It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

Johnson School of Excellence will provide students with a highly skilled staff of educators who create a safe and supportive environment and engage students in a rigorous academic program that helps them develop the knowledge, skills, and productive habits necessary for excellence in academics and in life.

Pre K-8

Johnson School of Excellence

1420 S. Albany Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623
773-534-1829

Enrollment: 520
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message

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Greetings and Welcome to Johnson School of Excellence

The Academy for Urban School Leadership, the Johnson staff and I are committed to ensuring your child receives a high quality educational experience.  We strive to maintain a structured, nurturing and well-disciplined environment to support your child’s efforts to achieve academic successes. Thank you for continuing to select the James Weldon Johnson School of Excellence to provide your child’s education.

Educationally Yours,

Takia J. Foster

Principal

Performance

Our Growth In
Achievement

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Johnson School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence

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Johnson School of Excellence is named in honor of James Weldon Johnson (1871 – 1938), an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.

Johnson School of Excellence opened in 1963. The four-story building includes 26 classrooms and was designed by McPherson, Swing, and Associates and originally housed grades K-6. The building was designed to facilitate team teaching as well as with art activities in mind; expansive windows were intended to allow children to draw scenes of Douglas Park in different seasons. The opening of Johnson relieved overcrowding in nearby schools and allowed students to vacate mobile units that had been placed in Douglas Park.

Johnson’s Child-Parent Center (then called a schome, or school-home), opened in 1972 at 1418 S. Kedzie for preschool aged children. Due to the high costs of asbestos removal and other building maintenance, a new building was build to house the center at 1504 S. Albany, just south of Johnson School of Excellence. The center moved to the new space in 1997 and now houses preschool and kindergarten classes.

Today, the building contains 31 classrooms, serves 400 students up to grade 8, and is fully accessible.

AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Johnson School of Excellence to AUSL in 2009 as a turnaround school. Turning around a school is one approach that CPS uses to improve neighborhood schools that have been failing for many years. The transformation begins with the new leadership and teachers in the building to deliver effective instruction and the right climate and culture to the same neighborhood students.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, the Johnson School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone: 773-534-1829

Fax: 773-534-1355

Administration

Takia Foster
Principal

Talisa Martin
Asst. principal

Teachers

Sarah Potter 102
Kindergarten
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Rae Swain 103
Pre-k
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Simone Mcalphine 104
Pre-k
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Jeremiah Vipond 105
DL

Mariah Jones 106
Pre-k

Chris Cvengros 201
Music
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Stefanie Brown 203
1st Grade

Sarah Brunner 204
1st Grade
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Bethany Hiltibran 205
2nd Grade

Eleni Sakararis 206
4th Grade ELA/SS

Kelechi Maxey 208
4thGrade, Math & Science

William Jones Gym
Physical Education

Justin Stewart Gym
Health

Brenda Newbern 207
Counselor

Beatrice Peter
DL Support

Charise Gardner 301
Instructional Coach

Tuere Atkinson 301
3rd - 5th DL

Carla Harper 305
3rd Grade 3rd Grade Math/Science

Ashley Gardner 306
3rd ELA/SS

Joseph Waggoner 307
MS DL ELA/SS

Melinda Stevens 308
4th/5th DLL
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Maria Miranda
Small Group Support

La'Tina Redmond 401
7th/8th ELA/SS
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Amber Bradley 402
5th Grade, Math
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Dominque Morris 403
5th/6th ELA/SS
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Adebisi Ige 404
6th Grade ELA/SS

Lauren Dixon 405
8th Grade, Math
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Nicole Mullen 406
5th - 8th Science

Stephanie Bonaroit 306
6th/7th Math

Patrick Zotti 408
MS Math DL and Case Manager
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Support Staff

Danisha Simpson
Clerk
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Troy Williams
Youth Interventionist

Robert Harris
Security

Robert Thompson
Security

Nicoli Buchanan
SPED Classroom Asst

Marcus Jones
SPED Classroom Asst

Christopher Glenn
SPED Classroom Asst

Turron Clayton
Educational Support Personnel

Georgia Jackson
Educational Support Personnel

Vashon Jordan
Educational Support Personnel

Denise Perkins
Educational Support Personnel

Meshell Robinson
Educational Support Personnel

Amanda Smith
Educational Support Personnel

Sharon Smith
Educational Support Personnel

Shakia Carter
Food Services

Greg Cox
Food Services

Marquetta Thomas
Food Services

Rigo Iniguez
Facilities Management