Burley is Chicago's first Literature and Writing Magnet Cluster School, and within our century-old building is a dynamic and thriving learning community. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators work together to create an environment where all students are challenged and nurtured. Our teachers and administrators have written a literature-based, multidisciplinary curriculum based on current research, teacher experience, and local, state, and national standards. The curriculum is not textbook-bound; rather, it is driven by many resources as students engage in meaningful inquiry and immerse themselves in quality literature. At Burley, students grow to be readers, writers, thinkers, and responsible members of the community.
Preschool children at Burley experience developmentally appropriate curriculum driven by the children's inquiries and interests. The day provides a balance between free choice play and large group instruction. During play, the children explore with their imagination and creativity. Teachers encourage and challenge the students through communication and exchanges of ideas. The children experience being a member of a community through social interactions and problem-solving. Literacy is a strong component of our curriculum and incorporated with read alouds, journals, and group activities. Throughout the day, the children's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs are met by an engaging environment and caring staff.