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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2017 - 2018 School Year


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May 14 - June 15: MAP Testing Window View schedule

May 25: Preschool Family Fun Day

May 27: No School Memorial Day

June 1: Spring Assembly

K-2: 8:30 am

3-5: 10:00 am

6-8: 12:00 pm

June 4 - 8: Student Council School Spirit Week

June 5: PTA Meeting 3:00 pm




Purchase your yearbook today! Your memories of your friends and activities are preserved in the annual Farnsworth Yearbook.

Yearbooks will be $20 (cash only) - there is a VERY LIMITED SUPPLY!

Please place orders no later than May 25. Yearbooks are to be delivered by the end of the school year.

Download the order form


You'll hear many acronyms at Chicago Public Schools. Find out what they stand for with this handy CPS Family University list!

Preschool Applications

Preschool applications are now open! Visit www.chicagoearlylearning.org/ for more information.

Healthy CPS

The Children and Family Benefits Unit of the Office of Student Health and Wellness can help you apply for low cost or free health insurance (Medicaid) and SNAP at no cost.

Find out more! / Manage your case online!


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...