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!


February 18

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Presidents' Day


Farnsworth Updates

• The February 2019 Classroom Edition Monthly Mustang is now available!

• Keep an eye on Backpack Mail for the latest flyers and info!

New Parent Portal

CPS is transitioning to a new information system called Aspen which will include a new parent portal system. Please make sure that you have an updated email on file with Mrs. Baran in the office.

More information

Farnsworth's Peer Conference Team

As a part of our on going efforts to provide our students with a variety of social and emotional supports, the Culture Climate Team is currently working on training 17 students from the 7th and 8th grade who have been nominated to participate in Farnsworth's first ever Peer Conference Team. Sometimes called peer mediation or peer council, the peer conference model is a voluntary, student-led process. The goal is to empower a small group of trained Peer Conference members to provide a positive peer influence as they work to support referred students. Often times this support aims to engage referred students in a conversation regarding the impact of their actions and find ways to repair the harm they have caused.

Working in collaboration with Chicago Public School's OSEL Department and Alternatives Chicago, a non-profit organization, students and advising staff have received specialized training and hope to formally being their work this January 2019.

CPS Updates

• Update for Families Regarding Background Checks: English / Spanish

• June 2018 - Protecting Chicago's Children: CPS Plan of Action

June 2018 Letter - English / Spanish

CPS Student Code of Conduct

CPS has revised the Student Code of Conduct for 2018. Find out more.

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!