SMYSER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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4310 N MELVINA AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60634
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Phone: 773-534-3711
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-high
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: City Of Chicago Sd 299
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 108
  • Number Students: 1080
  • Number Teachers: 45
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6463
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Jerry Travlos
  • 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 (19 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (13 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-25
    "My experience at Smyser school has been bittersweet. .My son has attended since kindergarten. The sweet part is that there are some teachers that actually care and show concern. Children CAN thrive at Smyser with the proper support. Some of the teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to help students, even going as far as staying at school later to tutor. Sending handwritten notes about my child shows that the teacher cares enough to communicate. On the other hand, there are some that are careless and combative with parents AND students. It's amazing how parents concerns are put off, swept under the rug and never addressed. While Smyser appears to promote anti-bulling, the fact is that bullying seems to be a part of the staff culture and generally accepted as the norm. Again, not all teachers bully however, some do bully, humiliate and manipulate the students and occasionally the parents too. The principal doesn't handle conflict very well and lacks leadership qualities. He would rather have issues just "go away". This type of behavior is allowing teachers to do as they please at the expense of the students. Sex Ed is ok- but moral values should be taught at home."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-22
    "The expectations for our students are high. The teachers are excellent at academics. Discipline should be more consistent."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-22
    "My children's school is outstanding! The teachers are well qualified, the principal Mr. Travlos is professional, kind, and approachable. The school makes my children feel safe and nurtured. My children are learning Spanish, and we have a wonderful Art teacher Ms. Lee. Smyser aslo has a reputable music department. The only thing Smyer needs is a permanent addition, as many children live in the district."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-02
    "Smyser is a great school. My child can be on the honor roll if she tries. The only thing is she has to like the teacher if the teacher doesnt yell she is fine. The only problem I have with smyser is no air conditioning for these kids.my child never liked a school with uniforms but if you ask her now if she wants a uniform or no uniform she will say uniform. All in all I like smyser."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-26
    "Fact: You will not find a better music program and department than Smyser Elementary on the Northwest side of Chicago for K-8, in either the private or public sector. As a parent, I've been proud to introduce my children to music lessons I'd otherwise never approach. Beyond the arts, their administration has always been welcoming and helpful. My children have consistently been challenged academically, and the rising scored of the school's report card are evident of the compassion of their educators. I am lucky to be able to have a neighborhood school like Smyser."
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