May 23, 2011

Elementary Schools in the Area

This post highlights some of the elementary schools of 
Lake View when it was a township, city, District of Chicago, and finally in one of the 77 'community areas' of Chicago. While most of the school mentioned in this post are in the community of Lake View some are near its border. This post will be divided in two sections - tradition public schools and nonpublic (parochial and independent) schools. Another post is almost exclusively devoted to the only high school within the neighborhood that spans through the generational evolution's of old Lake View - Lake View High School
Area Schools in 2018
via Google Maps
and back in 1897 
And in 1914
 Fullerton to Waveland
 Waveland to Carmen
What Did Students Learned in 1905-06
a good resource 
and part of my collection
The Required School Books 1905-06
this last page reflects influence the dominance of 
German speakers in Chicago at that time 
The Public Schools of Old Lake View: 
Township (1857-87)
City of (1887-89)
District of (1889-1930ish)
The Township Schools in 1875
Dummy-Road School (Nettelhorst)
Ravenswood School (Sulzer)
Diversey Avenue School 
The student populations 3 years 
earlier in 1872 - Chicago Daily News
An 1884 Account:
The Lake View Township Schools 
History of Cook County, Illinois by A.T. Andreas 
"Lake View is as well supplied schools of a high grade as any town in the notwithstanding which fact there are over one children unable to obtain schooling because of the condition of the eight buildings which their more fortunate comrades. The school board trustees are as follows John N Hills president Franz Baer and A.S. Maltman Seth F. Hanchett secretary and treasurer School No 1 is situated Evanston Avenue corner of School. The building is over twenty years old but the main of the two story brick structure was erected in. The property is valued at $22,000 Amelia Holcomb principal of No 1 [and] School No 2 is located on Diversey Street corner Seminary Avenue the building a two story brick edifice. In 1878 a four room building was erected and 1882 the accommodations were increased two rooms. The school house is one of the most substantial in the town value of property $45,000. Lena Troendle as 1st principal. School No 3 corner of Wrightwood Avenue and was erected in 1882 the pupils being under the [care] of Margaret Fitch. School No 4 corner of Orchard and Wrightwood has eight rooms and is one of the finest district school buildings in the county. It was completed year 1883 and with the site is valued at $22,000. E Williams has been transferred as principal No 3 to the same position in No 4 [and] No 5 school building on Belmont Avenue near has three rooms and was removed being the frame structure occupied as No 2. In addition to the above there is a branch primary at Ravenswood known as Ravenswood School I [on the] corner of Sulzer and Paulina Streets. JF Kletzing principal an ungraded school at Andersonville by Mrs Mary W Jackson and the Rose Hill the brick building being erected in 1882 and the pupils taught by Mr Williams. The five most important schools of the town are in No 1 the total value of the property being [??]. The bonded debt is $89,000. [The] school population in June 1883 3,305 number of children 4,665 population 2,824. The total population of the town is 19,000."
According to the Board of Education report published in 1890 the Township/City of Lake View
 had four school districts with 14 schools
(see page 258-9 for locations)
Some Details:
(researching on this one)
School District 1 
School No 1 (Nettelhorst) is situated on Evanston Avenue (Broadway) corner of School Street. School Street extended east to the existing shoreline at that time). The original building is over twenty years old but the main portion of the two story brick structure was erected in 1879 The property is valued at $22,000 Amelia Holcomb is principal.
School No 2 (but listed on a 1891 map as Public School #6) was located on Diversey Street near the corner of Seminary Avenue. The building a two story brick edifice In 1878, a four room building was erected while in 1882 the accommodations were increased to fourteen rooms. The school house is one of the most substantial in the township. The value of property $45,000. Lena E. Troendle is first principal. Below is a 1887 map view of the school. According to a 1894 map the school was still there but not in 1923.
And a  Research Project on this One
There was a school on Diversey east of Lincoln Avenue in 1887 and then in 1894 there were two schools - the new one listed as school #6 s/b #2?? By 1891 old Lake View was part of the City of Chicago that should did not have had a nbr system at that time. Was one school replacing another in time?? or was it two separate school?
What happen to either one of them by 1923? 
1887 Sanborn Fire Insure Map below
School #6 appears west of Diversey School in 1891
with a school to the east that was built in 1875 with an addition 1882
School #6 appears west of Diversey School in 1894
By 1923 both schools were gone
by 1950 it was a auto sales & service lot
zoomed view below
The class of 1891 known as Lake View School #2

the class of 1891 was known as Lake View School #2
(This cardboard backing photo is part of my collection)
I do not know the reason for the two different names for the same school but in my opinion Diversey School is school #2
with names of students in the back - images from Ebay

