It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

Our mission at the Sherman School of Excellence is to create active thinkers, readers, writers, and problem solvers. To facilitate what is best for every student, we will address the diverse needs of all children including those with special needs. Our success will be measured by student achievement in the areas of reading and math.  When expectations are not met, we will utilize different learning strategies and modify our instruction.

We will engage students in their own learning by using culturally relevant materials and by valuing their personal experiences. We will create an environment conducive to learning by ensuring the safety of our students, by involving the community, and by fostering respect amongst the school family.

At Sherman School of Excellence we aspire to provide a safe and rigorous academic environment where students and staff celebrate diversity while cultivating life-long learners. We promote accountability and involvement among teachers and parents, while promoting high personal and academic standards among students. Our hope is to develop critical thinkers, productive citizens and future leaders.

Pre K-8

Sherman School of Excellence

1000 W. 52nd St.
Chicago , IL 60609

Enrollment: 320
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message


Greetings and Welcome to Sherman School of Excellence

Sherman School of Excellence is “Soaring to New Heights” this school year. We are really working hard to ensure that every student is successful academically and behaviorally. We have various intentional programs and interventions in place to ensure our student success.”

Mellodie L. Brown, Principal


Our Growth In

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Sherman School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence


Sherman School of Excellence is named in honor of William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), an American soldier, businessman, educator and author. He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the “scorched earth” policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.

Sherman School of Excellence opened in its current building in 1937 and originally contained 10 classrooms and one cafeteria/gymnasium. An all-purpose room addition was added in 1959.

The school was formerly named Grant School, but when the Town of Lake was incorporated into the city of Chicago in 1889, the name was changed to Sherman since there was already a school with that name. The school’s original building, which was built in 1884, with an addition in 1887, was razed for the present building.

An additional building was built in 1973 south of the first building, which contains 19 classrooms, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria.

Sherman served students through grade 6 until 1969 when it added grades 7 and 8 to ease overcrowding at nearby Libby School, where those grades had been located previously.

The building contains 30 classrooms and serves 320 students.


AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Sherman School of Excellence to AUSL in 2006 as a turnaround school. Turning around a school is one approach that CPS uses to improve neighborhood schools that have been failing for many years. The transformation begins with the new leadership and teachers in the building to deliver effective instruction and the right climate and culture to the same neighborhood students.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

Staff List

Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, the Sherman School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone: 773-535-1757

Fax: 773-535-3043


Ms. Mellodie L. Brown
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Mrs. Lauren Bollini
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Mr. Courtland Stokes
Dean of Students
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Ms. Katherine Olecki
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Ms. Shaneta Mathis
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Mr. Chris Kruger
First Grade
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Ms. Lauren Farrar
Second Grade
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Ms. Gilmore
Third Grade

Ms. Alicia Crawford
Forth Grade

Ms. Lauren Savage
Fifth Grade
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Ms. Ashley Horton
Sixth Grade
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Ms. Tonya Kirk
Seventh Grade
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Mrs. Danielle Dolly
Middle School Science
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Ms. Vivian Redwood
Eighth Grade
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Mrs. Gordaki Pook
Intermediate Special Education
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Ms. Jessica Phelan
Middle School Special Education
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Ms. Colleen Wedderburn
Middle School Special Education
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Mr. Harold Arnold
Physical Education
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Ms. Rommy Mata
Art Education
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Support Staff

Ms. Tracey Slaughter
Office Clerk
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Ms. Jewell Ewing
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Mr. Andra Brown
Security Officer
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Mr. Robert Dishman
Security Officer
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Mr. Earl Ball
Security Officer
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Ms. Katrenia Mack
Lunchroom Manager
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Ms. Lillie Hudson

Ms. Lauren Joseph

Mr. Glenn Middleton
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Mr. Kenneth Ragsdale

Mr. Eric Whittington