MCPHERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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4728 N WOLCOTT AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60640
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Phone: 773-534-2625
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 70
  • Number Students: 700
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Carmen Mendoza
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (26 ratings)
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    School Reviews (23 Reviews)
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    Posted 2014-02-23
    "Special Education students are required to take tests but many accommodations are allowed and mandatory, too many to list here. The testing is to assess and not to punish. There is no passing per se, though there may be some issue with the AYP which some use to malign schools with special ed as is being done here. No SPED student at an CPS including McPherson suffers because of these assessment testings. I really wish people would investigate before they make statements. Statements like the auditorium seats are old, there are 33 kids in a class and the like which are totally fallacious tends to make one wonder what the author of those statements intends. McPherson is a good school with a good record. I know all the sped teachers including the 3-5 and not one of them has said anything like what was said. Go look at the classrooms as each and every parent should before enrolling a child and keep looking at them through your child's schooling and you will see."
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    Posted 2014-02-23
    "No SPED class room at McPherson has 33 kids. The maximum is 13 and includes at least one teacher and several aids,most classes are below this. Under Illinois rules, students with mild disabilities who spend less than 20 percent of their time in special ed must be in pull-out classes with 15 or fewer students (or 17 with a paraprofessional), while those with more severe disabilities who receive special education classes at least 60 percent of the time must be in classes with no more than eight students (13 with a paraprofessional). In preschool, special education classes are limited to five students, or 10 with a paraprofessional. There was an attempt to change this last year but was successfully fought by CTU, parents (I testified) and others. Mr. Chico the chairman of the State Board got the matter dropped for which he should be thanked. Please get your facts straight. If you need/want an explanation further, contact the principal or the case manager for McPherson. Either will gladly clarify the issue for you and explain the CPS Guidelines for Special Education Programs""
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-06
    "My daughter started Kindergarten this year at Mcpherson. We were a little nervous, because this (our neighborhood school) is not rated very high. But we are so happy that we made this choice. Our daughter loves this school, her teacher is a wonderful person. She is caring, motivating and extremely committed to her work. I see wonderful things happening at this school. This is a great school wish only needs more people out of the neighborhood to join!"
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    Posted 2014-02-06
    "I find it horrible that in a SPED class from grades 3 -5 that I licensed teacher has to service 33 students! The kiddos are expected to pass the state testing standards and how can that happen when the teacher is overloaded with students. The teacher is trying her best and has high standards for her students. Unfortunately, I have heard she is looking for another position because of the poor working conditions. Doesn't CPS have a limit on how many students a SPED class should contain? If not, there should be! I would have for the school to lose such a valuable teacher. Please for the good of the kiddos and the teacher, please give the overworked teacher some support!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-06
    "My son started kindergarten at McPherson this year and we could not be happier with the school. He adores his teacher, and we are thrilled with his class size (17!). His curiosity has sky-rocketed about so many things -- math, nutrition, art, etc. We're very pleased with the differentiated learning that is happening through the RTI program. We feel confident that he is being challenged, and also that his love of learning is not being hindered. We love that weekly Spanish class starts already in kindergarten, and that he has access to many great after-school programs, including fitness, dance, and chess programs as we feel he's ready for them. We also enjoy having access to the Raz Kids reading program at home, and enjoy hearing that he's learning to build stories through the Writers' Workshop program already. Finally, we're so happy with the group of engaged parents who are working to make so many more things possible at the school, including a campus grounds redevelopment and new after-school programs. We feel lucky that he gets to spend his day in such a beautiful building, and that the children and families he's surrounded by share such a wonderful sense of community."
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