School No 3 (Prescott) located on the corner of Wrightwood & Ashland and was erected in 1882 with the pupils being in the care of Margaret Fitch. The value of the property $18,000.
School No 4 (Alcott) corner of Orchard and Wrightwood avenues had eight rooms and is one of the finest district school buildings in the county. The school building was completed last year 1883 valued at $22,000. Gertrude E Williams has been transferred as principal from No 3 to the same position in No 4.
School No 5 - lower right of this 1887 map
This building was on Belmont and Robey (Damen) Street; had three rooms and was removed, being old frame structure, occupied school No 2. [with] Miss A.T. Shockley [who] keeps the scholars in hand. It is currently Fellger Playlot Park.
School No 6 (Hawthorne) located at Seminary and School
School No 7 (Hamilton) located at Paulina and Cornelia
The Unknown School on School Street
with a zoomed view below with no address 
School District 2
Sulzer (Ravenswood) & Wolcott School
*Wolcott School was located on Wolcott near Leland
School District 3
Argyle Park & Andersonville schools
*Argyle Park was located on Evanston Ave.(Broadway) and Argyle Street while the Andersonville school 
while was located at Clark and Foster
School District 4
Rose Hill School - Clark Street north of Ridge Avenue
in 1908
Know Let's Begin with ...
AndersOnville School 
or was it spelled AndersEnville?
Township of Lake View
According to an online source called Curbed Chicago schoolhouse at the corner of Foster and Clark was recorded with both the Anderson and Andersen spellings.
This school was also known as the meeting place for the township citizens who discussed the establishment of the township. The township was granted township status by the State of Illinois by 1857. This status would change in 1887 when the township became a city. Two years later the citizens of the City of Lake View voted for annexation to Chicago.
 photo front and back
Andersenville School once located at the southwest corner of Foster (59th Street) and Clark Street near Ashland Avenue. Interesting that the name of the school was spelled with an 'E' not an 'O'. According to the Edgewater Historical Society, 'The Andersonville school was used as an ungraded school because there were so few children in the area.
Plans for demolition in 1903
According to the 'Annual Report of the Superintendent of Schools' [Chicago] of 1908 the demolition of the building 
was in the works.
the location per Sanborn Fire Map
the 1887 location was on 59th (Foster Avenue) & Clark Street
the southwest corner - X marks the spot
with a zoomed view below
By 1894 the location of the school appeared to become a church
with a zoomed view below
1887 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map indicates the school was located in Community of Rose Hill, Township of Lake View
According to The Edgewater Historical Society, the school was located on the west side of Clark Street near Peterson and Glenlake. A permit for a renovation/expansion dated July 2, 1910, shows the address as 6020 N to 6024 N. The Chicago Board of Education records indicate that the building was built in 1883. A. T. Andreas in his 'History of Cook County' gives the year it was built as 1882 indicating a brick building. The school operated until the opening of the Stephen K. Hayt school which was built to replace it because of considerable overcrowding. A 1905 Chicago Board of Education report on all schools indicated that the Rosehill School had 289 seats but 427 students, of which 182 were in rented rooms. 
The Hayt School opened in 1906 [in what was then the District of Lake View]. 
This school was originally called the Sulzer School. The building  was constructed on the same property of the current school in the Township of Lake View. This school had it's own school district status before it was annexed by Chicago. 
The original building at the same location
Sanborn Fire Maps of the Location
 a 1887 view of the area
image - Historical Map Works
and as it looked in 1891 - still the original building
This 1894 map indicates the name as the
 Sulzer Street Public School but newer building in place
 with a zoomed view below
 a 1928 view below
now called Ravenswood Public School

Postcard 1908 - Ebay
 as of 1915 - 4332 North Paulina Street
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection 
housed at Sulzer Regional Library
Championship basketball team players 1910 
Daily News Archives
photo - Chicago Historical Schools 1900
The building's last addition 
1909 photo - Chuckman Collection
Miss Crockow - Principal - 1873
Sulzer Classroom - 1885
1894 class photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection via Explore Chicago Collection
The below Chicago Tribune article tells a tale of elementary drama in 1896
The Lake View High School Connection
In the first quarter of the 20th century many Lake View High students were housed at Ravenswood Elementary due to over-crowding at the high school
LVHS Yearbook 1935
1985 photo
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection.
Sulzer Regional Library via Explore Chicago
 1985 photo
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection.
Sulzer Regional Library via Explore Chicago
1985 photo
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection.
Sulzer Regional Library via Explore Chicago
photos - Lake View Patch
once known as Lake View Township School #1, 
Dummy-Road School, & The Evanston Avenue School
According to the publication called History of Cook County, Illinois (p.710) the first building was probably constructed from wood and built in 1864. The first brick building was built in 1879 while the addition and/or second building by 1893 presently located at 3252 North Broadway Avenue.
postcard - my personal collection
This postcard image shows both the original school and the newer school. A building bridge was constructed later to connect to the two buildings. Below are images of the Sanborn Fire Map 1894 indicating the bridge link to the two buildings as well as illustrations from 1923 & 1950. Broadway was called Evanston Avenue prior to 1914 and School Street end at Evanston in 1894.
Sanborn Fire Maps
1887 view of the school when Lake View was a city
look toward the 'St' and 'Evanston'
the 1894 Sanborn Map above with the bridge link 
to the orignal building
a 1923 Sanborn Map below
  the 1950 Sanborn Map below

The original building  
The original school was called Lake View Township #1 during the township days located at the same location as of the current building and referred to as Dummy Road School due to the mode of transportation used at the time along the road in front of it. Broadway had several names such as 
Lake View Plank Road and Evanston Avenue. 
This was the mode of transportation along Broadway (Dummy Road/Evanston Avenue). It was called the 'dummy train' because the first car was the engine masked to look like the others behind it. The first engine car design was so that the horses would not recognize where the LOUD engine noise was located - not kidding!

