The school is more concerned with non-residents that are bused in than they care about the children whose parents actually pay taxes here. They just fired some AMAZING teachers because they weren't Spanish speaking. The children here test under the state average. I grew up here and my oldest currently attends school here, but not next year. We are relocating to a better school district and anyone considering moving here should just run or enroll your children in private school. Honestly, I can't even explain how upset I am because this was such a nice area when I grew up and I am so sad to see it turn into something like this.
School is rapidly changing. For what it's worth, classrooms are being segregated in 2012 for grades 1-3 into english, spanish and other. Time will tell how segregation affects these kids, the middle school and high school. Poverty rate has soared from 30% in 2009 to nearly 60% in 2012 based upon those getting free lunches. There are no other schools in District 205 like this one.
Elmhurst has given up on the north side of that town. The school buses in kids from surrounding areas that don't even pay taxes here. If you can, move to the mid to south region of Elmhurst, they spend more on their children there. Don't get me wrong, Teachers are great, but your child will not benefit by waiting for other kids to learn English. Very sad to pay Elmhurst Taxes for this.
My daughter was prescreened for Kindergarden for the 2012 fall year and because she doesn't look "American" the lady who screened her insisted that english is her second language and proceeded to screen her as such. I told the lady twice that she only speaks english as that is the only language that we have ever known, and the lady refused to believe that.even though I had signed a form validating what I had told her. I have lived in town for the last 26 years and I guess some things never change. So be warned, if your skin color doesn't look "American",your child is already marked. However, I like to believe that most of of the teachers do care about the children, but one rotten apple is enough to ruin the barrel.
Conrad is a great school! The teacher and principal are wonderful and they all go above and beyond for the children. My son loves it here. I love the close knit feeling and family like setting Conrad has to offer. The best school in Elmhurst by far!!!
I have two children in this school. I am so appreciative of the diverse population. It has benefited my children in so many ways. I have no doubt that my children will be well prepared for any population of people that they come into contact with. They have have fully embraced the multi-cultural atmosphere. Their teachers were outstanding. I feel that my children were blessed to have attended C.F. They could not have experienced this at any other Elmhurst school.
This school I belive is the best school around. The teachers are wonderful. I have two children that attend and have attended Conrad Fisher. This school is very diverse. I actully belive that to be great. The new principal is wonderful also. She worked very hard to become more personal with all of the students. I would never leave this area because of this school.
This school's strength lies in its diversity and caring teachers. My children have done very well at Conrad Fischer and there is a strong PTA, although small active members. I do feel that the standards could be held higher, especially in certain grade levels. Because there is a more diverse population here than at other Elmhurst Schools, it often gets labeled as the worst school in town. I believe the opposite. The teachers know how to teach to a variety of children and understand learning differences. They teach the children how to care for one another and promote fairness and equality.
I think elmhurst school district schools are the best schools in the chicagoland area. The overall quality of the schools are great. I would never move from this school district.
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