Assessments & Accountability

At Rowe, our work is focused on ensuring that every student has the skills required to be prepared for college and the 21st century workplace. As a part of these efforts, we continually measure the progress our scholars make. We use this information to make decisions about where resources and funding should go, and about what types of supports to provide to teachers. We hope that parents also can use this information to make informed decisions about the education of their children.

Here are the assessments we administer for each grade band:

Kindergarten - 1st Grade

  • Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment

2nd - 5th Grade

  • NWEA MAP Reading & Math
  • Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment
  • ANET Interim Assessments
  • 3rd+ PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

6th - 8th Grade

  • NWEA MAP Reading, Math & Science
  • ANET Interim Assessments
  • PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

Common Core Standards

At Rowe, our curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These standards were designed for kindergarten through 12th grade to establish guidelines for what all students should know in English language arts and math.

The Common Core Standards emphasize problem solving and critical thinking with the goal of preparing students are college and career-ready. These standards help establish clear goals for skills students require, while allowing the freedom for teachers to devise and implement authentic learning opportunities in their classrooms. To find answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.

To view the standards or learn more, visit:


Rowe Elementary School uses various curriculum sources in reading, writing, math, science and social studies to support and supplement additional learning experiences. Please see below for a detailed list of curriculum used in our classrooms across grade levels.

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

  • Social-Emotional Learning: Second Step
  • Core Reading: Journeys
  • Writing: Lucy Calkins Units of Study
  • Math: enVision and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)
  • Science: FOSS
  • Social Studies: Harcourt

6th - 8th Grade

  • Social-Emotional Learning: Advisory (in-house curriculum)
  • Core Reading: CodeX
  • Writing: Lucy Calkins Units of Study
  • Math: Connected Mathematics Project 3 (CMP3)
  • Science: FOSS
  • Social Studies: Harcourt

High School Readiness

Rowe Approach & Resources

At Rowe Elementary School, we have developed a high school readiness program to help our scholars transition to high school. Our high school readiness program consists of advisory lessons, parent workshops, one-on-one parent meetings and incorporating high school into our middle school culture.

If you have any questions about our high school readiness program, please contact our Director of High School Readiness & Alumni Success, Ms. VanderVoort, at



Important Dates 2017-2018: Please check with individual schools and websites for more details on the events below!


  • 19: Lincoln Park High School Meet & Greet
  • 24: Hidden Gems HS Fair
  • 26: Rowe 8th grade mandatory parent session #1 (4-5PM)
  • 27: Rowe 8th grade mandatory parent session #2 (8:30-9:30AM)
  • 28: Rowe 8th grade mandatory SPANISH ONLY parent session #3 (4-5PM)





  • 27: Selective enrollment test date


  • 3: Selective enrollment test date



Our Scholars & Alumni

We would like congratulate the twelve 6th grader scholars who were accepted to the High Jump academic program! We are so proud of your accomplishment!

Our 26 scholars in the Class of 2025 earned more than 160 high school acceptances and nearly $800,000 in scholarships for high school! We also had our first Daniel Murphy Scholarship award winner!

The Classes of 2024 and 2025 have been accepted to the following high schools:

  • University of Chicago Lab School
  • GCE Lab School
  • St. Ignatius College Prep
  • St. Andrew's School
  • Suffield Academy
  • Mount Carmel
  • Hancock College Prep
  • Jones College Prep
  • Lane Tech College Prep
  • Northside College Prep
  • Walter Payton College Prep
  • Westinghouse College Prep
  • Whitney Young Magnet High School
  • ChiArts
  • Amundsen IB Program
  • Back of the Yards IB Program
  • Clemente IB Prorgam
  • Juarez IB Program
  • Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences
  • Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
  • Air Force Academy High School
  • Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville
  • Marine Leadership Academy at Ames
  • Phoenix Military Academy
  • Intrinsic High School
  • Urban Prep
  • Butler College Prep
  • Chicago Bulls College Prep
  • DRW College Prep
  • Gary Comer College Prep
  • Golder College Prep
  • Hansberry College Prep
  • ITW David Speer Academy
  • Mansueto High School
  • Muchin College Prep
  • Noble Street College Prep
  • Pritzker College Prep
  • Rauner College Prep
  • Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy
  • The Noble Academy
  • UIC College Prep


For a detailed list of the high school destinations for our graduating classes, please click below.


High School Destinations for Rowe Elementary 2017 Graduates


Typical Day at Rowe Elementary

Breakfast Begins at 7:30 am Scholars are expected to arrive at Rowe between 7:30am and 7:55 am. Tardies begin at 8:00 am.

