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About This School

Dever Elementary School is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Dever Elementary School is Rita Maria Ortiz. 797 students go to Dever Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. 19% of the Dever Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 42% of the 797 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 52% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Dever Elementary School is 23:1. J Giles Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 9%
Asian 4% %
Hispanic 37% 41%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 47%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 73%
Limited English proficiency 19% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 42% 85%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    What does one look for in a good school? Is it the test performance ? is! Is it the quality of learning they recieve?? Yes it is . But what counts the most to the families of children that are a part of Dever?? Since talking to other moms as the new school year is upon us .. I noticed what they like best as well as myself is that no child is to fall behind .. And any and every problem is addressed . No matter what the problem . Yes at times I've heard of some teachers being a little rough with punishments and words .. But isn't this all apart of life?? They will not always have a perfect day at wrk .. Or college or in general and some days will be bad but it's how we as parents react .. Thus etching child about adversity . I believe that Dever is one of the top schools in Chicago .. Yay Dever!

  • (1 year ago)

    When my son started here in the 1st grade (he's now in 4th) I couldn't have been happier. Since then my opinion of the school has dropped dramatically! The kids don't get a proper lunch (my son eats at his desk!?) and now that the day has been extended to re-incorporate things such as recess I come to find out that they don't even get a proper recess on most days! I don't understand what kind of mental break and unwinding the students are supposed to get from getting crammed into a stuffy auditorium where half the time they can't even talk. The school is overcrowded with classrooms nearing if not exceeding 30 students per teacher! The school has an enrollment that exceeds it's capacity! With so many schools closing due to low enrollment this one is busting at the seams! Over enrollment is a diisservice to the children as well as the teachers and staff! I believe it's starting to take a toll on everyone probably explains how Dever ended up on academic probation this year. From placing in the top 5% of all CPS schools back in 2009/2010 to being on AP today? All that aside the teachers and staff do a much better job than expected given the situation.

  • (3 years ago)

    We are very pleased with Dever Elementary School. Caring teachers strong parent association and valuable educational experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    Chicago is probably one of the shittiest schools of all time. All they do is teach us how to memorize and do meaningless equations that have no relevance to anything that is done by adults in everyday life.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter just finished the Kindergarten.. She loves it. The teachers are great and looking forward for the next year.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school because it has the best teachers and staff around. It is provides a warm atmosphere in teaching the people of tomorrow. Everyone is so friendly and is so inspiring to know that to the staff of Dever it isn't just a job bit more importantly its a family.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the school! I appreciate the attention they give to the kids.

  • (7 years ago)

    Dever it's a great school. My son love it.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is the first year for my daughter and I could not of been happier. I love this school they do so many activities and things with the kids it's great. Especially the Readmores really promotes the kids to want to read more.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school I like how there is different cultures combine together and all the kids are very nice as well as the staff!

  • (8 years ago)

    As a alumni of Dever(class of 1982) I have seen this school do nothing but GROW! The caring & concern of adults(teachers/aids/other parents/retired teachers/even the custodial department)at Dever for their students is just unbelievable! At Dever the kids come first and it's not just as students but as human beings as our future. Since my child started going to Dever I've seen that EVERY child is important not just ones with the A's & B's & not just ones having issues but every single child in the school(even kids who have moved or graduated still have this schools staff to look up to. Dever doesn't coddle the kids they do listen & try try to make sure every kid has every opportunity that is out there for them & they know they have opportunities. In two words Dever is a Fantastic Family!thats what they are & how they care.

  • (8 years ago)

    Dever school is one of the best schools I am aware of in Chicago. As a former student daughter of another former student and mother of two current students all I can say is that this is truly an outstanding school! The programs offered to my children are excellent and the teachers go above and beyond what is expected of them. Because of the truly positive environment that is provided at Dever I believe that parent involvement is also at a high level. This is a perfect example of what teamwork between parents and teachers can accomplish.

  • (8 years ago)

    My grand daughter has attended this school since kindergarten. What I have found is that the staff is very responsive to the questions and needs that I have had concerning my child and her progress. The administrative staff is the greatest I have seen since my daughter was in school. The first grade teacher my grand daughter has is one of the best that I have seen. This I say because I was invovled in my daughter schooling and these people are wonderful from maintenance to the principle. The only thing that I wish was that there was more involvemnt in the arts.

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