School Details

Smyser Elementary School

4310 North Melvina Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 534-3711
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 975 students 21 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

71%
42%
55%
72%
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

76%
51%
60%
64%
46%
59%
89%
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

63%
50%
59%
69%
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

66%
52%
60%
61%
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

64%
53%
59%
64%
52%
59%
94%
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

61%
54%
59%
62%
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

Smyser Elementary School is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Smyser Elementary School is Jerry Travlos. 975 children attend Smyser Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 29% of the Smyser Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 66% of the 975 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 79% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Smyser Elementary School is 21:1. St. Robert Bellarmine School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 56% 41%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 38% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 47%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79% 73%
Limited English proficiency 29% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 66% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Smyser is a great school. My child can be on the honor roll if she tries. The only thing is she has to like the teacher if the teacher doesnt yell she is fine. The only problem I have with smyser is no air conditioning for these kids.my child never liked a school with uniforms but if you ask her now if she wants a uniform or no uniform she will say uniform. All in all I like smyser.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fact You will not find a better music program and department than Smyser Elementary on the Northwest side of Chicago for K-8 in either the private or public sector. As a parent I've been proud to introduce my children to music lessons I'd otherwise never approach. Beyond the arts their administration has always been welcoming and helpful. My children have consistently been challenged academically and the rising scored of the school's report card are evident of the compassion of their educators. I am lucky to be able to have a neighborhood school like Smyser.

  • (1 year ago)

    Smyser is a great school. The website is user-friendly and all information is updated including policy and homework. Teachers post homework on website along with other websites to help students with learning. Administration is very attentive and truly cares about their students. The school has a great music program and athletics. Smyser also has a great PTO. My children enjoy going to school everyday. I am thankful for that.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child's school is incredible. From the Principal and asst Principal to the teachers. They challenge my children Mrs. Hetrick Mrs. Warrios are both outstanding in their field and with children. In second grade one teacher realized her class was eager to learn so she introduced 3rd and 4th grade lessons!!! I do wish their was air conditioning for the teachers and the students though. It would make hotter days more comfortable. Overall I am very happy with Smyser.

  • (4 years ago)

    My two girls go to Smyser and love it. The pre-K teachers are amazing and a wonderful way to start your child's education. We feel so lucky to be able to live in the Chicago and have our children go to a public school that not only takes their job seriously but exceeds expectations. The principal and assistant principal are very accessible and kind. I am a member of the PTO and feel that the parents that are helping and giving of their time are doing an outstanding job. I wish there were more members but it's understandable that most families have parents working two jobs and just getting by. We are thrilled with the diversity of the students parents teachers and the curriculum. We are very happy.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a student here this school is not good if you plan on moving to the suburbs where the schools are better and this school doesnt prepare you for highschool. you dont even have to work hard to pass

  • (6 years ago)

    so far i'm happy that my kids are studding at this school the teachers are great

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter transferred to Smyser 1st grade from a magnet school gifted program in 2007 and her sister began K here at the same time. We are thrilled with the change. Learning is thorough integrated and fast-paced. The kids have gym 2 times a week and music 2 times a week. There is a wide variety of after-school classes available for the kids with registration taking place near the start of the school year. The teachers are excellent dedicated and approachable. The principal and assistant principal are visible everywhere it seems and interact with the kids and parents. Best of all we feel welcome in and around the school which was not the case at the magnet school we attended previously. The office staff is terrific helpful friendly welcoming. Expectations are set high for the children and they rise to that high level. Discipline is balanced appropriate and consistent.

  • (8 years ago)

    I love this school. My sons teacher mrs. Seatsema is wonderful she keeps well informed on my sons process. Which i am happy to say is good. We work together to give my son the best education possible. The staff principal assist. Principal make you feel welcomed they have a great news letter and activities for kids. My son loves this school. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to attend. Two more years to go.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school and I loved the teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    my child came here in the middle of the year and i think the teacher was excellent in making the transition easier for her she made her comfortable around other students. when my child transfered here she could not read after 2 months my child was reading books a great job smyser did and there was room for lots of parent involvement. i would recomend to everyone great school.

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