Dismissal at Rowe is staggered by grade level:

  • Kindergarten - 5th: 4:05 pm - 4:20 pm, 1:30 - 1:40 pm (Wed)
  • 6th - 8th: 3:55 pm - 4:10 pm, 1:25 - 1:35 pm (Wed)

Kinder - 5th Grade

Time Activity
7:30 - 8:00 am Breakfast
 8:00 - 8:30 am Morning Meeting SEL
 8:30 - 9:05 am Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)
 9:05 - 11:35 am Literacy Block
 11:35 am - 12:20 pm Recess and Lunch
 12:25 - 1:35 pm Math Block
 1:35 - 2:10 pm Writing Block
 2:10 - 2:50 pm Social Studies or Science
 2:50 - 3:45 pm Enrichment (PE, Art, Drama, Spanish, Music)
 3:45 - 4:00 pm Snack, Closing Circle
 4:00 - 4:05 pm Pack Up
 4:05 - 4:20 pm Dismissal

6th - 8th Grade

Time Activity
7:30 - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 - 8:25 am Advisory
 8:29 - 9:04 am What I Need (WIN) Block
School-Wide Intervention Time
 9:08 - 10:14 am Block A (Reading, Math, Science, SS/Writing, Enrichment)
 10:18 - 11:24 am Block B (Reading, Math, Science, SS/Writing, Enrichment)
 11:28 am - 12:08 pm Lunch & Recess
 12:12 - 1:18 pm Block C (Reading, Math, Science, SS/Writing, Enrichment)
 1:22 - 2:28 pm Block D (Reading, Math, Science, SS/Writing, Enrichment)
 2:32 - 3:38 pm Block E (Reading, Math, Science, SS/Writing, Enrichment)
 3:42 - 3:55 pm Advisory
 3:55 - 4:10 pm Dismissal

Enrichment & Uniform Schedules


M– Music, T– PE, W– Music, Th– Art, F- Drama
Oklahoma Wisconsin Denver UConn Purdue ISU


M– PE, T– Art, W– PE, Th– Drama, F- Music
Harvard Morehouse Illinois Duke Penn Williams

Chicago/Loyola/Stanford/NW/GT/Wash U

M – Art, T – Drama, W – Art, Th – Music, F- PE
Chicago Loyola Stanford Northwestern Georgetown Wash U


M – Drama, T - Music, W – Drama, Th – PE, F- Art
Michigan DePaul UCLA USC UIC Minnesota

6th Grade

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6A PE Drama Rotating PE Drama
6B PE Drama PE Drama
6C PE Drama PE Drama
6D PE Drama PE Drama

7th & 8th Grade

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7A Drama PE Rotating Drama PE
7B Drama PE Drama PE
7C Drama PE Drama PE
7D/8th Drama PE Drama PE

Scholar Resources

Websites for Scholars

Ask your child’s teacher for login information for the following sites that Rowe subscribes to:

Compass Learning Odyssey

Access Compass Learning to build reading and math skills at home using the following link:

Type To Learn 4 Keyboarding

Download the home version of our keyboarding software at


DreamBox supports learning math concepts. Log in at home at


Conceptua supports math concept learning for grades 3-5. Log in at

Websites Worth Using

For All Grades:

Age 5-6

Age 7
On ipad: Motion Math Zoom

Age 8
ipad purchase $4.99: Spell Board

Age 9

Age 10-11

Supportive Services

Special Education at Rowe Elementary School

Rowe Elementary School emphasizes a school environment with an inclusive, nurturing and collaborative culture towards special education. Our special education program is designed to ensure scholars with exceptionalities are given appropriate educational opportunities to meet their individual needs in a variety of different settings to promote academic and social emotional success. Rowe promotes inclusion of scholars with a variety of learning needs, which allows for a community of diverse learners that promotes acceptance.

At Rowe we provide all scholars with exceptionalities access to the general education curriculum and receive special education supports in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). With appropriate services, scholars achieve their IEP quarterly benchmarks and show appropriate improvement on grade level benchmarks, district assessments and social emotional checklists.

Rowe staff develops programing for the growing and changing needs. We currently offer programing in the following environments for our scholars.

  • Support in an inclusion classroom where a special education teacher and general education teacher teach in the same setting to provide supports in reading writing, math, social studies and/or science
  • Support in a pull out/resource classroom where scholars go to a separate classroom in the building to receive small group supports with a special education teacher in reading, writing, math and social studies.
  • Combination support of inclusion and resource

Please contact our Director of Special Education, Jen Chiappetta (, or Case Manager, Deanna Perez (, with questions regarding our special education supports.