Belding Elementary is a world-diverse school with teachers who offer advanced learning opportunities for our kids, and a wonderful music and language program. My children discovered their love of music at Belding and are soundly on track to achieve academic excellence & musical fluency. Advanced math and reading are offered for upper grade students as well as an array of after school clubs, including an in-house Museum of Science and Industry Science Club. Belding's curriculum is more rigorous than many private schools, as various families who have transferred in have testified. The Principal and V.P. are highly focused on student achievement, safety, and creating an environment where everyone is learning. Behind every great school are highly involved parents who value and are committed to their children's educational success. We have this at Belding. We have math and science teachers who can make sure that the advanced students are challenged, while also offering support to the struggling students. One of my children was challenged by a reading teacher to join an advanced reading club, and now I cannot get a book out of his hands. I am definitely a fan of Belding Elementary.
Belding is a wonderful school and is a hidden gem in the city! The principal, Ms. Yutzy, is involved and present. She knows parents and kids by name. The teachers are wonderful and challenge my kids everyday (pre-k/1st grade). The parents group is warm, friendly and welcoming. We attended two schools prior in Lincoln Park and Bucktown but moved for Belding. We're here to stay!
This is my daughter's 2nd year at Belding and we really enjoy the leadership our Principal demonstrates with the children. We are very happy with Belding.
My children have attended Belding over 6 years . The school has a challenging curriculum and good teachers and principal.The office staff is helpful and sweet when we had a problem. I agree with the other post. If I had one complaint it would be a better gym class. I haven't seen my kids come back with knowing of games and rules of poplar sports over the years. I am glad to see a soccer program being offered on Fridays .
I have three children attending the school, twins are in kindergarten and one is in 2nd grade. She had attended another charter school for the first two years (KG and grade 1). All of my kids love the school, they have been very comfortable after the first few weeks of initial shyness. The teachers are fabulous, very cheerful, kind and caring. The teachers are good at providing feedback and keeping the students motivated. I love the experience at Belding!
My daughter is in Kindergarten at Belding. This school is a wonderful place for children to learn and grow. The teachers are all excellent. The communication between teachers and parents is on a regular basis. Our principal is very involved in all everyday activities and is always available to talk. She is always looking for new ideas to make our school better. The PTA is extremely well organized and gives all parents the opportunity to be involved in all activities . It is a true pleasure to have my daughter attend a school that has so many parents who want to be involved in their childrens educations.
Belding has challenged my children academically and nurtured their spirits. I have seen my kindergartener thrive - now reading at 2nd grade level and doing 1st grade math - while developing friendships with children of widely diverse backgrounds. She loves her teacher and is excited to go to school each day. My entering 3-yr-old preschool boy went from recognizing only 1 letter, to recognizing 3/4 of the letters and some numbers, and is having a great time in the process. Belding has a strong network of parents supporting the school, a visionary principal who clearly loves her work and knows how to be a strong leader who also listens to the parents of her students. I highly recommend this school!
As the parent of a kindergartner, I was nervous about entering CPS. After the first year at Belding, I'm a huge fan! My daughter's teacher has been fabulous -- challenging students and yet making learning fun, too. I love the principal's vision for the school, and I have felt a true sense of community as I've gotten to know the parents and teachers at the school. My daughter has learned to read, write stories, tell time, and do simple math. Perhaps more importantly, she has loved every minute of it. When I asked her to rate kindergarten from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, she gave it an 11!
Belding Elementary School has exceeded all of my expectations this year and last. Not only are the parents coming together to create a strong and motivated support system the principal is pushing the school into a whole new direction. I have two kids attending the school and I could not be happier with the level of dedication and pride the teachers exude at the school. This school is truly a global melting pot of kids, it has excellent scores that are rising and a fantastic staff.
We live in the Old Irving neighborhood and have two children at Belding. Belding has great teachers and Principal Yutzy has a long history with Belding and truly cares about the school. She is a fantastic leader and is a true "go getter" who is more than happy to listen and get things done. Parent involvement is growing at a very good pace Since she has taken over.
My son entered Belding in the 7th grade and has been doing great, with all "A's" and being challenged to do more. They have excellent teachers that care and give their very best. Belding has a great support group and strong leadership.
Belding is avery good school and I would like to personally complement Ms Ann Hudson, Geather Swenson, Catherine Stillwell, and Diane Bryniarski , asst principal. My grandchildren are really doing well and the school itself has a lot to offer. I highly recommend Belding.
Belding is fabulous school. The teachers are dedicated to the students. The principal is always willing to support her staff.
My two sons are attending to this school for 3 years and in my oppinion is an exelent school.
my kids are new this year but prior excellent comments you'll read here continue to ring true - my kids are challenged to their individual fullest - extra help for my son - accelerated 'gifted' programs for my daugher. Only 2 classes per grade - the teachers and staff all know the kids - the teachers and staff are energetic, dedictated and extremely skilled at their crafts. The school was accepted to be a world lagnuage school and my kida are getting to learn Arabic which is a spectacular educational oportunity. This school is absolutely right up there with the best of the best - a diverse student body - a dedicated group of professionals at the top of their craft and a solid group of parents who are involved enough - but not too much! Hoorah to Belding for doing it right. Public school education rocks!
We have an amazing group of teachers who actively engage our children. This year one of our students took third place in our area's Young Author's Contest, and another received the Bronze Award in Chicago's Science Fair. The Junior Great Books program began this year in six classrooms, and more are being added for the 2005-2006 year. Our students have an opportunity to participate in Chorus (which again placed in the 'Excellent Division'), fine art, and the Belding Dance Club. After-school sports programs are available as well. Our parent volunteers are tireless in their efforts in assisting with raising funds for extra-curricular programs, books for our school library, sponsoring academic contests, and more.
I am a student in this school in 6th grade currently its is a good school.the principal is hand on but very strict at the same time. The teachers are nice but hard at the same time. they are very helpfull and help me score great. we have after school programs ranging from a field house to home work help an after school math and science program (invitation only) an art class and finally a first place choir. eryk p
I have 2 boys now 9 and 10 years old. Hands on principal. Teachers always challenging for students. 10 yr old scored 96% on ISAT. Younger brother sings, acts and is creating pieces of art all the time. I love the diversity of the different ethnic backgrounds. They have friends from Albania, Poland, India, Puerto Rico, Philipines, Mexico and more. The cultural environment is ripe for learning. The only thing I do not like is the retarded parents driving around the school. I park 1 block away and walk the rest.
I love Belding Elementary School. The parent community is extremely involved. They are making great strides in all areas, academics, enrichment programs, sports and the arts. It's wonderful to see a community come together even in the heart of the city.
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