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Burley Elementary School10

Chicago, IL | Cook County


February 3, 2015

I cannot believe what an excellent school Burley is! My oldest (of 3) children started there this year in 8th grade, transferring from a private school that (my other two still attend) which had unresolvable issues in his grade. I was hoping for the best but not expecting much. What a dedicated staff of teachers and faculty! He is excited about learning and tells me how "cool his science experiments are" each week. His teachers have communicated with me directly and often about his progress, as I was concerned about him starting a new school in 8th grade. They show an exceptional interest in their students' education and are proficient in finding each student's unique motivation. One of his teachers even offered to stay after class as necessary to keep him on track. I can't say enough about the difference it has made for my son. And that's just half of it. The students, at an age where they tend to be socially challenging, have welcomed him openly and warmly. The families are vibrant and involved. I am so impressed with this school!

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September 23, 2014

We feel so lucky to have Burley as our neighborhood school. The administration and teachers have created a warm, progressive atmosphere where all students thrive--academically and social/emotionally. Parents are very involved, and the communications amongst various school organizations (fundraising, after school clubs, room parents, etc.) is very organized.

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May 7, 2014

My son has just started this school this year and they have been nothing but wonderful. He had gotten in trouble and I had received a phone call and the following day I had received another phone call just letting me know how he had changed his actions #POSITIVEreinforcement# Very pleased with all the emails that keep me updated on everything that is going on in the school as well as parent volunteer opportunities. I would certainly recommend this school.

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June 8, 2013

Burley is crowded. How can a teacher meet the needs of the individual child when 30 children are packed into a classroom? I have 3 children there and I've seen the quality of the education decline as the school's numbers grow. My children are almost done, but I would not encourage any one to choose this school. The teachers are fabulous and they care but they are being put into demanding situations that do not breed success.

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November 18, 2012

I can't possibly say enough good things about this school. The teachers are amazing, world-class educators. The administration is open, engaged, and just plain phenomenal. However, most importantly, the COMMUNITY that is Burley is second to none. After eight years in the school, with another several to go, we feel nothing but gratitude. We are glad that we are, and will continue to be, part of the Burley Family for a very long time.

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September 1, 2012

After six years at Burley, we finally said enough is enough and withdrew our oldest child. Of course, Burley has many great things going for it. Like their stellar ISAT scores. Unfortunately, for about four weeks prior to the test, the students are studying so much test material that there isn't enough time to study cirriculum, consequently grades fall during this period. I would like to say more, but then I might violate the rating policy and not get this message posted. I'm not saying that you shouldn't send your child to Burley. Just be careful not to step on anyone's toes. They have long memories.

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March 26, 2012

This school is fantastic, I have had lots of experience there. Its a joy for everybody there and everybody is so kind.

May 9, 2011

Our kids love Burley, and we do too. Top notch teachers, great administrators, and lots of smart, caring parents that really participate and help the school not only meet but exceed goals. The camaraderie of the kids, across of all ages is unusual and special.

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April 23, 2010

The curriculum and staff are top notch. Burley teaches kids to think for themselves, to formulate questions rather than memorize answers. They believe in inquiry, inclusion and community.

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April 20, 2010

This is a school where children LOVE to go and are proud to be at! The teachers, administration, and parents are involved and encouraging to the students. Most important, there is a family atmosphere where children feel secure and cared about. Burley is a warm, innovative school that inspires a child to achieve their personal best.

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May 1, 2009

understanding school, and very educated staff.

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April 12, 2009

My son is in 3rd grade and loves his school. Their focus is on literature and reading. The teachers are great and the parents are very involved. The diversity of the staff and student body reflects the area and city.

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March 10, 2009

Ms. Randall and Ms. Perez are really a wonderful team. They are Pre-K teachers at Burley. Parent involvement is really outstanding and that is a winning combination for education. My son always wants to be there and that's always a good sign.

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January 20, 2009

Burley is a great school, this is the second year my kids attend to Burley and you can see the improvement compared to their previous school. We love it!!!!

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November 30, 2008

I have to say that I am very happy with the preschool at Burley. At first I wasn't sure how I felt, because my child needed to get used to being in a more focused atmosphere. However, there was good communication with the teacher. We love that parent involvement is encouraged! There is a wonderful mix of free play, one on one, small group, and large group work. I believe this class is truly prepping my child for kindergarten, without forgetting that this is a group of 4 and 5 year olds that still need nurtured.

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