Their namesake, Louis Nettelhorst, was born on February 4, 1851 in Bremen, Germany. As a teenager he moved to Chicago without his parents, who joined him a few years later. Upon arriving in Chicago in 1870 he joined an insurance company that sent him to New York where he married Tillie Ropeniak. After five years Louis Nettelhorst missed Chicago, so he quit his job selling insurance in the East and returned to Chicago. He took a position as a bookkeeper for Charles Emmerich & Co., the world’s largest feather dealer, and worked hard to become a partner in the company. In 1876, with his assistance, this Chicago-based company exported 15,000 lbs. of feathers to Germany.
Louis Nettelhorst served on the Chicago Board of Education from 1886 to 1892, three of those years as President. An advocate for immigrants’ rights, he helped establish cultural organizations and gymnastics clubs called Turnverein.
While campaigning unsuccessfully for city treasurer he caught the flu and never fully recovered. He died at his home in Chicago on March 14, 1893 leaving behind his wife and three young children: Freda, Carl and Louis, Jr. Several thousand people attended the funeral of this popular German immigrant. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery.
Visit this school on Facebook.
Some articles from the Chicago Daily Tribune 
about this school beginning in 1896
 new addition 1960's
Courtesy of Bill Latoza Chicago Historical Schools
school property view northwest as of 1940
Courtesy of Bill Latoza Chicago Historical Schools
History of School by Students 1954
 1958 Report Card 
images - John Friedman 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni'-Facebook
School Insurance Form 1950's 
"This was in my mother's sewing kit, discovered a couple weeks ago. Figure almost 60 years ago. Yikes. I guess my mother never secured this insurance for me. I believe my teacher in 4b was Lila Goldberg." from ‎John Friedman‎ via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
photo - Robert Lee and his brother David (by the truck) via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
photo - Wilson Soto-Adames with comment via 
“I still remember thinking that the small playground was the size of a baseball field. Unfortunately, my mother and I left good old Chicago in 1963 and returned to Puerto Rico. I lived on Barry Street and have great memories of my friends and remember getting together on Fridays (I think) to watch the Untouchables...” 
- Wilson Soto-Adames
part of my collection - selected pages

a 1963 photo via Susan Riebman Groff
Susan is the second row on the left of this photo. 
She was in third grade & 8 years old.
1965 graduation photo
Al Roth via Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni
view more from their alumni page

Ms. Hampton and students
late 60's? photo - Susan Reibman Groff, 
Forgotten Chicago on Facebook
Memories of a School Guard
A Facebook Testimonial
Ms. Hampton - from Nettelhorst Alumni page
2003 This school was in a downward spiral but was saved by the dedication of a principal/staff and community associations + business merchants. 
 published in 2009
this book tells a story of rebirth of a school that was on of the first schools of the former Township/City of Lake View
2013  This school formed a innovative partnership with Northwestern University to inspire and educate elementary students to become the inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. 
Note: View more current photos of this school via Flickr.
2012 photos - Lake View Patch
A 125th Celebration
In July 1892 Lake View #1 was renamed Nettelhorst School
Some photos from the event
logo - Nettelhorst School-Facebook
with the newer name 
  2018 photo by Liz Zoller Cohen 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
 both 2018 photos by Liz Zoller Cohen
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
and the party afterwards at another location
photo below by Michael McLoughlin 
Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
photo - Garry Albrecht
This is a 2014 photo of the hallway looking toward 
the 1893 building (the second building) 
that connects both school buildings
 2018 photo by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
 2018 photo by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
 2018 photo by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
  2018 photos by Rick Vega 
via Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School Alumni-Facebook
Prescott Elementary 
Lake View Township #3
Originally constructed in 1883 in the Township of Lake View
photo - Forgotten Chicago 
Sanborn Maps
1887 map indicates the school is situated on the corner of 
Wrightwood & Ashland in the City of Lake View next to major manufacturing area of the old city/township
1894 Sanborn Map showing the school 
on the bottom right
View the 3 mosaics of this school via Flickr
Prescott Elementary: As a literature and writing magnet cluster school, Prescott is a Level 1+ school of approximately 375 students. Ranked the No. 14 school in Chicago by Chicago magazine, students and teachers applaud Prescott for its ambitious instruction and supportive environment.
Township of Lake View
Facebook page
1908 photo - Chuckman Collection
This 1887 Sanborn Map indicates the building on School & Seminary when Lake View was a city
1894 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the school

postcard view - originally built in 1886 
the building and block changed a bit
1923 Sanborn Fire Map

