Blackwell is one of the smaller schools in District 54 and draws from very diverse sections of Schaumburg. This is one of the reasons why I am so impressed with Blackwell and love that my children attend. The classrooms are a representation of world cultures and my children learn so much from their friends and their different cultures. It is amazing! For the past 10 years Dr. Clifford ambitiously worked with staff and students to make Blackwell in the top 5 in the district for test scores and achievement. Mr. Carter is the new principal and he gets rave reviews from the students, staff and parents. He is enthusiastic, friendly and has an incredible track record. I know Blackwell is in good hands with Mr. Carter. Because Blackwell is a smaller school, it has a smaller PTA. That does not stop this group from providing the school with excellent programs including cultural arts presentations, picnics, fun fair, book fair, ice cream socials - just to name a few. A reviewer mentions PBIS - this is not a curriculum based program, it is a behavior program that the entire school follows as does most of the district now. Reading and Math scores are soaring at Blackwell!
This school is the lowest rated school in district 54 for academics as compared to other schools in this district. Most or all others have an academic score of 9 or better. Why is this school not performing as well. Although the PBS program is great, more emphasis should be placed on the teaching of math and reading. Unfortunately, this is the school my children must attend and I feel they should be offered better.
The teachers are great and the whole staff cares about my child. My favorite part of the day is walking my kindergartener up to the door and seeing all the freindly faces and the crossing guard's trivia questiona. The only thing that I am working with them on is understanding communication and needs of working mothers. We want to participate is all the activities (especially those with only one child) and planning ahead is important and communication of actiities weeks rather than days ahead.
My child attends Elizabeth Blackwell and I am very impressed with the committment and passion illustrated by teachers, committee leaders and the principal. I look forward to experiencing continued excellence in the years to come.
All the staff is so commited in bringing acedemic excellence to each child. They really consider each child their own.
I went to this school as a child, and now my children are attendees. Blackwell is a great school with a diverse student population, diverse staff, and diverse curriculum. School District 54 is great, and it links into high school District 211, which is probably the best secondary learning institution in the state, and can only help your child succeed as a student.
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