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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
Peterson Elementary School is a public school located in Chicago, IL. It has 927 students in grades PK, K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 29% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
About Peterson Elementary School...
School District
Chicago Public Schools
Address
5510 N Christiana Av
Chicago, IL 60625
Telephone
(773) 534-5070
Website

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
29%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$50,434
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,200
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
927
Free or Reduced Lunch
75%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,387
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.8%
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I loved my middle school experience overall, but I did not unfortunately learn as much as I would have liked in order to have prepared me well for high school. I enjoyed going to school every day because I had a solid group of friends, supportive teachers, and a generally positive, high level of education--at least for a middle school. Sometimes I wish the administration was less strict, especially about dress code, but other times I thought they served us well. Recess and lunch was always a mess, and I strongly disliked having to sit with my homeroom up until the 5th grade or sometime around then. I think the administration could have given us more freedom and should have trusted us more, as even though we were young, we still had some sense of right and wrong. It was demeaning and patronizing to have us walk in perfectly straight lines going from recess to lunch, and other silly things like that.
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This is a terrific school and far exceeded our expectations. When we first moved to North Park, we were planning on sending our children to private school. Now, there's no way we would leave Peterson. Parents are extremely involved and host fundraisers throughout the year, raising thousands in additional funds. Every year, kids graduate from Peterson and go onto NorthSide Prep, Lane Tech -some of the best High Schools in the city. Diversity is celebrated, kids are affirmed and gifted kids, as well as children with special needs, excel in every way. The reason the school is solid is really due to the neighborhood that surrounds it. The "Hate Has No Home Here" signs, that have gone viral post the 2016 election were started in North Park. It's beat the expectations of almost every parent I know.
The diversity of this school (socioeconomic, racially, ethnically, etc.) is one of its greatest assets and greatest challenges. Teachers work hard to bridge a wide range of needs, and the work that they put in to bridge the curriculum across classrooms and grades shows.