Friday, July 27, 2012


Louis Armstrong Elementary School provides an intimate, small-school experience where all students receive the attention they require to excel, plus an array of enrichment and cultural programs. As a result, Armstrong has been designated a 21st Century School. (Photo by Brad)
Louis Armstrong Elementary School, 5345 West Congress Parkway, has long been one of the best-kept secrets on Chicago’s West Side. But now, the secret is coming out!
    The school of about 200 students in grades 3 through 6 has always offered small classes with teachers providing close attention to the educational needs of individual students. It also offers a unique array of cultural and enrichment programs to support classroom instruction and expand student horizons. Principal Demetrius Bunch announced that student scores on the most recent ISAT standardized achievement test increased by an amazing 9 points.
    Now, Louis Armstrong is recognized as a 21st Century School, a prestigious designation in partnership with Children’s Home + Aid, with a grant providing an even more extensive menu of learning and recreational opportunities for students and their family members.
    Mrs. Bunch explains that student and family wellness, plus other parent and family programs will be offered on a weekly basis, providing support for Armstrong students.
    New at Louis Armstrong this year is student Band instruction, building on the school’s popular Music Scholars Program. In addition, a Parent Resource Room is being opened with computer literacy training and Internet access to ensure that at Armstrong education is a family affair.
    Successful programs being continued and expanded include: Student Cheer Squad, F.R.E.S.H. health and nutrition program for students and parents, Gifted Classes, Big Ten-S.C.O.R.E. Program, Adult G.E.D. & Basic Skills Classes, free Parent Fitness Classes, and the popular Mother-Son and Father-Daughter Dances.
    An Open Enrollment Day with tours of the school is being held Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM. No appointments are required. For information about curriculum, enrollment, and registration at Louis Armstrong Elementary School, call Mrs. Demetrius Bunch at 773/534-6365.

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