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Oscar Mayer School

2250 North Clifton
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 534-5535


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Mayer Elementary is a Pre-K-8 neighborhood school in the Lincoln Park (DePaul) community. We have an extremely diverse ethnic and socio-economic population. We value mutual respect and pride ourselves in teaching children of different backgrounds to learn and play together. Mayer Elementary has an outstanding teaching staff that understands the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. Parents are involved and volunteer in a myriad of ways to support their children's education. Oscar Mayer is a unique public school that successfully addresses the needs of the "whole child" through high standards and an enriching educational program.

We pride ourselves on having an administrative, teaching, and support staff that reaches out to all of our students. The average length of faculty teaching experience is approximately 15 years, with 80% of our staff having earned a Bachelor's Degree and 20% at a Master's Degree or above.

As a part of the Lincoln Park Magnet Cluster, Mayer Elementary School focuses on the Fine Arts to integrate the curriculum and to address the varied learning styles of its students. We have strong art, music and drama programs to enhance our instruction. Art shows and a Cafe Nights are some of our activities. We also focus on the integration of technology throughout the school. Our location near DePaul brings in tutors, student teachers and direct assistance from their professors. We receive funding from two different community organizations, as well as strong support from the Oscar F. Mayer Foundation.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school