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Academics
Academics

Our School Environment
Be prepared… As you step inside the hallways of Blaine, and take a look around the classrooms, art room, music room, gymnasium, and offices, you’ll begin to notice a common pattern: Hard-working students, and a dedicated community of faculty, staff, administration, and parent volunteers, all striving for excellence. At Blaine, we share your commitment to providing a top-notch education that will help prepare your children for success in high school and beyond.

Fine Arts
The fine arts—dance, drama, music, and visual arts—are fundamental ways of learning and thinking. In addition to their intrinsic value, the arts contribute to children’s development.
Our Art Department has developed a newsletter which provides information about the connection between art and the Illinois State Goals. Our yearly Fine Arts Fair, assemblies for families and community, and culminating dramatic production make our school unique.
Recognizing the bond between music and academic achievement, Blaine continues its commitment to musical instruction at all grade levels.

The Illinois Learning Standards are followed by all teachers to ensure appropriate concepts are taught throughout each grade level.

Language Arts
Daily language arts instruction at Blaine School takes place through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goal of our language arts program is to develop literate students who can communicate on a high level in both verbal and written form. With the help of programs such as Links to Literacy, and the Accelerated Reading program in the Blaine School Library Media Center, students are reading and enjoying more books than ever before. We also participate in the Young Authors and Junior Great Books programs. Our entire staff and many of our parents have received comprehensive training with the Great Books Foundation. We are the Chicago demonstration and showcase school for this technique.

The “Battle of the Books” program has also promoted reading among our students. This program assembles a team of 4th – 8th grade students who discuss books, and prepare for CPS’ annual Battle of the Books competition in the spring.

The Illinois Learning Standards are followed by all teachers to ensure appropriate concepts are taught throughout each grade level.

Math
Everyday Mathematics, developed at the University of Chicago, is used to teach students in kindergarten through 5th grade real world mathematics concepts. Highlights of the program include problem-solving for everyday situations, basic number facts, reinforcing arithmetic skills, and underpinning basic algebra concepts. Communication skills are essential components of the program and are developed through class discussion and written exercises. Everyday Mathematics is rich in mathematical language, and filled with thought-provoking challenges.

Students in 6th – 8th grades use Connected Math. This program is divided into 24 units containing four to seven investigations for students to explore in class. Connected Math emphasizes significant connections among mathematical ideas and between mathematics and other content areas.

The Illinois Learning Standards are followed by all teachers to ensure appropriate concepts are taught throughout each grade level.

Science
The aim of science education is to develop a rich and full understanding of the inquiry process; the key concepts and principles of life sciences, physical science, and earth and space sciences; and issues of science, technology, and society in historical and contemporary contexts. Science classes emphasize hands-on learning through experiments and projects in the classroom and the science lab.

The Illinois Learning Standards are followed by all teachers to ensure appropriate concepts are taught throughout each grade level.

Technology
Blaine School features Internet access throughout the school, computer-cart labs that rotate throughout the school on a regular basis, and a state of the art technology lab complete with a 3-D printer. All students (K-8) have access to the lab.

Plus, nearly every room is equipped with a state-of-the-art Promethean Board — an interactive whiteboard that incorporates the benefits of an overhead projector and an audio/visual system with the technologies of a computer.

Social Sciences
The Blaine School Social Sciences Program seeks to broaden each student’s awareness and knowledge of the world in which he or she lives. Starting locally and expanding to include our global neighbors, students learn valuable skills such as identifying and examining problems, formulating opinions, and making decisions. Blaine students participate in an annual Social Studies Fair that allows students to explore and learn about the various cultures of our world. Teachers and students present an assembly with songs, dances, and information about a country.

The Illinois Learning Standards are followed by all teachers to ensure appropriate concepts are taught throughout each grade level.


Library Media Center
The Library Media Center is host to the Accelerated Reader Program, Links to Literacy, Young Authors, and Junior Great Books. The library also has computers, and even a rocking chair for reading many great stories aloud.

Physical Education & Family Life
The Physical Education classes emphasize wellness, fitness, and team-building skills.
Children in Pre-K – 3 will learn and continue to refine skills and concepts centered on several themes. Activities are put into the contexts of appropriate games; dance and rhythms; and educational gymnastics. Activities for children in grades 4-8 will focus on combining the basic skills and concepts into more advanced and dynamic activities. Our focus is on the success and learning for all students, rather than winning and competition.

Team Sports
Blaine School has a variety of sport and intramural teams offered to students in 5th-8th grade.

Early Childhood Programs
Blaine School proudly offers Chicago Ready to Learn Pre-School for three and four year olds.
For more information check out our Preschool page by clicking here.

After School Programs
The tuition-based afterschool program is offered five days a week, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm on regularly scheduled school days.