WALT DISNEY MAGNET SCHOOL

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4140 N MARINE DR
CHICAGO, IL 60613
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Phone: 773-534-5840
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • 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: 154
  • Number Students: 1540
  • Number Teachers: 100
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Kathleen Hagstrom
  • 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 (78 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (65 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-02
    "My kids are no longer at this school and I am very happy about that. One of my kids needed an IEP and the other was gifted. Getting help for the one who has been behind in speech since he was two was difficult. They made me feel like it was my fault or like I was being ridiculous. His new school offered all of the services I had requested at Disney within the first few months of school. It wasn't in my head and he has absolutely flourished. My other kid was in the gifted program and boy I thought it was really challenging and she was ahead of her peers only to move to another district in the suburbs and have her NOT be above everyone else. However, it is a good option compared to other city schools. If your child does not score well on testing, they will be placed accordingly and my kid was bullied horribly because he was placed in the low performing class. They did respond to this but the bullying continued. He hated school and cried every day here. I will always regret not pulling him out sooner. He now loves school and has friends. Look beyond the rating. Many teachers and staff will tell you this school is purely focused on getting high test scores."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-26
    "I have been at Disney for 9 years (finally graduating this year), and I must say, these 9 years of my life have been absolute torture. First of all, No Walls. It is so hard to concentrate and to hear instruction from teachers and thats how I often do poorly on my tests/quizes. Second, most of the teachers are horrible and dont know what they're doing 99% of the time. It's ridiculous. And if you're gonna come to this school, at least come to the Gifted program because the regular classes are not challenged and are all dumb and are all misbehaved kids. This is expierence from me, a student in the gifted program, and having a sister, who is in a regular class and gets no homework and isnt motivated at all. Third of all, the rules are RIDICULOUS. We have to stay in a single file line and be quiet everywhere we go and im sick of it. We are told to be quiet every second, even recess! Also, during recess, we have to walk laps around the hallway, which is absolutely irritating. I use recess as a time to read or interact with my friends but they take this privilege away from me and everyone else."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-22
    "This is my daughter's first quarter at Walt Disney and so far the school has been absolutely great! She is on the Honor Roll and loves going to school every day. The student body is diverse and representative of the city. As a parent, I've had only positive interactions with her teachers as well as the administration. My daughter is being challenged on a daily basis; which is what a great school should do. She attended a small school beforehand and we found no problem with her transition. Good job Disney!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-20
    "School is very cruel Principal is a drill sergeant docent let kids go out front too Get picked up from the inside schools have many problems some teachers are very rude"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-17
    "Principal is a drill sargent, she has no business working with children. Principal will not work with parents or teachers. It is her way or the highway. Principal has no understanding of children and early childhood development. Principal has a representation that proceeds her, when I bring up Disney Magnet School on Marine Drive, I have had CPS teachers, speech therapists, social workers, special education teachers, all complain about the Disney Magnet School principal. Teachers who work at Disney are under allot of stress, due to the principal. That is no way to work. If teachers are stressed and treated poorly by the principal,how do you expect them to have patience with children?"
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