Mission / Vision


The Mark T. Skinner School's vision is to be the premier elementary school in metropolitan Chicago for educating special children (Special Education, Classical, Neighborhood and Magnet School) and to serve as the outstanding model for all such schools.


The Mark T. Skinner School is an exceptional community committed to helping a diverse student body achieve academic, social, and personal excellence through a partnership among children, parents, staff, and community.

In accordance with the Chicago School Reform Act, our mission is:

  • To provide quality education for our students in all subject areas;

  • To assess our educational program annually in order to ensure that students are prepared for the next level of academic achievement;

  • To effectively utilize all available resources to achieve these goals through effective management and communication, quality professional staffing and staff development, parental involvement & community partnerships.

LRE Mandate / Vision:

"That to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities are educated with children who do not have a disability. Special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environments occurs only when the nature or severity of the disabilities is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services can not be achieved satisfactory."