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Armour School is the hidden gem of Bridgeport. Founded in 1901 it has been serving the community continuously for 112 years. We are situated on an idyllic campus style park that encompass two buildings; a primary school that houses our very active preschool program and grades Kdg-2, and our beautiful Main building, with its castle-like exterior and impressive hallways, houses grades 3 through 8.
We are a neighborhood, and more importantly, a family school that has seen multiple generations of families pass through our halls. Our school day begins at 7:45AM and runs continuously until 5:30PM with the myriad of after school enrichment programs that we offer. We have a very active sports program, tutoring, homework help, art, and through our partnership with the CYC (Chicago Youth Center ),dance, karate and other fun activities. Our other partners include CIS, (Communities in Schools Chicago) who provide cultural and other opportunities for our children through field trips, speakers and performances, and Target, who not only remodeled our two Media Centers, continues to provide literacy support through the CLI (Children’s Literacy Initiative program.
Our focus is on the whole child. Where many private and charter schools bottom line is the dollar, ours is the health and well-being of your child. All of our teachers are highly qualified with 85 percent carrying advanced degrees.
At Armour, your child is a name, not a number. We are sized just right for your child to get to know all their classmates, teachers and staff. Students are greeted warmly each morning before the start of the school day and participate in activities that include Yoga, calisthenics, and other physical activities. Since we are designated a Healthy School, they then adjourn to their classroom for a healthy breakfast before the start of classes.
As you can see, we have plenty to offer you and your children. When you have time, please stop by and check us out. Our friendly, helpful staff would be happy to show you around.
Why Go to Armour?
Armour School is featured in a commercial about Target giving.
On February 21st, Target and ABC Chicago filmed a commercial in both libraries highlighting Target's commitment to give back to the community. Target has provided Armour School with hundreds of thousands of dollars in upgrades and services. In addition to remodeling the libraries at both the Branch and the Main building, Target has refreshed classrooms and classroom libraries in the Primary Building, developing attractive reading spaces for each room. They have continued funding purchases of books and technology for the libraries and have made it possible for students to log in from home to read books online. (More on that in the Media Center Page). To view the movie, click the arrow or click here.
Armour School demonstrates the Common Core Curriculum on WTTW
On October 2nd, 2012, WTTW came to Armour School to videotape the Common Core practices in action. Armour was an early adopter of this national initiatve and proud that our school was selected for filming. The crew spent several hours following 5th and 6th grade language arts teacher, Leslie Roach and 2nd and 3rd grade Math and Science teacher, Eden Barragan as they conducted their respective classes. The show aired on Channel 11 on October 16, 2012. To view the show, click here.
Armour School Awarded Gold Award in the Healthier US School Challenge
This year, Armour School achieved Gold Distinction in Michelle Obama’s initiative to fight childhood obesity. While partnering with the Asian Health Coalition, Armour School formed a Wellness committee whose mission was to promote nutritional education and to provide opportunities for active movement throughout the school day. Teachers been incorporating Brain Breaks and Energizers into their lessons. Birthdays are celebrated at the school using non food items. Unstructured, supervised play time has been offered to the students so they can get active while having fun. Fundraising efforts have veered away from traditional candy sales, replacing them with flower sales and pie throwing contests!
Michelle Obama wrote in her congratulatory letter to Armour:
“As a winner of the Gold Award, Armour Elementary School is among the very best of the best- going above and beyond the minimum requirements to help ensure your students live full and active lives. The environment you and your team have created through education, nutritious food and beverage choices, and opportunities for physical activity will help your students learn how to make healthy choices now and for years to come. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, and you should all be incredibly proud of what you have achieved. As leaders in this effort, I hope will reach out to other schools and offer your expertise and advice to help them reach for the gold as well.”
Vision / Mission
VISION: The vision of Armour School is to provide the highest quality of instruction to our students. We believe that all children can learn regardless of language, special needs or economic background. Armour provides every child with the opportunity to maximize his/her potential. We furthur believe that through our cooperative efforts, our students will become lifelong learners and productive adults.
MISSION: It is our mission to serve our students by expending resources to deliver quality instructional programs which will foster increased student achievement in all areas of learning with a focus on fluency, word knowledge, comprehension and writing in all areas of learning, with the primary emphasis in reading. We further believe that through our cooperative efforts, our studentswill become life-long learners and productive adults.
Philip D. Armour School History
Our Assistant Principal, Jessica Hartless found some rather old typewritten pages telling the history of Armour from it's founding in 1901 until what appears to be the late 1930's. I apologize for the quality of the pdf, but it is a scan of some original papers. I will transcribe these at a later date to make them more readable. To read the papers click here.
It is my goal to research and add to the original history.