School Details

Hamilton Elementary School

1650 West Cornelia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 534-5484
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 273 students 11 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

68%
42%
55%
81%
45%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
51%
60%
73%
46%
59%
88%
74%
81%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
50%
59%
54%
44%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
52%
60%
75%
49%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
53%
59%
68%
52%
59%
95%
73%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
54%
59%
30%
53%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hamilton Elementary School is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Hamilton Elementary School is James R Gray. 273 students go to Hamilton Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander, Multiracial, and Asian. 15% of the Hamilton Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 63% of the 273 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 55% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Hamilton Elementary School is 11:1. Burley Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 4% %
Hispanic 36% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 47%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 73%
Limited English proficiency 15% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 63% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    My boys are now in fifth and second grade and have been at Hamilton since pre-school. We are a neighborhood family and thrilled with how the school has grown. There is a strong commitment to building a well-rounded curriculum that includes technology fine arts and physical activity. We have one child in the gifted program but both boys are challenged academically and love their school. For neighborhood families I would encourage you to send your children to this wonderful neighborhood school. It is an under-apprecaited gem in the community.

  • (10 months ago)

    The teachers are very dedicated. I do have concerns as to children with special needs and how services are being reduced and sometimes removed when it's obvious in some cases that services shouldn't be taken away. This is happening within the school lately . I think there should be innovation to help these children thrive socially as well as academically no matter the budget. Perhaps now that the school is doing well and enrollment numbers are not an issue they prefer not to allocate money into special education resources. In the past they accepted several students with special needs that were not from the neighborhood because they were needed to help the doors stay open. Now they are no longer needed. Never the less it doesn't take away from the great teachers and initiative the school has taken to keep the students physically active.

  • (10 months ago)

    The leadership at this school is wonderful. The principal and VP are a great team and provide the teachers and parents ability to determine the sort of school we want. They do tend to the needs and self esteem of the entire child. I have a child in the accelerated program and a child in the standard program. Both children are thriving and are being stretched. I love the dance and PE everyday both of those specials teachers are enthusiastic and engaged. Music teacher is excellent. The spirit of the school is small school and big parent involvement. The only criticism I would have is the math could be stronger more drilling of fundamentals so they can better respond to testing environments.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have been though the CPS wringer. 3 schools in 3 years and I can say it was all so I would end up at Hamilton. Great engaged teachers. Strong approachable leadership. An arts program that remained strong despite severe budget cuts and PE 5 days a week. I am so grateful to be part of this school community.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's an amazing school. The curriculum teachers and every thing about this school is extra ordinary. My kid and I love everything about it. It is a small school but has everything it is to suppose to have.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love this school. It runs like a well oiled machine. The teachers are amazing and work really hard. They work long hours and really know the kids. The principal and assistant principal are an amazing team. They address any concerns while keeping things positive. The gifted program gets a lot of notice but Hamilton's middle school is the best part about the school. The kids are pushed in the classroom and taught to be a part of the school community. My child really loves going to school. We feel lucky to be at Hamilton!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Hamilton! We have one kid in and one kid entering in the fall. We TURNED DOWN DECATUR to stay here because our child is excelling in the gifted program. The teachers and principal are warm and nurturing while being challenging so the kids get as much as they can out of their educations. The after school programs are awesome - something for everyone. Parents are really invited to be as involved as they would like/can be. It's been an awesome experience so far.

  • (1 year ago)

    Under the leadership of Principal Gray and Vice-Principal Luna-Mroz this school is going from good to great in a hurry. They are both very high energy and have fostered a great community with excellent parent involvement. The few teachers that were marginal have been swiftly removed - showing that the school is committed to the kids as well as the teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son comes home from Hamilton everyday and tells me how much he loves his school. That to me is the most important to see my son happy. He is in their 2nd grade Gifted Classroom. I look forward to my child's continued quality education at Hamilton. This school in my opinion has far surpassed my expectations and is one of the few schools that supports the Arts and encourages Project-based learning. Thank you Hamilton!