"I attended this fine school in the early 50's for my 6th and 7th grades. It was during this period that the present school was built, and that we moved out of the old school. I remember that many of the students helped their teachers move classroom items into the new building. The two years that I attended this school were some of the happiest in my life. I am very happy that after all these years this school still remains such an excellent educational institution. 
Best of luck to all present and future students."
- testimonial from Robert Tyndall in 2010
Read about a teacher at this school that tests your critical thinking skills via DNAinfo-Lakeview. View more current photos of this school via Flickr.
New Playground Space in 2019
 photos - Hawthorne Neighbors-Facebook
Originally built in 1888 in the City of Lake View

1912 photo - Ebay
1894 Sanborn Fire Map highlights school

Ravenswood Lake-View Community Collection
Housed at Sulzer Regional Library
Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804): He was 'aide-de-camp' to General Washington during the Revolutionary War & served as Secretary of the Treasury during President Washington's presidency. He studied law - one of the first Constitutional lawyers. He was a member of Congress and founder of the Federalist party - one of the first political parties at the time. Currently at Hamilton School students can access the school's website posting all their homework via the web.
This is an article about this school as of 1917

Lake View High School
had a presence in this school in 1935 if among others
This relationship lasted many years. 
Visit Explore Chicago Collection for tons of photos
here are some samples
1953 - Art Class?
'Development of light' workshop table - 1936
Bird House Building Club - 1938
'Study of Bats' 1938 
 'Our Farm' project 1938
safety workshop table - 1938
'Adjustment class'?? 1941

Science Class 1941
Chicago Florist Shop table
Visit Graduation Photos from Chicago Public Library
View more photos of this school via Sulzer Regional Library
photo - DNAinfo
2009  CPS board ok'ed Hamilton School
In 2009, the Lake View neighborhood school was set to be phased out as Chicago Public Schools moved to close, consolidate and "turn around" two dozen schools. Local School Council Chair Stacey Paradis and Gray, who was about to begin his first year there, credit "a passionate group of Hamilton parents" with persuading CPS to give Hamilton another chance. In 2016 the principal who spearheaded the survival of the school in 2009 retired per DNAinfo.
Note: Check out some graduation photos from 
District of Lake View
 1910 postcard - Ebay
photo - their website 
Audubon Elementary School was built in 1893. The school was named for John Audubon, a famous ornithologist. 
a 1894 Sanborn Fire Map of the location
Lake View High School students
had a presence in this school according to a LVHS yearbook 1935. This relationship lasted several years

mid 1990's photos - UIC Photographic of Change
The school entered the 21st century with solar energy
photo - Illinois Clean Energy
Louis John Randolph Agassiz Elementary 
2851 N Seminary Avenue
District of Lake View
Facebook Page

Principal Mira Weber said the building’s renaming is only the “step one” of the larger effort to embed anti-racism into school culture.“The renaming is the first part of it, but you don’t change philosophy and practice by taking one name down and putting up another,” Weber said. “So while this step is a huge celebration of work and learning, it’s only the kickoff of the real work that has to happen: the deeper conversations around creating a more equitable school community.”That work includes professional development for its staff, a review of the school’s curriculum to make sure it’s culturally relevant and a revamping of the school improvement plan to include the district’s equity framework, which has guided the school’s renaming process.

1906 photo - Art Institute of Chicago
with an honorable mention in 1911
This 1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the school property
Articles about this school in 1896 
1965 article
View more current photos of this school via Flickr
'Agassiz Elementary School: Agassiz offers a fine and performing arts magnet cluster program, bringing in artists and musicians to work with its roughly 500 students through the use of grants and arts partnerships. The Level 1 school was one of the first in Chicago to open a program for students with autism. Younger students take Arabic lessons, while middle schoolers learn Spanish. This Lake View school offers violin and guitar lessons, dance classes, flag football and volleyball. Teachers & students applaud the school's ambitious coursework & support systems.'
A Name Change Selection in 2020
image - 44th ward newsletter
District of Lake View
photo - Ebay
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the school
Built in 1908 and for many years in the 20th century housed students who were 'physical impaired' according to some articles from the Chicago Daily News Archives shown below.
50 years in 1958

An Update 2016
Jahn Elementary: Focused on fine arts, Jahn has given students opportunities to explore the street art movement of Buenos Aires and beautify their school. The school partners with Emerald City Theatre, DePaul University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to offer theater, art and music programs. As an inclusive school, Jahn educates children with and without disabilities together with the goal of improving academic success and social outcomes for all the students. It also offers daily structured recess and social emotional curriculum. The North Center [neighborhood] school, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave., is rated Level 2, and parents find it offers a welcoming community.
Louisa May Alcott Elementary 
East Campus
District of Lake View

Postcard view of street corner location
Official mailing address was 870 W Wrightwood in 1893
zoomed view below
This 1887 map highlights 'Wrightwood School' 
apparently its name during the township years and below is a 
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

