Calmeca Academy provides rigorous instructional programs that support Common Core Standards, promote acquisition of learning a second/third language and supporting Fine Arts. Instruction is unique and innovative constantly utilizing research-based programs and strategies. Dual Language is implemented in Pre-K through 5th grade this year and will grow through the years until all students instructed in the Dual Language philosophy. Mandarin is taught to students in grades K to 8th grades. External partners include UIC, ISU, Univ. of Chicago, Columbia College, Old Town School of Music, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Mariachi Heritage Foundation, Illinois Youth Soccer, and Changing Worlds. Calmeca provides workshops and trainings for parents supporting a strong parent involvement program. The weekly Healthy Kids Market provides families with fresh fruits and vegetables for all families. Additionally, the school holds the Silver Level award for its efforts in promoting Healthy and Wellness programs and events for its students. The after school program provides students the opportunity to engage in sports, arts, and tutoring.

 

School Rating ?

Level 1+ ?

GOOD STANDING

School Grades

PK,K-8

# of Students

784

Governance

District ?

Faculty


Norma Iris Cortez
Principal

Mrs. Sylvia Orozco-Garcia
Assistant Principal: Ms. Orozco-Garcia


DUAL COORDINATOR: Ms. Corona

Hours


08:15 AM-03:15 PM
School Hours

 

Public Transit


CTA Bus
39

Demographics ?


Asian
1.1%
Black
1.0%
Hispanic
97.2%
White
0.5%
Other
0.1%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
88.6%
Limited English
59.4%
Mobility Rate ?
6.9%
Chronic Truancy ?
22.1%
 0
100

Kindergarten:

Full Day

Pre-K:

Half Day

Bilingual Services:

N/A

Classroom Languages:

Mandarin, Spanish

Dress Code:

Yes

Attendance Boundaries:

Yes
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Refugee Services:

N/A

Title I Eligible:

Yes

School Year 2018-2019

2018 School Progress Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1+ ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
FAR ABOVE AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
AVERAGE ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
WELL ORGANIZED ?
NWEA Reading Growth ?
90th
National Average 50th percentile
NWEA Math Growth ?
84th
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
60th
4th
85th
5th
55th
6th
88th
7th
85th
8th
99th
All
90th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
3rd
63rd
4th
36th
5th
58th
6th
21st
7th
71st
8th
99th
All
84th
 0
50
99
National Average
Student Attainment By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
2nd
15th
3rd
29th
4th
58th
5th
25th
6th
51st
7th
73rd
8th
86th
All
54th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
2nd
21st
3rd
36th
4th
36th
5th
34th
6th
31st
7th
32nd
8th
78th
All
42nd
 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? STRONG
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? STRONG
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? STRONG
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? STRONG
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? NEUTRAL
Behavior and Discipline ?
2017 2018 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students 0.4 0.4 5.6
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension 8.3% 12.5% 13.5%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions 1.3 days 1.7 days 2.0 days
Other Important Metrics
2017 2018 District Average
Student attendance 95.6% 95.9% 93.3%
Teacher attendance 95.1% 94.5% 95%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 94.7% 81.4%
Teachers 94.8% 79.9%
Parents 52% 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 (Dual Language)

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
Students who live outside of the school's attendance boundary can apply online or via paper Choice Elementary Schools application by visiting go.cps.edu.
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • Early Childhood Program 
  • Kindergarten 
  • Performing Arts 
Creative
  • Band/Orchestra 
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Drawing 
  • Ethnic/Folk Dance 
  • Fashion 
  • Figure Drawing 
  • Guitar 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Mosaics 
  • Murals 
  • Painting 
  • Paper Making 
  • Photography 
  • Plays/Acting 
  • Talent Show 
  • Theater 
  • Violin/Strings 
Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Nutrition Workshop 
  • Physical Education 
  • Recess Daily 
  • School-based Dental Services 
  • Workshops/Classes 
Life and Leadership
  • Peer Mentors 
  • Service Learning/Community Volunteer Program 
Parent and Community
  • 8-9th Grade Transition Workshops 
  • Art Appreciation 
  • Book Club 
  • Crafts Workshop 
  • Crafts Workshops 
  • Dance Classes 
  • ESL Workshops 
  • Family Nights 
  • Field Trip 
  • Fitness For Parents 
  • Gang Awareness Workshop 
  • Health and Well-Being Workshops 
  • Health and Wellness Workshops/Programs 
  • Leadership Development For Parents 
  • Meeting Space For Parent Groups 
  • Nutrition Workshops 
  • Parent Advisory/Group 
  • Parent Patrol 
  • Peace Circles 
  • Supporting your Student Workshops/Programs 
Scholastic
  • Bilingual Support 
  • Chess Team 
  • Homework Help 
  • Newspaper 
  • Real Men Read 
  • Science Club 
  • Tutoring 
  • Writers Workshop 
Sports and Fitness
  • Basketball 
  • Boys’ Baseball 
  • Boys’ Basketball 
  • Boys’ Soccer 
  • Boys’ Volleyball 
  • Chess 
  • Dance 
  • Flag Football 
  • Floor Hockey 
  • Girls on the Run 
  • Girls’ Basketball 
  • Girls’ Soccer 
  • Girls’ Softball 
  • Girls’ Track 
  • Girls’ Volleyball 
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Touch Football 
  • 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
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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