Cather Elementary School (Home of the Cougars) is located in the East Garfield community. Cather’s primary instructional focus is preparing students for college and career readiness by offering a rigorous curriculum infusing in technology and meeting the needs of the common core state standards.  We offer a variety of extracurricular activities for boys and girls after school, as well as Fine Arts during the school day.  School partnerships include but are not limited to: (MLK Boys & Girls Club, Marillac House, The Australian Consulate-General, Super Seven,  Bank of America, Communities In Schools, and several neighborhood churches).

 

School Rating ?

Level 1 ?

GOOD STANDING

School Grades

PK,K-8

# of Students

326

Governance

District ?

Faculty


Wanda Rene Carey
Principal

Wanda C. Hart
Assistant Principal

Delores Smith
Counselor & Case Manager

Deborah V. Johnson
Office Manager / School Clerk

Darielle Carter
SCR / Attendance Clerk

Edward Williams
Sports Coach

Hours


07:45 AM-02:45 PM
School Hours
7:30 AM
Earliest Drop Off
03:00PM -5:00PM
After School Hours

 

Public Transit


CTA Bus
20, 94
CTA Train
Green

Demographics ?


Asian
1.5%
Black
93.3%
Hispanic
3.7%
White
0.6%
Other
0.9%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
91.4%
Limited English
2.5%
Mobility Rate ?
25.9%
Chronic Truancy ?
33%
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100

Kindergarten:

Full Day

Pre-K:

Full and Half Day

Bilingual Services:

No

Dress Code:

Yes

Attendance Boundaries:

Yes
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Refugee Services:

N/A

Title I Eligible:

Yes

Preschool Inclusive Program:

Yes

Significantly Modified Curriculum w/ Intensive Supports Program:

Yes

School Year 2018-2019

2018 School Progress Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1 ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
FAR ABOVE AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
AVERAGE ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
ORGANIZED ?
NWEA Reading Growth ?
98th
National Average 50th percentile
NWEA Math Growth ?
78th
National Average 50th percentile

Healthy CPS
Healthy Schools Image coming soon ?

Creative Schools Certification ?
Creative Schools Image ?

Supportive Schools ?
Supportive Schools Image ?

Awards

Excelerate Award Gold ?

Student Growth By Grade Level FAR ABOVE AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
3rd
99th
4th
99th
5th
97th
6th
56th
7th
99th
8th
39th
All
98th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
3rd
92nd
4th
74th
5th
42nd
6th
20th
7th
99th
8th
26th
All
78th
 0
50
99
National Average
Student Attainment By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
2nd
4th
3rd
38th
4th
62nd
5th
49th
6th
37th
7th
63rd
8th
51st
All
41st
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
2nd
4th
3rd
18th
4th
53rd
5th
30th
6th
16th
7th
37th
8th
35th
All
27th
 0
50
99
National Average
School Culture and Climate Details ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? STRONG
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? WEAK
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? NEUTRAL
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? NEUTRAL
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? STRONG
Parent Survey Results ?
 
School Community: Do parents feel welcome and included in the school? STRONG
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? NEUTRAL
Quality of Facilities: Do parents feel satisfied with the physical environment of their child's school? STRONG
Safety ?
 
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school? VERY WEAK
Behavior and Discipline ?
2017 2018 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students 7.9 6.6 5.6
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension 86.1% 55.6% 13.5%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions 2.4 days 2.5 days 2.0 days
Other Important Metrics
2017 2018 District Average
Student attendance 92.1% 93.0% 93.3%
Teacher attendance 95.0% 94.5% 95%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 70.3% 81.4%
Teachers 67.9% 79.9%
Parents 44% 35.6%

You can find more information about the measures used in this report on the CPS web site.

The State of Illinois Report Card for this school can be viewed at the State Report Card web site.

Program Application Requirements

Open Enrollment

Deadline:  12/14/2018
Grades Served: K-8
Application Requirements
None
Selections
Students who live within the school's attendance boundary can be enrolled automatically and do not have to apply. Contact the school for registration instructions.

Students who live outside of the school's attendance boundary must submit a Choice Elementary Schools application between October and December. Available seats, if any, are filled via computerized lottery. Priority is given to applicants with a sibling who is currently enrolled in the school in grade K-7, and who will remain enrolled in the school for the coming school year.
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How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • After School All-Stars 
  • Early Childhood Program 
  • Kindergarten 
Creative
  • Dance 
  • Drawing 
  • Painting 
  • Sketching 
  • Student Art Club 
  • Talent Show 
Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Nutrition Program 
  • Nutrition Workshop 
  • Physical Education 
  • Recess Daily 
  • School-based Dental Services 
  • Targeted Interventions 
Life and Leadership
  • Mentoring for Boys/Girls 
  • Service Learning/Community Volunteer Program 
Parent and Community
  • Art Appreciation 
  • Art Workshops 
  • Family Nights 
  • Field Trip 
  • Fitness Classes 
  • Fitness For Parents 
  • Health and Wellness Workshops/Programs 
  • Nutrition Workshops 
  • Parent Advisory/Group 
  • Parent Patrol 
  • Parenting Classes 
  • Peace Circles 
  • Safety Workshops 
Scholastic
  • Chess Team 
  • Homework Help 
  • Learning Lab 
  • Real Men Read 
  • Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Tutoring 
  • Tutoring 
Sports and Fitness
  • Basketball 
  • Boys’ Basketball 
  • Boys’ Lacrosse 
  • Boys’ Softball 
  • Boys’ Track 
  • Boys’ Volleyball 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Chess 
  • Conditioning and Fitness 
  • Dance 
  • Exercise 
  • Flag Football 
  • Football 
  • Girls on Track 
  • Girls’ Basketball 
  • Girls’ Cross Country 
  • Girls’ Soccer 
  • Girls’ Track 
  • Girls’ Volleyball 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
School Quality Rating Report 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
School Quality Rating Report 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
School Quality Rating Report 2014
Financial
Report Name Date Download
School Segment Report 2010
Building
Report Name Date Download
6 Month Asbestos Report Fall 2018
Asbestos Inspection Report 2016
Accessibility Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Detail Report 2014-2015
Education Facilities Master Plan 2013
Other
Report Name Date Download
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2017
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2016
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2015
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2018-2020
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2012-2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2016-2018
Healthy CPS Report 2018
Healthy CPS Report 2017
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