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522 Belvidere Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

(847) 360-5463
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Grateful to: Teacher
November 25, 2015
I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Julie Ahern, my daughter's 2nd grade teacher. She is an inspiration to all her students. She encourages and motivates her students to dream big and teaches them how to pursue their individual goals. There is nothing better than hearing your child say they want to go to school because because of their teacher.

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October 26, 2013
My son started kindergarten this year, and I am very pleased with everything that has happened so far. Cooke wants parents to be involved, and they have activities and things going on all the time so that happens. This school is very concerned with safety and that really puts me at ease. They want to ensure that all of the children are safe and do their best to keep it that way. I highly recommend this school, and I am so happy my son got in there.

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September 23, 2013
It's been about a month so far and while you are naturally concerned no matter where your child goes on how well a school will nurture your child's intellect, curiosity and behavior, Cooke Magnet has exceeded my expectations. The school is beyond what I would have expected even in a higher demographic area. I have seen so much growth in my daughter and she continually remarks on how much she loves her teachers and all the programs they have each week. Thank you Cooke Magnet for being here, it allows us to continue to live in a diverse community (outside the bubbles of suburbia) with children - otherwise we likely would have had to move. I highly recommend Cooke to anyone moving to or living in Waukegan.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2013
Cooke is a wonderful school with truly dedicated teachers. Ironically, if your white you're a minority so many great Waukegan families have moved or chosen private schooling. If those options are not in your cards, definitely take the time to visit and get information about Cooke. You won't be disappointed.

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September 12, 2013
Andrew Cooke is by and far the best school in Waukegan district 60. They have the best test schools, the highest amount of students who participate in the Waukegan summer library reading program, and the best music, arts, and science programs. If you are a parent who cares, and live in Waukegan, you send your kids to Andrew Cooke Magnet.

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September 12, 2013
This is definitely the best elementary school in the Waukegan public school district. It is very obvious that the principal, teachers and staff are all very committed to the betterment of the children and the school.

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August 12, 2013
Andrew Cooke is a wonderful school. I can not say enough wonderful things about it. The students, the teachers, the principals, the staff and the parents all work together to make Cooke a great place to learn. Cooke offers so much more for their elementary students - they encourage their students to play in the orchestra/band, preform in the plays, join clubs, help out in the school greenhouse, and so much more. But the one thing that stands out is how much the school really is a family and everyone is always willing to go that extra mile to help out and make our school so AWESOME!!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
Cooke School teaches the curriculum through the fine arts and sciences. My two daughters go to Cooke and really enjoy all the activities and active hand's on education they have received. I highly recommend looking into this school if you are thinking of moving to Waukegan.

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August 12, 2013
At no other school in the district will you find teaching staff that consistently go above and beyond what you would expect. From after school tutoring, to clubs, to enrichment classes for students, to fundraisers and supporting each other, you won't find a closer group of staff members. This, in turn, shows the students the importance and benefits of working together to achieve a goal and that with support for each other, we can truly accomplish great things. We are a school in a high poverty district, but we don't let that stop us. The fine arts and music are everywhere throughout the building. The greenhouse is productive. Students are happy and work very hard. It's a great building to work in. I am glad I'm a part of the family.

- submitted by a teacher

January 10, 2013
The teachers are okay, some are better than others. I do wish they had more excitement and creativity maybe that s a reflection of the principal. The principal is horrible; she yells at the students continuously, has a very poor attitude and appears to truly dislike her career choice. It is my belief that the principal is prejudice and it shows in her interaction with the students. My children attend this school and unfortunately the entire school district is in need of a reorganizational change to help improve test scores and academics. The one thing that is nice about this school is the orchestra classes offered to the students, and the fact that these students have an actual science lab. Years ago Cooke was the pride and joy of grammar schools in Waukegan. This principal has been a negative force and the academics have taken a hit. Not everyone is born a leader and some just cannot be taught. Cooke is in need of a change so that it will become the school it once was. I hate to say, but if you have to put your child in a school in Waukegan, Cooke is the best choice for the district but this district is very far from comparing to the other districts. (Minus North Chicago)

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November 26, 2007
I have two children enrolled at Cooke and find it the best possible education I could ask for them There is an accelerated academic curriculum as well as a full scale Fine Arts Program. The staff is always very encouraging of each child trying hard to build on each child's unique strengths. There is strong family involvement as well. We have loved our Cooke experience!

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November 15, 2007
This is a wonderful school. My daughter has attended since 2nd grade and will finish 5th grade this year. My daughter has been challenged in both academics and extra curriculum activities. Teachers at the school do their best to see students succeed. Also the school offers a variety of family oriented events. The only dilema I have now, is finding a Jr. High that measures up to Cooke.

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March 08, 2006
It is truly a warm atmosphere. The fine arts offered to my child have enriched his learning tremadously. The non-tradional learnign style has proven both interesting and effective. The extra curriclar activities are also exemplary, being offered in first grade. I am a parent volenteer, and love it!

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February 23, 2006
The best school in all Waukegan Public school for Kindergarden to 5th grade. This is a magnet school. Prospective kinderganders need to register for screening early in January for the next school years. 1st grade students started violin or cello.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2005
I am pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful activities this school has to offer for children. Children can learn an instrument starting in 1st grade, join the orchestra, learn piano, cello and violin. I also LOVE the variety of school functions for parents and kids occuring throughout the year. They are wonderful. The principal and staff are great.

- submitted by a parent
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Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School
522 Belvidere Street, Waukegan, IL  60085
(847) 360-5463
Last modified Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top