WATERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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4540 N CAMPBELL AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60625
Phone: 773-534-5090
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 19:1
  • Students/Grade: 60
  • Number Students: 600
  • Number Teachers: 35
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 100
  • Principal: Titia Crespo
  • 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 (36 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (36 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-10
    "My child had attended Waters Elementary from preschool to first grade. The preschool teacher was excellent, but once we got to the other grades, the teacher quality definitely dropped. My son has ADHD and we were trying to deal with his behavior without the use of medication. We even had a 504 plan implemented and went to regularly scheduled conferences with other faculty members (minus the prinicipal) which did not make a change in his behavior so he fell behind drastically academically. When we pleaded for more help from staff members, we were quickly shut down. I believe it had to do with financial costs they would have to pay for extra help for my son. When I requested to speak with the prinicipal, it took her more than 1 week to get back to me. I had to threaten to go to the school board in order to get her to call me back. I had great hopes for this school but it truly did disappoint me so much so that my family and I moved to Elmhurst. I am so glad we made the move because not only are the teachers attentive, involved and caring, but the prinicipal is actively involved. She even attends all the meetings we have had for our son. It's defintely a 180 degree change"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-14
    "Personally, I think the rating system here is rigged! Waters being a 5 and all. The energy of this school with the parents, teachers and faculty are amazing. As a parent whose child is in the kindergarden class, I was so surprised about how much money the parents have been able to raise year in and out. My child has drama, gym, art, music, and math/computer class. The teachers are great. As a realtor myself, when I list a property and say Waters on it.... it sells. Why have we been stuck at a 5 for 3 years. We are on same path as coonley, bell, blaine etc. Parents, this school is on that track! Highly recommend!!!!!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-06
    "I have a story about Waters. My child needed a doctor s appointment earlier this week and made sure I scheduled it afterschool, not during, because, well, here were the reasons: "Oh I can't miss social studies tomorrow, we're starting our group projects, and in reading we are doing our musical puppet show, and math, no I just don't want to miss math (loves it), and not science because today we are using the microscopes to study the microorganisims." My child has been at Waters for about 10 years and has had at least 16 teachers in this school. They have been engaged, they have challenged, my child is not bored. And the teachers work very well together. The principal meets with the teacher-grade-level teams once a week to address challenges that may need attention, and things that are working. I know no school is perfect, they all have pros, cons, or maybe lack something or maybe not. In my opinion, if the majority of the experience is good, let people know. So I am. I pointed out just a few examples my child loves school. But I could write pages."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-04
    "More than a neighborhood fine arts school, it s a village.Teachers are wonderful, the space unique - garden, playground and field. A Tier1 on its way up (few lottery spots left).The Admin/teachers are implementing new ideas like Calm Classroom, CAFE reading,Coffee w/Principal, and Healthy Schools.There is a need for house cleaning (mentioned in past post) Dreary Drama, non music, Special Ed, few k-2 teachers who lack interest/skills,and 2 Math Specialist positions-all of whom are not the right fit for Waters. We need to be honest about is/isn't working. 90% of the teachers are truly exceptional and collaborate on weaving art, ecology, science, literacy, writing, math, etc. into the curriculum. The good news is the principal is responsive,has admitted to making poor hiring decisions, and committed to righting them! It is nearly impossible to rid a school of a lackluster tenured teacher, but she is working to make changes. Take a look inside and see if Waters has what your child needs-smaller class size, literacy program, afterschool prog, sports, art, ecology, kind teachers, beautiful environment, possible friendships for life."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-03
    "Teacher and parent involvement here is outstanding! They say it takes a village....well this "village" should be proud of their community efforts. Yeah WATERS !"
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