Volta Elementary School is located at 4950 N. Avers Avenue (4950 N – 3832 W) in the heart of a very diverse, multi-ethnic Albany Park Community in Chicago. The school campus consists of three separate structures: the main building constructed in 1931, a Pre-K module constructed in 1991, and an annex constructed in 1996. It serves 980 students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.
92% of our students belong to low-income families. Around 90% of our students come from homes where another language is spoken. Volta has an ethnically diverse student body with 15.1% Caucasians, 4.2% blacks, 57.2% Hispanics, and 23.5% Asians. We have students from 23 different language backgrounds and languages represented are Spanish, Arabic, Cambodian, Tagalog ( Pilipino), Vietnamese, Romanian, Bosnian, Assyrian, Cantonese, French, Ewe, Turkish, Russian, Swahili, Somali, Creole, Burmese, Bulgarian, Kurundi, Korean, Gujarati, Malayalam, and Urdu.
Thirty-eight countries are represented at our school. They are as follows: Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Columbia, Peru, Bahamas, Egypt, Burundy, Somalia, Congo, Liberia, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Russia, Romania, Bosnia, Burma, Russia, Bulgaria, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Korea, Cambodia, Haiti, Albania, Serbia, and Assyria.
About 45% of our immigrant students are identified as English Language Learners and are enrolled in our bilingual /ESL classes.
Volta also serves approximately 100 students with disabilities. Instruction is provided through an inclusion program students are educated in general education classrooms with the rest of the students.
Volta has a Family Focus Program for students from grades 2-5 as well as Gear Up for students in 8th grade.
Volta has a staff of 75. 54% hold undergraduate degrees and 46% hold Masters. 100% are considered highly qualified.
Volta School has a several strong partnerships:
• non-profit organizations such as World Relief, Albany Park Community Center, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, and Indo-American Center
• universities such as North Park University, Northeastern University and Illinois State University
• High Schoolls like Roosevelt H.S. for Gear Up and New Trier for Science Olympiads.
At Volta School, the Principal, Assistant Principals, staff members, Volta LSC and parents work together as a cooperative group which focuses on students and their academic growth. Volta School is committed to students’ growth and well-being.