CPS - yes or no?

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Are you commited to staying in Chicago when your kids are school age?
If so, are you considering public school, even if you don't get a magnet placement?

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Carol - posted on 12/12/2011

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It's all about how involved you are as a parent. Now, having said that, I do agree that some schools are better than others. Do your research. My kids are in a CPS magnet school on the northwest side of the city. The principal, v.principal, and most of the teachers are great. There are of course the ones who need reminders that as an involved parent, YOU are watching and listening. The best thing I could do for my little ones is volunteer in their classrooms, go on field trips, etc. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! I have found that I get treated better than most parents because I'm physically there and have called them on some stuff that they were at fault with. If you're not a parent who is willing to stick up for your children by ruffling some feathers, then pay for private school.

Alicia - posted on 06/10/2011

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My son is only 6m but I'm thinking about school already. My mom is a CPS teacher and most of my younger cousins are in CPS. You definitely have to do research b/c a lot of neighborhood CPS schools are ridiculous (i.e., the teachers dont care, the students are out of control and dont learn). I live just west of West Loop. I'm thinking about putting my son in a Montessori school.

Expat - posted on 05/17/2011

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I'll admit mine are in private school but that's because when my 18 year old was ready for school our local school was not the best. (It has since vastly improved so I won't name it.)
From what I know from my friends, there are some great CPS schools around, and a lot of that is because of a dedicated group of parents who have a great relationship with the teachers. I would definitely recommend visiting the schools, asking parents who are there before you decide. The private schools are ridiculously expensive now and very competitive.

Ruairí - posted on 04/22/2010

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I'm a new mom and having been giving a lot of thought of CPS schools. My husband was a teacher at a school in Rogers Park before going to law school. I grew up in Chicago and went to Hawthorne Scholastic Academy in Wrigleyville (I had a great almost sheltered education there) I just feel like I wouldn't sent my child to a lot of the CPS schools, I'm still young pretty young and remember my peers stories of grade school and I remember what it was like to go to highschool and party in city before transfering to a smaller northshore school.

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