About Burnham

Daniel Burnham Elementary School, named in honor of Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham, was originally built in 1911 during a period of substantial growth in Cicero.

In 1905, Western Electric opened a new factory, named Hawthorne Works, attracting more than 40,000 employees from around the world.

In 1974, the District 99 school board expanded Burnham to better serve more students in the growing community.

In recent years, the school board upgraded the building to support digital presentation boards in the classrooms and the ever-growing number of student computers. Burnham is now a world-class educational facility, serving more than 1,100 students.

Buster the Bulldog is Burnham's mascot!

Mission and Vision

At Burnham, we:

  • Provide engaged and individualized instruction
  • Support students in a safe, student-centered environment
  • Foster school/home partnerships
  • Hold students and staff to high expectations and accountability
  • Instill a mentality of being "Bulldog Strong!"

We inspire, motivate and stimulate students academically, emotionally and socially by giving students the necessary tools and proper guidance to prepare them to be responsible and productive global citizens. 



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The Illinois Report Card is an annual report released by the Illinois State Board of Education that shows how the state, and each school and district, are progressing on a wide range of educational goals. The Report Card offers a complete picture of student and school performance in order to inform and empower families and communities as they support their local schools.

There are three versions of the Illinois Report Card for the state, schools, and districts. The first version is the Classic Report Card. This is a static, printable, PDF version of the official Report Card. The second version is the Illinois Interactive Report Card of IIRC. This version is web-based, intuitive, and allows for users to view performance comparisons between school and districts, review trend data, and break data into subcategories. The third version is the At-a-Glance report, which is a two-page downloadable document containing a more graphic representation of key Report Card data elements.

To view all versions of Burnham's Report Card please CLICK HERE


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The 5Essentials were developed by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools. Past research has shown that schools strong on at least three of the five essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student learning than schools weak on three or more of the five essentials.

For 2020, Burnham Elementary School is moderately organized for improvement. To view more detailed results from the survey please click HERE



Jennifer Evans


Assistant Principal

Brad Randmark





Bulldog Fight Song


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