I received a letter or call from Frazier School. Is that you?
Possibly, there are two Frazier School's in Chicago. Our building at 4027 W Grenshaw. Frazier International Magnet School (our school) is a CPS school overseen by the Office of Access and Enrollment and the Austin-North Lawndale Network. Frazier Preparatory Academy is a contract school overseen by a private management organization. Demographic and other information on both schools can be found at Illinois Interactive Report Card.
Is Frazier a good school?
Decide for yourself. Frazier is the winner of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools award in the "Exemplary High Performance". Fewer than 1% of Illinois schools received this honor. Frazier has also been honored with the state of Illinois awards for Spotlight School and Academic Excellence. Frazier International ranks in the top 100 schools in Chicago according to the Chicago Suntimes and is the #1 ranked K-8 school in the Austin-North Lawndale neighborhood.
We are authorized to provide the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme which utilizes transdisciplinary teaching methods that makes learning meaningful to students. We are a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme.
100% of our 7th graders in 2013 scored at levels high enough to apply to selective enrollment high schools in Chicago. Scores for this group and others have increased noticeably in their time at Frazier.
What special programs or partnerships do you offer?
Students at Frazier are treated to innovative programs and partnerships that are constantly evolving. Elementary students benefit from a partnership with Ravinia that provides artists in residence who visit classrooms regularly to enhance the arts in literacy program.
Middle School students participate in STEM/Technology classes that involve robotics and other design challenges. They have choice in several classes including arts, speech, and research.
All Frazier students also participate in Mindful Practices - a method of helping students stay focused throughout their day. Techniques used in Mindful Practices translate to self discipline in and out of the classroom.
Does Frazier have anything for after school?
Frazier has a robust after school program for 20 weeks each year. The after school program includes an academic component, and two days of enrichment opportunities from visual arts to sports, chess, and debate.
We also work with the YMCA to provide after school care at the school for a reasonable price. Please contact the office for more information!
Does my child have to take a test to get admitted?
No. Elementary magnet schools in Chicago accept students regardless of academic backgrounds. The only requirements are that you live in the city of Chicago and that your child meets the age requirements for a K-8 student in Chicago.
Do I have to live in the neighborhood to get admitted?
No. Students may live anywhere in the city of Chicago (before the first day of school).
I live near the school. Does my child get automatically accepted at Frazier International?
No. Applying kindergarten students who live in the proximity of Frazier International Magnet School (less than 1.5 miles away from the school) may choose to place themselves in the Proximity Lottery in October when an application is submitted. A certain percentage of open spaces are generally reserved for students living within this range. This applies only to kindergarten. Students in all other grades are randomly selected from all of the applications received with special considerations that hope to promote diversity in the school.
I have another child who attends Frazier International Magnet School. Can his sibling get automatically accepted?
Yes and no. For incoming kindergarten students, siblings of existing Frazier International students will be automatically accepted as long as we have space. Siblings receive no preference for grades 1-8 and will be selected randomly from all applications.Check with the office of Access and Enrollment for up-to-date policies on sibling admission.
I applied in October and was placed on the waiting list. Will I get preference for the lottery next year?
No. If you were not selected for a position in one lottery, you must reapply using the appropriate form in the next lottery. Lottery deadlines are generally in December and April.