Exemplify Excellence Every Day at Tarkington

We strive to have our parents, teachers, and community members actively involved in our students’ learning. Please visit this page often for the latest news about events, activities, and schedules at Tarkington School of Excellence.

Pre K-8

Tarkington School of Excellence

3330 W. 71st St.
Chicago , IL 60629

Enrollment: 1072
A CPS Neighborhood School

School Calendar

Keep Track of the Latest Events

Use this calendar for information about happenings at the school.

CPS Schedule

CPS School Calendars

Use the links to the right to view the CPS calendars: your guide to staying on track during the school year.

Bell Schedule

School Day Schedule

Tarkington School of Excellence’s school day for the 2012-2013 school year is from 8:25 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • 8:05 a.m. Student Entry
  • 8:15 a.m. First Breakfast Bell
  • 8:25 a.m. Instruction Begins
  • 3:13 p.m. Student Dismissal


December 2016: Take action now!  Oppose Governor Rauner’s veto of school funding.  Click here for information on what you can do.

October 2016: Ms. Moreno, our 2nd Grade Bilingual Teacher & Bilingual Program Coordinator, recently completed a project called “Affirmando Nuestra Identidad (Affirming Our Identity):  Storytelling Through Alebrijes”.  Using a biliteracy framework, this unit led students on a journey to explore stories across multiple genres and visual artwork that introduce or develop their understanding of Mexican cultural traditions, family history, geographical landscapes, and the art of imagination to inspire individual stories featuring alebrijes.  The unit was desinged for 2nd grade emergent bilingual students of Mexican origin who are learning to read and write in both Spanish and English.  Activities and strategies integrate the visual arts to facilitate a deeper critical lens that extends their level of analysis of traditional literature as critical thinkers and storytellers.  Click here for to view student work!  

Summer 2016: Illinois recently passed legislation that will fund our schools for next year.  Click here to learn more.

Summer 2016: Forrest Claypool, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools has written a letter for families that you can read at the link here: Letter to Families.

Summer 2016: There is also a web page set up explaining why this is so important to our students and showing things you can do to help, that web page is cps.edu/equality