1944 photo from
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Official mailing address was 2625 N. Orchard Street when the second building was constructed in 1937.
Article in 1965
Alcott serves grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Dedicated faculty, community partnerships and over 400 students representing more than 200 families make up the vigorous Alcott community. Our sprawling grounds include plenty of green space and a school garden that serves as a teaching lab for healthy eating. In addition to our integrated curriculum, they offer instruction in Mandarin Chinese for students K-8, perform an annual Shakespeare medley and offer a rich array of after-school programming.  
 Visit their garden!
Alcott is a preKinder to 12th grade college prep school. The elementary campus is located in Lincoln Park and the high school is located in Roscoe Village.
2014  a new look with a new field for 2015

Blaine Elementary School
District of Lake View
1908 photo - Chuckman Collection
1893 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the school toward the bottom of this illustration map

photo via Southport Corridor News & Events
This school originally housed sixteen rooms and had a student capacity of 972 in the District of Lake View.
Blaine auditorium - 1906
2013 photo view - Lake View Patch
2019 photo - Chris Cullen, Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
1923 Sanborn Fire Map with some changes
Valentine's Day Book Drive 
during World War II for servicemen
Graduation ceremony - 1948
Article 1965
(click image to enlarge)
 View some fun vintage photos from publication called 
'Lake View' by Matthew Nickerson.
When a Principal was Dismissed 
2016 photo - Chicago Tribune
Blaine Elementary School Principal Troy LaRaviere, an outspoken critic of Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been ousted in a sudden change that left most in parents shocked. His politics ended this career in the Chicago Public Schools.
District of Lake View
 1908 - Chicago Historical Schools
pre-building space 1894 Sanborn Fire Map

1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the school building
A 1898 article below 

image -  David Laz via Original Chicago-Facebook
1935 photo -  Chicago Historical Schools
An Update 2016
Burley School: Similar in size to Agassiz, Burley School is located one block south of Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont in Lakeview. The Level 1+ school ranks in the top 5 percent of schools in reading and math attainment nationally, and parents, students and teachers give Burley high ratings across the board when it comes to school culture.
Burley prides itself on offering teacher-authored curriculum and active learning not based on textbooks. As a magnet cluster school, it focuses on literature, writing and technology, and weekly art and music classes. Like Agassiz, it offers a lottery process for families outside the neighborhood boundaries. Extra-curricular activities include drama, cooking, woodworking, animation, dance and sports.
District of Lake View
1893 -1977?
and then a new building by 1978
Their first location was at the northeast corner 
of Grace & Sheffield
 This school was originally located on the northeast corner of Grace Street and Sheffield Avenues. The current school is located at 832 W Sheridan Road.
Sanborn Fire Maps 
of the location at Sheffield & Grace
 the school was called Greeley in 1894
 The building was part of Lake View High School in 1923
and as well as 1950
photo - Lake View High School 1927 yearbook
images from the 1949 Lake View HS yearbook
The Relationship with the LVHS
from the 1935 Lake View High School yearbook
this relationship began in 1919
Below is a 1969 article 
about poor condition of this school  


Razed and Replaced in 1978
a page - East Lake View by Matt Nickerson
a Google Map view edit
2009 Google photo
A new building by 1978
832 W Sheridan Road
A Ghost Story

photo below - Substance News
'Catching up or Leading the Way' 
by Yong Zhau

1895? - 1976?
919 W Barry Avenue
photo - wall of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
photo - unknown source (a zoomed view)
image - 'Robert morris elementary school' - Facebook

this 1923 Sanborn Fire Map shows the location 
Interesting note about this map is that sometime after 1950 this block of Wilton failed to exist.
Morris Elementary Elementary School was established by 1895 & the building was demolished probably by 1976. The Morris name was decommissioned from the Chicago Public  School system.
 This is an articles about this school in 1896
Noble=Barry & Blucher Street=Wilton Avenue
Class size was an issue in 1964
Remembering Founder in 1967

 1972 photo - Arlene Nybakken Chase via
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
No Funding in 1970
 2016 Google Maps
The space currently houses a new building called the Center for Advanced Care, part of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital complex of buildings
With the Morris building demolished a second building was built for ...
Inter-American Elementary School
Community of Lake View
This school is currently occupying the old Le Moyne building and that was once located at 919 W Barry Avenue. This three story building on Barry was apparently built on the old Morris School property constructed maybe in the mid 1970's with a Spanish speaking student population in mind. Spanish began the second language on the north-side during this period. According to Wikipedia 'Inter-American was started by parents who desired a multilingual school for their children. Adela Coronado-Greeley and Janet Nolan co-founded the school and became teachers there. It first opened with only preschool in 1975.The preschool opened in September 1975 in two rooms in the old Bartelme School in Rogers Park where Janet and Addy Tellez were the only teachers. Intense lobbying by IAMS parents paid off in 1983, when the school won its own site, in a temporary building in Lake View.' 

