2012 Illinois Winner of the Exemplary Reading Program Award
from the International Reading Association

An Apple Distinguished School 

Burley School

Augustus H. Burley School provides a unique, literature- and technology-rich education within a warm and caring environment. Located in the Lakeview community in Chicago, Burley is a public elementary school where teaching and learning are energizing, collaborative, interactive, and joyful.

Burley is Chicago's first Literature and Writing Magnet Cluster School and one of the district's first Technology Magnet Cluster Schools. Within our century-old building is a dynamic and thriving learning community. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators work together to create an environment where all students are challenged and nurtured. Our teachers and administrators have written a literature-based, multidisciplinary curriculum based on current research, teacher experience, and local, state, and national standards. The curriculum is not textbook-bound; rather, it is driven by many resources as students engage in meaningful inquiry and immerse themselves in quality literature. At Burley, students grow to be readers, writers, thinkers, and responsible members of the community who are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

Burley is a small, diverse school serving approximately 575 students in grades Pre-K through 8. We are proud of our committed, talented faculty; our dedicated and caring parent community; and our creative, talented, energetic students. The Burley family works together to help students thrive and develop into life-long learners.  

News and Reminders

  • Holiday Hoopla Thursday, December 17 Join us for Holiday Hoopla on Thursday, December 17. This event features performances led by our wonderful Merit Music program, as well as student solos and groups. Please join us ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 12:10 PM by Burley School
  • Bonus Bucks Gift card order Burley Bucks Gift Cards Return! Order now through Friday, Dec 10th Due to demand, Burley Bucks are back for a second round of seasonal gift card sales!  Burley Bucks is ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:55 PM by Burley School
  • Schedule your report card conference now! Wednesday 11/18 is Report Card Day. This is an important opportunity for us to meet with you to discuss your child's progress. Teachers will meet with families by ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 1:54 PM by Burley School
  • Principal's Town Hall Meeting 10/7 Join us Wednesday, October 7th at 6pm in the Gym for the annual Burley Town Hall. Principal Catherine Plocher will give a presentation outlining the State of Our School. Bring ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2015, 10:16 AM by Burley School
  • Tomorrow is Picture Day! Wednesday October 7 is Fall Picture Day for students in PreK through 7th grade. There are 3 ways to purchase pictures:Order online at inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/01206PA. Pictures ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2015, 10:11 AM by Burley School
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