We Love Our North Side Families!
Our philosophy at North Side is that the school alone does not educate a student. Rather, we do so in partnership with the family of each student.
This is one of the reasons we stress small class size and the concept of being a neighborhood school. We believe to be successful we must know not just the student, but the family of the student. When there are too many students in a classroom, the teacher is unable to know the families of all the students. Such a situation would be unacceptable to us.
Likewise, if our students were spread out geographically all over the city, it would be difficult for many parents to spend significant time at the school. They rarely would be able to observe their student at school, and rarely would be able to interact with teachers or principals on a personal level. That would be equally unacceptable.
The support of at least one devoted family member in each North Side student's home is crucial to their success here at school. The encouragement and praise for a job well done cannot be over-emphasized. Family support is also vital when a student has fallen short. North Side holds its students accountable, and it is important to their educational success that our families are committed to do the same.