Whole-School Transformation
Belmont-Cragin Elementary School

When Stacy Stewart took over as principal eight years ago, Belmont-Cragin Elementary was not in great shape. A Level 3 school, the students and staff did not believe they could be better, and the surrounding Belmont-Cragin community had no role in the learning environment or stake in its outcomes.

Over the course of the last five years, Stacy and her team have transformed learning at Belmont-Cragin through a journey with personalized learning: their enrollment increased 23 percent from where it was a decade ago, their math attainment percentile has more than doubled (with reading attainment close to doing the same) and their teacher retention rate has exceeded state and district levels the past three years.

Getting to where they are now has been a complicated, deeply inspiring process, with more challenges and triumphs than can be counted.