RAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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5631 S KIMBARK AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60637
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Phone: 773-535-0970
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 19:1
  • Students/Grade: 75
  • Number Students: 750
  • Number Teachers: 53
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 210566
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 200
  • Principal: Ms Megan Thole
  • 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 (37 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (34 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-30
    "After a real struggle with poor interrim principals etc. in the past two years, Ray is now again the fantastic school that it used to be when my oldest daughter first went to Ray kindergarten in 2009. Our children, now in 1st, 4th, and 5th grade, all love going to school, an accomplishment of great teachers that work in a stimulating environment. We owe this to our new principal, Megan Thole, who restored all the things that the children, and the parents, appreciated so much about Ray, including: *) diverse curriculum that is NOT teach-to-the-test based, *) appreciation of physical activity during recess and PE and play-based education in younger grades, *) differentiated learing (walk to math, walk to reading), *) spanish, *) involvement of University of Chicago volunteers (tutors etc.), *) childrens' choir, and *) many many more great things..."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-24
    "Ray Elementary has a rich environment for academic, social and cultural learning. It is truly an amazing place to become learning partners with people from all over the world and all the various demographic groups in Chicago as well. The diversity strength is also a challenge...how to unify the school and meet all the various needs? The teachers are incredible and the administration has renewed energy to take on the tough issues that face Chicago Public Schools. Many parents are involved in various volunteer capacities to help guide positive change."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-23
    "Ray is on the right path in 2015! After a few difficult years under a couple of less than stellar principals, the school is finally on the right track! Principal Megan Thole and Assistant Principal Gayle Neely are terrific leaders and are working overtime to return to Ray to its former excellence. We have had wonderful and dedicated teachers all along, but no guidance at the top. With the new administration, we have seen a surge in parent enthusiasm and involvement and the atmosphere of cooperation in the building is evident. Teachers are happy. Students are better behaved. We've increased physical education time and arts instruction. We are among a minority of schools in CPS that still has a librarian. My son's special classes include Spanish, art, music, library and PE. Ray also has incredible before and after school programming, including Chicago Children's Choir, robotics, coding club, ArtShould (a U of C student-led arts enrichment program), chess, athletics, Lango, dance, Ray Progressive Ensemble and more! Last but not least, Ray School offers your child the opportunity to interact with a truly diverse community of students. Come to Ray! You will love our school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-01
    "This year this school is a joke! Classroom management bad, some of the teachers is terrible, and the principle worth of them all."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-22
    "This school is the worst school since 2010. The principal do not care less about the special education students. Please think again about sending your child to this school"
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