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!


October 19

Trunk or Treat (PreK - 5th Grade)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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October 26

Monster Ball (6th - 8th Grade)

More information coming soon!


Pennies for Patients

The week of October 15th through 19th will be a spirit week fundraiser for Pennies for Patients. Each day of the week we will be collecting different coins.

Find out more!

Young Rembrandts

Registration for the fall session of Young Rembrandts drawing classes (Grades K - 6) is open! For more information and to enroll, click here.

Monthly Mustang

The October Classroom Edition of the Monthly Mustang is here!


• Breakfast and lunch menus for October are now available!

• CPS Nutrition Services Parent Survey: English / Spanish

Sign up for text and/or email alerts about the Nutrition Services program


The GoCPS High School Supplemental Guide features great information about Admissions Screenings, Eligibility and Selections Processes.

Check it out today

CPS 2018 Academic Report Card

As we start another great school year, we want to reflect all the excitement we’ve seen in classrooms in every part of the city – and begin another year of exploration, discovery and achievement. We are excited to once again provide you with an update on the incredible progress your students are making in the classroom as they prepare for their next steps.

English / Spanish

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

Playground Construction

Dear Farnsworth Families,

We have exciting news! Our playground construction is set to begin on Monday, September 24. They will be fencing off the construction site so our entrance/dismissal doors as well as some of the paths to those entrances will be changed during construction.

Find out more

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!