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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

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Former Principal Antoinette McClellan-Brown's Street Dedication Ceremony
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00AM, 95th street between Vanderpoel and Prospect will be named after an educational icon; Antoinette McClellan Brown.
Order Your Vanderpoel Sweat Suit Today!
We are currently taking orders for the 2014 Vanderpoel Sweat Suit. Students are allowed to wear their Vanderpoel Sweat Suits to school on gym days during our inclement weather period. Orders are due Wednesday, October 8th and will be delivered by Friday, October 31st.
Vanderpoel Student Pierce Jones has 3 Homeruns at Little League World Series
Upcoming LSC Meeting - Monday, October 6, 2014 at 5:30PM
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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.
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