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Vital Information

Vital Information

Dear New Members of the Thorp Family,

Welcome to Thorp Academy! We would like to congratulate you on being selected in the CPS lottery process. As the principal of Thorp Academy, I am honored and excited to welcome your child to a school where they will learn, grow, and develop into the leaders and creative problem-solvers of tomorrow.

The next few years will truly be one of wonder and excitement. Your child will learn how to incorporate communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and caring into each of their academic subjects. These “5C’s” will be the foundation for success both at Thorp Academy as well as in life after elementary school. 

For over 100 years, O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy has been nurturing critical thinkers that are ready to address the challenges of Chicago, our country and the world. Among our alumni are leaders in all walks of life. Many of these alumni visit us decades after graduation to tell us about the remarkable impact that Thorp Academy made in their lives.

Our Welcome to Thorp Virtual Open House is linked here. In the presentation, you will be introduced to Thorp Academy and what makes our school such a special place. I will also explain the Problem Based Learning approach that is at the core of our educational philosophy.  Finally, you will get a chance to learn about the various parent groups that actively support our school. You will also get to meet parents from our Local School Council, Friends of Thorp, and our Parent Teacher Association. It is our hope that you will be able to begin building relationships with other families even before our school year officially starts.

If you require any additional information, please email our clerk, Mrs. Debbie Dean, at I look forward to meeting you as well as our new students.

Congratulations once again, and welcome to Thorp!

Initial Enrollment and Registration for New Students

The following documents are required for student registration:

  1. Original birth certificates with registration number
  2. Three proofs of Chicago residency (i.e. electric or gas bill, apartment lease, property tax bill, voter’s card, Illinois Driver’s License or Illinois State ID).
  3. Student Enrollment Forms (individual forms available below)
  4. Please upload all supporting documents and sign up for appropriate student screenings by filling out the following form
  5. Please download the Thorp Kindergarten Readiness Packet and work with your child over the summer.

Kindergarten Parents Only:  On the first day of school, all Kindergarten students will meet in the auditorium at 8:30 a.m (our normal start time will be at 7:30 a.m.).  

Other Important Information

Curriculum Overview

New Family Sign-up for Friday Letter and Parent Organizations

Start Time – 7:30 AM Children report to the auditorium starting at 7:00AM
Dismissal Time: 2:30PM  Out of School Time (After-school Programs) 3:45PM
K-4 Dismissal East Playground
5-8 Dismissal West Playground
Students who take CPS transportation dismiss at the front of the building on Warwick Ave.

Breakfast 7:00 – 7:30 AM

K-2 9:45-10:30
3-4 10:35-11:20
5-6 11:25-12:10
7-8 12:15-1:00

Breakfast and Lunch are free for all CPS Students

Thorp Paid After-care 2:30 to 6:00 PM (Enroll Here)
Student Fees $80.00 per child (Pay Here)

Technology Responsibility Insurance Agreement  English
PTA Fee $5.00 individual / $10.00 family

Thorp Spirit Wear and Gym Uniforms

Upcoming School Year Calendar English, Spanish

Individual Enrollment Forms
Family Income Form English (Filled out annually)
Enrollment Form (Filled out once) English, Spanish, Polish
Media Consent Form (Filled out once) English
Emergency Contact Form (Filled out annually English, Spanish, Polish
Student Medical Health Form (Filled out annually) English, Spanish, Polish
Race and Ethnicity Survey English
Home Language Survey English


The Chicago Board of Education provides transportation for students in grades K-8, who live more than 1.6 miles and less than 6 miles from school.  Parents of children not receiving bussing are responsible for their children’s transportation and punctuality, our school day begins promptly at 7:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm.   (PLEASE NOTE:  ALL TRANSPORTATION PROVISIONS AND POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND THE AVAILABILITY OF TRANSPORTATION MAY BE REDUCED).

Transportation Forms

Required Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements

Parents are reminded that physical examination and immunization requirements for Chicago public school students are as follows: Students entering kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grade are required to submit proof of physical examination and current immunizations to school by October 15th of each year.  Kindergarten Health Requirements, please click here for information.

 If you have already submitted a completed Certificate of Child Health Examination Form please accept our appreciation. If you have not met this requirement please submit a completed Certificate of Child Health Examination Form immediately to avoid exclusion. In addition, kindergartners, and any student enrolling for the first time in any grade, are now required to have a full version examination.
Students entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grade must have their dental examination completed by May 15th of each school year. If your child has not received the required examination and your family does not have health care insurance, places contact the Chicago Public School Children and Family Benefit Unit (CFBU). You may be eligible for Allkids or Family Care. Contact CFBU at 773-553-1809.
Minimum Health Requirement forms

All necessary documentation is located below for download.

State of Illinois Child Health Examination form: English

State of Illinois Proof of dental examination form English

State of Illinois vision examination form:  English

Physical exam and immunization waivers: English

For more information, contact Coordinated School Health at (773) 553-1830.

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