Welcome to Grove Avenue School

  • Our school has served as a recognized symbol of quality education for over fifty years in this community.  Our 2016/17 school enrollment of 525 children represents wide diversity in family background and cultural heritage.  Grove is the home of twenty-three kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms, including two dual language first grade classes where fifty percent of their day is taught in Spanish.

    Our Grove Family is committed to attaining the goals in our mission statement…to respect the needs of each child and to create a nurturing learning environment that fosters compassion, curiosity, self-discipline, independence and confidence.  Our work leads to significant success because of the partnership we form with students, staff, parents and community members to get the job done.  We are never totally satisfied with our work because we know we can always strive for further greatness for a particular child or group of them.  This quest leads to growth and renewal every year for both educators and students.

    In 2007 and 2013 Grove Avenue School was designated as the school with The Exemplary Program of Reading for the State of Illinois by the International Reading Association.  This is a significant honor celebrating the amazing celebration of reading that takes place every day at our school.  In 1993, 2007 and 2016 we were honored in Washington, D.C. as recipients of the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award from the Department of Education recognizing our excellence.  In addition, the Chicago Sun Times has listed Grove as one of the top ten public elementary schools in the state during the last six years.

    We are looking forward to another great school year in 2016-2017.  We continue to strive to provide all students with a challenging academic learning experience; an opportunity to grow in character; and have a lot of fun while doing it!

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any service to you.  My e-mail address is kmatthews@barrington220.org; my phone number is 847-842-7420.

    Mrs. Katie Matthews
    Principal