Pilsen Community Academy is a Pre-K through 8th grade school with 475 students. We are a community school offering classes after hours to tutor students and classes for parents as well. In addition we also offer sports and extracurricular activities on Saturday for the entire community- both for students and adults. We partner with America Scores which allows us to be a Community School and provide a wider array of programming. We also partner with DePaul University and UIC University to support our efforts of maintaining a culture of continuous professional growth. Pilsen Academy staff, students and parents have worked very hard to help Pilsen become a high quality level one school and we are working harder to continue in this direction.
Our teachers and staff are dedicated and help the students, parents, and community in any way they can. We also have Nationally Board Certified teachers and a Nationally Board Certified principal.
Our students are dedicated as well. Our daily student attendance is well over 96%.
Our parents meet and participate in various committees including PTA, LSC, BAC, and NCLB on monthly basis. In fact, our parent committees have received several awards for conducting their meetings on time and for their participation.
What new functionality we are looking for
Our current website is not a space where the school community is active. We would like to change that with a new, user-friendly and exciting way for all students, parents, staff, and community members can go to get up to date information. We would like for a new website to have the following:
easy to navigate for parents and students
way to advertise school - colorful and eye catching
classes - each teacher has input or a page and can add their own pictures
home page with pictures in a slideshow format
after school activities
translation - English Spanish
how many visitors
icon to parent portal
Local School Council page
How the new functionality will help
A new website would allow us to advertise the school and reach the community. The target audience are parents, current students, and potential new families. Two years ago the school was on the CPS closing list due to a low student enrollment and our Level 3 status (on probation for low test scores). Currently we improved our rating to Level 1 and would like to better advertise our school to inform everyone of the quality of education we are offering. We would like for the website to have the ability to translate as 90% of the families the school serves are Latino and 45% of students are English Language Learners.
We also do not have a full technology position! There is a teacher in charge of all technology issues and and she is a full time kindergarten classroom teacher. It would be very helpful to have a new, user-friendly webpage that multiple staff can contribute to and update.
A new website with a lot of resources will help the students to improve academically since they can access their homework and links that their teacher can add to the website to help them.
As a 21st Century community school (we offer expanded programs for students and families), we have a large focus on parent and community engagement. This website would allow us to connect with local organizations and events and create a central space where families can get information and stay engaged.
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VISION / MISSION
We at Pilsen Academy believe that all children can learn and should come first. We believe that all students must be given the opportunity to achieve to their fullest potential to become productive citizens in an ever changing multicultural and technological world. We believe that students must have a strong foundation in all areas of the school curriculum so that they develop academically, culturally. socially, and emotionally.
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