Directories of Schools in Chicago's Hyde Park-Kenwood and nearby

A service of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference's Schools Committee and the Conference website,
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Join the Schools Committee-Co chairs Camille Hamilton-Doyle and Nancy Baum.

Index to schools by categories

For a table of open houses for parents looking for public schools in the area go to
or visit and scroll to link at the bottom.

10-year facilities plan:
If you would like to read some of the draft document, the section about Hyde Park schools starts on p. 194-
For more information: Adrienne Garner at CPS: or


CLOSINGS- see full and updated in Schools/Educ. News.

3/21: CANTER MIDDLE SCHOOL is schrduled for 2-year tdranition with Kenwood Academic Enter. Reavis and Kozminski will stay open and currently have 7th and 8th. Ray and Harte are receiving schools (Shoesmith will send there also for now) Ray, and Harte will be at Ray or Harte for 7 and 8 grades and current
Canter 7th graders will stay at Canter for one year as 8th graders. Canter will not accept any 7th graders. To complete list.
HPKCC RESOLUTION SEEKING DEFERRAL OF CLOSINGS has much information about school trends and studies, although its list and evaluation of closing and receiving schools was not the latest (114 v. 61 final) as of March 23. This is not a CPS site. CPS site on the matter is


To Schools Contact Directory table (initial version, by itself) and a provisional quick-directory (also under revision)

Note: For non-school and adult learning, colleges, and resources for parents visit Education Resources page (from early ch. and tutoring to getting to college/scholarships). Visit Community Schools.
Some opportunities and open houses
First some advice on selecting schools...

  Visit After School and other Kids offerings. Expanded.

Opportunities and open houses

June 28, Wednesday, 6 pm. HPK CAC meeting at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park.

Resumes in Sept. 4th Thursday, 5:30 pm. HPKCC Schools Committee at Kenwood Academy Media Center, 5015 S. Blackstone. Use parking lot door, right 2 corridors, left, Meia center is left in middle of corridor.

STATE OF HPK SCHOOLS DECEMBER 2014 CPS PRES. TO THE CAC. (It is 8 MB and one slide may have error).
Dyett RFP issued by CPS Dec. 19 2014- link is in Schools-Educ. News.

New in the mix 2014 fall will be the Chicago Free School, leader Lauren Beitler. Its new hom will be Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn but for fall in Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (except after schol). It raised money (local and Kickstarter), got help from UC Neighborhood Schools, and enthusiastic support from parents. About 60 students are expected the first year and 4-5 teachers, plus aides. The school will be "democratically" run with students etc. deciding what to do and learn at their own speed, and the rules. It has a board. It is based on a number of new models in other states.
September 2 the school opens temporarily in Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood.,

10-year facilities plan:
If you would like to read some of the draft document, the section about Hyde Park schools starts on p. 194-
For more information: Adrienne Garner at CPS: or


HPKCC Schools Committee worked sucessfully with CPS and others to establish a Community Action Council to work for the best excellence and balance in all our area schools. This follows upon the enthusiastic October 30 meeting. The organizational meeting will be held tentatively Dec. 4. Details coming.


Get involved in the meetings of the HPKCC Schools Committee! Chair Camille Hamilton-Doyle, Co-Chair Nancy Baum.
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First some advice:

    Find out all about any public school including scores at search school.

    What should parents look for when choosing a school in their neighborhood? A strong principal, parental involvement and school involvement in its community- external partners for starts. When looking at scores, go beyond gross numbers--and don't forget the attendance levels. Look for evidence the teachers are working together horizontally and vertically and taking students under their wings with such practices as common lesson planning and small learning groups or schools within schools--and whether these are working. Look for schools that have figured out how to use computers and other teaching tools.

    Never take someone's work-including a teacher's that you can avoid a lottery, or are automatically in a school because your child went to preschool there or.....

    See also Options for Knowledge annual guide (applications for these schools and programs are due 3rd Friday in December)- contact the Office of Academic Enhancement, 773 553-2060,

    CPS does provide directories such as CPS Elementary and Pre-K Scorecard Directory over three years. Visit also
    "Illinois Interactive Report Card" ( It has concise information over time for each school (except North Kenwood Oakland Charter) and then you can look at other toggles to get different info. (Supplied by Julie Woestehoff of Parents United for Responsible Education.)
    A search of school's name will bring up a host of reviewers including Schooldigger,, classmates,,

    Illinois public elementary and high school registration/enrollment requirements

    Proof of age: one or more: birth certificate, baptismal record, passport, court document, medical records.
    Proof of current address: two: utility bill, IL drivers license or ID, deed, employee ID, MediPlan/Medicaid card, Court documents, IDPA card, stamped US Post Office change of address form, IL state aid check/social security check

    Health: immunizations and physicals preferred prior to enr., deadline October 15. First time, K or 1, 5th, 9th), preschool includes lead screening.
    Immunizations: diphtheria, pertusis, tetanus, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, chicken pox, haemophillus influenza B.
    Dental: 2nd, 6th dental exam prior to May 15th.
    Call 773 553-1830 with questions.
    When is my child eligible for kindergarten? Age 5 on or before September 1 of current year.

New schools oversight:

There are now 22 chief area officers (CAO). Charter schools will be overseen separately, as will special education schools. CAOs are supposed to have both more discretion and more accountability for performance. Compliance ensurance is being de emphasized.

Area 15: CAO Judith Coates- Harte, Kozminski, Murray, Shoesmith
Area 21: CAO Sean Stalling- Dyett, Kenwood
Autonomous Management and performance Schools- AMPS Officer Melissa Megliola-Zaikos- Ray School

Good News- most of the lost teachers and programs have been restored at Ray and Murray, including Ray's World Language Magnet Cluster status and cachet English as a Second Language (the only such offered near the University of Chicago). Bret Harte and others also had partial restorations.

Pre School [ages to 5, sometimes beyond]

Public (see info under elementary, and in specific schools in detail)

Private (some home-based) (See more detailed descriptions, mission statements of many, below.) Be sure to visit UC Graduate parents/UC;s Hyde Park Parent Directory,

  • Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, e-mail. 5235 S, Cornell, 774 493-8880. Dr. Eleizer Jones, Head. Post-school and early am, parent-tot, summer. Parent board.
  • Ancona Montessori School. 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. 773 924-2356. Bonnie L. Wishne, Director. (Newly appointed Ari Frede.) Preschool enr. 92.
  • Baby PHD Childcare Network. Director Sarah Diwan, Ph.D 773 256-0955, Project Assistant William Hill, Mentor Teacher Sara Davis, BA, c/o A centrally coordinated network of Professional Home ("PhD") Daycares and nannies dedicated to serving Hyde Park families and University of Chicago faculty and staff-- now moving to serve expanded whole community. Registration required 773 256-0955. Many day-school classes are in a nearby home settings.
    Services for families include Daycare info and referrals for children 0-3, Assistance setting up and maintaining nanny-shares, Parent education., Drop-in Activities for children 0-3 in music, art , book club, Spanish, sign language. For providers: On- and off-site training and mentoring in setting up an effective, high quality, home daycare business in the Hyde Park community.
  • Arnita Young Boswell (Brashear) Early Childhood Educ Ctr. "Affordable childcare for 3-5s." 5600 S. Woodlawn (Union Church). 667-2525. 7 am-6 pm. year-round. To check if in operation.
  • Brilliant Beginnings Children's House, 4336 S. Greenwood. 773 924-2224. Ages 6 weeks to 12 years. In a beautiful old mansion--program praised by parents.
  • Cambridge School of Chicago See in Elementary.
  • Centers for New Horizons- CNH other after school programs 773 667-0666, head start programs 773 667-0061. See main description in expanded descriptions. Closest at 4150 S. King 773 373-5700 and 560 E. 38th St. 773 o356.
  • Chicago Child Care Society. 5467 S. University. 773 643-0452.
    See full description in After School page.
  • Children's House of Miss Tammie Montessori Preschool. Now in United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. Tammie Crutcher. Montessori.
  • Computer Pre-School Academy, 5240 S. Hyde Park. Blvd., 773 684-0566
  • Creative Mansion Children's Academy, CLOSED PERMANENTLY.
  • Cuddle Care Academy. Half and full 15 mo-6 yrs. Harper Square, 4800 S. Lake Park. 773 285-1114. Use describers in Google or visit (Parent Directory for Hyde Park).
  • Education Station. Free in conjunction with CPS and schools. Small group. Parent Helpline 800 246-2154.
  • First Presbyterian Church Head start Program. 6400 S. Kimbark. 773 363-1235. Poverty guidelines apply. Ages 3-11.
  • Harris YWCA. 62nd and Drexel. 773 667-0014 x22.
  • Head Start of Illinois
  • Hyde Park Academy for Preschool Learning, 773 268-6011.
  • Hyde Park Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Services, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., 773 773 653-3080 Sandy Cutler. Reg. open 2004-5.
  • Jewish Enrichment Center. Sunday and afterschool operated from Congregation Rodfei Zedek (JCC building), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Believes in partnering with the child and in project-based learning. Rabbi Rebecca Milder.
  • Just for Kids LLC. Christian summer camp and year round preschool through K. Literacy-based curriculum, weekly themes, bible classes, field trips, meals, arts, phys ed. Mon-Fri 7-6:30. $50 reg. and $150 per week prorated for half day. Takes Illinois Action. 5036 S. Blackstone. 773 285-6007.
  • CLOSED AT LEAST FOR PRESENT K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Nursery School, 5039 S. Greenwood/1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., 773 924-1234. Sarah Cort, new Director; Fran Gordon, stepping down as Director. Pre-toddler 18 mo-3, nursery 3-5. Enr 36. or
  • Kemit Learning Center. Day care, preschool, after school ages 6 weeks to 7 years. Spanish, Kindemusik, Educational field trips. Part of the Baby Ph.D. Network. Our programs support the School's mission of developing students with character. Through a broad range of activities and exceptional instruction, we encourage children to apply their talents, identify new interests, develop caring friendships, and build confidence in their ability to succeed. Our programs operate in developmentally stimulating home-like environments within which children’s natural love of learning can flourish. We foster the growth of the whole child through age-appropriate activities that address social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development. Above all we strive to be practical, relevant, and fun! 773 268-4454.
  • Little People Learning Center 2 years -6 years. At First Unitarian, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. 993 955-9942. Enr. c 50. Rosa Thomas, Director. From early morning- just morning or all day. $575 per month. Our caring staff helps each child develop their potential.
  • Little People's Playhouse, 4530 S. Ellis, 773 268-4995. Daycare 6 weeks to 12 years.
  • (Marsha's) Music Together
  • Miss Tammie's see Children's House (now at United Church).
  • Ounce of Prevention/Educare
    Ounce of Prevention runs the Educare early childhood education centers throughout the city including the location at 51st/Wabash. They are currently enrolling children six weeks to five years of age for their Head Start/Early Head Start Program. For more information, please call (773) 924-2334 or visit or
  • Parent Cooperative for Early Learning. Preschool 2-6 Incl. summer camp through age 8. Preschool 2-5s day-long year-long. Parent participation required.7 am-6 pm. Enr. 40-56. Operated by the school's board. Field trips, professional dance instructor, swimming in the summer, on-site gym and playground. Air conditioned, open year round. Part-time or full time, 3 full or 5 half days. Summer camp for children 6-8 8:30-5:30 in late June-late August. The school prides itself on it multi-cultural ethic and parental involvement in the cooperative.
    Monica Foster, Director. 5300 South Shore Drive. Monica S. Foster (Board chair Charlene Hobson) 663 684-6363, Fax 773 684-0142.
  • Reach for the Stars Childcare Academy. New. 4248 S. King Dr. 773 548-7827.
  • Sonnets Academy of Hyde Park. Purposeful and art play. Up to 6 years. Dir. Tameka Ray. 5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd 773 891-0029.
  • Monica Stevens Productions. Var. dance at HPNeigh Club, Pre-school Computer Academy, 5420 S. Hyde Park Blvd. 773 363-6098. Well attended dance recitals at end of class sessions. Defunct?
  • Sunflower Children's Garden. Waldorf-based (the "fastest growing nonsectarian education movement in the world.") For ages 2-6. 4945 S. Dorchester. 773 973-7416. Elizabeth Swisher executive director. Variety of schedules, most morning. Stresses stimulation of imagination in natural settings.
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, 5467 S. Woodlawn, 773 667-1142. Dorothy Murphy, Principal
  • University of Chicago Laboratory Nursery School and Kindergarten, 5750 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773 834-1911, also listed as 1362 E. 59th St, 773 702-9451. Carla Young, Principal.
  • University of Chicago provides a way to "put your unemployed toddlers to work" research with care-- find out how at
  • And don't forget park fieldhouses- Nichols, Kennicott, Kenwood, South Shore Cultural Center, Washington

Elementary [grades 0-4/6] Public then Private, then Religious. (Most Public School contact information is in the table below)


Middle Schools [grades 5/6-8] (Most Public School contact information is in the table below; addresses and phones are in the sections above and below.)

