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: 262
Level 2+ school (Good Standing)
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message


Greetings and Welcome to Sherman School of Excellence

Greetings Sherman Families,

Like last year, Sherman School of Excellence is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly.  Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.


· Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.  

· Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers. 

· Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

· Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

·By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. 

· By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff. 

· Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

· By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.


We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school. 

If your student is going to be absent, please contact Tracy Slaughter at 773-535-1757. 


It is important that you understand our school policies and procedures, as well as Illinois State Law, to ensure your child is successful in school. The Becca Bill, a state law, requires mandatory attendance for children age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or a district-approved home school program.  We, the school, are required to take daily attendance and notify you when your student has an unexcused absence.  If your student has two unexcused absences in one month, state law requires us to schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance.  The district is obligated to develop a plan that may require an assessment to determine how to best meet the needs of your student and reduce absenteeism.  After five excused absences in any month, or ten or more excused absences in the school year, the school district is required to contact you to schedule a conference with you and your student. A conference is not required if your student has provided a doctor’s note, or pre-arranged the absence in writing, and the parent, student and school have made plan so your student does not fall behind academically. 

Educationally yours,

Dr. Regina M. Roberts



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


Dr. Regina Roberts
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Mrs. Lauren Bollini
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Mr. Donnell Fields
Dean of Students

Ms. Regina Lake
Academic Director
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Ms. Kelsey Nelson
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Ms. Shaneta Mathis
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Ms. Alicia Crawford
First Grade
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Kenecia Moore
Second Grade
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Ms. Shardai Bell
Third Grade
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Ms. Alicia Ellis
Forth Grade
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Ms. Phoebe Peters
Fifth Grade
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Sandro Murillo
Sixth Grade ELA
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Ms. Ashley Horton
Seventh Grade
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Ms. Vivian Redwood
Eighth Grade
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Cristina Bedolla
Primary LBS1 Special Education
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Terrika Clopton
Intermediate Special Education
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Jason Wise
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. Aarin Young
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Mr. Jorestes Weatherly
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Ms. Kashin Thompson
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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

Amalio Rivera
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Mr. Kenneth Ragsdale