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, Chromebooks and desktop computers. 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.
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