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Cambridge School of Chicago

Private | PK-8 | 110 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $80,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted December 1, 2013

This school deserves 10 stars!!! Small classes, strong parental involvement, good school leadership, knowledgeable teachers, kids test in the 90% percentile on standardized tests, students work one or two grades above grade level, plenty of sports and activities, summer camp program, healthy lunches, field trips, science laboratory. The curriculum consist of; Spanish, Latin, Art, Music, Library & computers are integrated into the curriculum. The school environment is so warm and inviting that you'll fall in love immediately. So far our grads have gone on to attend the BEST high school both public and private which includes; Whitney Young Magnet H.S, Brooks College Prep, Mount Carmel H.S, Mother McCauley Liberal Arts H.S & Marion Catholic. Students arerequired to wear, British style uniforms w/suit jackets & ties (looks neat, cute & clean). So far we LOVE Cambridge. Our two kids will graduate from here, Cambridge is worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

Cambridge - small class sizes; individualized teaching; wide range of curricular and extracurricular activities; strong parental involvement; outside academic programs, community participation. Graduates attend competitive schools.


Posted April 26, 2012

We could not be more pleased with the experience our child is having at Cambridge. The teachers at Cambridge are outstanding. They are passionate about education and committed to their students growth and development. Our daughter is in pre-k. At the start of the year she was two years old and already very bright. However, we have watched her grow leaps and bounds. Academically, she has begun reading and she can write her first and last name. She has also been introduced to basic concepts in math and science and recently presented her first science project. Spiritually, she can recite several passages of scripture by heart including the whole 23 Psalm. She asks to pray (or to be prayed for) regularly and and she has begun to understand who Jesus is and what it means to be a believer. Socially, she has learned how to share and how to respect her classmates.Additionally, she is able to give presentations in front of her peers with confidence. Emotionally, she has grown in her ability to express how she is feeling with words and we have seen far fewer emotional melt downs. We highly recommended Cambridge to anyone who desires a first class education for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

I recently attended the African Heritage Program at Cambridge and was blown away at how articulate these students are in their speech, how disciplined they are in their manners, and how respectful they are toward one another and their teachers. Aside from that, the program was a fantastic display of their artistic talents in dance. The school community appears to be close-knit and like a family. They have so many programs for the students. While I don't presently have a child at the school, I will next year. I have not seen other schools with such excellence on display. They truly are a gift to Chicago!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

I am a founding parent of the school and very happy with the attention my daughter gets from her teachers and staff at the Cambridge school. The Individualized learning plan is a what sold me on the school. I think children should be taught to think out of the box thats what they do at Cambridge. I like the small class size and that I have every teachers phone number in case we need help with home work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

My child has attended this school since 2005 and beyond the strong academic excellence that he has received, his moral conduct is exceptional. I love how they teach students responsibility, integrity, and honor. They learn to appreciate the arts, all cultures, and, using an experienced-based classroom environment, children learn through actively being engaged in the process. They do projects, have individual learning plans to help every child achieve his maximum potential, and parents work in strong community. The school proves itself by having the students compete in external competitions. They have won in spelling, science, math, basketball, football, track&field and cheerleading. The only negative comment I have is that the school needs to provide a parent portal on their web site. That would be a great enhancement. Otherwise, I absolutely love this school and its faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

There's so much to love about Cambridge I don't know where to begin! My family has truly been blessed to have a school that offers all that we desire for our son. My only regret is that the school was not founded back when my older son was elementary age. Teachers who love to teach, are innovative in their instuction methods and nurture & encourage each child to reach their potential using individual learning plans developed for each child. We have seen spiritual growth and academic achievement increase each year my son has attended (5 years so far). The required parent involvement doesn't feel like a directive - I often find myself thinking "what else can I do to assist or be inovlved in?" and parents are welcome at all times, not by appointment like some other schools. I could go on & on....Cambridge is truly a hidden gem on 47th St!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

I am so happy my child attends The Cambridge School. The academic curriculum is awesome. All the students are two years ahead of themselves. I like the individual learning plans and like the fact the my child is challenged and enjoys going to school. The school is a family environment with small classes. Cambridge has made adlministrative changes that I believe will continue to allow the school to be successful. Tours of the school are offered daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

I have a child currently enrolled at the Cambridge School of Chicago. Academically, the curriculum is awesome. The children are taught a grade or two above level. In addition, each child has an individual learning plan that is adhered to throughout the school year. There is also an afterschool program that offers an array of programs, be it athletic, tutoring, and various clubs. In addition, parents are expected to volunteer a minimum of 2hrs a month. Thereby taking an active role in the school and their child's education. We find the teachers are passionate about their work and teach out of love and not just to earn a check. Administratively, the school could use a little work. and they are aware of this and currently working toward improving the administrative processes. If you can get past that, you'll find Cambridge to be a great place to educate your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2011

My daughter just completed PK4 at this school and our family is very pleased with how Cambridge (not just her teachers or classmates, the whole school) nurtured her and helped her blossom. excellent class sizes, dedicated teachers and staff. I highly recommend this school and cannot wait to send our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

At first I was attracted to the school because they seemed to have a new young staff that I thought would be open to thinking outside the box academically. But that quickly turned into a negative when I saw how disorganized and inconsistent their teaching was; they could benefit from more experienced staffing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

I am a parent of the Cambridge School of Chicago and my son is in the 7th grade and I am so impressed with the hands on curriculum and classical education. Cambridge has exceeded my expectations
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2010

My daughter loves the school. I enjoy the small class size which allows my daughter to get the personal attention she needs. The environment is very loving and supportive from the staff, students and parents. I am aware at all times what area my daughter needs to work on as well as what she is good in. When it comes to the parent teacher conference there are no surprises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

This is my daughters second year at cambridge and would suggest to any parent who enjoys being an active part of their childs education enroll here. The school tries very hard, but just as anything else you get what you put in. very caring supportive, safe, loving envirment. this student breakdown says 100% white student body is a mistake its black.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 100% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 16%
Two or more races 0% N/A
White 0% 60%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 1st Place Hales District Spelling Competition (2011)
  • 1st Place City Cheerleading Competition (2011)
  • LMAIS Distinguished School (2009)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Derek M Barber
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

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  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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  • The Cambridge School offers a unique approach to education that combines the best teachings available in education from yesterday and today, including approaches developed in home schooling, classical education, core knowledge, and holistic experience-based classrooms. The faith-based foundation of the school prepares students not just for further academic pursuits, but prepares them for life. Our approach centers on the individual student, not a curriculum or specific method of learning. The Cambridge School begins the educational process by assessing the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses academically, socially, and spiritually.
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Students typically come from these schools
Creative Mansion Children's Academy
Little Lamb Scholastic Academy
Murray Language Academy

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Financial aid offered
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Mount Carmel
Whitney Young Magnet High School
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1014 East 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
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Phone: (773) 924-1200

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