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

  • 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 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 ...
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  • Fall Parent Social - this Friday! Book your sitters for this fun Friends of Burley parent event! Come on out to our loyal local - Cody's (Barry & Paulina) - for a laid back night of fantastic fun ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2015, 1:04 PM by Burley School
  • Curriculum Night - Thursday 9/24 at 5:30 p.m. As parents, you play a key role in helping your child succeed in school. Curriculum Night is an important opportunity to learn about Burley's instructional program and the expectations ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 2:17 PM by Burley School
  • First Day.. and Staff Video! The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8 at 8:15 a.m. We can't wait to begin another wonderful year of learning and friendship with all our ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2015, 7:42 PM by Burley School
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