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

  • Emergency Contact Forms For student safety, it is essential that we have accurate, current family and emergency contact information for each student.This week, your child came home with a bright orange emergency ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2015, 6:59 AM by Burley School
  • Join us tomorrow for Explore More! Explore More is a presentation and celebration of student inquiry, curiosity, and creativity. Inquiry-based learning goes beyond just making projects. Through inquiry, students explore meaningful questions and produce original ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 9:03 AM by Burley School
  • School Closed Thursday, February 19 CPS has announced that, due to the frigid temperatures in the forecast, classes are cancelled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 19th. Please continue to check local news or cps.edu for ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2015, 4:30 PM by Burley School
  • Band Concert - NEW DATE - March 5 Please join us for the Winter Band Concert on Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 pm. This is a new date; school was canceled for the original concert date of ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2015, 4:29 PM by Burley School
  • Friends of Burley Winter Party is TONIGHT! Parents, please join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate and support Burley School. Click here for information about the Winter Party (6pm at Center on Halsted). You can also ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2015, 11:36 AM by Burley School
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