Harvard Park Elementary is a PreK- 5th grade public school in Springfield, IL. We currently house close to 500 students as one of 25 elementary schools in Springfield District 186.
This year our school consists of 23 classrooms, Title and Resource staff, art, music, physical education, speech services, social worker, parent educator, and two building administrators. Our student enrollment consists of 46.3% Caucasian, 43.3% African American, 1.1% Hispanic, 8.2% Multi-Racial, and 1% Other. Almost 90% of students qualify for free/reduced lunch.
Please explore our website to see our wonderful students and all the exciting events and supports at our school!
8:30 - 3:00 School Hours
8:00 - 4:00 Office Hours
11:30 - 11:50 1st & 4th Grade
11:55 - 12:15 5th Grade
12:20 - 12:40 2nd & 3rd Grade
12:50 - 1:10 Kindergarten
11:50 - 12:15 1st & 4th grade
12:55 - 12:40 5th grade
12:40 - 1:05 2nd & 3rd grade
12:20 - 12:45 Kindergarten
Harvard Park officially opens its doors at 8:05 in the morning. At this time, students who eat breakfast will proceed immediately to the cafeteria, while students not eating will go to the gymnasium.
Morning Meeting begins everyday at 8:30. This is a brief time to connect as a school, review expectations, and celebrate successes. After the meeting students then proceed to their classroom with their assigned teacher.
Late students need to come to the office first for a pass before going to class.
The school day officially ends at 3:00 pm (MTRF) and 2:00 on Weds. At this time walkers and car riders are escorted to the 11th street doors for dismissal, while bus riders meet in the gymnasium to find their bus line.
** If you need to pick your student up early or make alternate pick-up arrangements, please call the school before 2:45 to allow a reasonable time frame for classroom teachers to ensure your child's safety.
Harvard Park History
Elijah Iles, a founder of Springfield, purchased land in 1831 that is now Harvard Park. The land was passed between many parties until John F. and Leila Miller purchased land for the first housing development. As industry moved into the city, Fetzer Manufacturing Company came in on the south side of Stanford Avenue near Tenth Street. A street car ran right along Tenth leading to the factory and soon droves of working families moved into Harvard Park's convenient and affordable housing. With fast transportation to downtown shopping as well as a brand new elementary school, built in 1911, the neighborhood had everything to offer - even two boulevard streets!
Industry continued to grow in Harvard Park until 1955 when Allis-Chalmers (Fiat-Allis) moved in, ushering in a period of prosperity that lasted over 20 years.
The recession of the 1970's hit the area hard, and as residents moved out District 186 chose to close down Harvard Park School, a source of pride for neighborhood residents.
The 1980's saw a resurgence in population, and in the fall of 1988 Harvard Park Elementary reopened! The new retail stores and businesses moving into Park South have brought renewed interest in the area, and the 100th anniversary of the school brings a healthy population, with nearly 500 students attending Harvard Park this year.
— Summary of information from Harvard Park Neighborhood: Celebrating 100 Years. Thanks to Polly Poskin.