BRIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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10740 S CALHOUN AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60617
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Phone: 773-535-6215
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 1
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 37
  • Number Students: 370
  • Number Teachers: 21
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Alicia Lewis
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  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (9 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (7 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-10
    "This school could be better if staff and parents work together...There is a little parent involvement...We do not have a permanent principal, and we do not know for how long this will be..."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-01-08
    "Intolerable principal scares teachers away. Every year. This is how it goes: principal begins "dropping in" unannounced at a classroom. She tells the teacher that she does not know how to teach and that she is "concerned." Next, principal begins calling the teacher to her office every day after school for 2-3 hour "meetings" where principal tells the teacher shes not following "best practices." Teacher cannot correct papers, set up her classroom, etc because of all the time wasted in the office as the principal takes phone calls and checks her texts. Next, the teacher quits or transfers before mid January when the principal promises to begin the E3 dismissal process which will ruin the teachers record. Then the principal replaces the bullied teacher by a current teacher that is teaching in another grade at the school. Finally, another new teacher --who has few rights according to the CTU contract-- is hired with open arms and TLC. Then the new teacher gets bullied toward the end of the school year and the beginning of the new school year until she quits by January before the principal can fire her using the dismissal process. This happens to 7+ teachers every year at Bright school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-11-08
    "Worst principal ever at Orville T. Bright Elementary in Chicago. O.T. Bright has had excellent teachers even Golden Apple Award winners and some Nationally Board Certified teachers. Unfortunately, we have lost every single one of these great teachers. The principal harasses and publicly humiliates staff members then calls them "combative." This is why we have 80% new staff every year, including a new assistant principal every year."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-11-05
    "Horrible environment for children, teachers, and assistant principals. That's why enrolment keeps dropping, positions are being eliminated and why teachers transfer and quit this school throughout the school year. I've seen the principal yelling at teachers in front of students. What message does this send our children? My child told me about the time the principal interrupted a math lesson with all her carrying on and strange behavior. The LSC council is a rubber-stamp joke that no parents want to join so they keep having "elections." Why won't CPS do something?"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-03-30
    "Terrible principal yells at everybody. The school s test scores have plummeted. Enrolment has dropped. Teaching positions have been cut. Many teachers leave in the middle of the year. 8 teachers that started the school year in September left by February. Why? I have heard the principal yelling at students and at teachers. Why would the children respect there teachers if they hear the principal screaming at them? Why don t we have a math teacher at Bright for months and months? I have heard children tell teachers why should I listen to you? You are going to get fired anyway . I have heard parents complaining about the homework teachers give the students. Before November the teachers only send out work sheets printed from the internet. The parents blame the teachers year after year. Who is in charge of ordering text books the teachers or the principal? Why is it that we get almost a whole new batch of teachers and a new assistant principal every year but the problems are always the same? The teachers, assistant principals and counselors come and go but the principal is always there screaming at children and teachers and blaming them for her own failures year after year."
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