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Ravenswood School

4332 North Paulina
Chicago, IL 60613

(773) 534-5525


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers get to know each child, their ways of learning, and their joys in life. They tap into this knowledge of the children throughout the curriculum. In grades K-8, teachers guide reading for small groups of children reading at the same reading level. These groups ("flexible groups") change very often as different readers have different needs.

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

Choice time (centers: Water table, sand table, library, drama, writing, drawing, science)
Cooking weekly
Morning activities: calendar, days of the week, greeting songs
Reading aloud
(the remainder pertains to TBPK and not PSA)
Walk around block
Choice time
6 pm

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Breakfast the first Friday of each school year. Parents are invited to shadow their children in the classroom.

Family Reading Night is in early October.

Parent-teacher conferences are twice per year (Nov and April).

There are a number of parent workshops throughout the school year.

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Home visits are PSA only.

Both PreK rooms host a PreK picnic the week before school starts. Children can meet each other and their teacher, visit the classroom, play in the playground and classroom, and each punch and cookies. Children then look forward to "their" school, classroom, friends, and teacher. We have little if any crying.

Parents are invited to stay with PreK children the first few days, but generally the children do extremely well.