Tubman Elementary Chicago

Academically Rigorous

Harriet Tubman Elementary School is authorized by The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in both the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Primary Years Program (PYP), making Tubman a wall to wall IB World School

Artistically Rich

Harriet Tubman Elementary School is a CPS Neighborhood and Magnet Cluster School with a Fine and Performing Arts Focus.

Culturally Diverse

Culturally Diverse

Harriet Tubman Elementary School students come from 40 zip codes, speak 20 languages and represent 50 countries

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Local School Council

The Tubman LSC is looking for candidates to fill vacant positions. 

SY22-23 Enrollment

Registration for the next school year is in process now

After School Programming

Tubman will be partnering with Right At School to offer after-school program for students

Upcoming Events

August 22
First Day of School!

Local School Council candidate application open
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August 25
Friends of Tubman monthly meeting (virtual)

September 5
School closed, Labor Day

September 16
Local School Council candidate application closes
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September 21
Local School Council meeting (virtual)
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The Name Change Journey: Moving Toward Learning, Healing, and Harriet Tubman Elementary School

Tubman Elementary Chicago

In the summer of 2020, in the wake of our city and country grappling with the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, our school community embarked on a student-driven, equity- centered name-change effort.  The former namesake of our school, Louis J. Agassiz, was a 19th century scientist and one of the most prominent proponents of scientific racism.  In 2020, our school community examined our values and confronted those racist beliefs.  Our school, with support from the CPS Office of Equity and the Chief Equity Officer, worked through a re-naming process that prioritized student voice and the lived experiences of the most impacted students and families in our community.  We questioned the racist stances of our former namesake and explored the harmful impact that his beliefs have had on our world.   

In each classroom, students led discussions regarding what values and characteristics exemplify and model our beliefs, school principles, and an anti-racist stance. Students researched and submitted nominations for a new namesake, presented those nominations to their fellow students and the Local School Council (LSC), leading to a school-wide and local community vote to identify finalists for our new namesake. In December 2020, after reviewing the submissions and vote tallies, the LSC ranked the three finalists, and selected Harriet Tubman Elementary School as our first choice. In March 2021, the CPS Board of Education voted to rename our school Harriet Tubman Elementary School.  

In our work, we continue to move toward learning, healing, and expanding our commitment to anti-racism throughout our school’s policies, practices, instruction, curriculum, and community-building.  We are grateful to our brave students and the teachers, staff, caregivers, and community partners who helped on this name-change journey. We are incredibly proud to be Harriet Tubman Elementary School!   

Our Promise

Our Mission

Our promise is to provide a nurturing and rigorous learning environment. We will instill within our students a love of learning by identifying their positive distinctions through academics, the arts and athletics. We empower students to be responsible, contributing members of an international community.

Our Vision

As a result, Tubman students strive to be life-long learners who are persistent problem solvers, are inquisitive about the world, have a strong sense of self, and articulate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas through ongoing reflection.

Tubman students strive to be empathetic by understanding different perspectives while being mindful of their unique viewpoint.

Tubman students strive to be caring and principled, and to possess a foundation of knowledge that enables them to build a more peaceful world.

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Our Graduates

Tubman students will be life long learners who are persistent problem solvers, are curious about the world, have a strong sense of self, and are able to articulate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Tubman students will be able to analyze a concept and determine their own viewpoint while respecting differing opinions.

Tubman students will show integrity and empathy, and possess a foundation of knowledge that enables them to thrive in a diverse, changing society.

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