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Mccarty Elementary School

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Posted May 14, 2014

We moved recently to utah from aurora and let me just say I loved McCarty and miss it a bunch. The teachers at McCarty are great and want your kids to succeed. My son got tons of extra help from the specialists teacher and my daughter got tons of help in speech. I would rate this school more like a ten cause of all the extra support it gives the kids. I get less then half out here in Utah. So way to go McCarty you never know what you have till it's gone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

McCarty is a fantastic, diverse, caring environment for both of my children. The teachers, support staff, administrative staff and principal are on the ball and fully engaged with the students. I'm thrilled to volunteer any time I can, just to get a quick peek at my little ones in their own environment. Thank you for providing a safe and fertile environment for learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

My son attends kindergarten at McCarty and so far it has been an excellent experience. My son is excited to go to school everyday, despite his clip getting moved down periodically (he's a very social and active little boy). He has comes home excited about things he is learning. They have a great PTA and it is nice to see how many parents are involved with the school and attend events with their kids to support the school. I have talked with the principal on several occasions and am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

I've read many of the reviews on this site and have to say that I am very impressed with the school on several levels: it is a very diverse school with a great mix of families who genuinely care about the students. Yes, the classroom sizes could be smaller, but I've found that when both parents and teachers partner together for the benefit of the student, everyone wins. I will also say that the principal leadership of the school is excellent. The principal is very involved with the students and it shows through her interactions with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

My children are in Kindergarten and 2nd grade at McCarty Elementary. The new school year was a little rough for them to transition into and I can't say enough good things about their teachers helping to ease this transition and make them feel cared for. The principle also went above an beyond to make the start of the year a good one!! My children have shown such positive results! Thank you!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Student and teacher ratio is 30:1, Which is very high. You can't expect your kid to learn much in the class room. Very disappointed with school performance.Bottom in the list performance wise in 204 schools. Hoping to move my kid out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

We have had a fantastic experience at McCarty. We are entering our 4th year. The PTA, Teachers & Administration are thoughtful, caring and TRULY working to benefit the students. I'm proud to have my children attend McCarty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

Special need parents don't even think about moving to this school or the school Dist. (204) . Worst place for special need kids, school don't have any ILC Classrooms or Sensory room , we moved all the way from Calgary , Alberta seeing some reviews and invested all the money in a house right behind MacCarty, now we're not able sell this house in the present market.My son is transported to a school which is 20 minutes drive away. Special need parents pls do your homework before you can make big moves and big investments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

The teachers work hard in this school, however the teacher/student ratio is closer to 30-1 not 16-1 as advertised. I moved to this district and received a shock when I found out there were 30 children in one classroom. How can we expect our teachers to handle this many kids. The entire blame goes to the people/politicians who do not know how to spend money wisely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

The teachers are dedicated and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

I love McCary Elementary School. The principal and the staff are all wonderful people that truly care about education our future! There are so many authentic learning opportunities and enrichment that is provided in all classrooms! Thank you everyone who are actively involved in your child's education. Teaching them manners and preparing them for school before they get there. If everyone does their part, we will continue to be successful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

I also disagree with the negative review posted on March 28, 2008. Both of my children have attended McCarty since Kindergarten (my youngest now in 5th grade) and it has been a wonderful experience. I feel the staff and administration go out of their way to create a safe and character driven environment for the students. No matter what school a child attends, there will be occasional behavior issues, but here they are handled well. It is important for children to be taught how to resolve conflict. My oldest (now in middle school) and youngest both love McCarty and have have learned so much here-both academically and socially. Our school is rich in diversity and community - would not change a thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

I have a different opinion of the school as compared to the earlier one. We moved last year to this school in Aurora from another school in Naperville. My son had a big transition during his kindergarten year. He was not happy with his earlier school in Naperville, he is sensitive and some kids made fun of his last name. But, after moving to McCarty he looked very happy and content. I saw a smiling face every afternoon when I picked hime from school. He loved his kindergarten teacher Mrs Higgins she was really wonderful. I even like all the teachers who warmly greet the children and welcome them to school. I have had a really good experince with McCarty, they put the smile back on my son's face.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

I have been sorely disappointed by the Facaulty's display of the School and District's Standards. They look very appealing in print, however, they haven't atcually been expressed, by the Facaulty, in the same manner. The Facaulty, in particular, has left me with great concern for the safety of the students. I have watched children walk out of the doors with no supervision. There was a Teacher, who my child has no subjects with, that just sent my child out the door to me without hesitation. This Teacher did not even know my child's name. I have also noticed a lot of, 'bullies,' attending this school. At first I wondered if there was an abundance of children with rough personal lives. Now I believe it has something to do with the way the Policies are enforced (or not so).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

Good teachers, but lots of 'problem kids' that take teacher's time away from the other kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

great school but little overcrowded. Teachers are nice,My child loves her school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

Teachers and adminstration seem to be friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

My son had to transfer to McCarty from Young Elementary due to boundary changes and the transfer process for all the children was handled sensitively and was well supported by communication between staff and parents. The Principal is very approachable and easy to talk to when you have concerns. The Project Arrow gifted program in McCarty is PHENOMENAL. My son finds it exciting and challenging and can't wait to go to school! The teachers really care about the students and advocate for them when they identify a children who is unchallenged or not keeping up and gets the right people in to address it. I can't say anything bad about it, except maybe the issue of air conditioning, but none of the elementary schools have AC at this time. They have whole building fans that help, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

There have been great teachers at McCarty, many though have transferred to others within the district or left to raise their families. Some current staff are wonderful and meet the needs of the individual student; others are unfortunately entrenched in their attitudes/procedures and ignore the real reasons for teaching--to help each student do their best, not just to play favorites, teach 'to the middle', and get a paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

I currently have 3 children attending McCarty Elementary in grades 1, 3, and 5. The teachers are phenomenal and I feel my boys have received an excellent education. The amount of homework seems appropriate and the teachers make learning so much fun! Having volunteered in their classrooms, on field trips, etc., I can truly say the environment at McCarty is one I am proud my children are a part of. Their teachers have always been encouraging, supportive, and genuinely interested in them. I feel fortunate they are receiving such dedication!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students65%
Female61%
Male69%
Black39%
Asian88%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income43%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male62%
Black56%
Asian71%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income52%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students50%
Female45%
Male55%
Black25%
Asian88%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income31%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Black41%
Asian88%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income50%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female81%
Male82%
Black63%
Asian94%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income72%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female65%
Male67%
Black48%
Asian84%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income50%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female52%
Male67%
Black43%
Asian84%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income43%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 39% 51%
Black 21% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 4%
Hispanic 18% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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