James B. Farnsworth Elementary School

At Farnsworth, we believe in high expectations for all stakeholders. In our safe and nurturing environment, we are committed to providing an inclusive education with rigorous, differentiated instruction designed to engage all learners. We envision our students to be physically and emotionally healthy lifelong learners who are college and career ready.

Our school aspires to provide strong instructional programs and high quality teaching that promotes interest in life-long learning.

Students, Families, Staff and Community - We are all a Team at Farnsworth!

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Parent / Student Handbook

2017 - 2018 School Year


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October 24 - Parent Advisory Committee Organizational Meeting 3:15 pm

October 25 - PTA Blaze Give Back Night

October 27 - Monster Ball 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November 2 - End of First Quarter

November 3 - No School School Improvement Day

November 7 - PTA Meeting 3:00 pm



GoCPS Event Calendar and Glossary Offer New Insights on Application Process

One of the best ways to learn about schools and programs is to visit them. Each year, our high schools and community partners host a large number of events including open houses, district high school fairs and application preparation sessions. These free events serve as invaluable resources when determining where to apply.

You can find out when and where each event is happening by visiting our new GoCPS calendar. This comprehensive resource allows you to track and add events you are interested in to your smartphone or computer.

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We have implemented PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support) at Farnsworth School! PBIS is an approach used by school personnel to establish evidence-based behavioral interventions to help students achieve success in social, emotional, and academic areas. One of the tenets of this proactive approach to behavior management involves shifting the focus to positive reinforcement to encourage appropriate student behaviors. Read more...


Please read this letter from CPS regarding DACA an what it means for students.

James B. Farnsworth Elementary School CPS Level 1 School

5414 N. Linder Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60630

Phone: (773) 534-3535 Fax: (773) 534-3515

Principal Barbara Oken

Assistant Principal Julie Walsh