  • (2 years ago)

    Hamilton is an incredible little school with caring teachers supportive staff and administrators involved parents and awesome kids. Both of my kids attend and I'm so happy to see how much they love going to school. The school now has a full-time dance teacher and several parents volunteered to build a professional dance floor. The kids love it! Honestly we feel lucky to be a part of it.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have attended Hamilton for 9 years and while we loved it when we started we love it even more now. The middle school curriculum is a block schedule which is a great way for students to learn time management at an early age. From Advanced Lit to hands on Science to dance the students are challenged and supported and are doing amazing things. We are so fortunate to have amazing leadership from our Principal and AP as well as a wonderful teaching staff. Combine that with a dedicated parent community Hamilton truly represents what education should be.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our family loves Hamilton. Our children just completed their third year and have really flourished. This has been a truly great start to education for them thanks to amazing teachers a great administration and very nice students. There are clearly good and bad things about being at a small school but in this case the good far outweighs the bad. The teachers and staff know all the students and many of the parents which creates a really friendly and supportive community. We couldn't have made a better choice for our children or for us.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is just finishing his first year at Hamiliton in kindergarten. I can not say enough good things about this school. The principal teachers parents community are all doing an excellent job. I was very nervous to send my child to a CPS school. I have worked in the system for many years and unfortunately haven't gotten the best impression. Hamilton has changed that for me. This is a warm caring school with lots of emphasis on learning character development and inclusion. The fine and performing arts program is terrific. My son has multi-cultural studies 2 days a week and always comes home with interesting projects. Parent participation is huge. Parents are encouraged and welcomed into the school. I also love all that Hamilton does for the environment. They do a wonderful job with recycling reusing and composting. I am so comfortable and confident sending my son to school each day. But the best part is probably how much he loves school. Another selling point for Hamilton is the after-school Y program. The counselors do a fantastic job keeping the students busy working on homework and having a good time. Most days I can't get my son to leave!

  • (2 years ago)

    I feel conflicted about Hamilton but it's not really Hamilton it's CPS that we hate. Hamilton itself is terrific. The amazing Principal and the extremely active parent community are terrific and in general I think the teachers are good. Our daughter happens to have a relatively cold teacher and we cannot wait for the school year to end. Too much emphasis on grading (weekly!) and test-taking strategies. But some parents like that. A 20 minute recess! But again that's CPS. I wish I could give my childhood back to my daughter. She however puts up with her teacher though dislikes her and she loves her friends. This year's experience has significantly diminished her love of school however. She adored her Hamilton Kindergarten teacher and then it was amazing. So If you have to do CPS I don't think you could ask for a better school.

  • (2 years ago)

    We were hesitant about sending our daughter to a public school due to CPS's size and bureaucracy. We heard good things about Hamilton and decided to take a leap of faith and we could not be happier that we did. Our daughter loves her teachers is making great and well-rounded progress and the kids and parents we've met are wonderful. But the real ace-in-the-hole for Hamilton is their partnership with the Lake View YMCA down the street. I am biased as I went there growing up and learned to swim there but their after-school program is phenomenal. Their counselors go to Hamilton and are just the best and they will even walk the kids to the Y for swim lessons (and others). We are looking forward to the Y's summer camp as our daughter already has great rapport with their counselors. Highly recommended Principal Gray makes me wish I had more kids to send there!

  • (2 years ago)

    We love the School principal teachers and wonderful community of parents. My son is in Kindergarten here and loves going to school each day!

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in the TBPK at Hamilton and we love it. He loves going to school every day (he hated attending his previous school). The teachers are wonderful and their teaching methods take into account the children in the classroom their interests and their abilities (no worksheets or homework here!). Consequently the kids are engaged and love to learn. My son comes home every day talking excitedly about what he learned at school that day. The teachers also focus on supporting the kids in the development of problem-solving skills independence relationship-building and responsibility for ones' self and actions. Creativity is stressed in all areas. It's been a wonderful experience for us and our son. We look froward to another year with Miss Moos Mrs. Walker and Miss Roshea.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has come a long way from 3 yrs ago! The principal is very dedicated to the improvement of this school academically as well as in other areas like art and music. My daughter started here in Kindergarten and has learned a lot. I think this school is going to be good for her. The new gifted program is promising. The only problem I have is there are few mean kids but if you communicate with the teachers they def resolve the issues. I am not too crazy about the after school program but as long as my child is learning and is happy here I'll be at peace.

  • (3 years ago)

    Hamilton is a great place to be. They offer non-stop programs a new cafe caring teachers and push the arts. I think it is clear that no school is perfect you will find unrealistic parents who want staff and administration to be flawless or always find something to complain about. What I can say is that the Hamilton staff and administration work hard to make the school the best it can be.The Principal and assistant principal are an amazing team and I can see a difference in the school's community academic instruction and middle school since they have taken over. I have seen that the KIDS (both big and small) really love both the Principal and Assistant Principal. I think that says a lot about how much is invested in them. Changes doesn't happen overnight but this administration will get us there.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is 5 years old and started Kindergarten this fall. He loves Hamilton he thinks his teacher and the aid are the greatest people. He has learned more than I expected him to at this point. The teachers seem sharp and are willing to talk with you before or after school. I feel proud that my son attends Hamilton and I look forward to many happy years to come at this great little school.

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