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Cicero District and Curriculum

Cicero, Illinois is home to the Cicero Public School District #99. With the vision to reach the No Child Left Behind standards and requirements, the Cicero Public School District is dedicated to help their children succeed while involving parents and the community to help the teachers. The Cicero Public Schools goal is to utilize community resources while making partnerships with parents to help students in grades kindergarten through eighth learn the skills they need to excel in the world today and in the future as life-long learners. At the high school level, students attend the J. Sterling Morton High School District #201 which has been serving students for over 100 years by creating a challenging educational environment.

We currently cover the following Cicero-area school districts: Cicero Public School District #99 and J. Sterling Morton High School District #201.

Schools in Cicero include:

Abe Lincoln Elementary School is located on 3545 S 61st Ave, Cicero, IL 60804, Abe Lincoln Elementary School covers grades PreK-6 and can be contacted at 708-652-8889.  The mission of Abe Lincoln Elementary School (also called Lincoln School) is to provide quality education using rigorous academies and technology, while also nurturing students in a welcome and safe environment. Clubs and activities offered at Abe Lincoln Elementary School include Art Club, the Larry Dominick Reading Club, the Math Enrichment club, and more. Like other students in the state of Illinois, students at Abe Lincoln Elementary School are taught a curriculum that includes the Illinois Learning Standards. These standards provide guidelines for the knowledge and skills students should have at the end of each grade level. Students in elementary school take a wide variety of subjects, including mathematics, English Language Arts, fine arts, and social studies. In social studies, students learn about history, Economics and Financial Literacy, Geography, and Civics. The learning standards focus on allowing students to expand their social awareness. In second grade civics, students learn about families, neighborhoods, and community. They learn to explain what governments are and some of their functions. For more information on the Social Studies tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Unity Junior High School East Campus is located on 2115 S 54th Ave, Cicero, IL 60804, Unity Junior High School covers grades 7-8 and can be contacted at 708-863-8229. In 2003, Unity Junior High School first opened its doors. The mission of the school is to inspire students to become long-long learners. As a transition point between elementary school and high school, Unity Junior High School offers a transition program to its partner high school, Morton High School. Students are able to go on field trip to high school, and also participation in a freshman orientation and a summer bridge event. Students at Unity Junior High School are taught a curriculum that includes the Illinois Learning Standards. In grade 8 science, students focus on units relating to chemistry, physics, and biology. Students learn about matter, forces, energy, waves, life science, and earth science. The objective of the middle school science curriculum is to help students acquire a deep understanding of core science and engineering concepts and ideas and to teach them to apply that knowledge in real world situations. Application of knowledge is strongly promoted. For more information on the Science Tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

J. Sterling Morton High School East is located on 5801 W. Cermak. Rd, Cicero, IL 60804, J. Sterling Morton High School East covers grades 10-12. As the sophomore to senior school in J. Sterling Morton High School District, J. Sterling Morton High School East and the district is in are named after Julius Sterling Morton. Before attending J. Sterling Morton High School East, students attend the J. terling Morton Freshman Center. The school is known for its Chodl Auditorium, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. J. Sterling Morton High School East offers an advanced placement (AP) program for its students. Students participating in the school’s AP program are given the opportunity to take college level courses while still in high school. After completing the class, students can take an exam, and depending on their score, it could count as college credit. The Morton High School district 201 administered 22 AP exams in different subject areas. Most colleges and universities consider the AP credit when reviewing applicants. AP Classes can be challenging, but they allow students to gain some of the skills they will need to be successful in college. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child with one-on-one tutoring, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Cicero District Curriculum

In the Cicero Public School District, Language Arts and Reading curriculum is designed to help students read at the appropriate level to help them succeed. They use the framework supported by the Common Core Curriculum Standards and other curricular tools for support. One tool used is the PEP program which helps prepare parents as educational partners to help their children at school and home with their reading.

In the early grades, Cicero Public Schools uses the Zaner Bloser Handwriting program to help students build the necessary handwriting skills for writing development. This program involves self-evaluation and practice to help students become more confident writers. At the high school level, the Morton High School District uses the Common Core Standards and College Readiness Standards to guide their curriculum development and instruction. They use the Reading in the Content Area program to encourage more rigorous reading and problem solving in the non-language arts classes. They also use a “Problem of the Day” program in all of their schools to truly address problem solving at the high school level.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Cicero Educational News

  • Extracurricular Activities - In the past three years, 37 percent more students in the Morton High School District found an extracurricular activity that they enjoyed. When students are involved in extracurricular activities, there is more school pride, which also increases achievement.
  • Practice ACT at Home - In an effort to raise ACT scores, each student in the Morton High School District #201 was given an account to practice ACT tests online. Students who practice the ACT test earn better scores on the real test than those who do not practice.
  • The Freshman Center - For students who are making the transition from middle school to high school, the districts in Cicero have eased the changes by creating a Freshman Center campus. This is the academic and social center of students' first steps in their high school career; the administrators and teachers provide useful information on the schools' website to keep parents updated on what students are doing during this busy year!

