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We're Number 1!

Congratulations to the staff and students at Brentano for achieving a "Level 1 - Excellent Standing" rating from CPS - the highest rating offered by CPS. 

Brentano Ranks in Top 1% of U.S. Schools!

We are so proud to report that Brentano has scored in the top 1% of all schools in the United States for student growth in math and reading on the NWEA assessment. NWEA is a test taken by all CPS students in the fall and spring, and the award means Brentano students grew more this year, on average, than students in 99% of schools in the nation. Scores on standardized tests like ISAT often just reflect the abilities students bring into a school -- NWEA focuses on the gains each student makes, regardless of whether they enter a school especially ahead or behind.

We don't think test scores are everything, but we know that tests like NWEA that measure each kid's growth say much more about a school's impact than tests like the ISAT. Brentano, as a neighborhood school, accepts students of all backgrounds. There is no test to get in and Brentano's students haven't had to win the lottery to be accepted. We couldn't be happier to have even more evidence of Brentano's success pushing all kids ahead. That's what makes Brentano such a remarkable place. As parents, that's exactly what we want in a school, and that's why we're so glad to be part of the Brentano family.

Please join us in congratulating the Brentano family on this tremendous achievement! To learn more about Brentano or to take a tour, please email any of us or visit We still have pre-K and Kindergarten spots (as well as upper grade openings) for 2013.