South Loop Elementary School is a dynamic and diverse school in the heart of Chicago. Our school thrives on a leadership culture to encourage exploration, inquiry, and learning within a supportive and growing community.
The inspirational success of South Loop Elementary is due to the involvement and passion of our students, teachers, staff, parents, and community. As we continue to build into our school and community, our mission and vision guide our way.
Our mission is to prepare every student at South Loop School to develop 21st Century life skills by providing a standards-based curriculum that fosters student leadership, academic rigor, fine arts integration, social and emotional consciousness, and an understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures in an inclusive environment.
We envision a school climate that embraces our diversity, where every child can succeed academically and artistically.
We envision our graduates taking ownership of their learning, investing in their communities, and achieving success in a global society.
In the 1980s, more families began to move into the South Loop neighborhood and an increased need for city services arose. This new community of families encouraged the Chicago Public School system to develop a neighborhood school, and by 1988, South Loop Elementary School opened its doors at 1212 South Plymouth Court.
By 2000, a group of committed neighbors and parents set out to make South Loop Elementary School the school of choice for the neighborhood. A new council was elected, a new principal selected, and the programming was expanded to include a tuition-based preschool program, a selective enrollment gifted program and an after-school program.
The new administration revamped the curriculum to create a more challenging standards-based academic environment, improved student enrichment with better access to arts and service activities, and enhanced extended day programming. With these academic refinements yielding year-over-year increases in test scores and parent satisfaction, our school has become a source of pride for the neighborhood and community.