High Schools [grade 9-12] (Most Public School contact information is in the table below.)
Recommended for CPS: Getting the annual High School Directory.
Attendance Area Schools: Dyett, Hyde Park, Kenwood; Charter: U of C Woodlawn; Selective: King.

Type and Program: Academic Center (7th-8th) Kenwood; Architecture and Construction: King:
Arts A/VB & Communication: Kenwood, King, Hyde Park; Information Technology: Dyett, Hyde Park:

Evening High School Programs: Dyett, Hyde Park, Kenwood; Internat'l Baccalaureate: Hyde Park; Internat'l Baccalaureate Middle Years: Hyde Park; JROTC: Dyett, Hyde Park; Selective Enrollment: King

Transportation in general is not provided for CPS high school students.

Selection Checklist: Environment in school and classroom. See School Profiles in the table of schools below.
Respect and Discipline
Comfort and Safety

At a Glance:
Dyett: neighborhood, attendance area King-60th-Cottage-47th-Lake, 41st, standard application
Hyde Park: neighborhood, attendance area King- 65th-Cottage-71st-Cregier-68th-Lake-56th-Stony-60th, standard app.
Kenwood: neighborhood, attendance area Cottage-60th-Stony7-Lake-47th, standard application
King: selective enrollment, no attendance area, selective enrollment application
UC Charter-Woodlawn: charter, no attendance area (but part reserved), admissions per contract school

Colleges, and additional preschool and tutoring services are in Education Resources.

Tables of schools and school information

School definitions and what local schools fit where

Magnet: A Magnet school has no neighborhood attendance boundary (the exceptions are not in the Hyde Park area.) All students must apply - standard application. Transportation provided for those living between 1.5 and 6 miles away. `

Magnet cluster: A Magnet Cluster school is a neighborhood school, with a boundary and accepts student within the boundary-- students from outside must apply (standard application) and do not get transportation.

(Requiring a GEAP application: Regional Gifted Center, Classical School, Academic Center, and International Gifted Program. Also, Selective Enrollment High Schools , Military Academies, and College and Career academies have specially designed applications. Recently, new admission qualifications have been adopted. Academic Centers and IGPs students over 1.5 miles away aget transportation.) (Lotteries can be computerized, for non-test admission schools, sibling, proximity- for magnet schools only, general. Waiting lists can be complex.)

Regional Gifted Centers and Classical Schools serve academically advanced elementary students with accelerated learning and deeper projects, with as world language component.
Regional emphasize thinking, reasoning, problem solving, creativity. Transportation provided, Carnegie has a large transporting area.)
Classical emphasize scholarship with liberal arts focus- reading, language arts, math. None in this area.

Some CPS numbers: Charters 773 553-1530, Special Ed 773 553-1800, Student Transportation 773 553-2860, JROTC 773 534-9770, College and Career Prep. 773 553-2108, Early Childhood incl. Tuition-Based Pre adn Pre for All 773 553-2010.

Magnets ()= reasonably nearby, otherwise in or near HPK.


Magnet Cluster

Carnegie, (Fiske), Bret Harte, Kozminski, Price, Ray, Shoesmith, (Wadsworth)

Open Enrollment/Neighborhood Schools

Dyett High for the Arts (will have a citywide component), Reavis

Regional Gifted Centers (none near here for English learners; no Classical; no International Gifted; No Comprehensive Gifted Programs Within schools, No Special Aptitude Programs ). Testing required, GEAP application.


Selective Enrollment High Schools

King College Prep

Academic Centers (testing required, GEAP application)

Kenwood (7th-8th Grade)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Hyde Park

Special programs

Literature and writing: Kozminski, Price, Robinson

Math and Science: , Bret Harte, (Wadsworth)

World Language: Murray, Ray

IB Middle Years: Carnegie, Hyde Park

Int'l Baccalaureate Diploma: Hyde Park

High School categories applicable to the area:

Dyett- Open Enrollment neighborhood

Hyde Park- Int'l Bac. Middle (grades 9-10) and Diploma (grades 11-12)

Kenwood- Accelerated University of Chicago Magnet Program- minimum stanine 6 required for inclusion computerized lottery

King- Selective Enrollment High School- special application


Two clusters with one or more member schools in HPK: outside HPK:

Ariel Charter, Doolittle Middle, Doolittle West, Fuller, North Kenwood-Oakland Charter, Price, Jackie Robinson
Canter, Harte, Murray, Ray, Shoesmith


Charter schools in the area

Ariel Community Charter. 1119 E. 46th St., 773 535-1996. (Ariel Foundation). Co-housed in former Shakespeare School (expected also to house St. Ambrose) with U of C's North Kenwood Oakland.

North Kenwood-Oakland Charter School. (University of Chicago.) 1119 E. 46th St., 773 536-2399. They also have schools at Donoghue, Woodlawn High, and Carter G. Woodson.

Woodlawn Community. 6657 S. Kimbark, 773 535-0801.


Table of public schools by principal, school, addr/phone, LSC chair (schools corresponded with by HPKCC Schools Committee)

Lennette Coleman, Ariel Charter School, 1119 E. 46th St., Chicago, IL 60653, 773 535-1996.10.

Docilla Pollard, Andrew Carnegie Academy, 1414 E. 61st Pl, Chicago, IL 60637. 773 535-0530.

Beulah McLoyd, Walter H. Dyett Academic Center, 555 E. 51st St., Chicago, IL 60615, 535-1825.

Shenethe Parks, Bret Harte School, 1556 E. 56th St., Chicago, Il 60637, 535-0870.

Gregory Jones, Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, 535-1350, LSC Chair: Cynthia Liberty. IN PRINCIPAL SEARCH.

(Iterim) Bernadette Glover, Charles Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St, Chicago Il 60615, 535-0980.

Gregory Mason, Phillip Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave, Chicago IL 60615, 535-0585.

Meagan Thole, William H. Ray School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago, IL 60637, 535-0970. in principal search, Jackie Robinson School, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60653.

Gail King, William Claude Reavis School, 834 E. 50th St., Chicago IL 60615, 535-1060.

Relanda Hobbs, Robinson Magnet Cluster, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60653, 773 535-1777x6.Principal:

Sabrina L. Gates, Beulah Shoesmith School, 1330 E. 50th St., Chicago, IL 60615, 535-1764,


School website, clerk contact Address/Phone/Fax LSC/PTA/PAC Mtgs Uniform Contact:
Ariel ElementaryCommunity Academy
Katharine Madkins
1119 E. 46th 60653
(773) 535-1996x7
Meets 3rd Monday of the month at 8AM. lt blue shirts, khaki bottoms Principal: Dr. Linnette Coleman
AP: Dr. Judith K. Shelton

LSC Co-chairs: Larry Lomax, Chosi Mabina
Andrew Carnegie
1414 E. 61st St. 60637
(773 534-0530 x8
PAC- Wed. 9-10:30
LSC Meets 2nd Tuesday at 6PM every other month Sep, Nov. etc.
yellow tops, navy blue bots. for 6th, 7th, 8th; powder blue top, navy bottom, no gym shoes Principal: Docilla Pollard
Asst Juanita Stern
LSC Chair: Tina Bey Muhammad
Bret Harte School
Acceshia Hart
1556 E. 56th Street
(773) 535-0870 x5
FAX 773 535-0666
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the Month in the gym at 5PM white or baby blue tops,Khakhi bots. Principal: Shenethe Parks
Interim AP Megan Fido
LSC Chair: Darryl Williams
Hyde Park Career Academy
Regina Nicholson
6220 S. Stony Island Ave. 60637
(773) 535-0530
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 6PM< in 208 royal blue for F, lt blue for S, dark for J and Sor white polo, khaki bots Principal: Antonio Ross
AP: Ms. Gover-Douglas
LSC Chair: Tina McKinney
Kenwood Academy High School
Akannke Kareem

5015 South Blackstone
(773) 535-1350x2, 6 or1351
FAX 773 535-1408
Middle (Acad Ctr)


Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6PM in Library Media Room.
no uniform Principal: Gregory L. Jones,
AP: Karen Calloway;
Janeen Hatoum,, Mr. Frayne, O'Connell
LSC Chair: Michael Ewing
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. College Prep High School
Stacy Taylor
4445 S. Drexel Blvd.
773 535-1180 x5
FAX 773 535-1716
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6PM no uniform Principal: David Narain
AP: Lynda Parker,
LSC Chair: Dathon O'Banion?
Charles Kozminski Elementary Community Academy
Latrice Wilson

936 East 54th St.
(773) 535-0980 x6 FAX 773 535-0982

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30PM.
PAC same 9 am.

Navy tops, navy blue bottoms Interim Principal: Bernadette Glover
LSC Chair: Lakeisha Hamilton
PAC: Kimberly Stark

Phillip Murray Language Academy
Ramon Dickson, clerk,

5335 South Kenwood
(773) 535-0585x6 FAX 773 324-8764

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6/7:00PM. PTO ahead

no uniform Principal: Gregory Mason
AP:? Rhonda Butler, rbutler@cps.cdu
LSC Chair: Tracy Fleming
PTA: Thelma Tenant

William H. Ray Elementary School


5631 South Kimbark
(773) 535-0970 x8. FAX 773 535-0842

Meets the 2nd Thurdsay of the month. at 6PM


no uniform Principal: Meagan Thole
AP: Gayle Harris Neely
LSC Chair: Sylvia Ellis
PTA Pres: Lawanda May
William Claude Reavis Math and Science Specialty Elementary School
Ms. D. Cobbs
834 East 50th
(773) 535-1060x4 FAX 773 535-1032
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6PM, PAC 9AM Top white, bottom blue Principal Gail King
AP: D. Griffin
LSC Chair: Nichole Perkins
Jackie Robinson Magnet Cluster Academy
Dalicia Davis,
4225 S. Lake Park Ave. (773) 535-1777x6 FAX 773 535-1727 Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6PM. PAC 1st Th 8:15 am tan kaki bot, navy polo top Principal: Relanda Hobbs
LSC Chair: Mr. Moore. PAC Keshia Clybron
Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School
Miss Donna Willis
1330 East 50th St
(773) 535-1764 x7 FAX 773 535-1877
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30PM white, black or gold tops, Khaki bottom Principal Sabrina L. Gates
AP: Nichole D. Neal?
LSC Chair: Jacinta Epting





Details on specific area schools

See more and topical information in News from the Schools, Canter Middle, and Kenwood Academy.
Stats and evaluation of most schools: start with http:/ or

Public Elementary through High

Abbreviated and modified from March 3, 2004 Hyde Park Herald, using material submitted by each school. ITBS = Iowa test scores; Prairie State is the test for high school juniors. Scores to be updated--see Tests and Rankings page..

Ariel Community Academy (district run small school)
1119 E. 46th 535-1996
Principal Lennette Coleman or

A small public charter school, preK-8th. Class size 24, 2 rms per grade. Enr. 410-40.
A Math and Science Magnet Cluster School (1st with nat'l. rec. as a Magnet School of America School of Excellence.)
Enr. applic. only. Closed campus 8:30-2:30. Uniforms.

Mission: Through a collaborative school-family-community partnership, ...we educate and nurture our students to ensure that each and every child reaches his or her full potential-socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.

2006 Scores: Overall state 76.5, ISAT Reading 71.7 of 3rd gr. in 2006-up 17%. Math 88.6.
(ITBS Math 88.6 up 10%.) Students above norm.
2008-9 ISAT comp 84.4, read 84.1, math 87.1, science 77.0

Miriam G. Canter
School Closed,, now houses Kenwood Academic Center for grades 7-8.



Andrew Carnegie
1414 E. 61st Pl.
Marlene Heath
Asst. Jean Pate
773 535-0530



Donoghue UC Charter School
707 E. 37th St., 534-1821.

Part of the University of Chicago Charter School. Elementary neighborhood.

Walter H. Dyett Acad. Ctr. New school fall 2016
555 E. 51st, 60615. 535-1825, fax 773 535-1036
Principal:(selected by CPS for the school to be re-opened in fall 2016) Beulah McLoyd.
(emaisl/website probaly disabled)
eval. and info about:

Instruction Area 21
Grades 9-12

9th-12th neighborhood high. Enr 569. Uniforms.

Note, the school is planned to phase out in 2015.

Dyett High School participates in the innovative Gates Foundation $21 Milli0n High School Transformation Project that provides computer labs for students and revamps the instruction of core subjects. Our focus is to create citizens who are socially conscious and ready to face both the obstacles and opportunities of the 21st century.

The Walter H.Dyett High School family guides and empowers all student (including those with disabilities) with the academic, emotional and social foundations necessary to become lifelong learners and positive contributions to their local and global communities.

ISAT Overall 7th and 8th 23.4 up 6, Read 29.2 down 8, Math 17.4 up 11? PSAE not avail.
2008-9 PSAE comp. 3.3, read 6.1, math 2.4, science 1.2

CPS Overview
Dyett High School participates in the innovative $21 Million High School Transportation Project that provides commuter labs for students and revamps the instruction of core subjects. Our focus is to create citizens who are socially conscious and ready to face both the obstacles and opportunities of teh 21st century.

Walter H. Dyett High School, formerly Dyett Academic Center, opened in 1972 as an elementary school and recently became a neighborhood high school located in Chicago's economically and culturally diverse neighborhood of Washington Park on the South Side. The 2008-2009 school year marked the school's third year of serving only high school students. As the school adjusts to the new challenges of a high school, the administration and staff seek to ground Dyett in educational and social excellence. Students are also drawn by Dyett's relatively small size and commitment to excellence. Lastly, Dyett is a restorative justice school that utilizes peer jury and peace circles to mediate student conflicts.

Before and After School Programs. After School Matters, Urban Solutions-College Prep, core subjects tutoring, and African/hip hop dance.

Athletics. Basketball, football, baseball, track, cheerleading, dance, swimming, and softball.

School Activities. Peer jury (restorative justice and peace circles) , debate team, National Honor Society, student Council, and yearbook.

Uniform: Yes.


Student outcomes
Freshmen grad. 5 yrs 42% 62 of 78 steady
Graduates in college or post-sec. 49% 31 of 77
Non college employed 40% 59 of 72
One yr drop out rate 16% 95 of 111 high and increasg

Academic progress state standards
Meet/exceed PSAE 3% 84 0f 90 and dropping
Exceed PSAE 0% last of 90
Average ACT 14.4 80 of 90 (Ill. av. 20.3)
Studs scoring 20 or higher on ACT 1% 75 of 90 decrsg
Studs making expected gains 38% 81 of 98 slipped
Freshmen On-Track to grad 45% 58 of 78 dramatic improvement
Studs enr adv placement classes 8% 46 of 79 was 0
Studs sc 3+ on adv placement exams 0% last, no impr

Student connection
Average days absent per st. 67 98 of 104
Studs particip in extracurr 66% 46 of 95
Studs reportg safe, respectful climate 61% 74 of 95
Studs reportg acad rigor at school 70% 73 of 95
Studs reportg supportive teach, staff 62% 75 of 95

School characteristics
No of Nat'l Bd Certifd Teachers 1
Aver. days absent per teacher 11 62 0f 86
School cleanliness B
Parent satisfaction Adeq + excellent N/A

Bret Harte Math & Sc. Academy
1556 E. 56th St. 535-0870
Principal Shenethe Parks
Asst. David Dunlap
eval. and info.:
modperl/ achievement/il/1128

Pre-K-6th neighborhood school in Hyde Park Magnet Cluster with a math-science focus. Pre-6th. Enr. 424. Class size av.32. Restructured day 9 am-2:45.
Uses U of C Everyday Math and Balanced Literacy. Students 3-8 are in Accelerated Reader Program. Computer lab on Internet. Media center specialist. Phys ed instr. on staff. Participates in Lighthouse program 3 days per week 2:30-4. Special ed. Uniforms.
Bret Harte is a CPS neighborhood school in the Hyde Park Magnet Cluster with a math/science focus from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Our pre-kindergarten program is a half-day program, while our kindergarten program is full day for those residing in our attendance area.... Restructured day allows staff to be engaged in meaningful professional development once per month.
Our magnet cluster focus is in the area of math/science and technology. In our math program, student in grades K-6 are using the University of Chicago Everyday Math... Students in grades 3-8 are required to participate in the (modified) Accelerated Reader Program by reading a minimum of six chapter books per quarter. Our computer lab and the majority of our classrooms are networked and connected to the the Internet. Bret Harte has a full-time media center specialist and physical education instructor on staff. Our school participates in the Lighthouse program three days per week from 2:30 to 4 pm.

Mission: to provide an academic program that challenges each student. We are committed to fostering an environment of excellence, responsibility and diversity regardless of culture, ability or learning styles; accomplished through professional development, structured learning experiences and parental support.

Some programs of this above-average-performing Science and Math Academy include Storyteller for Literacy Night, a major after school program, science fair-covering serious topics-and science night (bringing in academics), Scholastic Book Fair, concerts including from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, food drives, field trips to museums and theaters, parent child safety patrol, incentives and honor roll, parent engagement activities and PTA.

Overall scores 3rd graders ISAT 2006 73, Math 78.4 up, Reading 70.6.

3rd reading 71.7, math 85.9! (up from 69)
4th reading 69.8, math 74.6, science 66.1 (down 10)
5th reading 75.9, math 87.9!
6th reading 89.6!, math 79.2

2008 ISAT comp. 77.4, read 75.2, math 83.3, science 67.2.

Now using also the NWEA computer test of basic skills "on-track."

Hyde Park Academy.
6220 S. Stony Island. 773 535-088o, fax 773 535-0633
Antonio Ross
Contact Dr. Afina Lockhart
Admissions contact Tanya Smith, index-hydeparkhs.htm.
Attendance area-see map. Standard applicn. 3rd Fri Dec
No testing
Instruction Area 24
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,969
Special needs students 11.9%
ADA accessible- no/unknown
Engl Lang Learners 0.1%

Admissions- open to in area; specialty progs. accept citywide freshmen via random lottery stanine 5/6 +
Standard application by 3rd Fri. Dec. No testing.

CPS Overview:
Founded in 1863 [present building 1913], Hyde Park Career academy High School is known as one of the oldest and most dynamic high schools in Chicago. We are home to many celebrities, politicians, athletes, educators, entertainers, writers, and social activist alums. We are proud to say this legacy continues.

Hyde Park Academy is an outstanding educational and cultural institution that has served generations of families in the Woodlawn/Hyde Park communities for over a century. Located near Jackson Park the lake front and University of Chicago, Hyde Park students are global learners. The curriculum is designed to meet the dynamic needs of our student population with an emphasis on inquiry, leadership skills and international awareness. with our International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years and Diploma Programme, Hyde Park offers academically accelerated student opportunities to engage in over 25 Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and/or IB courses. Our Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program uses proven teaching methodology and resources to serve college-bound students. Annually seniors earn over $2.5M in scholarships. Hyde Park provides a vast array of elective offerings.

Before and After School Programs. ASIC, AIM High tutoring, Evening High School, After School Matters, AP tutoring, environmental club, University of Chicago tutorials, Roosevelt University, GEAR UP, and Gallery 37

Athletics. Basketball, wrestling, ROTC Drill Team, baseball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, pom pon, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball, flag girls, and dancing dolls.

School Activities. Know Your Heritage, Black History Alive, Smile Train, history/science fair, Academic Decathlon, mock trial, peer leadership, law club, environmental club, Student Council, Social Justice.

Uniform: Yes


Student outcomes
Freshmen grad. within 5 yrs 55% 41 of 73 steady
grads in college or post-sec 62%13 of 72
Grads non college employed 52%32 of 72
One year dropout rate 12% 73 of 111 slipped

Academic progress
Meet/Exceed PSAE state 14% 44 of 90 dropping signif
Exceed PSAE 0% last with Dyett
Average ACT 15.743 of 90, state 20.3
Scoring 20 or higher on ACT 9% 38 of 90 slipped
Studs making expected gains 45% 49 of 98 steady
Freshmen On-Track to grad 62% 27 of 78 improving
Studs enr in adv placet classes 7% 50 of 79 steady
Studs scoring 3+ on Adv Plact exams 1% 50 of 72

Student connection
Aver days absent per stud. 661 93 of 104
Studs repg partic extracurric 53% 84 of 95
Studs repg safe, respectful climate 58% 80 or 95
Studs repg acad rigor 70%73 0f 95
Studs repg supportive teachers, staff 65% 61 of 95

School characteristics
No. Nat'l Bd Certfd Teachers 1
Aver days absent per teacher 11 62 of 86
School cleanliness B
Parent satisfaction adeq+ excel 67% (excel 2%)

Little Black Pearl hosts an arts-based alternative charter school. In fall 2014 it will superseded by a CPS Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy for 14-18 year olds.
Monica Haslip, Director

Kenwood Academy
5015 S. Blackstone Ave. 535-1350, fax 773 535-1408
Interim principal Arthur Slater. Newly elected: Gregory Jones
Asst. Karen Calloway
Contact Aileen Gamez
Admissions contact Denise Oshana
More in Kenwood page
Instruction Area 21
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 1,676
Special Needs Students 9.4%
ADA accessible- generally and continuing
English Language Learners 1.4%
Attendance area- those outside can apply depending on space must be 5th stanine or above.
Standard application due by 2rd Friday December,
No testing

CPS Overview
Kenwood is an outstanding high school with a 40-year legacy of excellence. Kenwood Broncos attend top colleges and universities with 10 million dollars in merit scholarship awards. Kenwood has provided a caring, nurturing environment that has helped us to build lifelong learning and leadership skills.

Kenwood Academy is a neighborhood high school offering a rigorous college prep curriculum and an accelerated magnet program in partnership with the University of Chicago. Located in the racially and economically diverse Hyde Park community, Kenwood provides a wide array of academic, leadership, an co-curricular opportunities including Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Students in the Kenwood-University of Chicago Accelerated Magnet Program take Honors, accelerated Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in 15 subjects and take college courses at the University of Chicago or other universities during their junior and senior year. Kenwood Academy is recognized as a School of Distinction for its academic achievement and a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Kenwood Academy has been recognized by Newsweek and US News and World Report as a top high school.

