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About This School

Parkside Elementary Community Academy is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Parkside Elementary Community Academy is Dorothy Cedric P Nolen. 305 children attend Parkside Elementary Community Academy and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 0.3% of the Parkside Elementary Community Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 99% of the 305 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 92% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Parkside Elementary Community Academy is 18:1. Fermi Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 99% 47%
Hispanic 0.9% 41%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 73%
Limited English proficiency 0.3% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 99% 85%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    Very poor administration skills. Administrators have no excitement and enthusiasm. This situation also affect the teachers and as a result education and discipline are not satisfactory.

  • (6 years ago)

    the administration is really changing and even if it isn't doing great it's getting back on track.

  • (6 years ago)

    The new principal has turned things around. There are a lot of new teachers too. The school is safer more rigorous and more interesting. I hope it keeps getting better.

  • (7 years ago)

    Discipline and education is not the best. I however do not only blame it on the staff but also on the parents. Kids are using words that at such a young age they should not know. My child is going to begin to attend the 1st grade there and yes I am looking for a better school for him. But parents need to be more involved. I agree they don't challenge the childrens education enough but that is why we as parents need to step up. I give my child extra homework and during summer vacation as well. He adds and subtracts because I purchase books at home to teach my child. But this school is horrible. But as soon as we find our home my child will no longer attend Parkside. I just wish parents would be more involved and not only blame the staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    One of the worst schools in the Southeast Side of Chicago. Maybe my opinion was based from a substitute teacher's point of view but the current principal and vice principal attitude is so non-committal for lack of a better word. Discipline and organization are a foreign concept to the school. I believe since many of the parents treat the school as a free kid drop off point hence the students lack of interest in learning and frustrated teachers. Honestly that did not bother me. What bothered me was that the principal and vice-principal did not offer any support to subs whatsoever. I would think they would be more supportive and hence find more qualified teachers through their substitute pool. Sad part is the kids suffer. I sinscerely hope it will change for the better.

  • (8 years ago)

    The children are not challenge enough. No extra activities. Parents are not involve to help teachers with students Not enough homework on weekends and classroom is crowded. Need a afterschool programs .The safety is horrible

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