SKINNER WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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111 S THROOP ST
CHICAGO, IL 60607
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Phone: 773-534-7790
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 19:1
  • Students/Grade: 70
  • Number Students: 700
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Deborah Clark
  • 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

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    School Reviews (59 Reviews)
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    Posted 2013-08-22
    "Skinner is a school that brings out the potentials in a child. It pushes children to reach above their limits. The teachers are highly committed Miss woerzoreck in 1st grade is an outstanding teacher. Although the homework given to the children which is mostly research based and voluminous tends to keep them up past their bedtime. There's daily homework and weekly homework as well. This is sometimes overwhelming for both parents and child. However, there's no doubt that the Skinner West is thorough. There's no room for timidity, a child needs to prove himself and defend his thoughts and opinions with facts. The issue of bullying is recurrent, the school needs to improve its ways of handling this issue so as to be seen to be fair to all concerned."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-24
    "Our daughter tested into Skinner and attended kindergarten and 1st grade there. If we were not moving to the suburbs, she'd still be there. While I was a bit put off by the amount of homework (even in kindergarten), our daughter has thrived at Skinner. A great learning community. My only hesitations are that with a lack of substitute teachers in Chicago, many of the ancillary courses were cancelled because they were pulled to substitute classes if a teacher was out. Ms. Growe (K) and Ms. Sittner (1st) were awesome teachers."
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    Posted 2013-06-04
    "If your child is an ethnic minority or an English Language Learner, this may not be right place for you. Most of the teachers are young, white females who do not recognize discrimination. They assess and group through "observation." Thus, if you have a quiet child, they are likely to be placed in lower reading and math groups, even though they may be ready for more challenge. Bullying is abundant and rampant. Young children are told not to tattle, leaving them with no one to turn to when they are bullied. This school has great test scores, and is probably the best of the bunch that we have experience with, but it is probably more suited for White and African American students."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-04
    "I am considering Skinner west for my daughter for next year (Fall 2014) After having a trip for the school's open house, I was very impressed by students teachers and the program itself."
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    Posted 2012-11-09
    "It is hard to gauge a school from reading reviews. Test scores also do not paint a complete picture of the culture and the organization. There is no doubt about the greatness of Skinner West - and that's because the children who come here are exceptional to begin with. If you are considering Skinner. Consider doing two things (1) Calling the office and if you actually talk to a person instead of a full voicemail (2) Emailing the principal - Gauge your decision on the quickness of their response. This is reflective of their attitude towards the children, the parents and the staff. If you are pleased with the urgency that you are treated or are happy on how you were received, by all means come to this school. A whole team of parents gets the website, newletters and social media going. If not for these hard working, concerned parents - communication is very poor in this school. It is an amazing community who is eager to learn and grow but there's something wanting in its direction and leadership."
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