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McPherson Elementary School

Mission Statement

James B. McPherson Elementary School’s mission is to create College and Career ready individuals through the integration of a varied and rigorous curriculum with emphasis in literacy, mathematics and the sciences supported by researched based strategies through the CCSS , 21st Century Learning, technology and quality professional development. All general education, special education and English Language Learners are ensured the opportunity to learn through a reflective and differentiated curriculum enhanced by extended day, enrichment curricula and International Baccalaureate programs. The school incorporates Best Practices, including parent and community involvement and incentive programs, whereby students are able to continue their journey into secondary and post-secondary education founded on the basis of knowledge and understanding, inquiry, and compassion. We strive to encourage life- long learners that are capable of being productive and conscientious members of our ever-changing global society.


  • Friends of McPherson (FOM) is the nonprofit organization (501 (c) 3) that works to support McPherson Elementary School in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.
  • Our team of dedicated community and parent volunteers plans events and identifies ways to support the priorities and needs of the school, including seeking support from foundations, corporations and individuals.
  • Our board and committee meetings are open to the public and we are always open to new partners joining the team
  • We endorse McPherson as an exceptional school and encourage families to consider their neighborhood school.

Our Mission is to enhance learning opportunities, build school capacity, engage community members, foster relationships between the school, parents, and community members and engage with community leaders to improve education opportunities for students in our neighborhood.



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