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Ogden Elementary School9

Chicago, IL | Cook County


November 7, 2013

This morning, another mom forwarded the link to this site. I am beyond words that any parent would post negative comments about any teacher WITHOUT first sharing her concerns with that teacher. We have many teachers in our family who work so hard every day. Concerning this teacher at Ogden, we know Ms. L. Our son with special needs had her a few years ago for math, she took it upon herself to teach him to add using tally marks. She did more for our son than the special ed teacher assigned to modify the lessons. Tenured? How about experienced and kind? Is she right out of college and 22 years old, no. Does she know how to work with EVERY student? Yes!! And we have been involved with the school's events but have never made a big donation. How crass? Stick to your concerns, talk to the teacher first and stop the name calling. I hope Ms. L does not see your post. She deserves better. Thank you!

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July 19, 2013

For two years, I had an impression that the school doesn't really care what their students experience and learn, but is fully and solely focused on fund raising. My daughter was lucky enough to get accepted by another school, but honestly I would have been so worried if my daughter had to continue at this school. Don't get me wrong. My daughter had so much good time at Ogden, we will miss it. It is just that it is not very promising when you think of sending your kid here for 6~8 years. It is a good looking school, but it might be just that. In my opinion, the school is not the right one if you want your kid to advance and achieve as much as she/he can in her elementary school years.

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December 5, 2012

We moved from NY to Chicago. Ogden is not on any Chicago mag rating radar but it is a hidden gem. My son goes to first grade and his teacher, Mrs S is the most amazing, kind person. He has special needs and the school has gone above and beyond in helping him. My little one is in Mrs B's class in K and she is sweet and kind. It is diverse, well funded, safe. The building is brand new. The principal, Mr S is awesome. After months of looking at Bell, Blaine, Lincoln etc etc, we chose Ogden and are very happy.

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October 26, 2012

Mr. Tim Reilly is a phenomenal teacher of Kindergarten at this school. He is inspiring to students and pushes them to achieve to their utmost ability without their awareness. He goes above and beyond to provide a nurturing and optimal teaching environment. My daughter is in 1st grade now and is leaps and bounds beyond her class mates in a good way!! Thank you for his amazing guidance!

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August 5, 2012

Great school! I wish I had known about Ogden before spending a fortune paying for private schools for my older kids. My youngest son received a great education at Ogden. Ogden is sort of an unsung gem in the CPS system -- offering a great academic program, a diverse and talented student population, engaged and talented teachers and a strong group of supportive parents. The grade school campus (brand new facility this year) is located in the heart of Chicago's most expensive area and competes with several elite private schools in the area, each with tuition ranging from $25,000 to $30,000 for 2012. Ogden offers an International baccalaureate program for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The program offers an intensive study of english, social studies, laboratory science, mathematics, world language (French, Chinese or Spanish), technology, arts, physical education, library science, and advanced research. Odgen's high school is fairly new, so the class size is much smaller than most of Chicago's public high schools. The curriculum is a solid college preparatory program.

Submitted by a parent

March 27, 2011

The quality of teachers is above average. They are demanding and they work hard to push your kids. However, some teachers also play blatant favoritism that appears to benefit "neighborhood" kids vs. kids admitted via the IB/IG program. I notice that although kids admitted through testing have higher ISAT scores, they have lower grades than neighborhood kids. The could be a real problem for 7th grade students whose grades are important for applying for selective enrollment high schools. The principal and some administrative staff are great at raising publicity or funds, moderately successful at managing the staff and faculty but are quite indifferent to the well-being of kids. I had a few very unpleasant dealings with the principal or VP. It took them a long time to respond to my formal (in writing) complaints. They never implemented the resolutions we all agreed upon during the meeting. I have no doubt that they are extremely capably professionals. I do question where their hearts are and whether their successes, i.e. expanding the school, constructing a new building, and constantly traveling abroad, have distracted them from the real goals of education.

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September 27, 2010

I attend this school as a Sophomore, in the Ogden International Highschool. I LOVE Ogden. It's one of the best schools that you can possibly go too. Besides, the sometimes anger led by another student, we actually all get along with each other at the end of the day. It's a great school if you want your child to go to a small highschool. It's also a really good learning environment, I now have a Gpa of 3.0.

September 13, 2010

Ogden is good neighborhood school and has a wonderful learning environment for our child. It's our 3rd year at Ogden and we are pleased with the principal and teachers. We have not experienced a problem with the class size (22 - 27).

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June 22, 2010

Horrible, below average, no parent involvement, very large classes, low expectations, many children with behavior problems, pretentious parents. I hated everyday at this school.

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June 15, 2010

Great school. The principal is dedicated to the success of teachers and students. Love the environment. My son finished 1st grade. I'm really happy with this school and they had 2 recess whole year round. Highly recommend this school!!

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May 24, 2010

I am a Chicago Public Schools alum and a former Chicago Public Schools teacher. I couldn't be happier with Ogden's population and staff. I moved my children from the North Shore and my son went into Kindergarten in the middle of the year. He was welcomed by the teacher and children and never complained about a day. He is finishing 1st grade, reading & writing and expressing himself daily. The reputation of the North Shore schools being better is proven wrong with Ogden.

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May 18, 2010

Ogden's principal, Ken Staral is dedicated and devoted to the success of this school. Without the support that he gives his teachers, Ogden wouldn't be as unique and wonderful as it is. Our teachers work well over 10 hours a day to make sure that their students get a well rounded education. Everyone at Ogden is committed to what they love to do-teach.

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May 13, 2010

The teachers care about what they teach, and puts forth effort to create an environment that comfortable to learn in.

May 10, 2010

Teaches great organizational skills and note taking. Interested in overall education, not just the basics. Also believes in challenging classes and interesting assignments. And, of course, recess!

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May 8, 2010

Great neighborhood school....lots of love

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