Whittier is a good school but it could be great, if all the students could achieve a good education. I have a problem that the minority students continue to lag behind in math and reading. They have a good after school program, but, how do you measure growth. In comparison to the other schools in Oak Park, their record on is somewhat disturbing. If you pressed the issue, you get a song and dance from the staff.
I have been pleasantly surprised with Whittier thus far. My child is now in his third year at the school, and his teachers for his main classroom and the other classes have been fantastic. He and all of his friends are thriving, reading and doing math well beyond what the "standards" are. The school has a real feel of a community and is well run and has nice facilities. In Oak Park, this is one of the finer schools for sure.
Whittier is an amazing school. The teachers and the programs have inspired excellence. I have one child that is in the gifted programs and one child who performs slightly above average and both have found their place at Whittier. The principals and the teachers have been extremely responsive to problems that have arisen and proactive in preventing problems. Additionally, the school welcomes parental involvement and is a very nuturing environment. The multiage program is very effective in creating a community of kids. An important thing about the multi-age program is that math and reading are taught in a single grade break-out session, but other subjects (science, social studies, music, art, spanish) are taught in the multi-age environment. The teachers are responsive to email questions and concerns, as is the principal. The PTO is extremely active and very open to new members. I cannot speak highly enough about the school and the community.
The school is awesome! We are in the throws of mainstreaming our son back into #97. My son has Autism. We used an outside consultant to help us view (3 different schools.) 6 classrooms total for a good fit. This was our pick as well as hers. Things might change- but it sure was a good jumping off point for us. -thank you!!
Whittier is a progressive school, first in the school district to offer full day kindergarten and a multi-age program. The teachers care about their students and are committed to not only teaching at the highest level using the most current tools, but they also inspire kids to be better citizens within the community.
whittier has a reputation for the multi-age program which seems very well-liked but was a very poor fit for our child. he was in a k-1 room that was functioning at a first grade, aka reading, level but our child was a low-functioning kindergartener who could not possibly keep up with the pace. even though i knew right away that he was having inordinate trouble with reading it took 2 years of asking before they tested him and discovered two LD concerns. we have wasted 2 years that we can never give back to our son. the principal is good, the teachers are good, they have a lot of neat programs, but there should be a way to opt out of the multi-age environment if it is a not right for your child.