Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools
Classical Schools provide challenging liberal arts instruction for students with high academic potential. The instructional program in these schools is accelerated and highly structured for strong academic achievement in literature, mathematics, language arts, world language, and the humanities. Classical Schools begin in kindergarten and serve students through sixth grade (with the exception of Skinner West, which serves students through eighth grade).
Currently, there are five classical schools in Chicago – Decatur, McDade, Poe, Skinner North, and Skinner West. Testing is required for admission into these schools.
To be considered to teach gifted/talented students in the Classical Schools program, high- quality candidates are selected who have participated in a myriad of training. The Office of Academic Enhancement is proud to have offered training in curriculum and instruction from nationally renowned experts in the field of gifted and talented learners. Training has also been offered through Gifted Education Seminars, Advanced Gifted Institutes, and Summer Best Practice Workshops.
Currently, transportation is provided to students who reside more than 1.5 miles from the school and within the boundaries identified below: