NATIONAL TEACHERS ELEMENTARY ACADEMY

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55 W CERMAK RD
CHICAGO, IL 60616
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Phone: 773-534-9970
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 3
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 54
  • Number Students: 540
  • Number Teachers: 15
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Isaac Castelaz
  • 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 (14 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (11 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-10
    "The teachers and staff at NTA are great and the RGC is fantastic, but I am afraid of what my child would be exposed to before/after school and during recess. Just from what I ve seen from volunteering scares me. I ve seen parents/students threaten teachers and students. There are fights. The middle school students have rival gang issues between boys and girls. This is the principal s second year, but he is only a puppet for AUSL. What I ve learned about AUSL since my child has started -is that they are more concerned with attendance, than behavior. NTA will reward a student for attending school every day, even if he s a bully and gets in fights. NTA does not address behavior, except for detentions, in-school and out of school suspensions, which doesn t really change behavior. My daughter couldn't understand why X received an iPad even though he is on red light everyday. I know I cannot shelter my child from everything, but I think a private school might be the way to go until NTA figures out the kinks and the administration receives better training and experience. I also heard that NTA is cutting programs, and staff members, only to increase the instability of the school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-09
    "Im so happy that we accepted the space my son is a 1st grader in the gifted program. I love this school, my sons teacher is amazing, i love the principal is great. The staff is very responsive and eager to help. My son will be back next year as well as his younger brother."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-06
    "I am the father of a 1st grader at NTA. This has been our first year at the school and we have been really impressed. From the outset, I was skeptical; the test scores historically have not been strong. I was won over, though, after multiple tours, opening houses, and conversations with the principal. The facility is unmatched, with a beautiful library, music room, gymnasium, swimming pool, etc. The teachers are really strong from what I have seen, and, because it is a teacher training school, each neighborhood classroom has two teachers, one lead and one trainee. The principal is very open to parent involvement, approachable, humble, and dedicated. I am very happy with our decision, and our child is thriving and loves her school. What this school needs more than anything is more enrollment from the South Loop neighborhood."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-06
    "Our child is in the Regional Gifted Center at NTA. We were reluctant to accept the spot given the school's test scores and somewhat unknown reputation. As we near the end of the school year, we are happy with the NTA Community and plan to send our younger kids to the neighborhood program. Highlights: - Strong core group of active parents in the Parent Advisory Committee. The PAC is proactive and meets regularly. - Positive, responsive leadership. Teachers seem to like the Principal and VP. - Dedicated, hard-working teachers & good student:teacher ratio - Orderly and disciplined environment, but very welcoming - On the cutting edge of technology learning - Beautiful facilities - Good separation of older/younger kids - Extras for all kids: swimming, art, music, PE, Technology, and Spanish - Organized, meaningful field trips (Children's Museum, Cultural Center, a play, etc) - Parents welcome in the classroom - Not overcrowded It is a very solid school with great potential in both the RGC and neighborhood programs. Take a tour."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-22
    "My child is in the gifted program, Kindergarten. We could not be happier with her teacher and the staff at this school. Caring staff, Principal who listens, holds himself accountable and wants to build the school to something great. Homework is appropriate for age, the kids are challenged and have fun. Nice parents at the school, parent participation could be increased and I hope it does increase. Clean environment, children's work displayed so that they can be proud of what they're doing. Differentiation for kids in classrooms!"
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