I used to go to this school since preschool until fifth grade. Now i go to Cleveland which is better in sports equipment.The principal should buy new sports equipment. They should add a cheerleading squad and flag football.and improve the uniforms.They should also have dance classes. Like they have in Cleveland.They should also prepare the eight graders for high school. For example swithching classes like they do in high school.I am now in eight grade at Cleveland school. Some students in seventh and eight grade take algebra and pre-algebra.Science fair should also start earlier. Here at cleveland we started science fair three weeks ago.Clearly the students will not survive in high school if they are not prepared. The stdents at cleveland start switching classes in fifth grade.This school also has no disciplin. They should serve detentions.All they get are mis-conduct reports. That does not do much.
I feel that Mrs. Vaccarezza, along with the LSC and parent involvement, has done a tremendous job with turning test scores around and providing a safe and nurturing environment for all of the children Pre-K to 8th. My daughter is currently in Kindergarten and I am a very active parent. I am looking forward to the future growth under Mrs. Vaccarezza's term as the Principal. The new programs are phenomenal and the Tuition Based After School program has been much needed and is now much appreciated by children and parents, alike.
I have the unique position of being both a parent of a child in a CPS school and a teacher in one. The whole 'lack of communication' issue is simply a system-wide one. CPS, in reality, does not usually deal with concerned and involved parents and are therefore woefully inept in dealing with them. For every parent or family that is involved, there are four that aren't, which leaves the bulk of kids' concerns on the system, which by any standards is overworked and overburdened. I absolutely love my daughter's 1st grade teacher--she is simply a wonderful teacher, but that has more to do with her own personal expectations of herself than the system's. I feel at this point the principal has done a great job, but needs to be replaced with someone more experienced with working with parents who are actually involved/committed. Amazing potential is there.
I've been an active parent at Blaine for two years now. I love Blaine because the faculty is dedicated, the student body is bright and diverse, and the parents are eager to be involved with the school's improvement. Overall the atmosphere here is down to earth and vibrant with change. Also, test scores seem to increase with each passing year. My one complaint so far is the lack of communication on all levels. Information concerning budget issues and how they affect the staff and curriculum at our school is virtually kept secret, LSC hasn't posted their minutes since October, parents aren't informed about SIPPAA mtgs until the day before they're scheduled. All this is very discouraging. The lack of communication seems to build walls between the schools' organizations, and walls between parents/teachers and teachers and administration. I think this communication must be improved in order for Blaine to improve.
Blaine is a great school but the busing has been a real problem. My first child was eligible for busing since his K year but the office always discouraged us away. This has created a huge problem for our family.
My two children go to Blaine. My daughter is in 2nd grade and my son in K. My wife and I are very active in the school. The faculty at Blaine is very responsive and open to parent concerns and ideas.
My two children have attended Blaine for three years. Their teachers have been nurturing and stimulating, and I find the diversity of the student body a real plus. My son has wonderful friends from many different backgrounds. Before he started school, I had concerns over how he would do socially as he is incredibly nerdy; I feared he would be made fun of for doing well academically. This has not been the case, and he seems to have found a real home at Blaine. I am proud to be a part of Chicago Public Schools, and to be a part of Blaine.
Blaine does not meet our standards. There is no leadership at the top. We transferred our daughter because she was not receiving a good quality education. She is now on the honor roll thanks to great teachers! Our daughter is happy at her new private school. The main reason for the transfer was because we felt that the principal and the staff had a 'I don't care attitude'. We complained to top public school officials and they had the same 'I don't care but I'm sorry attitude'. That is unacceptable. Many other parents transferred their children also, so it's definately not just one parent's concern. Please research your options carefully when considering Blaine for your children.
My children (2) have been attending Blaine since Kindergarten. There is not enough space here for me to express how happy my family and I are with the education and experiences that my children are receiving. I have visited other schools and I have not found a principal more dedicated to the students, than the principal at Blaine. We are very proud to support our city's public schools and we are very proud of Blaine.
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