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John H. Vanderpoel Elementary, a Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School, focuses on developing student academic and study skills.

The school's curriculum was developed on the principle that parents and the community must be involved to create an environment principal where learning is valued.

Elena Bell Principal

Upcoming Events

Last Day of School - Report Cards Distributed
Date: Jun 16
Vanderpoel Festival
Date: Jun 16
Kindergarten Graduation
Date: Jun 12
8th Grade Graduation
Date: Jun 11
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location: Third Baptist Church 1551 West 95th Street Chicago, Illinois 60643
Kindergarten Luncheon
Date: Jun 5
Time: 5:00 PM

Digital Backpack

This digital backpack is a part of our ongoing commitment to reduce the amount of paper we use. Please click on the links below to access the latest information from our school.

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News & Announcements

Sports and Recreational Activities
Visit our page often to view photographs, schedules and pertinent information regarding our outstanding teams!
Upcoming LSC Meeting - Monday, March 2nd, 5:30PM
Please see attached information
From Principal Bell's Desk
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What we offer.
Vanderpoel students are provided with opportunities to grow and develop both academically and personally. We offer a high quality instructional program through a Common Core State Standards aligned curriculum in both Reading and Math and the New Generation Science Standards Curriculum in all science courses. In addition students are offered hands on opportunities to create and explore through our partnership with Project Syncere, a STEM program whose mission is to increase the number of minority, female and underserved students to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Because we value Fine Arts, as an Arts Magnet school we have partnered with the Beverly Arts program to provide students with courses in Yoga, Ballet, African Dance, Latin Dance, Drama and Improvisation. This is in addition to students taking courses in Spanish, Music, Physical Education, Health & Wellness and 21st Century Technologies.

Our partnership with the Gale Sayers program provides students with leadership and public speaking skills, with opportunities to serve the surrounding Chicagoland community. School awards include Michael Jordan Grant, Rochelle Lee (Reading for Deeper Meaning) and the Academic Enhancement Fine Arts Grant. We encourage you to find out more about our academic and athletic programs.

Lastly we partner with University of Illinois (U of I), St. Xavier University, and Chicago State to provide mentors as well as Teacher Interns for students and teachers.
Vanderpoel Student Pierce Jones has 3 Homeruns at Little League World Series
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