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

  • Please leave Explore More feedback! Thank you for coming to Explore More. It's so important for students to have an authentic audience for their work. We're sure you were as impressed as we ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2016, 8:57 AM by Burley School
  • Explore More is tomorrow! Explore More: When Burley becomes a museum for a day Friday, April 15 from 8:45-10:15 Join us for a wonderful morning of discovery! Explore More is a ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2016, 1:08 PM by Burley School
  • LSC Elections on 4/13, Report Card Pick-Up Day On Wednesday, April 13, please remember to vote in the Local School Council election. Council members serve two-year terms. Local School Councils consist of the principal, 6 parent representatives ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2016, 2:13 PM by Burley School
  • No School Friday, March 25 CPS has declared Friday, March 25 to be a furlough day. Burley and all CPS schools will be closed.For additional calendar updates, visit cps.edu/calendar. 
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 2:02 PM by Burley School
  • PreK-7 Picture Day Tuesday 3/22 Spring pictures will be taken for all students on Tuesday 3/22. You may order after proofs are sent home in a couple of weeks.
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 1:30 PM by Burley School
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