BLAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1420 W GRACE ST
CHICAGO, IL 60613
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Phone: 773-534-5750
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 96
  • Number Students: 960
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 120
  • Principal: Mr Troy Laraviere
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
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  • ESL
  • 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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School Ratings & Reviews

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    School Reviews (86 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-21
    "In comparison to other CPS schools, Blaine is still a "top shelf" academic institution. I've done the research. I have always maintained an excellent rapport with my children's instructors because I make it my business to do so. Can the need for parental reinforcement within the educational process seem paramount at times? Absolutely. Are there times when the work load of the teachers fails to meet parent expectation in the middle? Absolutely. Does this make Blaine a less-than-stellar academic institution? Absolutely NOT. As a very hands on parent I can honestly say that I see learning taking place. Yes, I also see some "empty" memorization happening at times too but that's all in the name of the academic numbers game across the board, in ALL schools. But in our school the former definitely outweighs the latter. It's easy to stand on one side of the fence and bark, but until the day comes where human teachers are replaced by robots with a magic microchip, there will continue to be much work on the part of both parents and teachers to find that happy medium that leaves NO CHILD left behind. No teacher is perfect & I believe that teachers should be met with a little more compassion."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-21
    "My review is in response to the parent who hastily criticized Blaine on Feb 14. The teachers do a great job challenging students with advance curriculum, from my experience with my daughter, it helps tremendously getting into a good high school. The drop off comment, Blaine can always use parents at drop off to help making it less nightmarish, so stop complaining and get helping. The administration is ready to help with any issue, emails are answered. Wonderful school, proud of it."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-14
    "The instruction is very very weak. Teachers rush or dont even teach. They love to brag about we teach one grade level ahead. I have questioned the administration on this and they have no solid reason. The place is a mess in regards to instruction. Families in the school are wonderful and caring. Kids are naturally smart or there parents get them tutors to get them to learn material. Such a shame. PTA is wonderful but they dont like to get involved in confronting the principal about these issues. Drop off is also a nightmare. This school with good leadership has potential to be good. PTA should take over admins job! 7th grade they throw the A's at the kids so the parents dont get annoyed, no teaching."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-13
    "Blaine is a great school in many ways but there are some real instructional problems in the elementary school. There seems to be an academic push that requires students to learn a lot of information that isn't mastered or even really "taught." Explanations can be lacking particularly in math and it's not because a child needs a tutor either. Be prepared to provide deeper clarification and help. Don't expect teachers to return your requests for an email, or phone call even if you use the Parent Portal. They often ignore you until it gets to the point of needing to meet with them and then they will act as though everything is fine. Kids who are good students will have grades that make no sense from time to time. It makes you wonder about what their "real" grades especially when homework scores are high but other scores are not. If you are lucky enough to get into the accelerated program, you may find the teachers to be better as previous comments have mentioned. That isn't the case in the other classrooms."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-12
    "So happy we made the move into Blaine district. I had a wonderful face-to-face with the principal to share a concern that my child was having in class. Mr. Laravere suggested I talk to the teacher, which of course made perfect sense. My concerns were addressed, and two weeks later, the principal asked me how things were going. I appreciated the follow up. Amazing teachers. Amazing parents, too. People really reach out to make sure I know ways to be involved, and now that I volunteer when I can, it makes a world of difference in my connection to the community. If you're thinking about moving into Blaine district, but you're just not sure, trust me: it will be a good decision. Great preparation for high school and beyond."
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