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Prescott Elementary School8

Chicago, IL | Cook County

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October 31, 2014


THIS SCHOOL IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Moved here from Florida and choose the area because we have to be sure our big daughter be in the Lincoln Park High School attendance area. This school is our neighborhood school. Since day one this school exceed our expectations. Is a big family . The principal and the staff are so professional and competitive but so nice. All the parents are amazing. We know everyone by names and they know each kids. The school offer everything you kid may need but the give the extra mile to help kids in their self confidence. Great schools need to give this school a 10 score BY FAR. Im so happy that my daughter been in this school for the second grade. Im so happy as a mom and she is so happy. The after school program is amazing. Everything is super organized.

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October 28, 2014


This is my child's second year at Prescott. So far, we have been very pleased with his experience. The staff is very highly qualified and teachers do an excellent job of collaborating. They use a social-emotional curriculum that has helped develop a strong sense of community in the classroom. Though the class sizes are rather large (as they are in most CPS schools) there are additional teachers who push in to the classroom during instructional time to reduce the student-teacher ratio. Most important, I feel that the teachers really know and care about my child. Even the support staff (security guard and lunchroom/playground monitors) know my child, greet him by name, and seem genuinely interested in his well-being. I get the impression that teachers feel supported by the administration and it shows in their can-do attitudes!

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October 21, 2014


This is our 5th year at Prescott, and I can't tell you how much growth and caring this school has. The teachers are amazing hands down. They work really hard with the students and care about each child. The parent involvement has grown so much. The PTA staff is great and they work really hard to make the fundraiser, walk a thon, and school picnic happen every year for the past 4years. If you have not toured and live in the neighborhood, come and take the tour and see for yourself the exciting academic things the have at Prescott. You will be happy your child attends Prescott. And always helping make new parents feel welcomed too. Much success to a great school in the making.

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October 14, 2014


Our children are having fun at Prescott! They are developmentally and academically thriving with first-class kindergarten teachers and dynamic teaching interns from Erikson. The school also has a fabulous parent community that supports exciting fund-raising ventures and also assists new families feel welcome to Prescott. The Principal is creative, hard-working and genuinely cares about each student. Our twins recently received a hand-written birthday card from Mr. Roche and the smiles said it all! It is reassuring to feel that this school understands and promotes social / emotional development on a par with academics. Many people have commented to me as a new parent that Prescott is small neighbourhood/magnet school with big dreams and high hopes. I believe that the students and faculty are proving this to be true!

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September 3, 2014


I think this school is underrate by Great Schools. The overview diversity stats are completely wrong or perhaps need to update it! Looks like there are more neighborhood admissions then out of district admissions. My child attends her first year here at this school. The K teacher is so patient and caring. Parents are so involved with the school.

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May 20, 2014


My daughter has completed her Kindergarten year at Prescott. Like many of you reading this, I am a neighborhood parent that was confused by the mixed reviews on this site. I also had hesitations sending my child to a CPS school that isn't regarded as "top tier". A visit to the school hosted by one of the parent groups and subsequent meetings with the teachers and staff convinced us to give the school a chance. As my daughter's first year winds down, we are thrilled with her progress, especially her newly found enthusiasm for reading. The teachers are great, the staff is engaged, parents are active and everyone seems to love the school. I can honestly say that I have not heard any complaints from any fellow parents regarding the teachers or administration. If there are issues, they don't show where it counts - with the teachers and the students. I would encourage any parent considering Prescott to visit the school and meet with the staff. I believe you'll find a great school that's on the verge of becoming "top tier".

