Get to know Peterson Elementary

Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School is a neighborhood Pre-K to 8th grade school located in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago. The vision at Peterson is to develop college graduates, community leaders, and cultural ambassadors.

Peterson is a linguistically and ethnically diverse Chicago Public School, serving students in preschool- 8th grade in the Hollywood and North Park neighborhoods.  Our zip code is one of the most diverse in the nation!

  • Enrollment is 920 students
  • 43 languages are spoken in our homes including Spanish, Arabic, Gujarati, Urdu and Vietnamese
  • 70% of our students speak a language other than English at home
  • 75% of our students are low income
  • 31% of our students are English Language Learners
  • Several of our students are from either refugee or homeless backgrounds
  • 11% of our students have IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)
  • We have about a 14% mobility rate – the percentage of students who transfer in and out of Peterson.
  • Peterson is committed to providing an excellent education to all our students.  We have high standards for everyone in our learning community, both academically and socially.

Awards, Accolades & Accomplishments:

  • Music Teacher Anand Sukumaran was selected as the winner of the 2014 Golden Apple Award for superior teaching
  • 2011 Boys Long Jump City Champions
  • 2014 Boys Basketball O’Hare Network Champions & Chicago Elite Eight
  • 2015 Boys Volleyball undefeated Conference Champions
  • Winner of a State Department Grant to have an Arabic Teacher from Egypt, Samar Abdelfatah, teach Peterson students for one year (2015-16)
  • All Choirs were invited to the Museum of Science & Industry to perform at their “Christmas Around the World” stage
  • Peterson was the only CPS school to participate in a statewide robotics competition
  • 2015-16 winner of a Roberts Foundation Grant to enhance our STEM Programming
  • More than $100,000 raised by the Friends of Peterson to support Peterson Elementary

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