Before and After School Programs. Brotherhood, concert choir, dramastarz, FOCUS, Sister to Sister, Court Players, Student Council, poetry club, Hispanic club, jazz band, and Men of Distinction. Kiwanis Builders Club.

Athletics. Baseball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, pom pon, softball, swimming, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball, water polo, majorettes, golf, and wrestling.

School Activities. AVID, debate team, college tours, alumni day, College Fair, Africa Club, and National Honor Society.


Student outcomes
Freshmen graduating 5 yrs 65% 23 of 78, slipped a bit
Grads enr in college or post sec 64% 12 of 72
Grads non college employed 37% 61 of 72
One year dropout rate 7% 46 of 111 steady

Academic progress
Meet/exceed PSAE state 44% 6 of 90 gaining
Exceed PSAE state 2% 6 of 90
Average ACT 18.9 7 of 90 (Ill. 20.3)
Studs scoring 20+ on ACT 35% 7 of 90 dramatic progress
Studs. making expected gains 56% 8 of 98
Freshmen On-Track to grad. 75% 11 of 78 dram progress
Studs enr in adv placement classes 19% 8 of 79 growing
Studs scoring 3+ on Adv Plact Exams 23% 12 of 73

Student connection
Aver days absent per student 31 52 of 104
Studs repg partic extracurricular 68% 36 of 95
Studs repg safe, respectful climate 84% 24 of 95
Studs repg acad. rigor 82% 31 of 95
Studs repg supportive teachers, staff 76% 24 of 95

School characteristics
No. Nat'l Board Certd Teachers 7 (high)
Average days teacher absence 9 25 of 86
School Cleanliness B
Parent satisfaction Adeq + Excel 94%; Excel 19%

4 year high with Academic Center for gifted 4th-8th graders, magnet program for 500 high school students, college prep program. Total enr. 1,676 .
Neighborhood but a proportion from all over the city. Magnet competitive program incl. accelerated and select U of C courses or dual enrollment (jr & sr)-Excel and College Bridge programs. 150 in Kenwood Scholars program. All students mentored- prog. incl. U of C students. Heavy stress on extracurricular skills and leadership. 85% of grads attend college. Consistent National Merit semifinalists. Faculty 7: 106 w 75% MA.

"Our Mission is College."

Kenwood is an outstanding high school with a 40-year legacy of excellence. Kenwood Broncos attend top colleges and universities with millions of dollars in merit scholarship awards. Kenwood has provided a caring, nurturing environment that has helped us to build lifelong learning and leadership skills.

Kenwood Academy is committed to building collaboration with all students, parents, teachers, and the community to provide a rigorous educational program that prepares all students, including student with disabilities, for college success.

Kenwood Academy, a four-year high school with an Academic Center for gifted seventh and eighth grade students an a strong college preparatory program, has a total enrollment of 1,664 students. It serves students who live in the neighborhood as well as those from all over the city who enroll in the special seventh through twelfth grade Options for Knowledge program. This is a competitive program which offers students the opportunity to take accelerated high school classes, including the option of enrolling in selected courses at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Juniors and seniors may have dual enrolment at Kenwood and the University of Chicago through the CPS Excel and College Bridge programs.
Kenwood academy currently has over 150 students enrolled in its Kenwood scholars program which is designed to provide additional opportunities and support for more students to 1) take advanced level courses in at least one academic area, 2) participate in leadership building activities and 3) develop the intellectual approach and behavior of a scholar. Incoming freshmen will be encouraged to devise four-year plans that include at least one advanced level course. Some interested incoming freshmen may elect to participate in an accelerated mathematics, pre-architecture or foreign language program. All incoming and current freshmen will participate in community service projects during their four years of high school. Additionally, all freshmen are in the highly successful Freshmen On-Track Program and sophomores participate in the Junior Academy program in which students are mentored by by teachers and upperclassmen so that they develop positive social study skills necessary to succeed in high school. AVID is as strong component.

The curriculum at Kenwood is enhanced by field trips, guest speakers an visits by major performing artists. Computer laboratories are available for instructional assistance, remediation, enrichment, word processing and research using on-line services. After-school tutoring is available in all academic areas. Peer tutors staff the Athletes' Tutoring Table, and the Neighborhood Schools Project of the University of Chicago provides undergraduates who work along with Kenwood teachers.
In addition to other programs offered to support accelerated student achievement, Kenwood continues in the AVID program... designed to increase school wide learning and performance for students. Students are eligible to interview for admission into the AVID class as an incoming freshman and to commit to stay in the program for four years. The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students, especially the least served students in the middle, capable of completing a college preparatory path will succeed in a rigorous curriculum and increase their enrollment in four-year colleges.
Kenwood offers a rich variety of award-winning student activities, including: a full range of athletic teams, student council, student leadership team, three honor societies, choirs, bands, literary publications, service and social awareness clubs and special interest activities.
Typically, 85 percent of the graduating class attend four-year colleges. Kenwood students are consistently recognized as National Merit and National Achievement semifinalists. The faculty consists of 106 teachers, 75 percent of whom have an M. A. degree and most of whom regularly participate in professional development opportunities.

7th and 8th at or within a point of 100% at or above in all categories
Tests Overall 51.9, ISAT Read 100% 8th gr, Math 100% 8th gr, PSAE (2005) Reading 58.2, Math 38.

2008-0 PSAE comp. 43.9, read 51.2, math 40.3, science 40.1

Dr. Martin Luther King College Prep High School
(King College Prep)
4445 S. Drexel Blvd. 60653. 535-1180, fax 773 535-1682
Principal David Narain
Asst. Kevin Tate
Contact incl. admissions Kevin Tate
Instruction Area 54
Attendance area: none
Selective Enrollment School grades 9-12
Accepts students citywide, freshmen only based on 7th-grade test scores, attendance adn grades.
Selective Enrollment Application, due 3rd Fri. Dec.
Entrance examination required.
Enrollment 900
Special Needs Students 10.4%
ADA accessible: generally
English Language Learners 0.6%
Uniform: No

CPS overview: King College Prep offers advanced coursework in architecture, engineering, information technology, performing arts, visual arts and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all core subject areas for potential college credit. Partnerships with local and national universities, as well as professional organizations enhance these important areas of study.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. College Preparatory High School is one of Chicago's strong selective enrollment schools. Students travel to the welcoming, technologically- advanced campus each day to study a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and to participate in the school's various athletic, artistic, and academic organizations. King is proud to nurture talented scholar-athletes, scholar-artists, and scholar-leaders as its students prepare for success at colleges and universities across the country. King's vision statement emphasized this preparation for further study after high school. King College Prep envisions that all students, through participation in a rigorous academic environment, will develop intellect and citizenship. We will incorporate critical thinking, intellectual inquiry, and research skills in addition to fostering social, emotional, and physical development.

Before and After School Programs: Computer lab, library from 7 am-5 pm. Athletic teams, performing groups, student organizations meet throughout the year.

Athletics: Basketball, baseball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track volleyball, and wrestling.

School Activities: band, choir, orchestra, dance, drama, student government, debate, chess, Kappa League, National Honor Society, Big Sisters-Little Sisters, Memory Bridge, Service Learning, and more

Grades 9-12. Enr. 899. Transitioned into a magnet school emphasizing performing arts, architecture, technology. Unusual features include swimming, gymnastics. $25 m renovation in progress. Gymnastics program excels. Arguably the best pool on the south side. Currently has all high school grades.
King College Prep High School is a modern, urban high school...

King offers advanced coursework in architecture, engineering, information technology, performing arts, visual arts, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all core subject areas for potential college credit. Partnerships with local and national universities, as well as professional organizations enhance these important areas of study.

We will provide a curriculum and an educational environment that will prepare all students, including students with special needs, for collegiate success with special emphasis on the three learning strands of Informational Technology, Architecture and Engineering, and the Performing and Visual Arts.

King is a multi-cultual high school whose stud net body is 94 percent black with the remaining consisting of Asian, Latino and white.
King's curriculum features the normal core subject areas of mathematics, science, social science and English. It also provides major concentrations in the visual and performing arts, architectural drawing and information technology. Also among it course offerings are advanced placement classes in U.S. history, government, chemistry, biology, physics, literature, photography and art.
Athletically, King is second to none. King offers football, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, cross-country, wrestling, track and field, baseball, softball, volleyball and golf. Cheerleading and pompom round out the athletic pursuits. In a recent year King won their division city championship in football and because of their back-to-back record of 17 to 8 in basketball, they will now compete in the city's Red Division finals.
..King graduated its first senior class June 2006. One hundred and ninety students graduated with 96 percent of the class being accepted to four year colleges and universities across the country.

2006 Test scores not yet available. 2005 Overall 49, PSAE reading 67.9, Math 39.6.
2008-9 ISAT comp. 47.3, read 54.5, math 47.2, science 40.3

Student Outcomes
Freshmen Gradg 5 years 81% 6 of 7 slipped some
Graduates enr in coll or post secy 79% 5 of 7
Grads no in college employed 31% 5 0f 7
On year drop out rate 4% 8 of 8 steady

Academic Progress
Meets/Exceeds PSAE state st 47% 8 of 8 steady/slipd
Exceed PSAE 1% 8 of 8
Average ACT 19.5 8 of 8 (IL av 20.3)
Scoring 20 or higher on ACT 42% 8 of 8 slip from signif improvement
Student making expected gains 52% 8 of 8 improved
Freshmen On-Track graduate 79% 7 of 8 improved
Students enrolled in Adv Pl classes 24% 5 of 8 improv
Students scoring 3+ on Adv Pl exams 12% 8 of 8

Student Connection
Av days absent per st. 23 8 of 8
Studs repg partic in extracurric 74%5 of 6
Reportg safe, respectful climate 88% 6 of 6
Reportg acad. rigor at school 86% 4 of 6
Reportg supportive teach, staff 73% 4 of 6

School characteristics
No. of Nat'l Bd certified teachers 3
Aver days absent per teacher 10- 7 of 8
School cleanliness B
Parent satisf adeq+excel 91%, excellent 12%

Charles Kozminski Academy
936 E. 54th St. 535-0980
(interim) Bernadette Glover
Asst. Sheffina Jones (left?), Michelle Brumfield Unofficial:

PreK-8th. community academy. Closed campus 7:30-1:30. (2006 says 8:30-2:45 with after school to 4. Class size av 20:1 ratio. Enr. 451. Science and math lab, technology plan, fine arts and music, reading and math After-School Academy, summer Social Center. Chess and full range of activities including pompom, student government, jazz band, boys' and girls' basketball, football. 45% of faculty has advanced degrees.

Kozminski [is] a Literature and Writing Magnet Cluster School [and] provides and enriched curriculum to students pre-k through eighth grade. Kozminski's academic focus is on balanced literacy across grades, classrooms and content areas enhanced and supported through the Literature and writing Magnet Cluster. Kozminski, a 2005-06 CPS School of Opportunity, typically enrolls more than 500 students each year with the majority of students residing within the attendance area and the remaining attending through the CPS Options for Knowledge Program. 9:30 am-2:45 pm.

The Afterschool Counts (reading and math) and Afterschool All Stars (leadership and recreation) programs operates from October through May. In addition to reading and math other after school offerings include: drama, children's choir, string ensemble, pompom/dance, Internet broadcast group, Great Books club and Kaleidoscope newspaper. Parents and community are included in a variety of activities including Family Reading Night, Family Math and Science Night, Outstanding Student Dinners, open house and the ever important Family Computer Literacy and Loan Program. Neighborhood partnerships include the University of Chicago Neighborhood Schools program, Blue Gargoyle Family Literacy program, Metro Squash program, u. of C. CUIP (CPS Internet project) and Digital Library, Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, PUSH/Rainbow Coalition, ICONS Foundation, The Poetry Center of Chicago, and the National Guard. Attendance rate 93.7.

