History of Irving
Irving School is located on Chicago's near west side in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood, which is named after Taylor Street (1000 south). The "Tri" prefix comes from the diagonal streets of Bowler and Odgen that add triangle-shaped boundaries to the neighborhood. Irving is just east of the major thoroughfare Western Ave. (2400 west).
The original Irving School was built in 1875 and located at Lexington and Hoyne, which is about three blocks east of the new school built in 1988. Unfortunately, the old Irving became difficult to maintain and the designation of the "Illinois Medical District" displaced many blocks of homes around the building. The new location better serves the current zoning. Along with the new building and new location, however, many alumni realize that only name remains.
Two classes Kdg. (full day) through 8th grade, including three special education classes for LD and EMH. In addition, Irving has a State Pre-K and an Early Childhood Special Education Pre-K both with morning and afternoon groups. Expansive Reading Program, including literature circles, sustained silent reading (SSR), read aloud, phonics and vocabulary development, networked Reading Counts computer quizzes (grades 2-8), and full classroom book collections including non-fiction (science and social science content). We do not have a central library.
A full-time bilingual teacher for pull-out classes in bilingual room with seven CD networked computers. Program helps students become proficient in English within three years.
Two full-time science teachers with labs for grades 3-6 and grades 7-8. The 3-6 lab focuses on hands-on unit activities and 7-8 lab focuses on experiment-based unit activities with 15 Internet/CD computers. Science initiatives include Nature Center on Wheels (grades 1-2), chick incubation/hatching (grades K-2), outdoor prairie and wildflower garden (grades 3-5), extensive paper recycling program (grades K-8), and Science Club.
One full-time PE/Health teacher providing gym and/or health 30 minutes every other week for grades K-8. We have a full-sized gym for P.E. Irving has interscholastic sport teams in double-dutch, basketball, softball, flag football, volleyball, and track. In addition, Irving supports neighborhood programs in soccer and baseball.
A full-time tech. coordinator providing media instruction for intermediate grades 45 minutes for five weeks a quarter in a newly equipped computer Mac and Dell lab. In addition. Computers are loaded with software specific to math drill & practice/concept development, writing composition, and language enrichment, including a collection of educational CDs. Irving School was selected by NCREL in 2002 as the model CPS school with high technology matched with high academic performance serving a high percentage of minority students with low-income.