has challenged our daughter academically, while maintaining her interest. The devotion of the teachers, staff & PTO are what keeps this school great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
This is an all around balanced school with many people (teachers, staff and parents) who care!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Beaubien has many strengths. The teachers are dedicated and hard working. The parents are supportive and enthusiastic. The children are excited about learning and love to be challenged!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Best Teachers, Principal, PTO and academics. They have it all!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
For a school with so many students this school does an EXCELLENT job staying on top of the daily operations. I am amazed at how quickly the vice principal called me back and took the time to listen to my concern. Immediately I received a note from my child's homeroom teacher and got the input I needed to help my child. The overall culture of the school is one of discipline and solid European values. I feel fortunate to have my child enrolled in a school where so many of the staff and teachers know what they're doing! Mrs. 'Fly' is just one example of a teacher who loves her students and goes beyond the call of duty. Long live Beaubien!

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
I like Beaubien, but only because my child is in the Options program, which is excellent. He was not in the Options program in his earlier years, and at that time it was far too easy. In addition, the atmosphere of the school is not great. I tend avoid the other parents, who are mostly uneducated, rude, and tend to migrate into cliques.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 20, 2009
I am putting my second child thru the gifted public school programs.....I think Decatur was a more aggresive approach to learning, my first child started there in 1998. I know things change, and teachers change, so year to year there is never a direct comparison. My 2nd child is very happy in the gifted program at Beaubien, and now that she is in 7th grade, I'm extremely happy with all the extra curricular study groups preparing her for the high school shuffle.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Teacher are so dedicated to children, they motivate children to do their best. Great communication w/ parents. Every day i can check my son's grades thru website, i love it

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
The teachers and staff are dedicated and the kids are all very motivated to learn!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2009
These parents who talk about all these afterschool extras are referring to grades above the primary level. There is very little to nothing for younger children and no recess

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
My son transferred in from a Catholic school where he was not being challenged enough. At Beaubien, he has been challenged and he loves it there. The teachers that we have encountered have been wonderful and very dedicated. My son participates in band, volleyball, basketball and this year he is also in color guard. In the past he also participated in yearbook. As you can see there are plenty of afterschool activities. If there are other activities that parents would like to see, maybe you can volunteer your time. Beaubien has been wonderful for my son, both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 13, 2008
I don't understand the complaints from parents about the lack of after school activities. My children have participated in drama club, volleyball, basketball and chorus (which is taught by the school's music teacher-who puts in hours and hours of additional time without compensation).

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2008
The Options/Gifted program has exceeded our expectations here in every way! My child just finished his first year at this school in the Options/Gifted program. The school has been a godsend. We came from a Catholic school where my son was not being challenged at all. He now loves to go to school. To parents that complain about homework: perhaps your child has been misplaced; this is an accelerated academic program and homework is of course part of that experience. To the parents complaining about extras and sports: if I have to pick between being on the 4th grade basketball team with the buddies or getting a great top notch academic education, I am picking the education! No school has it all, academically this school is very good. Interations with the teachers and administration have been impressive, the pto is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2008
This school to me is one of the worst schools around. My student is in 7th and there are no extra activities, the homework is tough, and the teachers don't care one bit. I suggest to not go to tthis school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
I have been impressed with the teachers, but the student body is another story. Where are the students coming from? The mobility rate is 10%, Parents give false information and do not live in the neighborhood. The Parents, Students and Teachers in the options program are 'RUDE'. The school administration allows special privelegs and the general education population is slighted. i am not happy with the school hours, no recess, and no opportunities for after school activites. The general ed teachers have 31 students and many of the students more than half are disrespectful and have no motivation to learn. Very dissatisfied with the discipline.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
My son is about to graduate from 8th grade at Beaubien. While I have had some issues with the competitive nature of test scores and high school admissions, I think that this is a systemic issue more so than just that at Beaubien. My child has had several exceptional teachers that have had a positive impact on him. I agree with your one post about needing more opportunities for extra curriculars. I would like to point out that there is more art and music instruction than noted by one reader. My son has also partcipated in events such as math club and academic bowl, so perhaps there is recognition of needing more for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
Our child is in the options program at Beaubien, and has had some wonderful teachers. The academics are strong, but we would love to see more opportunites for activities such as gym, recess, and organized out-of-school activities. There are some wonderful family events, such as the arts night.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
My children have been in both the neighborhood program, and the options program. Both are wonderful. The teachers are committed to providing a well rounded education. The PTO is great. Very dedicated to ensuring both the parents and teachers are heard.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
Looking for a school that will instill a love of learning over grades and encourage questioning? Want a well rounded child who can occasionally play on a week night? Do both parents work fulltime and are not willing to send their child to Sylvan to keep up? Look elsewhere! The gifted program is merely accelerated and provides little actual enrichment. Creativity is not prized. There would be no Art at all if not for the PTA, they raise funds for a mere 7 lessons a year.Children in the primary grades are pressured. Expect at least 1 hour of homework in the 1st grade gifted program. Got to raise those ISAT scores, don't ya know and beat Bell. There are NO afterschool activities other than music lessons provided by an outside vendor. No recess. Gym once a week. Administration is inflexible.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
I am so glad that the k, are learning so fast and well its a blessing. I thank almighty god for such teacher who do teach our children at beaubien elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
Beaubien is a very good school with a team of many very committed teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2006
This is a great school. There was a remarkable change in my son when he entered this school in terms of study habits, discipline. The environment in this school is good for learning. It was such a difficult decision for us to relocate because we had to pull out our child from the program that was working very well for him. His teacher was very well organized. Her long terms plans for the children was very clear and and she knew how to keep them interested and eager to learn.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
The school really needs to provide students with more extra curricular activities, especially for the older grades.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
My son goes to Beaubien gifted program. We are very happy with the program, teachers and environment. The administration and teachers are very flexible, friendly and highly motivated. The students curriculum could be adjusted to individual needs. There is room for challenge, advancement, enrichment and fun. Great school!

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September 16, 2004
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Beaubien Elementary School
5025 North Laramie Avenue, Chicago, IL  60630
(773) 534-3500
Last modified Beaubien Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Beaubien Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top