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Disney Magnet School

4140 North Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60613

(773) 534-5840


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Daily Chinese instruction including computer-based reinforcement at home; introduction to Spanish; technology integration

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Small skill groups for advanced learners and those in need of reinforcement in addition to regular curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The mission of the Tuition Based Preschool program is to ensure that all children, ages 3 and 4, have access to comprehensive, high quality preschool options, and support on a developmental continuum.

Working within a context of children, families, and communities, CPS is committed to creating an engaging learning environment that supports and respects the unique potential of each individual through best practices.

Through common goals and high expectations, CPS, through its Office of Early Childhood Education, is dedicated to building a strong foundation and igniting a passion for lifelong learning for children and their families."

A Typical Day

Disney’s Day-in-the-Life
Arrival (Greet, Sign-in, Journal Writing, Math & Literacy Centers)
Group Meeting (Discussion of Weekly Topic)
Music & Movement
Story Time
Choice Time (Interest areas include Literacy, Math, Science, Block, Art, Music, and Dramatic Play)
Summary (Transitional Song or Graph, Morning Message, Attendance, Weather, & News Report)
Lunch & Outdoors/Indoors gym time
Small groups (Monday –Thursday: (1) Language Arts; (2) Math & Science; (3) Health & Fitness or Project Work; Friday: Computer Lab)
Snack/Story time/Rest time
Show & Tell
Snack time
Story time (Language Arts)
Indoor gym time
Art or Technology

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

4 reporting periods, weekly newsletter, open house, literacy night, parent coffees

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on