Mary G Peterson Elementary School
, known both as Peterson School
and Peterson Elementary
, is a public elementary school
in Chicago, Illinois
. It is part of Chicago Public Schools
and was established in 1926.
As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 919 students and 53.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 17.3.
The school was founded in 1926 in honor of Mary Gage Peterson. The Peterson family owned a lot of land in North Park
where the school is located. Mary Gage Peterson donated the land for the expressed purpose of public education. She was an avid conservationist and wrote Nature Lover's Creed
In 2004, Peterson Elementary was one of only three schools in Illinois to receive a 2004 Technology for Teaching grant from Hewlett Packard. That same year, the Illinois Conservation Foundation awarded Peterson Elementary a grant to fund the school's "Classroom in a Garden" project, an effort that focused on an outdoor garden curriculum for approximately 300 first through third grades students.
In 2005, Peterson Elementary grades 4/5 teacher and educator Mary E. Carney was a finalist for the Golden Apple Award
In July 1988 parents of seven Peterson Elementary children filed a civil rights suit charging that Chicago police
illegally detained the youngsters on shoplifting charges.