Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your hours and location?
The school day is from 8:15-3:15. We are located at 1630 W. Barry Avenue in Lakeview, one block south of the three-way intersection of Lincoln, Belmont, and Ashland.
Q: What type of school is Burley?
Burley is a neighborhood school. It is also a CPS Magnet Cluster School in the focus area of Literature, Writing, and Technology. Our Magnet Cluster Program emphasizes student choice; authentic, joyful, skillful reading and writing; and thoughtful, creative uses of technology. Burley has an attendance boundary defined by CPS as well as a lottery process for families outside our boundary.
Q: How do I enroll my child if I live in your attendance area?
If you live within our attendance boundaries and your child is in Kindergarten or older, come to the school office between 8:00 and 3:00 to enroll your child. If you are enrolling your child during summer break, please call 773-534-5475 to schedule a time. Staffing is limited in the summer. You will need to bring your child's original birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, and two documents proving your address. For Kindergarten and 5th grade students, a physical is also required.
Q: What are your attendance boundaries?
Please consult the CPS School Locator Web Site for exact attendance boundaries. You may also call the Department of School Demographics and Planning at 773-553-3270.
Q: How do I enroll my child if I live outside your attendance area?
If you do not live within our attendance boundaries and your child is in Kindergarten or older, you will need to participate in the CPS lottery process to gain admission. Lottery applications for fall admission are due in December of the previous year, and the lottery is conducted entirely by CPS central office. Prospective parents will be notified of lottery results in early March. The CPS Web Site has information about the lottery process.
Q: How do I enroll my 3 or 4 year old in Pre-K at Burley?
For our Tuition-Based Pre-K program, we begin accepting applications on the first day of school prior to the year of your child's enrollment. Due to demand, we encourage you to apply early. All accepted students must be three years old and toilet trained by the first day of school. Living within our attendance boundaries does not guarantee a spot in Burley's Pre-K class, but neighborhood children are given priority in the admissions process. Click here for more information and to download an application.
Q: What about lunch and recess?
Students go outdoors for recess each day during lunch break, weather permitting. Pre-K and Kindergarten students have extended outdoor play opportunities each day.
Hot lunch is provided free to all CPS students. Students are also welcome to bring their own lunches. To promote student health, students are not permitted to bring candy or soft drinks to school.
Q: I am a prospective parent. Can I come tour the school?
Choosing the right learning environment for your child can be an overwhelming process. We encourage you to come visit our school to see our teachers and students in action and ask any questions you may have. Tours are held beginning in October and require advance registration. This enables us to manage tour group size, which minimizes classroom interruptions and also ensures that each visiting parent has the opportunity to ask questions. Please click here to register for a tour.
Q: Does Burley have art and music?
All students receive weekly visual art instruction provided by Burley's full time art teacher. Weekly music instruction is provided at Burley by the Merit School of Music. Our music program includes general music instruction, introduction to rhythm and note relationships, world percussion, three levels of band, and two levels of choir.
Q: Do you offer physical education?
Burley's full time physical education teacher provides 90 minutes of instruction to all students weekly. Classes emphasize healthy choices, athletic skills, teamwork, and lifelong fitness.
Q: What types of technology do students use?
All classrooms at Burley have iPads or Chromebooks for student use. Burley also has a state of the art Media Center where students receive weekly technology instruction. Our school offers a technology program that includes digital photography and design, animation, programming, presentation and publishing, media and information literacy, music and video editing, and more. Technology offers powerful opportunities to learn, create, and connect. At Burley, it is used to enhance and extend, not replace, hands-on and face to face learning experiences.
Q: What does Burley offer before and after school?
Burley offers a wide variety of after school clubs. Reading and math academic clubs provide additional instruction and support for students. Recreational clubs change from year to year; previous teacher- and parent-led offerings have included Drama, Chess, Art, Little Chefs Cooking, Woodworking, Animation, and Dance. In addition, Burley's teacher coaches lead basketball, soccer, track, and cross country teams.
Our school works with many community partners such as Language Stars, Girls on the Run, Go Get Your Smock, and Mad Science to provide additional after school clubs. Burley School partners with the Merit School of Music to provide band before school. Students may also learn to play a string instrument through our partnership with Smiling Strings. Families who need before and/or after school care may use our partnership programs with JCYS and the Lakeview YMCA.
Q: Do you have a gifted program?
The Burley philosophy is that all children are gifted. All classrooms have children working at different academic levels, and teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Teachers also use flexible grouping within classrooms to support and challenge each student. The interdisciplinary, literature-based nature of our curriculum allows for a wide range of activities and resources, and teachers are skilled in guiding students to the projects and materials necessary for individual growth. Assignments are open-ended and are extended or modified as needed.