Getting better... Wish they didn't change the schedule to start school so early, but that seemed to be a choice from the district not principal. As well as the cut backs to music and other programs - its district and their budget issues. And now with their garbage of wanting to split the school which
... Read more would make my child go to a school that's a lot worse! It's the district that has a lot of issues!!! As far the 2013-2014 school year for Forrestal - I've noticed improvement. I think a lot of it has to do with both the teacher and the parent involvement though. Last year I was there often, became familiar with the staff. It helped us become more comfortable with the school, esp. since my kid didn't want to go. I wasn't too pleased last year with a few things, academical level was too low for my child, and few issues that came up that I felt was ignored, but eventually corrected. It was a struggle to get my child to want to go. This year however, my child has some great teachers this year. Kid is finally enjoying school this year - except for the 7:50 tardies. (Not looking forward to how bad that will be with snow - but that's a different issue!) Next year - will see what happens!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/05/13
I just moved to the area and I have to say this is very disappointing to hear, as well as a Doctor from the hospital telling me I should think elsewhere! I have only seen a handful of wonderful comments, and about a dozen or more negative feed back! I am skeptical about putting my children into a school
... Read more that is not beneficial to their needs. I hope to find something quick, so that I may not experience the negativity this school brings! Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/05/13
I have read through these reviews. We ahve been in Forrestal for the last 3 years, and these are the furthest from the truth. These must be some lazy non participant parents to thing that this school is so bad. I LOVE this school and the teachers and Principal Dr. Brooks. She is the BEST!! If the
... Read more parents that wrote these reviews took some time to really look into this school, talk to the teachers, they will find what I have. A really great school!!!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/20/13
This school is the prime example of what you do not want a school to be like. Teachers always yelling and screaming at your children, saying things to put them down. Teachers talking to the kids like they are nothing. Very unprofessional. I do agree with the fact that some of the teachers do have personal
... Read more conversations in front of the children. This school is failing the test scores are horrible student moral is down. The teachers need to show that they care and they might get better results and attitudes from the children. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/17/12
This school does a disservice to military families who are constantly on the move. We gambled and hoped it was slow paced because it was the beginning of the school year and now we regret it. I have gone through 3 different school districts and this was our 2nd state and it is by far the worst school
... Read more my son has attended. 1. Office staff are rude, unprofessional 2. curriculum not challenging 3. Homework rarely assigned 4. no constant or formal communication between classroom and home. 5. Principal does not have an open door policy 6. YOU as the parent are not allowed to show up unannounced to your child's classroom. You have to call in advance and make arrangements. Lastly, the school supply list is a mile long and by the end of the year hardly any of it was used. To top it off his workbooks from the school year were hardly used. IF you can afford private school do it. We are in a new state, and a new school that has a challenging curriculum and our son is terribly behind. The teachers are nice however, nice does not cut it. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/20/12
The staff in the front office are the most unorganized and unprofessional group of people that I have ever seen!! They never smile very unhelpful They will just keep having a personal conversation while you are standing right in front of them waiting to be even acknowledged. They have this uncaring
... Read more attitude about you as the parent, and your child. Some of the teachers their are EXCELLENT I have to say they love and care about their students and I like them very much!! PLEASE hire new staff for the front office, ESPECIALLY the secretary her attitude shows that she really dosent care, and she never smiles at you or even acknowledge that you are standing thier, the other lady attitude is better then her's, she does smile and she is nice. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/22/12
Military families....... Think before you move into "housing" first of all it is not military housing because anyone can live here. The schools from elementary to high school is horrible your kids will be behind in everything and the personnel are very unprofessional. Just be warned when you move here
... Read more there are better places to live in so please do you research!!!! Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/13/12
This school is fabulous, my children and I absolutely love it! I had two daughters who attended Forrestal in grades 3-4 and 1-2. The principal is outstanding as well and provides great leadership to the school!
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Posted by a parent on 05/05/12
ATTENTION ANY MILITARY FAMILIES MOVING TO GREAT LAKES: Do not send your kids to this school! It is absolutely horrible!! Move to Gurnee or Libertyville. You will not be sorry.
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Posted by a parent on 03/16/12
Dear principle...look at all the NEGATIVE reviews for your school. This should be a WAKE UP CALL to you. How sad and pathetic that our service members have to send their children to this terrible school. You should be ashamed and embarrassed. Fix your school NOW. In my opinion, you should be fired
... Read more if you can't get it together. Read less
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Great Lakes schools — Forrestal Elementary School is located at 2833 E Washington Ave, Great Lakes IL 60088. 2833 E Washington Ave is in the 60088 ZIP code in Great Lakes, IL The school district for Forrestal Elementary School is the North Chicago Cusd 187. Forrestal Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels K - 5.
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