photo - unknown source
1986 photo - non longer on the web
My educated guess is the CPS finally found the funds to build a new school for the Morris students in the mid-1970's and by the mid-1980's the building was integrated with both the Morris students with the Inter-American students. The building would soon lose the name of Morris to replaced by Inter-American Magnet, reflecting the dominate population.
The Inter-American School concept began in Rogers Park with a nomadic history on Barry Avenue 
to its current location on Waveland Avenue.
known currently as 
Inter-American Magnet School 
851 W Waveland Avenue
Apparently,the property and building was donated to the Chicago Public Schools by the wife of John V. Le Moyne solely for a 'special needs' student population in 1914.
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the school
'After months of rumors, parents and teachers at LeMoyne Elementary have learned that early childhood programs at the Wrigleyville school will end in June and the school itself will be phased out in seven years. A nearby magnet school will be moving into the building next year, parents were told Friday. Inter-American Magnet School, a dual language school, will [planned] move into LeMoyne School in September 2006. The magnet school has been searching for a new building for years.' - Chicago Tribune 2005
Inter-American began by two mothers, Adela Coronado-Greeley and Janet Nolan, who dreamed of a multilingual, multicultural school where children from varied backgrounds would be taught in English and Spanish in an atmosphere of cultural pride. It is one of the oldest and most comprehensive dual language (also known as two way immersion) schools in the Midwest. The preschool opened in September of 1975 in two rooms in the old Bartelme School in Rogers Park where Janet and Addy Tellez were the only teachers. A single bus provided transportation for the students.
851 West Waveland Avenue
LeMoyne Elementary was initially designed exclusively for students with 'special needs' until the school policy changed to integrate the population into a mainstreamed classroom environment. The Le Moyne building was re-named a year or so later to be called Inter-American Magnet School. Simply, Le Moyne lost their student population and Inter-American need the extra space. Find information about Inter-American Magnet School on Facebook.
 This is an article about LeMoyne in 1986
Curb Appeal with Alderman Tom Tunney
photo -  Latoya Thorn Photography 2014
 Cement turns to green 
Courtney Elementary Language Arts
1726 W Berteau Avenue
to be known in 2018 as
The German American International 
of Chicago
photo - Chicago CityScape edited
This was a missed opportunity on my part not collecting images & text of the school at this particular location when I began this blog in 2007. Due to a CPS restructure in 2013 this location was closed and responsibilities transferred to formerly named Stockton School in neighborhood of Uptown.
I am currently requesting any pictures you may of this old location - but this is what I have on the location since 1928.
1928 Sanborn Fire Map of the area 
While the building was on constructed by 1928 there were plans to constructed more under the name of 'Swedish Free Church Bible Institute'. The edited 1950 map below shows those additions but under the name of 'Trinity Seminary & Bible College'. The structure north of it now a 'dining area'. The future school was laid out as dormitories. The dorm-like structured remained during the Courtney School years. 
Courtney was one of the 29 schools that were closed by Chicago Public Schools and to be sold by 2017.
photo via Chicago Ancestors
College Plans to Expand 1958
... It never happened
 page 2
A Transition once Again 1970
 Naming to New Facility 1971
Testimonies 2013
"Courtenay Language Arts Center is not only a school, but a close knitted community; a family. Your children will not only learn the needed skills to achieve in life, but will also develop friendships that will last beyond elementary. I went to this school, and I honestly believe that Courtenay prepared me for high school. Currently, I go to Lane Tech, one of the best high schools in Illinois. Thanks to Courtenay, I am now enjoying my time there. The staff is very friendly and efficient, they truly do care about their students. As a student there, I was encouraged to do my best every day. If you are considering a school for your child, look no further, this is the school for you."
 "I am a graduate from Courtenay that goes to Amundsen. The teachers and staff at Courtenay are amazing and kind. The teachers are relaxed and try hard to help kids get good grades. When I went I was part of C3 club where we learned about recycling and the earth. I was also part of the robotics club, even though we did not win it was an amazing experience."
"Courtenay Language Arts School is a great school where children are put first. If you want your child to feel valued and learn leadership skills, then this is your school. The school has excellent teachers and great leadership and support from the administration." 
The German American International 
of Chicago
was once located
1447 W Montrose Avenue
 images & text - their website
"In 2007, a few German, American and Austrian parents and educators got together to explore ways to establish a German immersion school in Chicago. We found much interest in such a school and gained the support of members of Chicago-area German, Austrian and Swiss cultural and business communities. Consequently, we incorporated in December of 2007 as an independent, not-for-profit, co-educational pre-K through 12th grade German dual-language (German and English) school named German School Chicago. We changed our name to German International School Chicago (GISC) in 2014, because it more accurately presents our vision with respect to curriculum, staff, students, their families, and our larger community."
According to a LakeView Historical-Facebook contributor Kathy Scardina, "Just around the corner from my former home. It was The Southern School before Passages 
[Charter School] and a vacant factory before that." The factory, she mentioned, was a refrigerator plant and confirmed by a 1950 Sanborn Fire Map. 
photo below of a classroom - Getty Images
3149 N Wolcott Avenue
officially known as Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Public School
photo - Ashley via Pictame
photo - their Facebook page
 photo - Yale Club of Chicago
Some History
the school history page on their website is still under construction as of 2018
postcard - Chuckman Collection
a 1928 Sanborn Fire Map of their Location
constructed in 1907 / architect Dwight H. Perkins
Wolcott Avenue was once called North Lincoln Street
 a zoomed view below
Memories from Contributor Carole E. Brennan
via LakeView Historical-Facebook
her class - Halloween 1946
she is the pumpkin first row last of the left
Her Classroom Booklet 1948

