BLAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1420 W GRACE ST
CHICAGO, IL 60613
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Phone: 773-534-5750
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 96
  • Number Students: 960
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 120
  • Principal: Mr Troy Laraviere
  • 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 (100 ratings)
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    School Reviews (86 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-28
    "The teachers have all been wonderful so for that I give 5 stars! Again teachers and PTA all get an A+ from me. Other staff members need to work on things but VP seems great! I did read the large class size comment so that is a concern for me now. Lower level classes are good at 23-25 students. So if you have a younger child it may not be a concern for you. For a city school it is a good choice."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-09
    "My kids have attended Blaine for the past eight years, and overall they have received an outstanding education. The class size is my biggest issue, but that is a CPS/budget problem. Being negative sure won't solve anything, and what lesson does it teach our kids? I truly believe my kids will graduate from this school and be able to excel anywhere! There are so many awesome things happening at Blaine, not just academically. It does feel like a sense of community, and the school is a huge benefit to our neighborhood. I am in awe of all the parents that put so much work on their own time into making Blaine such a special place. The free after school programs are amazing. I agree with the September 30th post. Seek out the info for yourself. Visit the school and talk to as many parents as you can. Be wary of posts that degrade people's characters and give you no insight. Blaine's standardized test scores have excelled and it is ranked as one of the best neighborhood schools in Chicago. That is insight you can bank on."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-30
    "For those using this site to research Blaine School, please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. There is clearly a very agitated parent on here who is having it out with other parents and the administration, and posting multiple times to get his/her points across. To really get a sense of a school community, go to their PTO events. Make an appointment to meet the administration and form your own opinions. Visit other schools to get a real comparison. True, there sometimes is a negative vibe among SOME parents at the school (and where doesn't that exist? show me where it doesn't exist!) but the majority of parents are productive and positive thinkers and doers. It's very easy to be a complainer. BUT, isn't it nobler to be a problem solver? I reckon it may even make for a happier, more well adjusted person. And there are PLENTY more of the latter at this fine school. But don't take my word for it. Talk to the parents in the know. Talk to the parent council members. Seek out the PTO. You will be more better informed when you do."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-18
    "My child has been attending Blaine for 7 years. She has received an exemplary education throughout the time at the school. Yes, I agree, 38 children per classroom is too many, but the teachers have done an exceptional job with making it work. There are some teachers who are weaker than others but the school should not be faulted for a few people that compete with some of the top teachers in the city. The new principal has had to make some adjustments, but change is good. I have never had a problem getting a meeting with him. Though I have only sought him out a handful of times. In every school, there will be issues. My suggestion is...be the change you hope too see. If your child needs help, be that help regardless of whether it is a tutor, an advocate, or a friend to help her voice be heard."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-30
    "The June 24th poster perfectly reflects the entitled nature of some parents. They think they can actually "void" someone's opinion when they happen to disagree or because they believe it was written by a teacher! As my daughter would say, "that's just crazy." Yes our principal has been under investigation - it's not a secret since he reported it first at a public meeting. The question is why have none of the allegations been proven to be true? The answer is because they have been made by a few disgruntled current and FORMER parents who did not get their way with the new administration. So they have made it their personal mission to bring our new principal down. But the problem with their strategy is that he does excellent work, parental involvement is higher than ever and already high academic performances have gotten even better under his leadership. Is he perfect? No. But he also has done nothing to warrant the investigations (all of which have been proven unfounded). So in the end, all this small handful of parents has achieved is to create time-consuming distractions, when energies would have been better spent focused on further strengthening the school."
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