CARSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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5516 S MAPLEWOOD AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60629
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Phone: 773-535-9222
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 140
  • Number Students: 1400
  • Number Teachers: 75
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Javier Arriola-lopez
  • 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 (10 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (9 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-11
    "I feel that this is an excellent school. I have raised my children in this neighborhood since 1991 when the school opened for 1-8th graders. My 4th and last child graduates this year. She's been an honor student with high test scores, like my other 3 (3rd child away at college now on scholarships).Every school can be improved, even the high score ones & I feel this school needs to listen not only to the parents but get feed back from the children (which they don't do).The after school programs are excellent. My child is in their band program, funded by a large grant used for more instruments, individual lessons & more instructors.Carson has homework help, after-school tutoring, dance & sports, along with constant new educational programs that have been introduced to the kids learning environment. I'll admit the staff sometimes lacks in bedside manners & sometimes even commonsense,but they are after all human & I'm sure they'll work on their disposition and attentiveness towards parental concerns. But for the most part this is a very good (and so-far, safe) school for my child's education & well being. A parent shouldn't be upset with 1 teacher and down rate the whole school for it."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-07-03
    "Absolutely awful school! This school was once a great school, but sadly that is no longer the case. Test scores are not everything, but that's all this school worries about. My daughter was fine until she hit the 3rd grade and they started teaching the test to prepare for the ISAT. The office staff is super rude to parents and the principal is never available to talk. Plus, the upper grades are full of gang banging boys. My kids will not be back next year."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-01
    "What is a ban dada? If you mean "vendetta" then I think you need to look at administration. They are really incompetent and unprofessional. Parents and teachers and students at Carson are treated like criminals. Not a safe place for my children so they are at Talman instead."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-07
    "As I looked at the review from 06/22/11 it seems that the person who wrote this comment obviously has his/her facts wrong since the school has not been at a downturn. The school s scores keep on going up. If you compare the scores from the schools surrounding the neighborhood you would see that it has the highest ISAT scores and attendance rate in the area. Being a nice teacher does not equal being an effective teacher or that the teacher has his/her credentials required by the state. Turnover of the school happens in good schools too especially if seeking superior teachers is the goal to teach students not just teachers who give good grades based on whether the mother gets along with the teacher. As far as the clerks are concern, I cannot imagine any parent waiting 10 minutes without being acknowledge. If you find it strange that a principal is always in the other building than you obviously did not want to talk to him because you could have requested to talk to him or simply walked to the other building. It is clear that this person has a ban dada after the principal (Maybe a person who has been let go for incompetency?)"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-06-22
    "Looking at the reviews of the school, it is apparent that the current principal is the cause of the school's downturn. He took over in 2005 and since then, the school has taken a drastic turn for the worse - the dates of the reviews confirms this. My son and daughter both go to the school and each time they rave about a teacher, the next year that teacher is gone because she disagreed with the principal. It is clear that the principal manages his staff poorly just by looking at the turn over rate of the teachers. The ones that remain are incompetent and treat the parents poorly. I have gone to the school and waited at the office counter for at least 10 minutes before the clerk looks up from her computer to acknowledge me. I also find it strange that the principal is always in "the other building" when parents need to speak with him. Parents, please be advised that this school is not parent friendly."
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