her 1954 graduation journal 

her 1954 Graduation photo

a spirited classroom of students in 2015
2015 photo - their Facebook page
changing the environment from the inside
2017 photos - IPAINTMYMIND
the school is part of an art exchange program 
with other schools

 photo - their Facebook page
above photo - via Jessica Mueller
below 2017 photo - Pictame
photo - Center Square Journal
 their Facebook page
'We are a diverse school that includes many different kinds of learners. Our students are from 28 different countries and speak 31 different languages. We would welcome the opportunity to show you around our school and to meet our excellent faculty and staff and connect with our community of students and families.' - their website
Sanborn Fire Maps
A 1887 view of the school when the school 
was located in the City of Lake View 
A map view of the school in 1928
early 1900's photo - their Facebook page
no Facebook page
photo - Chicago History in Postcards
Sanborn Fire Map 1928
 photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Growing Pains in 2014
and the addition ...
Coonley has experienced an influx of students in recent years. Though the school currently has just one seventh-grade and one eighth-grade class, lower grades have three or four classes each. Coonley's existing building only has 22 classrooms according to DNAinfo. The three-story annex funded with Tax Increment Financing dollars will contain 12 classrooms, a kitchen and multipurpose room.
Non Public Schools in the Area
These schools range from parochial, independent to this former community college
Lake View Learning Center
part of the City of Chicago Colleges
3310 N Clark Street
 2018 photos - Garry Albrecht
The Center’s roots trace to 1972, when it was known as Universidad Popular, a groundbreaking educational program that predates a relationship with City Colleges of Chicago, and offered multi-level English instruction, along with assistance in immigration law, local politics and tenants rights for its largely Latino student body according to an online news source called the Chicagolist. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Public Building Commission of Chicago built the 14,200- square-foot facility in 1983. Universidad Popular's founders had experience with the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee and Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago-used that to promote adult literacy. The City Colleges of Chicago sold the building to developers for seven million dollars. All serves will be housed in Uptown in the Truman College that is part of the City colleges of Chicago network.
This building is planned to be demolished as of 2018 for a new development. This new building will also coincide with the eight-year long CTA Belmont Elevated Overpass project.
below is the rendering of the new development
its replacement
  The Southern School
1500 W Montrose Avenue
an apparent independent school
a school that was dedicated to 'special needs' students

closed 2015
"We are a small, safe, private alternative high school located near Wrigley Field. With space for only about 20 students, when we say "small", we mean it!" - per their website
"Lake View Academy was founded some forty years ago by a church at the request of a group of neighborhood teens who for various reasons had left their previous high schools and wanted  a second chance at school success and graduation. They had formed ties with some of the church members and believed that the church would provide a quality education for them in a psychologically as well as physically safe environment - things that had been lacking for them in their previous schools.  We continue to provide an alternative for students who have become discouraged in traditional high schools." - per Private School Review
The last graduation class 
A Lutheran faith based school
Pilgrim Lutheran School
a parochial school
4300 N Winchester Avenue

since 1900
photo - Lincoln Square Patch
2012 photo below - their website
Apple Tree Learning Center
3480 N Lake Shore Drive
Bernard Zell:
 Anshe Emet Day School
3751 N Broadway
with a new look 
Anshe Emet Religious School
Jewish based school
kindergarten to 8th grade
on Grace Street
The Florence G. Heller
JCC Chicago
524 W Melrose Street
Jewish based Early Childhood
since 1977
957 W Grace Street
Jewish based Pre K & Child Care
Our Lady of Lourdes School
4643 N Ashland Avenue
Catholic based school
1920's photo 
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
1928 Sanborn Fire Map of location 
one year before the church moved west across the street
 east of Ashland Avenue
Classrooms in the 1940's
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection

'In 1903, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary founded a parish grade school with 340 inaugural pupils. Thousands of students received an excellent Catholic education at the school before it closed in 2004.'
A Fire in 1944
 column 2

