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About This School

Zapata Elementary Academy is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Zapata Elementary Academy is Ruth Fran Garcia. 875 students go to Zapata Elementary Academy and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 48% of the Zapata Elementary Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 100% of the 875 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 100% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Zapata Elementary Academy is 21:1. Corkery Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Drawing painting
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 99% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 47%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
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 100% 73%
Limited English proficiency 48% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 100% 85%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I honestly think this school is great. Probably the best school around here. The teachers are nice and very helpful and are usually ready to help you. The kids there are also great. No one seems to have problems with one another. Everybody talks to each other. May not be the best but is a great school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is one of the better performing schools in the area. Doesn't have much of a gang problem. As to the teachers pretty much hit or miss. Theres some good ones but a lot you can tell they're just there to get paid. It has ALWAYS been difficult to talk to the principal. You would never see the principal outside of school functions- they are always secluded in their office. This was definitely not the case for the high school I went to where the principal would often greet students at the door and be able to talk to the students or parents' concerns. In general any person at the office is the worst! They have zero customer service skills and treat parents badly! Trust me there is a lot of angry parents at this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My brothers will be going there for at least 5-6 more years. It's one of the better schools in the area!

  • (4 years ago)

    Zapata is to aggressive on the home work. They go over board on that. Not to mention the ditto teachers. All they do is make copies and give to the students. You wonder why the scores are so low. What a disgrace..

  • (5 years ago)

    The students are great! The teachers have taught them well. Very organized school.

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