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 (27 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (24 Reviews)
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    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."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-08
    "This is the perfect neighborhood school. The students represent true diversity while the teachers and administration offer best practices, individualized learning and attention, flexibility, compassion, and high academic standards. Regular ed children go to "specials" daily. Not only are the computer, music, Spanish, etc. teachers excellent, but they attend specials with all levels of special ed peers, learning to interact appropriately. If your child has ANY level of learning need, whether it is LD, BD, autism, or bilingual education, this is the school for you. The case manager and administration are some of the most committed, professional, reasonable people you will find in the state much less CPS in terms of dealing with special needs, and the whole faculty is competent and committed to the success of all students - special needs, regular ed, and advanced/gifted alike will flourish here. The school test scores represent an average of all types of learners who are welcome and well served, so some (like one of my children in a self contained classroom) will test in the 30's-40's and remain in special ed for all of K-12, while others test in the 90's and attend an IB program."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-23
    "Our son was in the autism program for k-8. The education and additional assistance he received was above and beyond. He is now in a very good high school in Chicago and is doing well. This is due to the preparation and care he received at McPherson for a large part. From the Administration down, there was an attitude of caring for the kids no matter their need or background. I was there all the time and saw the wonders that were done and the teachers and staff that went the extra to help their kids. For a look at something, see how well groups in the school like the PTO and LSC are so involved and even more how the Friends of McPherson has really stepped up with parental involvement and support. Note, please that one disgruntled parent below cites petty concerns and the remainder praise the school and poeople."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-16
    "In my opinion McPherson is the best school in the area. Thinking back 30 years ago, I realize that McPherson was the only school that had ESL at the time. McPherson revolutionized ESL, and Mrs. Radoslaw promoted it very nicely. Mrs. Chase was the best Business Woman/Principal of the time and in my eyes she still is. Mrs. Condon takes the title as the best teacher. SHE PUT UP WITH ME, DIDN'T SHE! Just kidding, great homeroom teacher!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-24
    "I have had 3 children graduate from McPherson, and have one left. This school has been a wonderful learning experience for my children, who we transferred here from a private school. The administration and teachers have always been available to discuss and help to solve problems, and have encouraged my children, who have varying levels of ability, to succeed. After leaving McPherson, I have ahad 2 children go to selectric enrollment high schools, and one in a magnet program, and all have done well academically. The auditorium is certainly old and even somewhat decrepid, but it does not keep the school from putting on musicals, operas, and other performances. With the sever budget cuts from CPS, one often has to choose between education and facilities, and the administration at McPherson has chosen in favor of teachers and programs."
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