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

  • Multicultural Assembly - Thursday, June 4 Please join us for Burley's annual Multicultural Assembly on Thursday, June 4. This longstanding Burley tradition is one important way in which we celebrate, honor, and learn about diverse ...
    Posted May 22, 2015, 12:19 PM by Burley School
  • Yearbooks still available for online purchase only! Our extra yearbooks sold out quickly today, but don't worry -- you can still order a Burley 2015 Yearbook online and have it shipped directly to your home.Visit bes ...
    Posted May 21, 2015, 10:45 AM by Burley School
  • Burley Band Concert Thursday! Please join us for the annual Spring Band Concert on Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. The concert will feature performances by the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Bands ...
    Posted May 19, 2015, 1:59 PM by Burley School
  • Walk-a-Thon is Tomorrow! The Burley Walk-A-Thon is an important opportunity for students to celebrate health and fitness while giving back to their school. You can support the Walk-A-Thon and ...
    Posted May 14, 2015, 12:27 PM by Burley School
  • PORTFOLiO Art Shows K-8 PORTFOLiO: Student Art Show and Reception  PORTFOLiO is a school-wide event, divided by grade levels into three, one-day art shows. The show will provide a unique opportunity for ...
    Posted May 7, 2015, 9:04 AM by Carolyn Skibba
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