I toured the school today with my wife as we look for a school for daughter. We have never considered Boone school because of the reports of overcrowding. But with the building of another local school Boone now has 800 students which is half of the attendance a few years ago. The great leadership of the new administration combined with strong corporate and community sponsorship have really made an amazing positive impact. The students are really well behaved and engaged. The specials are impressive and include dance, music, art and a computer lab with programming lessons. We hope they expand their preschool so that we can send our daughter there.
As a community member and a mother of a two year old, Boone has been on our radar for a few years as well. We are thrilled to see that they've been awarded a Target grant -- meaning a new library, iPads, computers and 2000(!) new books. Thrilled to hear of all the good things happening with their resources and teachers (WGN teacher of the month). Love this community and the recent successes of our neighborhood school.
This school has been on our radar for the last year or so as the houses around it are fantastic (sturdy and well - priced for the north side.) I have met with the assistant principal and found her very welcoming and the facility seems well cared for. Plus, one of the teachers was recently awarded the WGN teacher of the month award. I am considering sending my daughter for pre-k (assuming we can get in.)
I am a 7th grader at Boone going to be on 8th grade. I have been in boone since I was in pre-k and I love it. All of my teachers are extremely helpful when I don't understand a question, they also help you to cope with stress and things that are causing you problems. Just a few months ago most of the Middle school in Boone helped us paint the bathroom stalls, we did paintings for the walls in Boone so now it looks like a remodeled school. I am very sad to leave this school and I will always be a pure Boonie at heart no matter were I go
My kids were transfer to Boone from Budlong Elementary School. I am very happy with the transfer. Everyone in the school is very friendly and helpful. I am very pleased with the security, they have someone at each door making sure only students and teachers come in. So that makes me feel at ease when I leave my kids at school. They have lots of things for the kids to do after school. Knowing that my kids will be getting art incorporated into their curriculum is great, I believe a kid needs to explore their creative side and it will help them with the other subjects they have in school. It is very organize and when I drop my kids off, everything runs smoothly. I really believe that Boone's first priority is the kids and their well being. I had an issue with one of the Kindergarten assistants, I talked to the teacher and the issue was solve next day. Unfortunately, for the assistant, she got fired. This showed me that they will not tolerate any non-sense and that if at any time a teacher or staff is not doing what they should, they will not have that person in their school. I highly recommend this school. Parents get involved, and don't complaint if you don't. The teachers are great!
As a new upcoming 8th grader I'm sad to say it will be my last year here at Boone. Boone has so many great qualities for ex) it's diverse, it's open to the public, and it's located in one of Chicago's safe and friendly neighborhood. I have so many great memories of making friends and meeting new teachers. I hope in my last year of Boone i cherish all these moments for they will never be lost. 8th grade may be the "finish line" however even the "finish line" is just the beginning of the whole race. Forever long live Boone! thank you for all you've given to me!
I am a parent of a current Boone school student and my son graduated from there almost fiver years ago. I have been very happy with Boone school for my 12 years of involvement there. I have not found the teachers lazy - on the contrary I have found them to be extremely good overall and very hardworking. The most recent comments are so vague and uninformed. What exactly happened to make you make that accusation that the teachers are lazy? How long have your children been attending Boone? Have you ever volunteered? Are you aware that regular public schools like Boone have to accept whatever child lives in the neighborhood that comes to the school? So that means there will be kids there who are the products of whatever home environment in which they have been brought up. Do you go to the school during the day to observe? Have you ever asked if they need help? Or, are you one of those parents who drops her kids off and expects the school to take care of the rest? You sound like complainers and not people who actually find out what is really happening. So easy for you! And lazy! By the way, school lunches are dictated by the District not the school.
THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE! To be honest, it USE To be a very good school! I don't know what happend, but from my experience; There is Fights ALMOST EVERY WEEK! The food looks uttertly disgusting, the staff are rude! The teachers there, are lazy! With the staff and everything, they don't even do anything to prevent the fights! Horrible horrible school. I'm very glad this is my last year! I MOST CERTAINLY NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL.
