DeWitt Clinton School

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DeWitt Clinton Elementary School
6110 N Fairfield Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60659
United States
School type Public Elementary
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Eduardo Donato Cesario
Grades preK-8
Enrollment 1,154[1]
Campus type Urban

DeWitt Clinton School is a Chicago Public School on the north side of Chicago, Illinois.

"One Year Older, One Year Smarter" Program[edit]

In 2003, alumni Jim Mills donated $1 million to the Clinton School to help start the "One Year Older, One Year Smarter" program.[2] This progressive achievement program offers the following cash awards.

  • $25 to any students who score higher on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) than they did the year before.
  • $50 to the best improvement in the class
  • $100 to the two students who score highest in their class.
  • $1,000 to the person who scores highest in their grade and to the student in each grade who has improved most from the year before.
  • $5,000 to the student who shows the most improvement from the previous year.

In addition, each year Mills presents a $10,000 savings bond to the student with the highest score in the school. Overall, Clinton has scored highest in the statewide ISAT test for three consecutive years.[citation needed]

Other Facts & Famous Alumni[edit]

The school mascot is the Clinton Cougar and the school colors are green and gold. Every year 7th graders take a trip to Springfield, Illinois, and the 8th graders go to Washington D.C.

One of the school's most famous graduates is the late celebrity and movie critic Gene Siskel, one-time host (along with Roger Ebert) of the TV show, "At the Movies".[3]


  1. ^ "DeWitt Clinton Elementary School". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "OMNIBUS REPORT: AUTHORIZE THE ACCEPTANCE OF GRANTS" (PDF). Chicago Board of Education. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (Jul 7, 2009). The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture. Simon and Schuster. p. 322. Retrieved 16 January 2016.