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Harvard, IL
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1200 North Jefferson Street
Harvard, IL 60033

(815) 943-6464
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June 06, 2014
My experience with CUSD 50 was positive until my child moved to Jefferson. We were met with problem after problem, communicated with the appropriate people, and not one issue was ever resolved. I am now looking into alternatives that I can't really afford because my child doesn't feel respected, heard, or safe. Teachers are mostly fantastic but their hands are tied by poorly implemented policies. Discipline is mostly non-existent and poorly behaved students are constantly rewarded while the well-behaved ones are basically ignored. This school has been on AWS for too long. Something needs to change. I'm not alone. I have heard from several parents who are completely dissatisfied with CUSD 50; Jefferson, and the Junior High most specifically.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2014
I am the grandmother of a student that is constantly being bullied at this school. It has been going on since October and is still happening. My son and daughter-in-law get nowhere with the principle or the administrator. I would like to hear from other parents regarding this issue. If your children are getting bullied call me at 773-754-0165 or 773-501-0814. I am getting this issue in the spotlight. i want to know how many other kids are going thru this terrible situation.

- submitted by a community member

May 14, 2011
It is very easy to homeschool! Google Illinois H.O.U.S.E and they have all the information you need to get started. If your child is alredy in school, all you need to do is send a simple letter that you are withdrawing your child. The website has the letter you need.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2011
It's a sad day when you see the teachers as discouraged as the parents. We in the mist of learning what it's going to take to Home school our children. When signs are both in Spanish and English, I see that as a problem. It's a sad state and it's not going to get any better but worse. It's not worth the effort to fight the status quo. If you want your child dumbed down this is the place for you. It's not the teachers it's the system..

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2010
My children our native english speakers and I put them in the Dual Langauge program to be taught spanish as well. My son is now in 3rd and my daughter is in 1st. They both are straight A students and this program is a blessing. The normal classroom curiculum may not be as good. I'm not sure,but this gifted program is awesome. Although as a parent you must be willing to be involved with homework because there tends to be a lot sometimes.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2009
I'll make this short. Rules are hardly enforced. Homelogic system isn't implemented by every teacher, teacher's seem annoyed when updates are requested, however they are quick to respond to email. I've talked with the teachers (via phone, email, and in person) regarding 2 issues countless times throughout the year and issues were not resolved. I would have achieved the same result talking to a brick wall. I have 2 toddlers at home, therefore do not have the opportunity to attend PTG, field trips, etc. The tolerance for nonsense (bullying in particular) in this school is unbearable.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2009
Having been on every side of this issue, I'm going to throw my two cents in. Academic (not acedemic) achievement results from teacher, administration, community, student and PARENTAL involvement. Thus far, the parents are the weakest link here. Our PTG just closed shop in the middle of the school year at Jefferson! Parents who complain the loudest are usually the ones who help the least. Teachers can only work with students whose parents support education, including homework. The attitude in this district is sad, but having been on every side of this issue, I'd say the parents are the reason for most of this towns' educational problems. Sorry, parents, I'm one too, and I'm ashamed of our involvement in the district, the classroom, and in our own student's education. Considering the huge problems rooted in socioeconomic and cultural issues, our students will only do as well as their parents are involved.

- submitted by a parent
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April 01, 2009
I have to agree with the review posted on 2-22-06 it is now 4-1-09 and the circumstances have not changed. My child is also 7 and this school system encourages and supports the Spanish speaking community and academics more than English. Any activity outside of standard gym and music is extracurricular and costs more and more every year. This is a huge disadvantage for the children.

- submitted by a parent

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Jefferson Elementary School
1200 North Jefferson Street, Harvard, IL  60033
(815) 943-6464
Last modified Jefferson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades 4-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jefferson Elementary School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top