Transportation 773.553.2860
Bus Aide Number 773.553.2850
Alltown Bus 
      Nelson Base 773.248.0090
      Skokie Base 773.248.9999
Caravan Bus 773.826.8141
United Quick 773.522.1995

SCR Transportation 773.768.7000
First Student 708.345.5502

Thank You to our parents for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week!

Beard School is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment.  Students are provided with intensive supports and rigorous and developmentally appropriate curriculum.  At Beard, we set high expectations and make it our goal to work on student successes through differentiation.  We encourage all of our families to join us in school sponsored parent engagement opportunities.  As we move forward throughout the year, know that your child is being taught by highly qualified and trained staff members.  We look forward to your partnership this year and thank you for your involvement.  

Beard School makes a difference in the life of every child.  


Daniel C. Beard School
Pre-K through 3rd Grade
6445 W. Strong Street
Chicago, IL 60656
Tel: 773-534-1228
Fax: 773-534-1247
Manda Lukic, Principal

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News & Upcoming Events

CPS Calendar Changes as of March 2015: CPS Calendar Changes

  • 4/1 My Voice My School Parent Survey
  • 4/2 LSC Meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • 4/3 Professional Development Day-No School for Students
  • 4/ 5-10 Spring Break
  • 4/15 Gale Street Fundraiser 20% of total sales will be donated to “Beard School Garden Sensory Program”
  • 4/16 Report Card Pick Up 11:45-6:00 (Schedule your conference time with your child’s teacher)
  • 4/16 Art Auction-Bid on your favorite piece of art work!
  • 4/27 K-3rd grade Symphony fieldtrip
  • 4/28 Parent Montly Meeting 7:00 p.m
The Chicago Park District (In-Person) Registration for the 2015 Summer Session begins, Saturday, April 18th, 2015; registration is taken on a first come first served basis.  If you have any questions about the programs or summer registration please visit the webpage at or contact the Special Recreation Department at 312.742.5798 or

When and When Not to
Send Your Child to School*


Regular attendance is directly related to student performance. We encourage parents to schedule medical and dental appointments after school or on the weekends. Remember to call the Beard School Attendance Line at 773-534-1228 to report absences & late arrivals.
NOTE: This voicemail is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Beard Tours 2014 - 2015

CPS Calendar 2014 - 2015

"Urban Gateways Project" - "Check out an awesome stop-motion video from students at Daniel C. Beard Elementary School, thanks to Urban Gateways Teaching Artist Gwen Tulin!:...

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Mission Statement

Beard School’s mission is to provide all of our students with early childhood interventions and supports to promote academic, social, and emotional growth and development.   We will provide this by developing an academic rigorous and differentiated curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core Standards.   Beard’s instructional programs will challenge our students to reach their potential within a supported environment that results in increased student achievement and socially appropriate behaviors.  Upholding high expectations for all of our students will result in programs that are designed to meet the needs of our students and his/her family.  This will be accomplished through high quality instruction, building staff capacity, classroom group therapy services and a highly developed level of collaborative school and parental partnership.

Welcome to Beard!

Photo OneBeard School is a specialty Chicago Public School that services students with special needs from Pre-K to 3rd grade. Age ranges of students attending Beard are from 3 to 8 years old. Programs are designed to have an academic focus integrated with social and emotional learning skills. Staff members are trained specialists in working with students on the spectrum of autism and other disabilities. Placement and enrollment into Beard School is completed only through the CPS Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Services.

Beard School utilizes a variety of instructional approaches.  Teaching models, strategies, and curriculums used include academically aligned common core curriculums, Orton Gillingham multi-sensory approach, TEACCH methodologies in structured teaching and independent learning, Applied Behavior Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, Unique Learning Systems, News-2-You and many other supplemental programs.  Instruction for every child is highly differentiated to address the individual learning styles of our students. Most students have a significantly modified curriculum.  Home-school software programs that supplement academics include Raz Kids,, Compass Learning, Starfall, Envision, BrainPOP Jr., Enchanted Learning, Handwriting without Tears, TumbleBooks, and other instructional apps.   All classrooms at Beard School have an interactive Promethean Board so that technology is woven into the instructional day of the school. 

As a Chicago Public School, therapy services are delivered to students through a classroom model in which students receive services with other classroom peers.  Therapy services are provided by a team of highly qualified clinicians.   Beard School provides speech, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, physical therapy, and nursing based on IEP eligibility and student needs through a classroom inclusion model.

Beard has two instructional half day Pre-K programs that service students with special needs requiring additional supports. In addition to our specialty programs, we also have a blended preschool program comprised of general education students from the neighborhood along with other preschool students with IEP’s.   

The extended school day has afforded students an increase in instructional minutes in the common core subjects of Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science.  Students have specialized classes in Adaptive P.E., Art, Music, and Library. This year students will have 90 minutes per a week of physical education activities.  Over the course of the year, students will also engage in the following additional enrichment programs at Beard which include, Drama through Literacy, Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, MeMoves, Partners in Play with Edison Gifted Regional School, Girl Scouts, IPAD Photography, Chicago Botanic Gardens partnership, Children’s Puppet Theater, Garden Science in the exploratory nature outdoor classroom, Social Skills Development, Xbox Dance, Yoga, and Cooking.

Parents enjoy the many activities sponsored by the school which include Parent Support Meetings, School Picnics, Open House, LSC Meetings, International Fest, Parents in the Garden Night, Art Auctions, Halloween Festival, Dr. Seuss Family Reading Day, Special Olympics, Winter Assemblies, Science Fair, Recognition Assemblies, Kindergarten Graduation, and 3rd Grade Farewell Ceremony. 

Beard School has received a Creative Schools Certification of Category 1, “Excelling” in the Fine Arts. In addition, Beard School is very fortunate to be one of the few schools in the state of Illinois to have a certified nature explore outdoor classroom garden developed by stakeholders of the school. The school is located on the northwest corner of Jefferson Park in Chicago near the intersections of Nagle and Gunnison.