It is our mission to ensure that all students will routinely reach a level of achievement commensurate with their abilities. Kozminski will provide each of its students with a highly structured, demanding and rigorous curriculum that will challenge them and require the full effort of all stakeholders.

2006 Test Scores. Overall 60.5, ISAT Read 40.8, Math 53.1. 3rd graders--slippage 10 in reading, 15 in math but in some cats. substantial improvement.

Phillip Murray Language Academy
5335 S. Kenwood. 535-0585
Principal Gregory Mason.

Assist Princ: Youlanda Royster (newsletter is there).

K-6 magnet school. Daily French, Japanese, or Spanish K-6th. Enr c473 , by application and lottery only. Stable school pop. divided (2005) between neighborhood and all-city, 23% white, 69 African-American, 7 Hispanic and Asian. Mobility rate 3%. Closed campus 8:45-2:30 Attendance rate 96 percent, mobility rate of 3 percent. Half-day inservices for staff development. Admission by lottery. Att. rate. 96, enrollment 411.
Cooperative efforts with the University of Chicago provide resources to assist students and staff, including technology and teacher training. Rigorous academic program stresses engaged learning and higher-level thinking skills. Accelerated Reader, U of C Math, hands-on science provide a challenging curriculum. Active parent groups support the school by providing numerous evening, family activities and fund-raising. New additions include science lab and regulation sized gym; park setting for additional programs.

Mission: a rigorous academic program emphasizes engaged learning and higher-level thinking skills. Programs such as the Accelerated Reader, U. of C. Math and hands-on science provide quality instructional programs for all students to ensure they become responsible, independent, life-long learners.

To provide a safe, nurturing environment that attends to the needs of individual students and encourages them to become lifelong learners in a world whose challenges are increasingly global in scope. To that end, the study of a foreign language enhances student's chances for success and provides them with an appreciation for diversity.

Murray Language Academy, in collaboration with students, parents and members of the wider community, offers an enriched curriculum in a nurturing and inclusive climate that develops students in all the fundamental learning areas through a comprehensive literacy approach, the use of technology and integrated world language instruction.

Test results. Overall performance on state: 78 (down) , ISAT Reading 76, Math 82 3rd grade. Some slippage.
2008-9 ISAT comp. 89.8, read 88.2, math 92.1, science 87.1 Back up!

North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School (UChicago Charter North Kenwood/Oakland)
pre-? at 1119 E 46th St. 536-2399
Dir. Timothy Knowles?? or Shayne Evans
Tanika Island Smith, Principal
Asst, Rodney Brown
PTCO co-chairs Veronica Thompson, Juanita Mahdi? . Note: 6-8th graders moved to UC Charter Carter G. Woodson campus, 4414 S. Evans fall 2008. Also given as
Enr. 421.
Applic. deadline March 6 attn. Beverly Prince.
Applicants must be residents of the city of Chicago. Those who live in Woodlawn's attendance boundary receive priority. Prekindergarten and k applications are especially welcomed.
Applications are available at
Complete application packets must be postmarked no later than Friday of first week in March. Admission will be done at a public lottery held 4th Friday in March.

PreK-8th U of Charter school. 8:30-3, with early and to 6 pm extensions available and one full-day pre-kindergartens. Sliding fees, entry by lottery (applic. due March 15 annually to Beverly Prince.) Enr. 421.
The charter school, operated by the Center for School Improvement at the University of Chicago and staffed by veteran teachers, is a tuition-free public school open to all residents of Chicago. Admission is by lottery. There are no entrance requirements other than parental willingness to play an active role in their children's education. Committed to providing challenging learning experiences for students in all areas, with special emphasis on literacy and mathematics. The arts and technology are interwoven into all areas of learning. Although children master basic skills, the school goes beyond them to encourage inquiry and higher-order thinking. Applic. deadline March 15 attn. Beverly Prince.

At NK/O, we are committed to creating a school that engages children in a challenging academic environment and fosters in them a deep sense of responsibility for themselves and their community. We believe that these qualities of intellect and character are achieved through authentic learning experiences, where students become active learners and problem solvers within a caring and respectful social environment.

2008 recipient of the Illinois State Federation of Community Schools' Dimon Distinguished Award.


  • A school culture of high academic achievement featuring rigorous instruction and curriculum based on research and best practices
  • Committed, knowledgeable and skillful educators who teach, guide and inspire students to excel, including award winning and national board certified teachers
  • An emphasis on teaching students to become independent readers by grade three, suing whole group, small group, and individualize instruction
  • A focus on high-order thinking in mathematics
  • Expert use of literacy and mathematics assessments to measure students' progress and to tailor instruction and supports to enable all children to reach higher levels of achievement
  • The infusion of technology throughout the curriculum, including four desktop computers in each classroom and ready access to a laptop for every student
  • Increased instructional time through an August-June academic year and a school day that offers extended hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.

Outcomes: has won statewide recognition for enabling students to make significant progress towards success in college.

  • ISAT scores higher than those of CPS. In 2008, 71.6 percent of NK/O students met or exceeded state standards in reading, compared to 66.7 for CPS students.
  • Outstanding student achievement in mathematics. In 2008, 95.9 percent of NK/O third graders met or exceeded Illinois state mathematics standards, compare to 85.1 percent of state 3rd graders.
  • High Performing Schools. In 2008, NK/O and its sister campuses were recognize among only nine high-performing schools in Chicago that are beating the achievement gap.
  • NK/O student have received recognition for their accomplishment (including starting and running a successful company.) The upper grades did internship with a business consulting firm.
  • Parents give high satisfaction rating to NK/O. In 2008, 95 percent indicated the NK/O principal adn teachers care about helping them understand what their children are learning.

Parental Involvement. Active PTCO

  • Raises funds to support innovative classroom projects designed by teachers, recruits parents to serve as classroom volunteers, and sponsors health and wellness activities for parents and students
  • Chair serves on UC Charter Governing Board.
  • With a new Family and Community Engagement Director, launched a workshop series for parents and community members on topics such as parenting and financial literacy.

Partnerships and extended day program:
Swimming, soccer, tennis, karate, chess, chorus, African drumming, tutoring, a gardening/cooking class, and an art and reading club.
GirlPOWER!, a Loyola University mentoring program for fifth grade girls. Tutoring in reading is offered by City Year. Art programming provided by The University of Chicago SMART Museum, the Hyde Park Art Center, Studio One and the Lyric Opera.

2006 Test results. Overall 70.0 up 9, ISAT Math 74 (up substantially) , Reading 65 up 8. 2007 higher.
In 2008, 71.6 percent of NK/O students met or exceeded state standards in reading, compared to 66.7 for CPS students. 95.9 percent of third graders met or exceeded standards in math.

Florence B. Price Elementary School of Fine Arts
School closed.


William H. Ray School
5631 S. Kimbark Ave.
Principal Megan Thole and

PreK-6 plus special ed. for hearing impaired and moderate learning disabilities (cross-categorical). Enr 672. English as a Second Language. International Baccalaureate program. Spanish in all grades. Part of the CPS/U of C Internet Project (CUIP). Ray Elementary is a World Language Magnet Cluster School with a Spanish Academy program through the Spanish Embassy. Has English as a second language and special ed. Ray's students receive University of Chicago tutorial services (CUIP), and the school engages in partnerships with the Hyde Park Art Center and the Smart Museum of Art.
Enr. 672. Uniforms.

The mission of Ray School, as a World Language School, is to provide a curriculum that challenges students and teachers to incorporate learning through research-based curricula, world language and technology. We promote the education of special needs students in the most inclusive environment appropriate. We are committed to recognizing and encouraging parental participation and support. The school serves as a backdrop for the 57h Street Art Fair and Children's Book Fair.

According to the 2008-20o9 CPS Elementary and Pre-K Scorecard Directory, for the past three years Ray scored above the CPS average of 61 percent in reading rising form 72 percent to 76 percent then to 79 percent respectively. Ray's mathematics scores also exceed the CPS average of 69 percent rising from 81 percent to 84 percent and 86 percent over the pasts three years. Science scores at Ray are also above the CPS average of 60 percent rising from 62 percent to 80 percent to 83 percent in the last three years.

2006 Test scores: Overall 79.3 up 7, ISAT 3rd gr. Read 74.4 up 1+, Math 89.5 up 9.

2008-9 ISAT comp. 81.9, read 79.7, math 85.2, science 76.7

William Claude Reavis School
834 E. 50th St. 535-1060
Principal Gail King elected summer 2012
Assist Princ: D. Griffin
eval. and info about:

Head Start-8th grade. Math and science focus neighborhood students. Enr. 437. Two Head Starts and three early childhood Spec. Ed. programs (Inclusion). Grants for African American emphasis in math and science and dev. of a multicultural museum. Uses the Inclusion Model. Major tutoring programs. Almost all from outside neighborhood and minority.
Reavis is for students in Head Start through eighth grade. The school has a math and science focus for neighborhood students. There are two state head start programs for students ages 3 and 4. There are three early childhood Special Education classes, which are of the Inclusion model. Enr .c. 430. Afterschool program received a major ongoing support grant.

Reavis will provide a rigorous high quality education that utilizes integrated units of study to enhance content area instruction. Cooperative learning and hands on instruction will guide the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will be supported with social, academic, health, and technological resources to address the range of needs present in our community.

2006 Test scores. Overall 45.8 up 18, ISAT 3rd gr. Reading 51.3 up 23, Math 59 up 31.1.
2008-9 ISAT comp. 52.1, read 50.2, math 67.4, science 41.1
ISAT Math 2006 43.3, 2007 51.7, 2008 57.4, 2009 53.5 (is this 1-year slide meaningful?)
Science: 2006 46.2, 2007 44.4, 2008 41.1, 2009 35.3 (steadily from bad to worse)
Attendance: 94.8 (nearly at the minimum).

Jackie R. Robinson
4425 S. Lake Park Ave.
Principal -
Relanda Hobbs

PreK-3rd grade . Voluntary Saturday academies in reading and math. Lighthouse and social center afterschool. Partners in drama and arts, esp. Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center and Lyric Opera. Techmates partnership with U of C-students design web pages etc. Komed Health Center counseling. Special ed cross-categorical classrooms with more coming. Enr. 207, 99% minority mostly from outside the area.

Robinson is a magnet cluster school with concentration in language arts and writing. Robinson serves students in Head Start through 3rd grade. This instructional program offers gifted classes in first, second and third grade. The selection of students is based on local norms. The program offers differentiated instruction to academically advanced students.

Our mission is to develop critical thinkers who become lifelong learners in a diverse culture. We will provide a quality education for students in a safe, supportive, and challenging environment. Our school will facilitate learning through an integrated curriculum with a literature and writing focus that incorporates best instructional practices, learning strategies, technology, and parental involvement. Our commitment to professionalism will encourage exemplary behavior in our learning community."

The selection of students is based on local norms. The school offers differentiated instruction to academically advanced students. Teachers are trained through the Office of Academic Enhancement with the CPS Gifted Program. This year our students exceeded the Average Yearly Progress Target in both reading and math.
Robinson partners with various organizations and corporations enhancing the learning environment of our school and our students. Abraham Lincoln Community services, KOMED Medical Facility, Quad Communities Development Corporation, the Sue Duncan Children's Center (after school), Erikson Institute, One Stop Foods, and the University of Chicago... Robinson welcomes special needs students into an inclusion program that addresses the diverse learner and adapts the classroom environment to meet their needs. Robinson also offers a comprehensive after school program and accepts Child Initiative Vouchers from the State of Illinois for a nominal fee. The program helps with homework, dance, arts and crafts, and a hot meal is served daily. Mon-Fri through 6:45 pm.