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About Cicero, Illinois

The town of Cicero is located in Cook County in the state of Illinois. The town was incorporated in 1869 after an extension of the Chicago Union Railroad connected the town to the larger Chicago. Due to the town’s close proximity to several railroad lines, major railroad companies began to establish manufacturing and repair facilities in Cicero. Later, a silver smelting/refining company and cotton mill were established, causing the population of the town to increase. Another contributing factor in the town’s population growth was the construction of a telephone manufacturing facility in the city by Western Electric in 1904. This facility employed over 20,000, which at that time, was more than the population of Cicero. The town is named after Marcus Tullius Cicero, who was a Roman statesman and orator.

One their ways to the White House, three president: Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush all visited Cicero. Landmarks in Cicero include the St. Mary of Czestochowa Neo-Gothic church, the Hawthorne Works Tower, and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. There are also two racetracks located on the south side of Cicero, the Hawthorne Race Course and the Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportman’s Park.

In 2017, the population of Cicero was 82,552, making it the tenth most populated city in the state. 31.7% of the population was under 18, 28.7% of the population was between 18-34, 25.2% was 35-54, 7.9% was 55-64 and 6.6% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $42,345 in 2017

Hawthorne Race Course

The Hawthorne Race Course opened in 1891, and is a racetrack for horse racing. It is the oldest continuously run family owned racetrack in North America. The Horseplayers Association of North America ranked the course as number 8 using its ranking system for Thorough Racetracks in North America. The main races held at the track include the Hawthorne Gold Cup, the Illinois Derby, and the Hawthorne Derby. The track consist of a one mile long dift oval with a seven-furlong turf oval. The main track home stretch is one of the longest in the United States, taking up 1,320 feet.

Hawthorne Works Tower

The Hawthorne Works Tower was a large factory that operated in Cicero in 1905-1983. During its peak operating time, the factory employed 45,000 workers and manufactured telephone equipment, along with a wide variety of consumer goods. After the factory closed operations in 1983, it was purchased and replaced with a shopping center in the mid 1980s by Donald L. Shoemaker. Today, one of the original towers remains the the corner of 22nd Street and Cicero avenue. The history of Hawthorne Works is showcased at the Hawthorne Works Museum, which is operated by Morton College. The museum exhibits products made at the factory, including telephones, inventions by Bell Laboratories and communications and electronics equipment.

Oak Park Conservatory

The Oak Park Conservatory is located in nearby Oak Park. The Conservatory is open daily with free admission, although a donation is suggested. The attraction also includes a botanical garden and started in 1914 in order to house exotic plants. The Oak Park Conservatory contains more than 3,000 plants and 8000 square feet of growing areas. It is the third largest conservatory in the Chicago Area. Some of the plants in the conservatory date back to 1914. The Oak Park Conservatory wa added to the list of the U.S. National Register of Historic places in 2005. Today, the conservatory also supplies plants to the parks around Oak Park.

Interesting Facts

  • The fate of the Oak Park Conservatory in nearby Oak Park was in debate, as some of the residents wanted to turn it into a parking lot. However, the Citizens Committee for the Conservatory saved the park and preserved the building.
  • The infamous gangster Al Capone made the town of Cicero his base of operations in the 1920s. He took control of the town’s government, elections, brothels and gambling halls.
  • The economy in Cicero is primarily based around manufacturing, including appliance and machinery parts, metal, steel, glass, and packaging.
  • Every Halloween, the old Police station and town hall in Cicero are decorated and turned into Cicero’s Town Hall of Horrors!

Chalk Talk: Considerations for Choosing a College

High school seniors have the daunting task of choosing a college and most of them have no idea how to do it. There are a few considerations that high school students and their parents should take when the task. One of the first things that students should consider is the cost of the school. They should also look at the programs that the school offers. For some families, the location is also important. Many students think they want to attend a big university, but once they begin taking classes, they miss the personal attention they received in high school; the size of the college should also be a consideration. Once students and families have narrowed down their selections, they will have an easier time choosing the best college for their financial and educational needs.