Principal’s Message

I am excited and honored to be the principal at LaSalle II Magnet School. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools opened LaSalle II, a replication school modeled after LaSalle World Language Academy. Our mission at LaSalle II is to not only provide the highest quality of programs across the core subject areas, but to also educate our students about other cultures and to teach them to communicate in critical languages spoken around the world. As part of the daily curriculum, students participate in world language instruction in Arabic, French, Chinese, or Spanish. Kindergarteners attend language classes three times a week, while first through eighth grade attend four times each week.

We are excited about the challenges and opportunities that this new school year will bring.  LaSalle II’s administration, staff and parents are committed to working together in order to create a positive school climate and culture so that our children will have the highest quality of education that will enable each child to reach his or her full potential.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have and I look forward to working with the school community.

Dr. Lauren Albani

Principal

School Overview

LaSalle II Magnet Elementary School is a world language academy located in Chicago. The school opened in the fall of 2008. It serves students in preschool through eighth grade. In addition to the core subjects, students participate in world language instruction in one of four languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish.

LaSalle II Magnet School currently enrolls over 600 students from both the neighborhood and other areas located throughout Chicago. Our diverse student population is comprised of 3.5% Asian, 18.8% Black, 44.6% Hispanic, and 28.1% White students.

LaSalle II offers half-day preschool classes and full-day kindergarten classes. The instructional setting reflects the CPS average of 28 students in grades K-3 and 31 students in grades 4-8. Our classrooms are heterogeneously mixed based on ability, gender, and ethnicity.

LaSalle II’s curriculum is based on the Common Core State Standards and performance descriptors for reading, language arts, and math.  Social studies and science curricula are based on the Illinois State Standards and performance descriptors.  World language curricula are based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages National Standards for Foreign Language Education.  Teachers align these standards with learning experiences, instructional texts, and materials.

Students in kindergarten and grades one through eight take the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Assessment) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment, and all students in grades three through eight take the ISAT (Illinois State Achievement Test) in Reading and Mathematics.  Fourth and seventh graders also take the ISAT in Science.  Students are assessed two times a year to monitor academic growth with the NWEA MAP test and once a year for the ISAT.

Each LaSalle II classroom is equipped with Promethean Boards and computers. We have two classroom sets of iPad 2s. Our library reflects a multicultural design using the architectural elements from the various countries LaSalle II students explore and study. LaSalle II also has two computer labs and two science labs.

LaSalle II parents are very involved and supportive of all of our programs. They formed the LaSalle II PTO during our first year, which supported a variety of LaSalle II’s events and projects. The PTO has sponsored after-school programs, hosted a variety of activities, and raised funds for special programs and teacher grants.

Visit the Chicago Public Schools website for additional school profile information.

Vision

LaSalle II will become an exemplary elementary school which provides students a high quality education that prepares them for high school and future years. Instruction in a world language will enable students to communicate in more than one language and develop an acceptance and tolerance towards people of differing abilities, races, and cultures as represented in the school, community, city and around the world.

Mission

LaSalle II will provide a rigorous and challenging elementary school education to students in grades pre-k through 8. Acquisition of a second language will be a special component of the school’s educational program. Students will also learn the history and culture of the nations where the language is spoken.