2006 Test scores. Overall 50.9 up 8, ISAT 3rd gr. Read 46.6 up 28, Math 55.2 up 28.
2007 reading 49, math 55.
2008-9 ISAT comp. 68.6, read 69.8, math 67.4, science N/A. Substantial improvement

Beulah Shoesmith
1330 E. 50th St.
Principal Sabrina Gates
Asst. Nichole Neal

Shoesmith became a TIER 1 elementary school in 2014, the only one in Hyde Park Kenwood.

PreK-6. Shoesmith School is a neighborhood school which serves students in grades Kindergarten through 6th. Enr. 362. Class size 24. 8:30-2:45. Shoesmith is a member of the Hyde Park Magnet Cluster Program and proudly partners with the University of Chicago, St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, First Baptist Church, Kenwood Improvement Association, Chicago Park District. Music is a main emphasis with a great program with partnerships as well as] technology and computer lab. Extracurricular programs. .

Our mission is to provide quality instructional programs for all students to insure they become responsible, independent, life-long learners.

We believe that every student in our school is capable of learning at a high level. we will challenge each student by setting high expectations, utilizing high caliber research-based instructional materials and implementing differentiated instructional practices that will lead them to success.

Shoesmith School will meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all of our students, including student with disabilities, English language learners, high achievers and struggling learners by implementing a rigorous instructional program of balanced literacy, investigative math, inquiry-based science and authentic writing instruction for all students.

New leadership and committed teachers who welcome active involvement by parents and neighbors
Smaller clss sizes plus teachers interns for major colleges
Lango Spanish weekly
Integrated art instr. from Hyde Park Art Center, partneships with Smart and the charter at Little Black Pearl
Fun learning specials including literacy and math nights, book swaps, carnivals and fun fests
Comprehensive before and after school programs (Rockeets, ARCC Dance, sports, band scouts, turoring, garden club, Plants and Pollinators..
Time in the park and new butterfly garden with raised beds and bulbs and greenhouse- teachers incorpodrate plant-based learing in the curriculum.

ISAT 2006 Overall 72.8 up 22, Reading 79.1 (3rd up 20, 5th 52 up 12), Math 93 (3rd up 20, 5th 76.4 up 17).
2008-9 ISAT comp. 73.3, read 73.3, math 76.7, science 59.6. Dropped closer to trend except composite.
ISAT reading: 2006 68.6%, 2007 59, 2008 73, 2009 63 (quite a see-saw)
Exceeding ISAT: 2006-07 11%, 2008 12.8, 2009 8.7 (is this a bump or a setback?)
ISAT exceed state stand. highest grade: 2007 10.3%, 2008 9.3, 2009 8 (consistent drop)
Attendance : 94.3 vs req'd 95%

2013-14. Great news for Shoesmith- in 2014 it shot up to Tier 1 status. 59% were at the 50th percentile on the NWEA in reading and nearly 55 in math, with 70% of the K and 1st graders exceeding state standards on DIBLES. The gain is 10% overall this year. The school stressed literacy and took ongoing looks and small-group work on students' actual work. It also stresses behavior expectation and works on this like it does on academics- peer on peer, peer on staff, and staff on staff. It's the climate. Achieving the required 95% attendance also matters. Parental involvement has also greatly increased with small-groups. Construction underway will solve ADA issues, exterior attractiveness, heating/cooling , and a new resource room for teachers and tutors. The mobile units will house the now-full-time arts program. Math is next...


South Shore High School
7529 and 7627 S. Constance?
- new school opening fall 2012, also four separate urls for the 4 small schools under (sof and 1 or 2 initials indicating which).



University of Chicago Charter. See North Kenwood-Oakland above, Woodlawn High (below). Not here in detail as out-of-area: Donoghue, Woodson.
Run by a Corporate board of U of C top officers and a Governing board of UC of UC and stakeholder officers, U?C/UEI faculty, the heads of the individual schools' boards (parent-faculty), and corporate.
Overall director Tanika Island Childres.

Purpose: provide students with rigorous instruction and comprehensive academic adn social supports to accelerate learning, develop college readiness, and engender leadership. Our campuses provide extensive instruction time, including an academic day and an extended day, week, and year. We take a research-based approach to instruction, engaging students in ambitious intellectual work. Students undertake research projects in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, beginning in elementary school and culminating with thesis projects in the senior year.

The school uses diagnostic assessments to gauge student progress towards learning standards, using the results to fine-tune instruction, introduce interventions, and target academic and social supports. Intensive professional development, supports and incentives are in place for teachers and school leaders. An advanced technological infrastructure supports teaching and learning. Parent centers and parent leadership are integral to our school culture. Above all, our teachers, staff, and leaders are dedicated, knowledgeable and skillful educators who teach, support and inspire our students to achieve at high levels.

(Social component is taken seriously-- a major responsibility of assistant principals is to oversee counseling.)

Key principles

  • Rigorous and engaging intellectual work for students
  • Extensive instructional time, with schools open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a school year that begins in August and ends in June.
  • Professional development built into the school week, with teachers making their practices public for observation, feedback and coaching.
  • Leadership shared among teachers, staff and principals who collaborate to develop children's self-efficacy, resiliency, and academic and social success.
  • Regular diagnostic assessments, data analysis, and evidence-based improvements and interventions targeted to meet students where they are - advanced, on track or struggling.
  • The alignment of academic and social support to support student learning.
  • Explicit attention to creating a culture of achievement and addressing issues of race, class, and culture that affect urban schooling.
  • Honoring and building upon the assets of parents and engaging them in their children's academic and social development.
  • Schools that span prekindergarten through grade 12, leveraging each other's strengths in order to provide children with a seamless pathway to college.

UC Charter students learn to lead themselves, their schools, their world.
NKO 2nd graders created a plan and business and sold campaign buttons.
NKO 4th an 5th graders learned at site from Navigant Consulting how to start and run a business from start to finish in 2008-09, continuing the next year for a total contribution of $30,000.
Donoghue children workshopped with then performed with Ella Jenkins on a recording.
Woodson eight graders did their research in Egypt.
Woodlawn students participated in many internship and learning camps with career and college components.

The longer the students are educated at the charters, the stronger their academic achievement. Woodlawn's initial 6th graders were 72/66% at standard, by their eighth grade year this cohort was at 87%.

Charter 8th graders were at 7 times the CPS level of admission into selective high schools (31% at Woodson v 8%)

Graduation rates from high school - finished 8th grade at charter: 91.3% graduated from their high school (CPS 55%)

College Prep- finished 8th at charter: 95.45% have enrolled in college (CPS 52.5%)

Woodson is a new kind of middle school.

2008 enrollment total 1,315, 2013 projection 1,800. Budget for 2009: $15.2 million, 22% from grants and gifts. Money is being raised for the full Woodson program, which has five additional 5 subject matter teachers- $1,000 more per pupil than CPS provides. THE GOAL- WHAT CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, BOSTON, ATLANTA SPEND PER CHILD.

Some scores, composite for UC charter elem & middle
2007 66-70%, K-5 51-56
2009 ISAT 3rd graders 74-80 (CPS 61), 8th graders 80-87% (CPS 79), Reading/Math/Science 71-78,
2009 ISAT Math 82-87 and Woodlawn 87 (CPS 73, 74),
reading benchmarks- NKO from 56 in 2007 to 75 in 2009, Donoghue from 51 in 2007 to 61 in 2009.


Major private and charter schools above preschool (More in second table plus check additional in preschool) (University of Chicago Charter schools are CPS schools and are outside of but serve the immediate area- they include North Kenwood-Oakland, Donoghue, Carter G. Woodson Middle (opening fall 2008), and Woodlawn High.

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., 773 493-8880
Head Dr. Eleizer Jones. Preschool Director Carla Goldberg?

2-4 yr olds and K-8. 8:30-3:30, drop-off from 7:45, afterschool clubs M-Th to 5:15. Parent-tot Th, F 9-10:30. Summer program June 12-August 4. Parent board. Enr. 225. Gen studies-reading, witting, social st., math, science. Hebrew, Jewish history, Bible. Art music, computers, gym, instr. swim. Enr. 260.
Akiba-Schechter offers challenging academics, a nurturing environment, small classes, and inspiring teachers working in partnership with students and parents since 1949. The school year at Akiba runs from September to June. Programs include the Parent-Tot program, preschool for 2, 3 4 year olds and kindergarten through 8th grade. Pre tuition $4900, reg. $9,995.
Enr. 260. After school M-Th to 5:15.

...provides a safe, stimulating, nurturing environment in which children learn through active exploration and play. Dedicated to secular and Judaic academic excellence. By cultivating the individual gifts and needs of each student, our teachers create a caring family of learners committed to responsible citizenship and the performance of mitzvot.

Akiba-Schechter ... is dedicated to secular and Judaic academic excellence. By cultivating the individual gifts and needs of each student, our teachers create a caring family of learners, comprised of students with strong Jewish identities, who are committed to responsible citizenship and the performance of mitzvot.
Torah, play and worship join together as students explore their heritage and their world. The pre-school experience at Akiba-Schechter encourages children to develop curiosity, attempt challenging activities and to feel good about themselves. Celebration of Jewish holidays and customs brings awareness of the joy surrounding the Jewish heritage.

Miriam Schiller Principal, Jill Beigel Assoc. Dir., Carla Goldberg Pre-school Dir.

The Ancona School
4770 S. Dorchester Ave., 924-2356
Director: Ari Frede)

Montessori-practicing school K-8. Interactive learning in multi-age classrooms that emphasize critical thinking, responsibility, collaboration and individual challenge. Must be 3 by Sept. 1.
Pre-primary children pursue active, creative purposeful learning in the montessori classroom. In the multi-age environment, children make choices, develop independence and learn to work collaboratively. The developmentally appropriate program includes music, computers, and physical education. Classes 8:15-11:30. Before and after are avail. for addl. cost.
8:15-11:30 for preschool. Enr. 92.

Elementary program includes integrated technology, Spanish, art, music, phys ed, field experiences, integrated technologies, Spanish, art, music, phys ed., field trips and camping, , biodiversity projects. The school is a rich community of cultural, racial and economic diversity. 8:15-3 pm. Before and after programs additional cost. Enr. 170 elementary.

The Ancona School educates students to become creative problem solvers, confident risk takers and independent lifelong learners. We inspire children to nourish their inner lives, find the power in their own voices and strive for justice and peace.

In a community of cultural and economic diversity, Ancona cultivates understanding, care and respect for others.

Bonnie L. Wishne Director, Carol Parham, Dir Admissions.


City Elementary
1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.
Head of School Karen Daiter
Lead Teacher Kate Bonfante


A relatively new school in KAM school building. About 9 students.

Chicago Free School
1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.
Lauren Beitler

A relatively new democratically operated small school with changing curriculum formed by parent and student input and collaborative age classrooms. Moved in 2105 to its present location, KAM school building, which it shares with City Elementary. About 50 students K-8.

Hales Franciscan High School
4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 773 285-8400
Principal: Nichole M. Jackson

CLOSED 2016-17 YEAR Reopening with a small class and STEM focus fall 2017.

All-male (but took females starting fall 2013) high school grades 9-12. 7:45-3:30. Enr. 37. Private College prep with honors curriculum requiring 7 1/2 years of English, four semesters of religion/moral training; four years of math and science, four and 1/2 social studies, 3 of a foreign language, one of art and music, and two semesters computer training. 100 percent expectation of entering university. Individualized tutoring. Exemplary Private High School in U.S. Recent recipient of UC+ beautification grant. One of 24 U.S. schools with a model program. 100% enter universities.

