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! 


April 17

PAC Meeting   5:30 pm   Agenda

LSC Meeting   6:00 pm

April 24

Spring Group Pictures

May 3

Fourth Quarter Progress Reports

May 6 - 10

Staff Appreciation Week


Battle of the Books

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books City Finalists!

For the second year in a row our 7/8 Battle of the Books team has made it to the city finalists!! We are so proud of Coach Loughran and our students!

Farnsworth Tour Registration

Are you a new family interested in enrolling at Farnsworth? Please fill out this form to register for one of our spring tour dates.

Farnsworth Updates

Please see our Mustang Messenger newsletter for all the information you need on the latest and upcoming school events.

Early Dismissals

Unless it is an extreme emergency, please do not come to pick up students between 2:30 and 2:45pm.

At the end of the day, the classroom teachers are preparing for dismissal, for the bus riders, are conducting end of the day lesson recaps and assuring everyone knows of the homework assignments - early dismissals at this time are very disruptive. Thank you for your cooperation!

Screenagers - Virtual Screening

Please join us on April 23 for a virtual viewing of the third and final Screenagers movie. Details here!

Safety Concern

The traffic before and after school surrounding the building is creating a safety hazard for our children.

Under no circumstances should families double park, park facing the wrong way on either side of the street, let children out in the middle of the street, pull into/block the staff lots, block our buses from pulling in or out on Linder Avenue, etc.

We understand that the weather is unpleasant, but it is crucial to the safety of our children that you park in a legal parking space and walk your children to their designated entrance. We thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

As always, thank you to all of our families who park safely and walk.

Farnsworth Elementary Preschool Program 2023-2024

Did you know that Farnsworth has preschool classrooms for 3 and 4 year olds? If your child is 3 on or before September 1, 2023, you may apply to be in our ½ day preschool program. If your child is 4 on or before September 1, 2023, you may apply to be in either our ½ day program or our full-day program.

Please apply online at:  https://www.cps.edu/chicagoearlylearning

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a Farnsworth preschool teacher, please call 773-534-3535.

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