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 2+ ?

GOOD STANDING

School Grades

PK,K-8

# of Students

377

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
0.8%
Black
94.2%
Hispanic
4.2%
White
0.3%
Other
0.5%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
99.5%
Limited English
2.4%
Mobility Rate ?
NOT YET AVAILABLE
Chronic Truancy ?
NOT YET AVAILABLE
 0
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 2019-2020

2019 Profile Page Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 2+ ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
BELOW AVERAGE ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
WELL ORGANIZED ?
NWEA Reading Growth ?
40th
National Average 50th percentile
NWEA Math Growth ?
61st
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 AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
3rd
72nd
4th
6th
5th
41st
6th
44th
7th
46th
8th
30th
All
40th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
3rd
94th
4th
64th
5th
54th
6th
31st
7th
82nd
8th
20th
All
61st
 0
50
99
National Average
Student Attainment By Grade Level BELOW AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
2nd
6th
3rd
13th
4th
19th
5th
47th
6th
35th
7th
63rd
8th
51st
All
33rd
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
2nd
45th
3rd
17th
4th
31st
5th
50th
6th
18th
7th
40th
8th
32nd
All
33rd
 0
50
99
National Average
School Culture and Climate Details WELL ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? NEUTRAL
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? NEUTRAL
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? STRONG
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? STRONG
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? NOT YET AVAILABLE
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? NOT YET AVAILABLE
Quality of Facilities: Do parents feel satisfied with the physical environment of their child's school? NOT YET AVAILABLE
Safety ?
 
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school? WEAK
Behavior and Discipline ?
2018 2019 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students 7.9 4.2 5.2
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension 58.8% 64.0% 15.1%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions 2.4 days 2.6 days 1.9 days
Other Important Metrics
2018 2019 District Average
Student attendance 93.0% 93.8% 92.8%
Teacher attendance --- --- ---
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 98.3% 81.4%
Teachers 58.1% 78.5%
Parents --- ---

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:  12/13/2019
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 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
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 2019
Healthy CPS Report 2018
Healthy CPS Report 2017
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