Tarkington's Vision

Tarkington School of Excellence

In a diverse and changing world, we want to show our students that Tarkington C.A.R.E.S by creating an environment that promotes positive choice and encourages student leadership.

Overview of Chicago's First Green School

Tarkington School of Excellence is the first Chicago Public School built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environental Design) guidelines. Some of the highlights are:

  • A vegetated roof and reflective roofing
  • Stormwater runoff is directed to the nearby Marquette Park lagoon via bio-swales
  • Use daylight harvesting systems which automatically adjust lights in response to the amount of daylight in a space
  • Use of a no-tech strategy for saving resources: the building and athletic facilities also serve Chicago Park District users, eliminating the need for duplicative buildings


Celebration of Students

Tarkington's Student Artifacts

During the 2013-14 school year, Tarkington will showcase our student's academic accomplishements on our website. Digital Science Fairs, technology projects, and artwork are just some of the artifacts that you can anticipate. Stay tuned...


Tarkington's Twitter

Do you have a twitter account? Tarkington does! Receive instant updates for the 2013-14 school year. Coming Soon!


Tarkington's News

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2014 My Voice My School Student Survey


6. 5. 13
Tarkington Talent Show

Tarkington's Got Talent! Come and watch students and teachers put on a show!


6. 17. 13
Eighth Grade Graduation