The staff needs to be trained on how to respect the parents. There need to be better teachers who know what they are doing. Better communication between parents and teachers. So much more to say but don't have the time. This school really needs to be revamp
Don't like. I feel that the school can do a much better job if it wasn't overcrowded, better programs, new staff, cleaner bathrooms, classrooms. New and better after-school programs
My daughter just started kindergarten and I am very satisfied with the school. It's a very diverse school and I see this as an advantage. She has a great teacher and the administrative staff was very helpful and supportive so far. The after school program is great. I would definitely recommend this school.
I love this school! Everybody here is so nice! If you where a student here, you wouldn't complain! The kids here are so outgoing! My son just loves it! My daughter is starting to make friends as well, and she is a shy girl! Boone is amazing!
I am a parent of a student of Boone School I think that Boone is a wonderful school and a great place to learn. All organizations have their issues and I don't believe in sitting back and complaining. If you are not happy with anything at Boone then get involved and try to make a difference. Boone has wonderful teachers and the case managers are some of the best in their field. The diversity at Boone is amazing! I have been very happy with my child's education. I am very involved with the school and will continue to try to help out whenever possible. Do not just sit back and complain, volunteer!
I am a staff member at Boone and the need for change in the way we do things is apparent. It will not happen until parents take a more organized, proactive role. We have only one parent involved in our so called parent organization. Parents need to be an example and follow rules and procedures. We are a school community and we will only succeed when we are all commited to working together for the benefit of all our children. Education is a tough profession and many of us that work at Boone give our best everyday. Take the time to encourage those who get the job done and speak up at LSC meetings or with the principal about those things/individuals that are not up to the standard you expect. Together we can make a difference.
Overcrowding, safety, and discipline issues: rude attitudes are at an all time high here. The students seem more out of control than ever, even in lower grades. Administration tries to deal with issues, but students in need of immediate attention seem to still slip through the cracks. Acting out children do not always seem to receive the help they need within a reasonable time. There is a high tolerance for inappropriate behavior. This was a fine school with great teachers but it definitely needs an overhaul in the administration. My child was so relieved to be moved from this school. He now is joyous when leaving his new school.
My child have attended Boone school for three years. I feel this school offers a great program However, it is overshadowed by the behavior of some teachers and staff.Also, I feel that administration needs to demand appropriate behavior from staff because it is the main Catalyze behind getting children to behave in a proactive manner (teachers should be held accountable for disrespectful behavior to students. I watched this school transform from a school that encouraged individuality to a school that focus most of the attention on discipline.If we dare to take a glimpse back in history, we might find that we are setting the stage for social reproduction. (What happen to student government, this teaches leadership skills)? There is hope! Start, with administration next, staff and teachers then, Children because children learn through observation! In closing, I believe in administration ability's to refocus on the goals of this school thus,yielding children who can compete in society.
My kids transferred to Boone from a private school, and they both like it better at Boone, and have been motivated to do very well academically. Their teachers are excellent, and the curriculum is good. We are very pleased overall with our experiences so far at Boone School. Barbara R.
This school is very disorganized. the teachers are not able to control the problematic and disruptive students and all students in class are effected by it. My child was doing more in kindergarden at her old school than she is now. spelling tests have been withheld for a week because the paper didn't get back from the office in time. science was withheld a form of punnishment to discipline the class. There is not enough help or resources for students as well as a poor selection of ater school activities. my child will not be attending this school next year!
Some of the teachers are extraordinary. The diversity is stimulating and rare. Better than some all-white high-test-score schools in my opinion. Nevertheless, Boone has its problems to be sure. Rather noisy, some of the staff is condescending (to students and parents alike), and this place is definitely not for every child. Upper grades are especially bad as far as i could tell (7th and 8th).
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