It is Our Mission to Produce Lifelong Learners

Morton School of Excellence will fully prepare our scholars for college and the work force by providing a safe, rigorous learning environment with high expectations for all. We will partner with our community and families to ensure that our scholars are able to exceed standards and not just meet them. As a learning community we will work together to prepare our students to be academically competitive with their peers worldwide and each of them will feel the love and commitment of our staff. Collectively, we will use each other as resources to create an exciting learning environment for our children and foster in them a thirst for knowledge that cannot be dampened by the social ills they confront each day.

Pre K-8

Morton School of Excellence

431 N. Troy Ave.
Chicago , IL 60612

Enrollment: 403
A CPS Neighborhood School

Principal's Message

About Page

Greetings and Welcome to Morton

Morton School of Excellence has created a standard of excellence that is evidenced by our above average student achievement. This year we are expecting even greater outcomes than the year before. Last school year Morton’s student overall student achievement increased and Morton gained Level 1 status,which is a high rating at CPS. This rating is based on the CPS School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) .  At Morton we view education as a way to change the trajectory of our students’ lives. We understand that quality education is action against the adversity our students face in the communities they live. Please enjoy perusing the pictures that we have posted, every student in these pictures are part of our extended Morton family.

Peggie Burnett, Principal


Our Growth In

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. You will find reports for Morton School of Excellence to the right.

Our History

Building on Our History to
Create a Culture of Excellence


Morton School of Excellence is named in honor of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902). Morton was a newspaper editor and politician who served as President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture. Among his significant achievements was the founding of Arbor Day in 1872. His son – Joy Morton – founded the Morton Salt Company in Chicago.

Morton School of Excellence opened in in 1964 as an upper grade center. The building was designed by the architectural firm Nicol and Nicol and was nicknamed the “Blue Palace” because of the glazed brick exterior. It is a four-story structure with an activities wing extending out from the first floor and originally contained 25 classrooms, two science laboratories, a library, a gymnasium, two industrial art shops, two homemaking rooms, an auditorium, and a cafeteria.

The school was converted to an elementary school in 1989.

Today the building contains 34 classrooms and serves 350 students.


AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) turned over management of Morton School of Excellence to AUSL in 2008 as a turnaround school. Turning around a school is one approach that CPS uses to improve neighborhood schools that have been failing for many years. The transformation begins with the new leadership and teachers in the building to deliver effective instruction and the right climate and culture to the same neighborhood students.

AUSL is committed to to providing all AUSL students with a quality education to prepare them for college and career.

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Questions for Our Staff?

If you have any questions, the Morton School of Excellence staff will be happy to assist you.

Phone: 773-534-6791

Fax: 773-534-6790





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