The school's motto is Unto Perfect Manhood. In addition to a Christian atmosphere, the school stresses multi-culturalism with particular emphasis on the African American tradition.

The Hyde Park Day School
6254 S. Ellis Ave.773 420-7550
Dr. Pamela Adelman Ex. Dir.

Ages 6-15. Enr. 150. A full range of educational options for students with moderate to severe learning disabilities. U of C campus private, not-for-profit day (formerly Orthogenic School) school for children with moderate to severe learning disabilities of average to above average intelligence, providing an innovative and comprehensive educational model that will help prepare them for a successful transition to public or private schools in their home community.

Day school, summer reading program, intensive tutoring services. Integrated curriculum with arts, technology, multi-sensory approach central. Goal is to develop self-understanding of their learning disabilities, a positive attitude towards school, strategies to compensate for challenges, and academic and social skills to transition back. Goals of the intensive tutoring program is to offer remediation and opportunity to develop strategies for compensating. Summer program offers multi-sensory reading in conj. with UC Lab Schools summer programming.
During the summer months HPDS will offer a multi-sensory reading program for disabled grades 2-8 in conj. with UC Lab Schools.
Dr. Pamela Adelman, Executive Director,



St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School
5467 S. Woodlawn Av., 773 667-1142. Principal Candace Scheidt

PreK-8th. 7:55-2:45. Hot lunch avail. for STA students. Morning care from 7-7:45, afternoon 2:45-5:45 . Hot lunch. Enr. 225.
Pre-7 have self-contained classrooms, jr high is departmental. Parish-owned, governed by parent/parish elected board. Enr. priority given to parishioners, siblings, Catholics, Hyde Park-Kenwood residents. Open House registration is March 21 (3rd Sat. March). $5,300, 5,700 pre-K.
Reading, math, wring, history, social studies, science lab for jr high, computer, transitional math, Family Life, music, phys ed, Spanish. Two libraries. In the top 5% of young-education programs recognized by NAEYC. New science lab.

Part of the Christian Mission of the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish , St. Thomas...provides moral and religious training as essential elements of a complete education. We also propose to impart the skills, habits and attitudes commensurate with the child's age and ability. Our educational program is concerned with all aspects of the child's growth and development. It is our goal to prepare the child to live in our contemporary society within the context of a Christian education community, a community in which children can develop their unique gifts through which they can cooperate in the transformation of society in justice and peace.

Dorothy Murphy, principal; Robin Bland, board president

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
1362 E. 59th St., 773 702-9451
Director Charles Abelmann
(Ms. Heath may still direct for a while)
Principals Pre-K -4 Susan Devetski, 5-8 Carol Swainson, 9-12 Stephanie Weber (incoming)
Includes the Gordon Parks Arts Center 5815 S. Kimbark

Primary, preschool, and childcare-
Early Learning Center- Earl Shapiro Hall
5800 S. Stony Island Ave.

PreK-12th. 8 am-3:20. Affiliated with U of C. Enr. 1,715. 35% minority. A rigorous, creative, well-rounded education for a diverse student body. The developmentally-based curriculum includes a literature-based reading program, math and social studies, music, art, foreign language (French, German or Spanish from 3rd grade), phys ed, computers, science lab in Lower School. Drama and Latin and 14 Advanced Placement courses avail. in the Middle or High schools. Two extensive libraries with over 80,000 volumes. Sophomores and higher also have access to UC libraries.

Nursery and Kinder garden School: 3-5 (age approp. by Aug. 1). Nonrefundable applic of $75, tour, play group, parent interview. Teacher child ratio 1:7. M-F, morning or afternoon 8;30-noon, 1-4:30, full day 8:30-2:10. Afterschool til 5:30. Enr. 180, 20% minority. Snacks provided, closes mid-June-mid-Sept. Ration 1:7.

Our classrooms are organized so that children learn to play and play to learn. Teachers design the curriculum to encourage curiosity and reflective thinking, develop social responsibility, support healthy social-emotional adjustment and build confidence and competence in children.
Our mission is focused on students. We are more than just test scores and college admissions statistics. We are about learning well and complementing the work of one of one of the world's premier institutions of higher learning, the University of Chicago.

The Nursery and Kindergarten Schools serves children age 3 to 5. Must be age approp. by Aug. 1. Interviews and non-refundable deposit required.

Robin Appleby, Director. Carla Young, Principal. High School Principal Matthew Horvat.

Woodlawn High School or University of Chicago-Woodlawn
(UC Charter Schools- so also public)
6420 S. University 60637.
phone 773 752-8101,
773 324-0653
Director/Principal Shayne Evans
Contact incl. admissions: Maegen Rose
Tom Wick,
Instruction Area 52
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 544
Special Needs Students 13%
ADA Accessible No or unknown
English Lang Learners 1.1%
Uniforms- Yes
Charter School
Admissions - accepts students citywide through random lottery with priority to neighborhood attendance area (c. 30-40%). Also, priority is given to those who have been in the UC Charter pipeline.
Application - contract school, call 773 834-2865. No testing req'd.:
Woodlawn offers priority admissions to students who live in the surrounding community for which it was named, believing a strong school-community relationship is essential to making the Woodlawn campus a great school for youth and their families.

Some information in our UC and Schools page, Charter section, or see their website or find the University's Urban Education Institute website.

CPS overview:
The primary mission of UCW is to prepare each and every student for success in college and beyond.

The University of Chicago Charter School at Woodlawn Campus (UCW) has a three-fold mission: to assist students in developing the habits of mind, work, and heart to be successful in college and good citizens of their community; to develop new knowledge about Chicago's communities through student research, service, and leadership projects, and to improve teaching and learning by serving as a site of professional development for teachers and school leaders. To meet our goals, our school provides a rigorous curriculum from Grades 6 to 12. we offer comprehensive academic and social supports that include tutoring, college readiness programming, advisories, collaborations with parents, and clinical case management.

Before and After School Programs- Breakfast program from 7:30 am and after until 5:30 with experiences in academic support, sports, digital media, arts, and life skills.

Athletics- Basketball, football, softball, soccer, cheerleading, chess, track, and field, and volleyball.

School Activities- professional theatre and dance performances, talent shows, student dances, and college and field trips across Chicago and Illinois.

Few were reported for this school, whose first seniors will graduate in 2010. Administrators say the scores (WNA) and exceeding standards and going to college are very high.
One year dropout rate 0%
Students making or exceeding PSAE standards 48%
Av. days absent 12
Extracurr. partic. 81%
Safe/respectful climate 82%
Reporting acad. rigor 87%
Reporting supportive staff 78%
Nat'l Bd Cert. teachers 1

School's statement:
Mission: to prepare students for success in four-year colleges.

Approach and Curriculum. Woodlawn provides rigorous and engaging instruction that expands students' interests and increases their strengths, cultivating and developing leadership capacity in every student. It is distinguished by:

  • A school culture of high academic achievement featuring rigorous instruction and curriculum based on research and best practices. [Schoolhouse organized for 6 to 16 success and continual improvement.]
  • Committed, knowledgeable and skilled educators who teach, guide, and inspire students to excel, including national board certified teachers.
  • A college readiness program beginning in grade six where students learn the value of higher education, research options, visit colleges and universities, and prepare financial aid and college applications.
  • Comprehensive academic and social services, including smaller courses, tutoring, daily advisories, counseling and mentoring.
  • Integration of technology throughout the high school curriculum and laptops for all middle school students.
  • Long-term signature research projects in which students produce and present the equivalent of a university-level thesis.
  • Expert use of interim assessments to measure students' progress and tailor instruction and supports to enable all children to reach higher levels of achievement.
  • Increased instructional time through an August-June academic year and a school day that offers extended hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.

Outcomes: Woodlawn is committed to accelerating student learning by two years within each academic year. Multiple indicators show progress toward this goal. [ does not know whether scores at a particular school above CPS averages are meaningfully better.]

  • ISAT, EXPORE and PLAN scores higher than those in of CPS. In 2008, 72.1 percent of Woodlawn middle school students met or exceeded Illinois standards compared to 67.8 percent of CPS students. Similarly, higher percentages of Woodlawn high school students made expected gains in math (54.6 percent) and science (52.6 percent) than did CPS students (51.9 and 49.9 percent respectively.
    [ Woodlawn stresses NWEA test (adaptive assessment type with diagnostics that the parents use also. ) and uses as benchmark that 70% of entering are at or above 5th grade reading level.]
    [College entry is over 90 percent.]
  • Improved reading skills. Entering ninth graders reading below grade level participate in the Strategic Reading Program. On average, participating students show two grade levels of progress in one year.
  • Sixty percent of student body admitted to competitive, precollegiate extracurricular and summer programs, including Building with Books, Collegiate Scholars and Summer Accelerated Math Camp.
  • Woodlawn students indicate their teachers expect them to meet academically rigorous expectations. In 2008, 82 percent of students reported their teachers frequently assigned homework that help them. 85 percent agreed their teachers encouraged them to share their thoughts about topics studied in class. 93 percent indicated their teachers frequently required them to explain their answers.
  • [The senior year College Connect program is a culmination of kids learning about the colleges and going there as research projects and writing their own applications. College is expected, and help is provided to get the kids to the ones they choose. Math requirements (five years) and offerings extend well into college level. Arts including performance are also stressed as learning as well as experience tools. The counseling and non-certified aide staff are large and essential. Students are shown HOW school matters-- and to date none have dropped out. Technology including social networking is fully integrated into the curriculum. Overall goal is to build social capital.]

Parental involvement. Woodlawn has an active Parent-Teacher-Community Organization (PTCO) that promotes safety, supports social activities for students and offers parent education. [One focus is on getting families into the school doing things on weekends, another is getting the parents needed supports, another on showing them why to buy into college and having their kids "cross the finish line.]

  • The PTCO sponsors a 40-person Parent Patrol, with ten people stationed near the school to increase safe passage during arrival and dismissal.
  • The PTCP chairperson serves on teh Governing Board of th the University of Chicago Charter school.

Community Partnerships/Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Mentoring provided by Companies That Care, Loyola University and Windy City Cares.
  • Performing arts instruction representatives of the Hyde Park School of Ballet, the Merit School of Music, and the Court Theater.
  • Constitutional law taught by Sidley Austin lawyers
  • 6to 16, a University of Chicago Urban Education Institute initiative for students starting in grade six that features a high school and college awareness curriculum, e-learning, a technology platform to explore high school and college option, and an online social network to support academic achievement.
  • An extended day program offering academic enrichment opportunities, including theater, dance and martial arts and participation in the Digital Youth Network a nationally recognized project for students interested in becoming expert users in digital technology.
  • Building with Books, Collegiate Scholars and Summer Accelerated Math Camp.
  • A variety of opportunities for students to contribute to the surrounding community through research, service and leadership.


Some other high, elementary and preschools not in preceding tables (Ariel, Harte, Kozminski, North Kenwood, Price, Ray, Reavis, Robinson, Shoesmith, Akiba-Schechter, Ancona, St. Thomas, UC Lab.)

Cambridge School of Chicago
4611 S. Ellis, 60653. 773 924-1200
(moving in fall 2011 to the much larger former St. Ambrose School, 1012 E. 47th St.)

Headmaster and Exec. Director Derek M. Barber,
President Chaundra Phillips.

PreK-6th grade currently. Cambridge School is a "education as unique as your child." Enr. 50. Features of this school include its strong faith-based foundation, and integrated classical curriculum where all disciplines relate to one another, an individual learning plan for each child, strong parental involvement from a community of dedicated parents, purposely small class sizes, two highly trained teachers in each classroom who seek to facilitate the educational objectives, inquiry-based science, hands-on project based learning, and an encouraging an supportive environment. Students read from the classics and are engaged in writing on a daily basis. Students are assessed for mastery, provided opportunities to learn and engage outside the classroom, and participate in the learning process with great enthusiasm and joy.

