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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June 18 - Kindergarten Celebration 12:30 pm

June 19 - Last Day of School



2018 - 2019 CPS Parent and Student Guide

Find summer events, programs, safety tips, key dates for the 2018-2019 school year and more in the CPS Parent and Student Guide!

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Taft Poms Summer Camp

Taft is hosting a camp for girls and boys in 2nd through 9th grade from all schools and Taft High School students. Focused on developing fundamental skills in all areas of dance, all candidates will learn a short two pom routine as well as proper technique for leaps, turns, jumps, tricks, and game etiquette.

Registration deadline is July 1st

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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...