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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Monthly Mustang

September 2017

Parent / Student Handbook

2017 - 2018 School Year


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September 20 - Farnswear Orders Due View order form

September 22 - School Spirit Day

September 22 - Family Movie Night 7:00 pm

September 29 - Spirit Shirt Orders Due View Order Form



Help CPS by eating at Chipotle!

Come in to any Chicago Chipotle location on Thursday, September 21st between 10:45am and 10:00pm, bring this flyer, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Chicago Public Schools!


Visit this page to find class curriculum and this year's welcome letter from your child's teacher!

Applying to High School

It’s the start of a brand new school year and a whole world of exciting new experiences are just around the corner. For our eighth grade families, this is especially true as you begin the last year of elementary school and start preparing for high school!

Click here for more information!


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, what it means for students, and how to renew your DACA status.

After School Programs

Several fee-based after school programs are open for registration for students in grades K-6. Find out more!

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