The key to Cambridge is constant evaluation and improvement toward the mastery of national standards by providing the tools for learning. Students learn how to think and develop the sharp reasoning skills necessary to be competitive in the world, while generous enough to be productive citizens.

Beyond the core subjects of math, science, technology, phonics, literature, language arts, history, writing, music, visual art, drama and physical education, students also learn Latin, Greek, Spanish, economics and entrepreneurship. By the time a student graduates from Cambridge, he is able to provide an intelligent response to any question posed to him, and thus live purposefully and intelligently in the service of God and humanity.

To prepare children for high academic standards, in a university model using a classical curriculum to the glory of God. Founder has researched how excelling private schools are so. What this school will be like:
university model using partnerships with local professors,
individual learning plan for each child w. teacher as tutor, Socratic dialogue grades 4-8,
classical curriculum stressing liberal arts and thinking process and classics-only literature-for-exposure,
very small class size w master teachers at every grade level,
integrated math, science, technology,
True Phonics for 3 years starting at age 3, foundational spelling using Latin and Greek
Cambridge Mathematics for pre-grade 5,
educ. field trips and group projects, community service,
daily poetry and scripture memorization and recitation,
strong parental involvement.
"working in partnership within the community with parents to educate and train your child. Our desire is to equip parents to raise children who are committed to growing in Christ, know how to make wise decisions, and can engage with the world in which they live as productive citizens. As a participant in this education, your child has a life-changing opportunity to develop excellent relationships with God and other children, within a diverse setting of students coming from all parts of the city, representing various races, socio-economic classes, ages, and other cultures. Has a summer university camp for Ages 4 to 9.

The Cambridge School emphasizes the individual learning approach to education. The staff consults closely with you, the parent, in tailoring the program and curriculum to the individual needs of your child. A flexible, individualized approach to education makes The Cambridge School a suitable place for students with a variety of learning styles and differences.

The key to Cambridge is constant evaluation and improvement toward the mastery of national standards by providing the tools for learning. Students learn how to think and develop the sharp reasoning skills necessary to be competitive in the world, while generous enough to be productive citizens.

A safe, caring, encouraging, and diverse environment where students love to learn, learn to lead, and lead to serve."

$6,700-$8,000. Enr. 110
In 2012 the school has reduced its tuition tl about $4,000. The school's record of raising grade level of students and other measures is exceptional.
Founder and Director Derek M. Barber

Centers for New Horizons
hq. 3950 S. State, 773 667-0666.
No longer at Hyde Park Union Church- call general org. to find nearest centers: 4150 S Dr Martin L King Jr Dr, Chicago - (773) 373-5700 and 560 E 38th, Chicago - (773) 624-0356.
University of Chicago just gave a substantial grant. Ages 3-5. Staff help children develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, language wise and physically. $150 per week or may be subsidized.
Zena Smith, Director
Chicago Free School
Temp. loc. Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood
(afterschool at Augustana Lutheran, 550 S. Woodlawn, which will be the permanant location.Opens with c 50/60 Sept. 2, 2014
Children's House of Miss Tammie Montessori Preschool. M-F 8-5:45 at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 330-4792, 773 329-8152. Address also given as 5556 S. University.  

Creative Mansion Children's Academy, Inc.
4745 S. Ellis Ave., 773 268-6066

Directors: Marjorie Jones, Myke Gerring,\


2 year olds through advanced kindergarten. 2 year olds $700 mo plus potty tr. $25, 3-5 $650. Before and after School w transportation $305, Reading Enrichment, Math Advance Camp for 5-6 $175 week. Rec'l Summer Camp for 6-10s $110 per week. Year round 6:39 am-6 pm. Appl. fee $50. recreation camp $25. Enr. 100.
We are the "Christian alternative" in early learning. We dare to be different. Our not-for-profit preschool offers a unique, outstanding christian curriculum, while embracing the Piaget Developmental theory creating our academic milieu.

We offer a full foreign language program. Our school is housed in one of the beautiful mansions of historic Kenwood. Our curriculum has a strong academic focus, yet a Christian emphasis that instills values while building confidence, self-esteem and character. ...creativity and exploration. Closed circuit TV monitored. Parenting classes are offered.

Our preschool offers a unique, outstanding curriculum that embraces academic excellence through use of the ADEKA and Creative Curriculums and aspects of the Piaget Developmental Theory. . In addition to these wonderful Early Childhood curriculums, we include Spanish, computer and a character enhancement program that includes poise, etiquette, public speaking, drama and music. To expand their knowledge, our children attend inspiring field trips around the Chicago area. Our children ar typically academically advanced as they enter elementary school and are often placed in gifted schools, or schools of accelerated learning as well as given advanced placement in schools of traditional learning. We are housed in one of the many beautiful mansions in the historic Hyde Park area and offer a completely secured environment uniquely accessible through closed circuit TV cameras for the peace of mind of parents who wish to observe their child's activity without disturbing the classrooms.
We view Christian education as an essential component of every child's growth and development process. we believe it instills a sense of morals and values that build character and promote a sincere appreciation of life.

Marjorie Jones, administrator, Mike Gerring, director.

Just for Kids LLC
5036 S. Blackstone, 773 285-6007
Just for Kids LLC. Christian summer camp and year round preschool through K. Literacy-based curriculum, weekly themes, bible classes, field trips, meals, arts, phys ed. Mon-Fri 7-6:30. $50 reg. and $150 per week prorated for half day. Takes Illinois Action. 5036 S. Blackstone. 773 285-6007.

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Nursery School
5039 S. Greenwood Ave. 773 924-1234
Principal: Antonia Hill or Liat Shannon, Sarah Cort, new Dir.
President Lawrence S. Bloom and var. on kamii

School is closed

Parent toddler class for children 15 mo. to 3 years. Nursery school classes 3-5 years old. 9 am-12 pm with optional lunch hour following. Enr. 100. Tuition $4,100 for 5-day classes, $2,900 for 3-day. No summer. Parent/toddler Tues and Thurs am.
Music, stories, art, games, cooking and outdoor and indoor large play space. Celebrates the Jewish holidays and Shabbat with the rabbi or cantor weekly. Private religious school from kindergarten though confirmation.

Through our child-centered program, KAM seeks to help children learn to love school and become a creative, independent person. We provide a wide variety of experiences for creative self-expression, development of both social and physical skills, and unstructured time. KAM encourages children to grow as individuals through creative individual and group experiences with other children their own age. KAM provides a safe environment away from home in which children may experiment with new materials and equipment, learn new ways of handling familiar tasks and with help and support, learn how to get along with others.
The nursery school follows a developmental approach to learning in which children's play activities are viewed as indispensable precursors to the academic and social activities of elementary school. Through play, children learn to be part of a group, to share, and to become friends. In play, children feel the freedom to try new ideas, practice skills and imitate adult roles. Teachers are trained to listen to the children, allowing tem to take the initiative, yet guide them in productive ways. The program provides opportunities to stimulate children's natural curiosity, inquiry, and invention. Concepts that are woven into our curriculum include mathematics, science, creative art, music, movement, drama and language development.

K.A.M encourages children to grow as individuals through creative individual and group experiences with other children their own age. K.A.M. provides a safe environment away from home in which children may experiment with new materials and equipment, learn new ways of handling familiar tasks, and, with help and support, learn to get along with others.

The mission of the Nursery School is to provide a program for young children that encourages the growth of the whole child and provides an emphasis on Jewish holidays, rituals and values.
We offer a family-oriented educational program designed to lay a foundation for future learning. Our teachers work in partnership with parents to meet the individual needs of each child. Our child-centered program allows children to choose freely from a wide range of play and learning experiences in a relaxed and unhurried environment which is conducive to their growth. [We] foster a strong sense of Jewish identity through the study of Torah, traditions, history of the Jewish people and acts of g'melut chasidim--acts of loving kindness.

...encourages children to grow as individuals through creative individual and group experiences with other children their own age. KAM provides a safe environment away from home in which children may experiment with new materials and equipment, learn new ways of handling familiar tasks and, with help and support, learn to get along with others.
Fran Gordon, Director

Little People Learning Center
First Unitarian, 5650 S. Woodlawn. 773 955-9942.
Rosa Thomas, Director

6 weeks -6 yrs. 7 am-6 pm or 9-noon. $575 per month for full-time. Enr. c. 50.
Our warm, caring staff encourages each child to develop to his or her potential. You can be assured that your child, whether an infant or Kindergartner, will receive top quality care. we believe in educating children through their play; offering a varied curriculum.
(Hyde Park) Parent Cooperative for Early Learning
5300 South Shore Drive. 773 684-6363.
Monica Foster, Director,

Ages 2-5. 7 am-6 pm. Enr. 50, student-teacher ratio 2 to 8. Operated by the school's board. Field trips, professional dance instructor, swimming in the summer, on-site gym and playground. Air conditioned, open year round. Part-time or full time, 3 full or 5 half days (limited slots). Summer camp for children 6-8 8:30-5:30 in late June-late August.

The school prides itself on it multi-cultural ethic and parental involvement in the cooperative. its goal is to develop students emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically. Each class focuses on hand-on learning by process and talking.

The school originate in 1972 with DePaul business school parents. At its present location (Hampton House) it has 3 classrooms- explorer's for 2 and 3s, discovery for 4 and 4s, an imagination station which includes 5-year-olds. A personal chef prepares fresh meals. there's an indoor gym and outdoor playground (both built by parents). Parents volunteer their expertise and gather for social events like field trips, potlucks and cleanup. The children see teachers and parents working together. One parent is as professional dancer who teaches dance twice a week at the school.

We are a full-day, year-round preschool, serving families who require care for their children. We ar a multicultural community, organized as a cooperative, jointly owned by the families and professional staff. Parent Co-op is a partnership among the families, the teachers, and the community, attending to the social-emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of our growing children with a curriculum grounded in our teachers' knowledge of what is developmentally appropriate. We depend on one another in order for the school to function smoothly. We value our diversity, family atmosphere, and the opportunities our children have to create, think, and solve problems and work, and play cooperatively. Our children develop confidence through mastery and experience trust in a safe environment.

Monica Foster, Director. Charlene Hobson board president

Options Laboratory Alternative High School. Opening September 2011 in Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center, 1060 E. 47th St.
Part of Youth Connections Charter School.
Taking applications at

Principal Shalanda Holmes

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center (LBP) is again trying to partner with a school for shared space and program. Options Laboratory Alternative High School (public charter) will occupy c40,000 sf and continue its mission of using the arts to reach at-risk kids aged 16-21. Options is a branch of Youth Connections Charter School, which has 20 schools locally. Options, expected to open Sept. 6, will be designated a Fine Arts and Technology alternative school serving ages 18-20, and is accepting applications at or at LBP for 175 open slots. Principal Shalanda Holmes recently completed the New Leaders for New Schools principal training program at Kenwood Academy (where inter alia she shepherded the showing of "Race to Nowhere" to over 300 residents and parents). She told the Herald she admires LBP Director Monica Haslip's vision to serve students who are out of sync with a traditional curriculum and need to be refocused.
"Arts" as defined in this program includes animation, gaming, music production, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and glass blowing, plus a business commitment-- all students take a two-year residency with partners such as Nike. The school (presumably through its parent organization and/or LBP) has also partnered with the University of Chicago, St. Xavier University, Museum of Science and Industry, Columbia University, Field Museum, Howard University, and the Art Institute of Chicago.


Public School Boundaries in Hyde Park-Kenwood. Murray was excluded from the Herald map below--perhaps because it's magnet and draws from anywhere in Chicago. Kenwood's boundaries are 47th, Cottage, 6oth, Stony, 56th, and the Lake.


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