Submitted by a parent

May 7, 2014


My child has attended this school for 3years and states that the teacher yells at the students! I also don't believe that they enforce the "No Bully" policy as well as I have seen other schools enforce it. Instead of coming up with a positive plan that includes positive reinforced they choose to punish. We will be transferred out this year to a new school. #PositiveHopes#

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May 2, 2014


This school likes to promote itself but what it should really be promoting is student growth. There are only a couple of teachers here who really seem to get that and the rest are woefully unprepared to handle typical classroom behavior. Bullying, suspensions, and letters to student files seem to happen an awful lot at this school. Are there really that many tough kids at such a small school? Maybe the problem is in the way the administration and inexperienced teachers are handling things? You would hope that with all these awards and "board certified" teachers they'd be better equipped to actually GUIDE and TEACH. After all, they are all just kids.

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April 27, 2014


It was sad that while my girls went to school here (all straight-A students) they did not receive much in the way of positive feedback. My 6th grader received detention for failing to do one-half a page of a 40-page winter break homework packet (only one student in the class had completed this section) and she spent the rest of the year terrified that she wo ld forgot something. They transferred to another school last year and are much happier with the mutual respect of the teaching staff. They were all behind in math with their peers, but are getting up to speed. If you have another option, I would recommend you take it.

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April 25, 2014


Prescott is a great school with great teachers. While we have since moved from the area, Prescott more than prepared our children for their present schools on the North Shore.

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April 25, 2014


If this school put the effort into retaining students and families that they do into taking down any of the negative comments on this site, they may become a better school. There is seriously something "wrong" here!

Submitted by a parent

March 25, 2014


My son has been at Prescott since Prescott Tots, prek, kindergarten and now 1st grade. Each year the school exceeds our expectations. The teachers are outstanding. If you call CPS, they will tell you Prescott teachers are the best in the district-85% of faculty has one or more Masters degrees. Faculty graduated from Cornell, Stanford, Erikson Institute, U of I (Champaign), and Michigan State. Principal Roche was selected to participate in Vanderbilt University doctoral program in educational leadership. Prescott's curriculum is progressive. The school hosts family learning events quarterly, including Reading, Science and Math events. The art teacher is amazing. Many extra-curricular activities are offered, including chess, Emerald City Theater drama class, Language Stars mandarin and spanish classes, violin, yoga and more. The parents group is working hard to continue to make Prescott the best school on the northside. A tour will be held this Friday, March 28th at 9AM and April 8th at 9AM. The school is a must-see with its mosaic tiled walls, art-lined hallways, hall of university flags and stunning library. Also visit www.prescottparents.com.

Submitted by a parent

March 24, 2014


Let's also not forget that just because a teacher leaves the school doesn't mean they were forced out. Teachers have lives too and I can say for certain that the 4/5 grade teacher left last year because her husband was transferred. The other two were not renewed because they were not meeting the needs of the kids. As a parent, I am thrilled that the principal takes the necessary steps to "right a wrong".

Submitted by a parent

January 20, 2014


We love Prescott. We have a child in 2nd Grade and will be sending another next year to Kindergarten. Prescott students received the highest improvement in the city on the ISAT last year. The principal continues to hire outstanding teachers. Over half of the teachers are National Board Certified when many other schools only have one or two. The art teacher is absolutely amazing. I can't believe the art they are producing. Even the gym teacher is incredible! He works tirelessly to get the kids active and healthy and to expose them to a variety of sports. Regarding the negative comments, it seems like someone just wants to bash the school even though their children do not attend the school. Come take a tour, meet the parents who are involved with the school and see for yourself. Tours are on the 2nd Tuesday of most months.

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July 14, 2013


This will be our second year at Prescott at my child could not be happier. She came home everyday with something to share with me that she had learned from her teacher. The art teacher ... I can not say enough about her. She has taught my child not only the love of art, but also the history! Wow! With all of that being said, I am a little concerned with the teacher "turnover". It was always my understanding that to build a community of learners, you need consistency from the teachers, curriculum, and the mastery of that grade level, not to mention the routines and rituals that you would like from the staff and students. How does this happen when you have three teachers leaving in one year? Were they not a good choice in the first place? Did they not fit the criteria that the parents were looking for? Did those teachers want to leave? Above all, I think expectations and consistency is what makes a school thrive.

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