Onahan Elementary School
Chicago, IL | Cook County
December 3, 2014
Our kids are doing well here. We have never had a problem with any of the teachers, except the insurmountable amount of homework that comes home. We are also are considered "uninvolved" parents as explained in last post. Since we both work full time we cannot attend 3pm meetings and would have to take off work to help with most of the school functions. We save our days off for when our children are sick and holidays. That last post makes me mad because it is the tone felt at the school, the parents that are involved are better and so are their children. And since we cannot attend meetings we can't even keep up to date on things either because PTO nor the LSC post minutes---which we find inexcusable. School should focus more and reaching out to parents, better communication and treating everyone equally.Submitted by a parent
November 4, 2014
Onahan is a great school. There is a real sense of community among parents. I have had issues and the administration worked with me to resolve them. my older kids were very well prepared for HS honors classes and HS athletics after graduating and my younger one loves classes and her teachers. The biggest problem at Onahan is the very few unhappy parents who are completely uninvolved in the school and complain publicly rather than become a part of the solution. The majority of parents that are involved and go to meetings, and know what is happening inside the school are happy. At any school, you need to be involved to get the best out of it for your kids.Submitted by a parent
November 2, 2014
principal is terrible. she cannot mange this large school. If you like 33-35 kids in the class, disorganization, yelling and monotonous homework, you will like it here.Submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
I was a student at Onahan, I loved every minute i spent at the school until 7th grade. The teachers were unbelievably dedicated and friendly. The 7th and 8th grade teachers however need some work. There are some good teachers but not nearly as many as there should be. They are lazy, unorganized and not dedicated to giving their students a valuable education. I do not feel like I learned nearly as much as i should have in 7th and 8th grade. I wanted to leave the school satisfied with my education but i was not.
February 17, 2014
Onahan is a great school! We have dedicated teachers that volunteer their time after school for our school play, basketball, volleyball, football, softball, rocket club, girls on the run, chess club, girl scouts, spring dance, science club, solar car, talent show, homework club, student council etc. We have such dedicated parents that volunteer so much of their free time to run for LSC and PTA and run school programs. Our Principal and LSC fight for our school and anyone that does not see that does not attend LSC meetings. At the parent run silent auction we raised enough money to fully stock our new computer lab, we have ipads on carts the teachers use everyday and now we will have our second computer lab fully stocked in the next month. The PTA "out of uniform days" are raising enough money to buy new state of the art science lab tables. This is a great community school - PTA have numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year so you can be part of the school. LSC work very hard behind the scenes and they have an open forum at every meeting where we can address any of our concerns.Submitted by a parent
February 4, 2014
I was happy with Onahan k-5 but its teachering is much lacking for 6-8. New leadership is much needed. All I have seen this year is lazy uncaring principal and junior high teachers. My kids for the first time hate school so much they not only do what they can to stay home but want to transfer. It's so heartbreaking. Can't wait to get out.Submitted by a parent
February 4, 2014
I'd like to start off by saying that no school is perfect. Onahan certainly had its flaws, but it was a second home to me throughout the years. I knew almost everyone there, and almost everyone knew me as well. As a former Onahan student, I thoroughly believe that what you put in is what you get out. It depends entirely on the student and whether or not they are willing to put in the effort required to succeed at this school. The staff may not be great and it may not be the best school, but I felt prepared as I entered high school and never found myself wishing I went somewhere better.
January 26, 2014
This school needs new leadership/principal/LSC. Very clicky here. School communication needs improvement. Office can sometimes be rude and abrupt with parents. Curriculum is good, but no change from my oldest to my youngest child. Not enough time spent on actual writing skills in 3rd and 4th grade. Something more than extended responses. There's a huge gap from 4th to 5th grade expectations. Kinda goes blah around 7th grade.Submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
I attended Onahan for 4th and 5th grade and unfortunately had to transfer shortly thereafter. I noticed when I enrolled into the next school, I was ahead of my class and my vocabulary was much more vast. This school was very diverse and well rounded.
February 6, 2012
Well it's been awhile here .... I went to school here in 1971 to 1976 classroom 301 and 306 was my rooms when I wet there...lol... I can still remember the days and how the school was... Great teachers and never forgot my friends .... i think of the teachers but most of all Mr K... room 306 ... Oh by the way Paul saids hi ...lol....
December 14, 2011
I was a student at Onahan 51 years ago. My kindergarten teacher was so nice. We took a walk to her house. Yes that was ok back then. I remember the good humor man coming to our playground when we were out on recess we could buy a treat from him if we wanted. Those were the good ole days. No school is perfect we all want the best for our kids. I live in the Jacksonville area in Florida. I home schooled my youngest child. For good reasons. I wanted more control over my sons educational destiny. BTW Onahan still looks the same.
May 12, 2011
We love love love our local school! Sad to leave it, its been a great ten years!Submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
I have 3 kids at Onahan and the school exceeds my expectations. I would be lying if I said the school is perfect...it's not. I have had a times where I felt communication was lacking or a decision was poor, no school is perfect. I think it is funny that some of my neighbors send their kids to the area private schools when they have a great public school right under their nose, the scores for the school are above average I actually heard an ignorant comment that all the poor families go here because they cannot afford tuition elsewhere. Onahan is not a cookie cutter school. This is a school with diversity---and the ability to accomodate every child. There's a place for every child here. And this school has high parent involvement---which is key to success. But, if you have that snobbish mentality, then you don't fit in here. With Chicago having over crowding issues---I guess I should be happy when a family doesn't send their kid here.Submitted by a parent
October 4, 2010
My oldest child came home Friday and informed that her teacher always uses the computer however, she noticed him sitting on iTunes. We are sanding our children to school where the teachers are getting pay for using iTunes!!! This is just wrong!!!Submitted by a parent
October 1, 2010
I believe this school has great potentials however for some reason it is happy with basic old fashion ways. It is ok to start something new.Submitted by a parent
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