Rudyard Kipling Elementary School

Kipling Elementary School is a Chicago Public School educating students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

City Year is now serving at Rudyard Kipling Elementary School!

     City Year is a nonprofit organization created in 1988 in Boston by Michael Brown and Alan Khazei. City Year serves 29 cities within the United States with two international affiliates in the UK and South Africa. City Year is an AmeriCorps program where youth ages 18-25 serve and provide intensive support to students K-8 and High School, by developing the right academic behaviors and mindsets so they can succeed in school and in life. To ensure the students graduate on time and on track, City Year focuses on the ABCs: Attendance, Behavior, and Coursework (Math and English). Our work is centered on individualized, personalized learning through small group interventions, as well as whole school support through attendance rallies, morning power greeting, family engagement nights, after school tutoring and enrichment programs, and appreciation and recognition activities and events.

This inaugural year, Team Kipling includes seven diverse first year AmeriCorps Members (or Student Success Coaches) and one Team Leader, an AmeriCorps Member who has chosen to serve another year.  Each Student Success Coach partners with, and works alongside, their partner teacher to provide support, guidance, coaching, and mentoring to students in the classroom.  This year we have: Ms. Adela and Mr. AJ will be serving with Ms Washington (Williams) in 6-8th grade Math; Ms. Jay will be serving with Ms Daniel in 5th grade Social Studies and Science; Ms. Tia and Ms. Hepler will be serving with Ms Steider in 6th-8th grade ELA, Ms. Carla will be serving with Ms Houze in 3rd -5th grade ELA; and Ms Posley will be serving with Ms Kelly in 3rd -5th grade Math. Ms. Kiara, the Team Leader, will support and guide the Student Success Coaches every day in their work with students, as well as guide them through their personal and professional goals this year. City Year is excited and eager to be a part of the Kipling Elementary family this year. 

School Fees

Rudyard Kipling collects the following school fees:
●    Kindergarten – Grade 6:  $35
●    Grades 7:  $45
●    Grade 8: $110 (includes the $75.00 graduation fee: cap, gown, ribbons, autograph book, and diploma cover and the school fees.)
The fees help to cover the expense of consumable materials.  Fees must be paid by October 18, 2019.  Any books lost or destroyed will need to be replaced or purchased by the parent/guardian.  If fees are not paid in full, any money sent for sports, pictures, or fields trips will first be applied to the outstanding book fees.

Principal's Message

The staff at Rudyard Kipling School welcomes you and your family to a new  school year.  We are committed to doing all we can to make this school year a successful experience for every student.  We firmly believe that a home/school partnership is necessary for the success of all of our students.  Learning is not an easy process!  It involves sharing ideas, making mistakes, and attempting new experiences.  Learning involves hard work by everyone, the teacher, the parent, the principal, but most importantly the student.

At Kipling, we value and challenge each student and provide opportunities for success.  Instruction is based on the Common Core Standards.  We focus on equipping our students to be collaborative workers, self-directed learners, information processors, effective communicators, and complex thinkers.  Our students’ success is the center of all we do.

Research and experience shows us that a parent’s/guardian’s involvement in a child’s education is directly related to his/her success in school.  You, as parents, are the most critical part of our school success.  You take an active and crucial role in providing an atmosphere that promotes education and quality work habits.  Your support provides the foundation for students to come ready to learn.  To maximize your child’s success, emphasize the importance of education through the following:

•    Ensure that your child is at school on time each day.
•    Attend parent/teacher conferences and school events.
•    Monitor your child’s homework daily.
•    Expect and support positive behavior at school.
•    Read with your child or encourage your child to read daily.

I look forward to partnering with you to make this an exciting and successful year for our students.  Thank you in advance for your support and commitment.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (773) 535-3151 or


LaWanda Bishop