Peterson School

Mary G Peterson Elementary School

Mary G Peterson Elementary School, known both as Peterson School and Peterson Elementary, is a public elementary school in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 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 1908.

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.

Notable faculty

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.

Notable alumni


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