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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

Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Date: Nov. 26
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Date: Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Date: Nov. 28
Uniform Incentive - Movie and Popcorn
Date: Dec. 5
Winter Assembly
Date: Dec. 18
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

CPS High School Selection Process
Please review this detailed website and powerpoint for all of the pertinent information needed when making a decision about applying for high school.
CPS YouTube Video - Online High School Application Process
Video presentation of the high school application process, taking each component, step by step.
Upcoming LSC Meeting - Monday, December 1, 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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