This school has a lot of qualities my two daughters are happy to be there. The teaches they have had are great. I like that they are teaching and learning more than one language is important.
Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center is Lourdes Jimenez. 442 children attend Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 37% of the Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center students are "limited in English proficiency." 81% of the 442 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 81% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center is 20:1. Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts is one of the nearest middle schools.
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|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||81%||86%|
|Limited English proficiency||37%||13%|
The academic program is superior and the teachers are well prepared to handle special ed. I'm glad there's a public school like this in Chicago because everyone knows that being bilinguals is THE WAY OF THE FUTURE.
My daughter attended Salazar for 2 yrs in the preK program. I can not speak more highly of the preK program as well as the school. The teachers and teachers aides are fantastic highly qualified with many years of experience. They did a fantastic job accommodating each child regardless of their background - our daughter from a non-Spanish speaking home. They have a fantastic childcare program for before & after school that is extremely affordable which makes them a fantastic resource for families where both parents work. The only area for needed improvement is the preK's communication with parents regarding Fridays the program was not in session. There were numerous occasions we would be notified last minute (a day or 2 before) of a Friday that the preK class was off. For working families this can be stressful having to coordinate childcare last minute.
Salazar has a great Pre-K program. The teachers are committed. There is parent involvement and there is a true international mix of kids. Salazar is a great neighborhood resource.
I have had all 4 of my kids attend Ruben Salazr 2 of which have already gratuated from salazar and are in highschool. Salazar offered my kids the opportunity to keep their culture and learn a whole new one. IT has a great bilingual program and the class sizes are great. It is downtown which keeps my kids away from the problems that are back home so they can concentrate in school. The staff and teachers are all very supportive and truly show that they care about our kids. I would derinetely recommend Salazar to any parents.
The person who wrote the comment below has not seen the research that shows students who are taught in their families' home language (in this case Spanish) for at least six years will have higher academic success by the time they graduate high school. This is in comparison to native English speakers and English language learners who are pushed to learn English in ESL/bilingual classes as rapidly as possible. Salazar knows what they're doing! Sign your Spanish-speaking kid up if you want him/her to have the best chance for a successful future. By the way if you as a parent speak Spanish won't it be easier to assist your child with homework if you can read it?
Salazar offers a great Pre-k program. The teachers and staff are committed to the children and it shows in all the activities and themes they use throughout the year. My son started the program when he was three and is now concluding his second year of preschool before going on to kindergarten. He looks forward to school everyday. The school also have a strong committment to families and supporting difficult working schedules. The Pre-K teachers do expect parents to volunteer once or twice per month which can be hard for working parents but I feel it was great to be in the classroom for at least a few hours per month. They encourage healthy eating creativity reading everyday and outside physical play.
The academic program is average; the teachers are not prepared to handle special ed at all. If your child like mine has special needs you are better off using your english-language skills to go to a real school in Chicago where you can get better help. This system cripples us by enabling spanish speakers in an english-speaking society. Go elsewhere for the help you need in particular for special ed.
The academic program is good but for me the most important is that my son likes to go there. The Pre-K is excellent especially because of the teachers.
My two daughters attend Salazar. It is an excellent school with committed teachers and staff members. I have seen how the school has improved year after year and it seems to be getting better. Something I appreciate is the fact that it is a small school thus there's more attention given to each individual student. Class sizes are small and that contributes to quality education. Additionally maintaining the Spanish language is important for me and my family and Salazar staff supports my belief. Salazar has managed to excell regardless of the many obstacles it has had to face. I would recommend this school to anybody seeking quality education for their children.
I was very pleased with Salazar. My son attended Pre-K and K and excelled greatly. Staff is very supportive. Small school which makes a huge difference I believe. Staff knows students and parents first hand - you don't have the feeling of being lost in the crowd. A plus is that they are a bilingual school - my son is totally bilingual as well. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.