Henry R. Clissold Elementary School was built in 1931. It replaced 2 smaller schools located on the green space of our current campus. The PTA voted to name the school after Henry R. Clissold, who was a dedicated member of the community and who served on numerous boards in the Morgan Park area.
About 30 years ago, Clissold added the Montessori Program to the school in an effort to diversify the student population. This program has been one of Clissold’s trademarks and remains a draw to parents today. Because Clissold is committed to providing a high level of academic rigor, differentiation, and the holistic teaching that the Montessori curriculum provides, beginning in the fall of 2012, Clissold will begin to phase in Montessori instruction for all K-5 students. This program will be offered to all students residing within Clissold’s attendance boundaries, eliminating the lottery based system. Families outside the area may still apply and seats will be given should space allow.
Another highlight of Clissold’s programming is our International Baccalaureate Programme. Clissold as well as other schools from the Beverly/Morgan Park Cluster, became authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme in 2002 and became an IB World School. At the core of this program is holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and modes of communication. Teachers provide students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning, thereby developing an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes, and of learning strategies. Students are also required to take an active role in their community, thereby encouraging responsible citizenship. All MYP students also take Spanish as a second language. Students are encouraged to continue the MYP and Diploma Programme offered at Morgan Park Academy High School upon 8th grade graduation.