Q: What are your hours?
A: Hamilton’s school day is 7:45-2:45. Earliest drop off for students is 7:30 a.m.
Q: Are you a magnet school?
A: No, we are a fine and performing arts magnet cluster school. This means we are neighborhood school which accepts students from outside our attendance area through the lottery. The Chicago Public Schools fund 1 teacher positions each year through the Magnet Cluster Program.
Q: Do you have recess?
A: Yes. All students have recess for thirty minutes every day.
Q: Can I volunteer at Hamilton?
A: Yes. Hamilton has a volunteer coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and there are many opportunities to get involved. All volunteers must have a background check completed before volunteering.
Q: What is your visitor policy?
A: All parents visiting the school must sign in at the security desk and get a visitor badge. Classes may not be interrupted during the school day.
Q: What is your uniform policy?
There is no uniform policy at Hamilton. Hats may not be worn inside the building.
Q: What time of the day can I meet with my child’s teacher?
A: Teachers are available by appointment.
Q: Do you offer foreign language instruction?
A: Language Stars (Spanish) have fee based after school classes at Hamilton. All students in K-8 are taught computer coding during the school year. We consider coding to be the most important foreign language.
Q: How often do the students have physical education?
A: All of our students have physical education for 150 minutes a week.
Q: What other ‘special’ classes do students have?
A: Our students have an arts classes every day. All of our students have Theatre, Music and Dance.
Q: What are the demographics of your school?
A: 59% of our students are white, 24% are Hispanic, 8% are African-American, 5% are Multi-Racial, 3% are Asian and Pacific Islander, and <1% are American Indian.
Q: Do you have after school programming?
A: Yes. The Lakeview YMCA provides afterschool care from 2:45-6:00 on site. We also offer 12 different fee based after school classes during the week.
Q: What is your grading policy?
90 – 100 A
80- 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D