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South Barrington, IL
Students enrolled: 543

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61 West Penny Road
South Barrington, IL 60010

(847) 844-1200
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February 14, 2014
I went to this school and they teach you great things. You have many opportunities to try new things. There are many after school activities that help the kids get involved with their school. I started kindergarten there in 2007. The principle has always been kind to everyone and had a bad joke before every school play. He was fun to be around. I personally loved the writing curriculum. I have loved writing stories from it. The one problem was I had a teacher who was out a lot one year and I felt like I did not get a better opportunity to learn. It has been nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Award and I am very proud. I love Rose and everybody in it. It's a great school.

- submitted by a community member

September 06, 2013
Barbara Rose is an excellent elementary school. My children have been there for 3 years, and we've always felt they were getting an excellent education in a caring setting. The principal is very open and communicative and friendly and has high expectations for the kids, and the teachers are the same. I think the principal provides excellent leadership. For all 3 years, thru 6 teachers, I felt the teachers worked very hard with my children to help them learn and thrive. I have had regular meetings and contact w/ teachers for each of my kids, for different issues, and I have felt it was a great partnership. The quality of the curriculum is outstanding. And the student body is extremely diversified now, and has been for the 3 years I've witnessed. I can't say anything bad at all about this school. The 220 district is also very solid, with good leadership by the superintendent, and no school board shenanigans.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2013
I don't agree with the last parent who complained about the Principal. I had a child with special needs at Rose, and the care, sensitivity and personal attention with which the teachers, staff and Mr. Carlson spoke volumes and did wonders for his confidence. Mr. Carlson started at Rose the same year we did, in 2006, and he was always on top of things. It blew my mind that he knew all the kids by name and even the parents! He's a very hands on principal who genuinely cares about the students. I can say that for every teacher there--and I had two kids there, so I had experience with the majority of them. Yes, class sizes have increased, but they deal with it well, having two teacher's aides in grades 1-3. I do wish they had a writing resource teacher, but reading resource did a great job with both my kids. The IEP team was very good - especially speech, OT. I wish the Psychologist was a bit more proactive, though. Still, I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2013
The problem with this school starts with the Principal, and filters down from there. They have zero expectation level for kids who have even the slightest learning differences. I have had 3 children attend this school, and thankfully was able to transfer out of there. Had I known it was an option to transfer to another school within the district I would have done it long ago. The teachers show genuine concern and compassion for their students, however, I feel that they are given limited resources (or permission from the Principal) to bring out the best in every student. It's a shame this school lacks quality leadership, because there are some really great teachers there willing to go the extra mile, but unfortunately, the Principal does not lead by example. Since we have left this school, my child has not only made significant progress, but is much more confident, and sooo much happier.....as are we!

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2010
We have been at Rose for 3 years now. My kids love it & so do I. Our Principal is very involved. There are many events where he reads to the students. I think that is great. Between 6 classes/teachers, we have never had more than 22 students in a class. The teachers have all been wonderful & good at communicating with parents. I highly recommend our school!

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2008
I have two children that have attended Rose since kindergarten. The experience has been fantastic. The teachers are great and very communicative with the parents. There are always opportunities to help out with the children and the education difficulty has been consistently at a higher level compared to nearby districts. The new principal is very hands on and seems to really care about the school and children very much. The diverse student body has opened up my children's eyes to other cultures. They have had friends from Japan, India, England, Canada, China, Greece, and Italy to name just a few. That alone is a valuable learning advantage. The test scores have been consistently good, as well. At Rose it is more than a school. It truly has been like an extended family.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2007
This is our 1st year and we loved it. Teachers are great and the over crowding issue is overstated. I think it's about politics more than anything. The music programs seem to be very good due to the staff. The parent involvement it very good at least in 1st grade. Of course the parents that give their time are the same group of people. We need new parents to step up. The only negative I witnessed is this is not enough diversity even though there is a diverse group of families attending.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2006
Great School academically. Very diverse population. There are programs for everyone! The principal is not very nice.

- submitted by a parent
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Barbara B Rose Elementary School
61 West Penny Road, South Barrington, IL  60010
(847) 844-1200
Last modified Barbara B Rose Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Barbara B Rose Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 12 reviews. Top