Our Mission To Produce Lifelong Learners

Curtis School of Excellence will fully prepare our scholars for college and the work force by providing a safe, rigorous learning environment with high expectations for all. We will partner with our community and families to ensure that our scholars are able to exceed standards and not just meet them. As a learning community, we will work together to prepare our students to be academically competitive with their peers worldwide and each of them will feel the love and commitment of our staff. Collectively, we will use each other as resources to create an exciting learning environment for our children and foster in them a thirst for knowledge that cannot be dampened by the social ills they confront each day.

Pre K-8

Curtis School of Excellence

32 E. 115th St.
Chicago , IL 60628
773-535-5050

Enrollment: 634
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Curtis

Welcome to Curtis School of Excellence. From the first day of pre-kindergarten to the last day of eighth grade, our Curtis team and family teaches our students the academic and character skills needed to graduate from the high school and later the college of their choice. This year, we will focus on increased academic demand for all students, character education focused on R.O.A.R (respect, optimism, achievement, responsibility) and family programming that extends learning beyond our walls and into your home. Thank you for visiting us, and we hope to deepen our partnership with parents and families.

Laquita Louie, Principal

Performance

Our Growth In Achievement

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Curtis School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to Create a Culture of Excellence

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Curtis School of Excellence is named in honor of George W. Curtis (1824-1892) who was an American writer and public speaker. In 1863 he became the political editor of Harper’s Weekly, which was highly influential in shaping public opinion. Curtis was also one of the original members of the Board of Education for what would become New York City, and advocated for educational reforms.

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AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Curtis School of Excellence to AUSL in 2010 as a turnaround school. Turning around a school is one approach that CPS uses to improve neighborhood schools that have been failing for many years. The transformation begins with the new leadership and teachers in the building to deliver effective instruction and the right climate and culture to the same neighborhood students.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, the Curtis School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone: 773-535-5050

Administration

Ms. Louie
Principal
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Ms. Singler
Assistant Principal
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Ms. Mulcahy
Instructional Coach
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Teachers

Ms. Bivens
Kindergarten Teacher
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Ms. Diaz
Head Start Assistant
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Ms. Leavy
Head Start Assistant
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Ms. Garner
Head Start Teacher
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Ms. Gooden
Kindergarten Teacher
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Ms. Williams
5th Grade Teacher
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Ms. Parayil
1st Grade Teacher
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Ms. Mohead
2nd Grade Teacher
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Mr. Dodd
2nd Grade Teacher
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Ms. Ortlip
3rd Grade Teacher
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Ms. Schmidt
1st Grade Teacher
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Ms. Tidwell
3rd Grade Teacher
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Ms. Stewart
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Mr. Watson
4th Grade Teacher, Math/Science
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Ms. Lehman
4th Grade Teacher
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Mr. Ross
5th Grade Teacher, Math
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Ms. Esquivel
6th Grade Teacher, ELA
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Ms. Hamilton
7th Grade Teacher, ELA/SS
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Ms. Hunter
8th Grade Teacher, ELA/SS
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Ms. Howard
7th/8th Grade Teacher, Math
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Ms. Muhammad
Head Start Teacher, ELA/SS
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Ms. Eisner
6th Grade Teacher, Math
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Ms. Salvant
Diverse Learner Teacher, Case Manager
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Ms. Woodis
Diverse Learner Teacher (1st-3rd)
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Ms. Lyles
Diverse Learner Teacher (3rd-4th)
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Ms. Taylor
Diverse Learner Teacher (5th-6th)
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Ms. Barnes
Diverse Learner Teacher (7th & 8th)
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Ms. Armstrong
Reading Intervention

Ms. Hester
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Mr. Johnson
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Ms. Berry
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Mr. Williams
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Ms. Erwin
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Ms. Daily
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Mr. Weatherspoon
Diverse Learner Assistant
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Ms. Bewley
Cadre (Curtis Substitute)
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Ms. Huber
Art Teacher
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Mr. Bradley
Music Teacher
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Ms. Sommerville
PE Teacher

Support Staff

Ms. Bradley
School Clerk
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Ms. Carr
School Counselor
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Ms. Hill
Psychologist
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Ms. Simmons
Social Worker
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Ms. Newman
Speech Pathologist
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S. Gunn
Physical Therapist
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Ms. Reid-Banks
Culture & Climate Security Supervisor
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Ms. Jelks-Lane
Culture & Climate Security Supervisor
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Mr. Hemingway
Culture & Climate Security
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Mr. Kenerson
Culture & Climate Security
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Ms. Canty
Culture & Climate Security
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