VANDERPOEL ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL

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9510 S PROSPECT AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60643
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Phone: 773-535-2690
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 34.4
  • Number Students: 310
  • Number Teachers: 13
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Elena Bell
  • 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 (26 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-28
    "Vanderpoel has some of the most amazing teachers I have seen! Even though they are rigorous, most of the students I know still thrive, excel, and achieve. I am proud to send my two children to such a nurturing environment"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-22
    "Hello, I am a parent of two Vanderpoel students. My child just graduated from Kindergarten. She is reading at a spring second grade level and math at a spring first grade level. I have one child entering into kindergarten. I had not had any issues with this school. They are focused on their students being great scholars. I want the same for my children and thats what I am recieving."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-12
    "It is my opinion that Vanderpoel is currently lacking the standard of excellence and integrity to engage students in effective academic curriculum. Since the controversial appointment of the current Principal in 2012, the student scores and staff and student moral have declined. Once an environment that thrived on cooperative involvement and transparencies between Principal, parents, and teachers has now been replaced with ambiguous communication and disingenuous efforts towards resolutions. It is evident by the 2013 Parent Survey Report which rates the school as weak-very weak and the Chicago Tribune's 2013 IL School Report Card report exclaiming in bold - this school does not meet federal education standards. As parents we want our children to not only attend a school with evidence of high academic achievements but to be in an environment that will reflects positive values, accountability, and respect. Vanderpoel is in the mist of transition/internal disharmony - maybe in a few years the current principal will grasp what more experienced Principals already know. I would liken it to choosing between an experienced nanny or a certified babysitter. Ask about credentials."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-09
    "Solid academics, small school sizes, good teachers. My child went here and graduated. He now attends Lindblom Math & Science Academy, so thanks Vanderpoel!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-07
    "I am writing this review with great concern about the decline of peformance and professionalism at Vanderpoel School. My child is a special needs student and has been receiving adequate services until the 2012-2013 school year. I initially hoped that Vanderpoel would bounce back after the arrival of Elena Bell and her assistant principal. What I have seen is a total bailout of parents and teachers who are fed up with the craziness of leadership. I have called the school requesting to speak to Ms. Bell about the lack of support my son is receiving from Ms. Caponigri, the special education teacher. My son has informed me that she is not providing his pullout services on a regular basis. When she does, she spends much of the time talking to one of the male assistants. She talks inappropriately around my son and other students he is pulled with. I have called to address these and other concerns with Principal Bell but I have been completely ignored. The former teacher Mrs. Heywood was very atttentive to my son and she alwas conducted herself professionally. It is with great disappointment that I leave this review for Vanderpoel."
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