Beard School is very proud to have the following distinguished certifications, honors and awards:

  1. Certified “Exemplary” Supportive School by the Office of Social  & Emotional Learning
  2. ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality Award for Standard of Excellence in Preschool Education
  3. Creative School Certified “Excelling” in the Arts
  4. Alliance for a Healthier Generation “Silver” Award certified  
  5. Certified Nature Outdoor Sensory Classroom

 Certified “Exemplary” Supportive School by the Office of Social  & Emotional Learning

Beard has been award this exemplary distinction for having strong multi=tiered systems of supports in place that integrate social and emotional learning into daily practices of the school.  The award highlights the positive culture and climate and collaborative relationships that are built at the school. 


ExceleRate Gold Circle of Quality Award for Standard of Excellence in Pre-School Education

ExceleRate has awarded Beard the Gold Circle of Quality Award for Standard of Excellence in PreSchool Education. The Gold Circle of Quality recognizes programs that meet or go beyond the highest quality goals. Gold Circle programs have met the highest quality standards in three areas: learning environment and teaching quality; administrative standards; and staff training and education. Programs are actively engaged in continuous quality improvement. The Gold Circle of Quality gives statewide recognition to early learning programs that meet or go beyond the highest ExceleRate IllinoisTM Quality Standards. To learn more, visit: http://www.excelerateillinois.com.


Creative School Certified and Excelling in the Arts

This award is a measure of the level of fine arts that is incorporated into the daily curriculum. Beard School has received the recognition of "Excelling" in the fine arts. It meets the goals and priorities outlined in the CPS Arts Education Plan, including Staffing & Instruction, Partnerships, Community & Culture, and Budget & Planning. To learn more, visit: www.cpsarts.org/creative-schools-certification. Partnership program this year includes the Merit School of Music once a week for all students.


Alliance for a Healthier Generation Silver Award

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has awarded Beard School a 2018 Silver designation for being one of the Healthiest Schools in America.  We are one of two schools in Chicago to earn this distinguished designation. 


Certified Nature Outdoor Classroom

Each year, the Beard School garden is certified as an outdoor nature sensory classroom that is used to promote and develop social and emotional skills, as well as teach the Next Generation Science standards for our students.