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Principal's Message

We are committed to "Climbing Higher!" This is the motto for Clissold School and we embrace it both culturally and academically. 

Henry R. Clissold School was built in 1931 and was named after a hard-working man, dedicated and loyal to Beverly/ Morgan Park community.  This zealous drive by Mr. Clissold has been continued throughout the years and we will work to continue this tradition of loyalty and dedication.  We would like to invite alumni back to continue the tradition of this historic institution by leading us in the school song every Friday.

Clissold is one of only four Chicago Public Schools that offers such an exceptionally unique learning experience.  Our well-rounded students have the opportunity to be trained in grades K-5 with the foundation of Montessori and in grades 6-8 with the Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme.  Clissold is committed to providing the highest level of academic rigor, differentiation, intercultural awareness and the holistic teaching approach that is grounded in the Montessori and IB curriculum. This allows our students the opportunity to take responsibility for their love of learning and create an educational experience that motivates our young scholars, prepared to positively impact the world.

Clissold rests on the shoulders of passionate, hard-working and positive individuals.  This dedication speaks volumes for the commitment of the entire school and community.  It has been an honor to be part of this hard-working community and I look forward to our continued partnership as we advocate for our vision of excellence.

I greatly appreciate the confidence that has been given to me as the principal of Clissold School.  Thank you to all of the school stakeholders for entrusting us with your most precious gift- our children.  As a father, I understand you have a choice in your child’s education and choosing Clissold is not something I take lightly.  I know the staff is passionately dedicated and committed to “Climbing Higher” while ensuring that our young scholars receive an exceptional educational experience.


Sean McNichols