Ten years ago, South Loop School was struggling with low test scores and on the verge of probation. But after a staff turnaround and the addition of a gifted program, test scores went up, leaving the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school among the most coveted of Chicago public schools.It's a good read if you're not familiar with the discussion. Our favorite quote is from a parent:
Nestled in the Dearborn Park housing development, the school is in an area that has seen explosive growth in the last decade. With some of that growth attributed to the school's success, parents and officials now face crowding because of double-digit enrollment jumps each year for most of the last five years.
South Loop parents expect the school to grow even more as families decide that private school is not affordable.(Hat Tip Jack G!)
"People are moving into the neighborhood for this school," said parent Megan Madden, whose daughter is a first-grader in the gifted program.