all photos - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
A Catholic faith based school
photo - Chicago Real Estate Local
and a Blue Ribbon winner for the 
U.S. Department of Education
A Catholic faith based school
A Catholic faith based school
photo - Brandon Bartoszek via Flickr
Awarded Blue Ribbon honors from the 
U.S. Department of Education
St. Mary's at the Lake School
A Catholic faith based school
 photo - St. Blogustine
 photo - St. Blogustine
 photo - St. Blogustine
 photo - St. Blogustine
 In the Beginning
St. Mary of the Lake Parish was established by His Grace, Archbishop Patrick A. Feehan in September, 1901. It comprised the territory known as Buena Park, and was bounded by the lake on the east and by the following streets: on the north by Wilson Avenue; on the west by Racine, Clark, and the east line of Graceland Cemetery; and on the south by Waveland Avenue. In 1901, Buena Park was sparsely populated and the lakeshore reached as far west as Sheridan Road. There were only sixty families identified as Catholics who attended church when Father John J. Dennison was appointed to organize the parish. Finding a stable location for a church in the district was a difficult task. Vacant property was abundant, but prices were prohibitive and finally after a month of searching, one hundred feet of property was secured from Mr. Adam Schneider and another gentleman. Plans were formulated for a new building, which was to be a combination church and residence. Ground was broken the 20th of November, and the new building was begun almost immediately.
photo - Nishan P. via Yelp
The New Church
In April 1913, Father Dennison announced plans to build a new church and rectory at the northwest corner of Buena Avenue and Sheridan Road. Before construction could begin, the Robert A. Waller home - which stood at 4210 North Sheridan Road - was purchased and moved to 1026 West Buena Avenue which was south of the church on Buena. The church was designed by Henry J. Schlacks - a Chicago native - who had already made a name for himself as a church architect despite his young age. He chose the Italian Renaissance style of architecture, patterning the structure after the Roman churches of St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major. The freestanding bell tower is a replica of the campanile of St. Prudentiana Church in Rome. The altar's pulpit and altar rail were all the creation of Mr. Schlack's genius and enterprise. The edifice was constructed at a cost of $127,000. Archbishop James E. Quigley laid the cornerstone of the present church on June 29, 1913. Archbishop Mundelein dedicated the church on May 20, 1917. At that time, the parish membership numbered 600 hundred families. - with more photos of the church.
While construction proceeded on the new church, ground for a new school was broken on the east side of Kenmore Avenue, just north of Buena Avenue. The school is the work of a young architect - Mr. Joseph W. McCarthy, a New York native - who arrived in Chicago in his early years and grew up in Chicago and who was himself a pupil in the parochial schools administered and taught by the Sisters of Mercy. The school - a two-story building with six classrooms on the second floor - was unsurpassed by any schoolhouse in Chicago at that time in terms of its lighting and classroom arrangement. The first floor has a very commodious and artistic auditorium which accommodates between six and seven hundred. It has a very large stage with an asbestos fire curtain and two sets of scenery. The whole scheme was a monotone in silver gray. 
It had a modern method of ventilation for that era that kept the halls and classrooms constantly supplied with fresh air. The children's toilets were equipped with the very latest improvements and were termed "elaborate" in finish and execution. The building was considered absolutely fireproof. The Sisters of Mercy of St. Xavier's administered and taught at the new school. Their community had been instrumental in building the reputation of the parochial schools of Chicago and placing them on a plane that was equal - if not superior - to the public schools of our city. The influence of the sisters was immediately realized in the scholarship and conduct of the children, who were under the personal supervision of these good women.
a 1960 photo
 photos - oocities

'The first thing you may notice as you walk in the doors of either St. Mary of the Lake or St. Thomas of Canterbury Schools is the diversity of the student body. Representing the wide range of ethnic groups that you will find in Uptown, our students are the children of established parish families as well as first-generation immigrants from countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Vietnam. This richness of culture and experience help create a unique learning environment for all students at our schools.' - a 2012 text
photo - 'Filming Locations of Chicago & Los Angeles'
Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center
A Catholic faith based school
2009 photo - Google Maps
 541 W Hawthorne Place
This school is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).
The Chicago City Day School is an independent, elementary school with an academic program that is rigorous yet sensitive to the individual needs and abilities of children. The Chicago City Day School is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), a membership organization of more than 200 independent schools from 15 states of the Midwest region. Rigorous, highly participatory programs challenge youngsters to become competent, engaged learners. Hard work is expected. Risk-taking is encouraged. From junior kindergarten on, City Day students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills and to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
A Jewish faith based school
Present Place
3701 N Ravenswood
a private pre-K school
“With a background in interior design and early childhood education, I envisioned a space that encourages kids to explore and socialize while their caregivers relax and enjoy adult conversation. Every toy and piece of furniture in our space is something I would furnish in my dream playroom. I chose natural design elements and toys that spark creativity without overloading the senses.”
The Township Military School
once located at Irving Park Road & Western Avenue
currently the location of Martha Washington Apartments
 and before that ...
Immanuel Hall
(per CPS updates)
July 2020

Post Notes: 
Geography: Swinton's Primary - 1879
 This is an elementary lesson book published eight years after the Chicago Fire of 1871. Old Lake View was a township in Cook County. The continent of Africa was not colonized yet by the Europeans. Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah were territories of the United States and Oklahoma belong to the Native Americans. I bought this book from Ebay
Besides the lesson book is a globe I purchased that 
dates between 1939-1944  
I begin with the Central States
 The map accompanied with the text below
 Sample of some of the lessons: 2 pages
The most dominate culture at the time 
in the City of Chicago was European so more pages 
in this book were devoted to Europe
with a special attention to Central Europe aka Germany
I was more than interest
 in how the publisher dealt with Africa
before the European powers divided up the continent 

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