Walter L. Newberry Math & Science Academy
Today's scholars, tomorrow's leaders

About Us

Click here for the 2016-2016 Newberry Parent Handbook

Click here for the 2016-2017 Student Agenda & School Rules 

Newberry is an Option for Knowledge Magnet Elementary School with a focus on math, science and technology. The science program offers exceptional experiences in physical and biological disciplines with an emphasis on observation, investigation and critical thinking. Newberry has adopted the University of Chicago ‘Everyday Mathematics’ Program which is producing highly positive standardized test results. It has a strong basic curriculum in the primary grades that gives students the skills to transition to more independent learning in the upper grades.

All classes are literature and writing intensive requiring students to improve their oral and written communication skills. Newberry supports and nurtures students. It has a proud history of family longevity by serving students whose parents, and in some cases grandparents, attended Newberry.


Our vision at Newberry Academy is to be a school of the 21st century for all students.

Through the integration of technology, with an emphasis on reading, math and science, our school will provide all its students, including those with disabilities, a program of the highest standard. Our goal is to challenge all students to develop their talents and prepare them to succeed in future education.


As a result of the ‘Newberry’ experience, all students will realize that school and the world of work are different stages of the same activity, ‘learning.’ The Newberry family is aware of life’s opportunities and maintains high expectations for its students, teachers, parents, administration and community.

2016-2018 Continuous Improvement Works Plan (CIWP) Goals are as follows:

Strategy 1:  If we develop a common structure that supports school-wide norms and practices around physical and emotional safety in which positive behaviors are taught and reinforced, then we see consistency in teacher/student understanding of of improved safety, behaviors and school climate.  

Strategy 2:  If we develop a cycle that analyzes student tasks for rigor and alignment to Common Core standards, then we see teacher teams who understand and develop rigorous learning tasks throughout the year, which leads to high quality student work.

Strategy 3:  If we further develop a program that increases teacher and student leadership, responsibility, and social-emotional learning, then we see staff and students seeking out leadership and support roles within the school and their community.

Newberry’s 2016-2018 CIWP

Principal Foley’s 2017 State of the School Presentation 

Principal Foley’s 2017 School-wide Data Presentation 


Join Newberry

Interested in Sending your child to Newberry Math & Science Academy?  Visit the Office of Access and Enrollment to learn about the application process.

Office of Access and Enrollment

The Office of Access and Enrollment can provide parent resources, application information and deadlines, as well as valuable information about magnet programs within Chicago Public Schools.