PARENT ESSENTIALS

We’ve put together a handy collection of resources for parents, so you can be sure your children get the most out of their time at South Loop.

BISC - South Loop Academic Calendar 2022-2023

Autumn Term Begins
Wednesday Aug 17 2022
No School: Labor Day
Monday Sep 05 2022
Autumn Half-Term Break
Monday Oct 10 to Friday Oct 14 2022
School Closed: Staff Training Day
Monday Oct 17 2022
Parent Consultation Day (Secondary)
Thursday Oct 27 2022
Parent Consultation Day (Whole School)
Friday Oct 28 2022
School Closed: Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday Nov 21 to Friday Nov 25 2022
End of Autumn Term
Friday Dec 16 2022
Winter Break
Monday Dec 19 2022 to Monday Jan 02 2023
School Closed: Staff Training Day
Tuesday Jan 03 2023
Spring Term Begins
Wednesday Jan 04 2023
School Closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday Jan 16 2023
School Closed: Staff Training Day
Tuesday Jan 17 2023
Spring Half-Term Break
Monday Feb 20 to Friday Feb 24 2023
Parent Consultation Day (Whole School)
Monday Feb 27 2023
Parent Consultation Day (Secondary)
Tuesday Feb 28 2023
End of Spring Term
Friday Mar 31 2023
Spring Break
Monday Apr 03 to Friday Apr 14 2023
Summer Term Begins
Monday Apr 17 2023
Summer Half-Term Break
Monday May 29 to Wednesday May 31 2023
No School: Juneteenth
Monday Jun 19 2023
End of Summer Term
Friday Jun 23 2023

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Cultivating children’s creativity is key to their happiness and success. South Loop offers many opportunities for students to express their artistry and individuality under the guidance of world-class educators.
Music
For many students, learning an instrument is the first time they truly find their “voice.”
Music
South Loop currently offers lessons in the following:
flute
violin
saxophone
vocals
piano
guitar
drums
music theory.
We particularly welcome students with some previous experience in their chosen instrument, but all are invited to give music a go!
 
Dance
Create professionally choreographed pieces both recreationally and competitively.
Dance
Under the guidance of expert instructors, students dance to their hearts’ content in the development of smaller pieces and larger performance routines. Auditions are not required, although consistent attendance is necessary to participate in competitions with the team.
Drama
There’s no better way for students to boost their confidence than stepping into the spotlight.
Drama
Drama club is a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their improvisation and acting skills, as well as grow their self-esteem by working from scripted materials, playing drama games, and writing and performing their very own scripts.

THIS WEEK’S MENU

Students take a well-earned break with their friends in our modern cafeteria, enjoying a healthy and nutritious meal freshly cooked by our experienced chefs.

SOUTH LOOP PORTAL AND APPS

Log in to the parents’ portal to update your child’s information and see any reports on their progress.
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QUESTIONS

  • How many students are in a class, and what is the student–teacher ratio?
    Our class sizes range from 12–22 depending on the year group. Our student–teacher ratio is 9:1. 
  • What languages do you offer, and when do they start?
    South Loop offers French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin. Spanish and French instruction spans from Nursery to Year 6. In Middle and High School, students may choose between any of the four languages on offer, or even study two.  
  • Are you a selective school?
    South Loop is academically non-selective, because we believe no one has a limit to their potential or ability. When considering applicants, we look to see if they share our values of respect, tolerance, and open-mindedness, and whether we can accommodate their individual needs to ensure they receive the best possible education.
  • How is your approach to teaching different from other schools’?
    South Loop implements Nord Anglia Education’s “Be Ambitious” approach to teaching. We are committed to developing children’s minds and relationships, as well as their understanding of their place within the community and the world at large. We achieve this by educating children to become:

    lifelong learners who are principled and empathetic
    tolerant and sensitive members of the school and community
    responsible, knowledgeable, and adaptable citizens ready to prosper in an ever-changing and challenging world
    future leaders
     
  • Do you have provisions for children with special educational needs?
    South Loop is an inclusive school. We understand not all children find it easy to learn. That’s why our Learning Support department provides targeted assistance for children who need extra help.
  • Where do your families live, and do you provide school buses?
    Our families come from all around Chicago, including South Loop, West Loop, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Wicker Park, and Pilsen. We offer a bus from Lincoln Park.
  • As a parent, how can I get involved?
    South Loop encourages every parent to take an active role in school life and events. We offer Parent Representative roles to focus on building relationships in our learning community.
  • How does the school communicate with parents?
    South Loop stays in touch with parents through an array of mediums:
    face-to-face conversations, either at formally planned Parent Consultations or informal meetings at the request of parent or teacher
    each year group receives reports throughout the year
    email dialogue between teacher and parent
    online platforms where teachers post pictures and updates from your child’s class
    South Loop’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages
    weekly newsletter highlighting events and activities
    regular coffee mornings where Mum and Dad can meet fellow parents in a more relaxed setting
     
  • Is a school lunch provided, and where is the food sourced from and made?
    The cafeteria is run by Quest Foods Management Services, who adhere to only the highest standards of food hygiene and preparation. Students may choose from a range of meals, and our healthy eating policy ensures each is nutritious and freshly cooked. Quest Foods has been operating for over 30 years, establishing itself as a culinary leader providing tailored dining experiences and wholesome, hearty meals. 
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