The 44th Ward is home to a number of neighborhood schools that consistently rank among Chicago’s best. Children should have the best education and facilities to empower tomorrows leaders. Below you will find a list and helpful information about each public school in the 44th Ward.
Agassiz is a CPS level 1+neighborhood elementary school. They are in their 5th year as a certified, authorized International Baccalaureate (IB), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and candidate for Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. IB programming is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world with a focus on inquiry-based learning.
Agassiz also is a Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster Program (FPAMCP) school. FPAMCP is a network of arts-focused elementary schools in CPS. Arts teachers at FPAMCP schools work with students and classroom teachers to provide intensive and integrated instruction in the arts.
Students attending FPAMCP schools:
- Learn and grow in multiple art forms: dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts
- Develop cultural awareness and understanding
- Make connections between arts learning and other subject areas (curriculum integration)
- Are exposed to arts opportunities and environments, both in and out of the Chicago community, whether through visiting artist partnerships, performances, or museum trips
Agassiz received $7,000,000 from Chicago Public Schools for facility improvements which include a total roof replacement and masonry repair to be completed by December, 2019. In addition, Agassiz received a total of $326,500 of which $285,000 will be paid by the city from the Open Space Impact Fee fund and the remaining $41,250 will be paid by CPS. These funds will convert some of the school’s paved area into an environment conducive for outdoor recreation, learning, community gathering and play. The scope of work includes the demolition of surrounding paved areas, providing drainage infrastructure for the construction of a new synthetic turf field and court spaces. Additionally, passive spaces with seating and shade structures are proposed.
Address: 2851 N. Seminary Avenue
Blaine is a CPS Level 1+ Fine and Performing Arts cluster school. It is a place where students feel competent, safe, supported, inspired and connected. They are empowered with the idea that they are responsible for their own learning and they continuously work to better themselves as a result. Staff members engage in a continuous cycle of research, collaboration, reflection and professional growth. They engage students in an appropriately challenging curriculum while using instructional strategies that give students a genuine opportunity to master the knowledge, skills, and essential understandings within and across the academic, technological, health and fine arts disciplines.
Blaine also has a Maker’s Space within its walls that focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects, providing unique learning opportunities at all grade levels.
Members of the school community come together with the best interest of our students as the driving force for our work.
The school will have an expanded Pre-K program starting in the Fall of 2018.
Blaine received $500,000 from CPS to replace their turf field which was in dire need of repair. The new field will be striped for soccer and will be completely installed by the 2nd week after school starts this year.
Address: 1420 W. Grace Street
In this level 1+ CPS rated Literacy and Writing magnet school, Hawthorne students will be intrinsically motivated to pursue opportunities for learning. They will be creative, independent thinkers and problem solvers able to satisfy their quest for knowledge through all forms of collaboration and communication. Hawthorne students will contribute positively to their local and global community through their awareness of socio-economic and cultural diversities.
Hawthorne stakeholders will maintain a safe, inclusive learning community that supports the needs of all learners. Students will develop critical thinking within an academically challenging, inter-disciplinary, literacy-rich environment that promotes student-to-student discourse as a means for learning. Hawthorne students will be provided with leadership opportunities and diverse cultural experiences.
Hawthorne will be undergoing an outdoor renovation, late Summer/early Fall in 2018. This project will convert a portion of existing outdoor space into a cohesive, attractive outdoor area which will accommodate the diverse needs of the students, staff and community. Plans will include a basketball court, active playground area, an outdoor stage/classroom, a new playground with a climbing structure, raised planters, fencing and new landscaping. The intent is to create an interactive, inviting area for children and families to enjoy, explore and anticipate in activities. The total project budget for phase 1 is $570,000. The City will contribute $350,000 from Open Space Impact Fees, with CPS contributing $60,000. Aldermanic Menu Funds contribution is $60,000 and the remaining will come from school funding. Menu fund projects are financed through neighborhood capital improvement bonds.
Address: 3319 N. Clifton Avenue
Inter-American Magnet School (IAMS) is a level 1 CPS school located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood in the former John V. LeMoyne Elementary School building, one block from the intersection of Addison and Halsted. The building underwent a major renovation in 2006 and more recently in 2010. IAMS occupies more than 125,000 square feet including generously sized classrooms, a library, an art room, a music room, a computer room, La Escuelita, a gymnasium and two lunchrooms.
From pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, Inter-American Magnet School offers a caring, cooperative and accepting school climate, fostered to promote the social, affective and cognitive development of the whole child. Students learn to write, speak and listen in both English and Spanish while developing their social consciousness.
The school also has an outdoor playground and a basketball court that students can enjoy during recess as well as its own vegetable garden.
Address: 851 W. Waveland Avenue
Located in East Lakeview, the Nettelhorst School is a Chicago Public School level 1 Fine and Performing Arts magnet cluster school. They place a strong emphasis on an enhanced, interdisciplinary curriculum that cultivates independence, self-discipline and a disposition for lifelong learning. They recognize that each child is special and tailor instruction to meet individual needs.
Community schools focus on the whole child by providing resources to support academics, health and social services. At the same time, youth and community development occur. This is accomplished through community engagement, which in turn leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become the centers of their community and are open to everyone–all day, every day, evenings and weekend.
Address: 3252 N. Broadway Avenue