Welcome to Parsons Elementary School!

  • Parsons ExteriorWelcome to Parsons Elementary School, home of the Fierce Scholars!  At Parsons Elementary School, we are focused on learning for all who attend and work here at our amazing school. We look forward to a year of partnering with each of our families and our community!

    Please take time to visit our website to see all the exciting things that go on in our building. We also encourage you to visit our beautiful school and see that we are a school committed to the success of our scholars. If you are a parent interested in visiting your child’s classroom, a community member, or a prospective parent wanting to learn more about Parsons, please come visit during school hours.

    To our parents and guardians, we believe that your involvement is an essential component to the academic success of your child. We encourage you to visit our website often, like our Facebook page, meet your child's teacher, and get engaged in all that Parsons has to offer!  

Contact the Office

    • 3591 MacArthur Road
      Decatur, IL 62526

      Phone: 217.362.3330
      Fax: 217.362.3573
      Email: parsons@dps61.org

Bell Times

    • Regular Day: 7:40 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Half Day: 7:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

      Half Day Dates for 2023-24 School Year

      • September 13, 2023
      • October 11, 2023
      • November 15, 2023
      • December 13, 2023
      • January 24, 2024
      • February 14, 2024
      • March 13, 2024
      • April 24, 2024

About Judge James Parsons

  • Judge James B. ParsonsParsons Elementary School officially opened in February 1967, with a dedication pronouncement read in unison by children, teachers, parents, and government officials. In its first year, 582 students attended Parsons.  It was quickly determined that the building could not house all the students. In the spring of 1967, a new six-room addition was built. During the 1966-1967 school year, three new elementaries opened in Decatur: Parsons, Stevenson, and Adams. 

    Parsons Elementary is named for James Parsons, a native of Decatur. Judge Parsons came to Decatur at the age of six and attended Oakland School, Roosevelt Junior High School, and graduated third in his class from Decatur High School.

    In 1934, he graduated from Millikin University, became a teacher, and then served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He then attended the University of Chicago Law School and in 1961, was named to the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois by President John F. Kennedy. He was the first African American to receive such an appointment.
    "The new elementary school will provide an opportunity for children to learn about America’s greatness and what must be done to keep it great," said Judge Parsons. "It will develop the capacity to live in tomorrow’s world of science and technology, and promote a new type of society respecting human dignity without regard to ethnic differences."

    Judge Parsons commented at the dedication ceremony that he was humbled by the situation and deeply honored. He said he viewed the naming of the school in his honor as a continuation of “an affection which I experienced here during my childhood.”