DeWitt Clinton School

DeWitt Clinton Elementary School
6110 North Fairfield Avenue


Coordinates41°59′34″N 87°41′55″W / 41.9929°N 87.6987°W / 41.9929; -87.6987Coordinates:41°59′34″N 87°41′55″W / 41.9929°N 87.6987°W / 41.9929; -87.6987
School typePublic Elementary
School districtChicago Public Schools
PrincipalMaureen Delgado
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)   Green and Gold

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

"One Year Older, One Year Smarter" Program

In 2003, alumnus 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.

Other Facts & Famous Alumni

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. ISBN 9781416556206. Retrieved 16 January 2016.

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