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Hall Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 618 students

 

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Posted April 28, 2014

The teachers work hard to help their students here and do a good job. Too many people think that putting their kids in private schools help them but this will keep them from reality. Public schools draw students from all walks of life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

We're lucky that we were able to pulled our kids out of this school and placed them into private. The teachers really try but with the lack of resources and over-crowding it's an uphill battle. The classes are mixed where advance kids are placed with slower children. It is a disservice to the advance kids. Here's a great example of the difference between Hall and my kids' current school... We were having breakfast yesterday and my youngest mentioned a subject he was learning. My oldest exclaimed "We didn't get to it until 4th grade!". I think that gives an idea of what it's like...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

Hall Elementary is among another of the many disappointments within District 129. The teachers are greedily preoccupied with their salaries exuding superficial concern for their students without getting down to the nitty gritty of making breakthroughs for the students to succeed in any given subject. Sadly, accountability is virtually non-existent because of the superintendent. It's exhausting trying to talk sense into the principal who, far too many times, sympathizes with the bully. The appearance of many of the teachers is inappropriate -- bearing tattooes, gym clothes, and sloppiness. As long as this continues, the school will remain a failing educational institution per the State of Illinois.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This school provides a great education. The teachers and administration of Hall are dedicated to educating the children and preparing them for the future. They have many after school programs and focus on reading and math extensively. There is a fairly diverse student base and many can't even read the alphabet when they come to kindergarden. the teachers are great at working with each child to bring them to the next level. In addition, they re-enforce behaviors that help them mature, such as, respectful, peacefulness, helpful, problem-solvers, and responsible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

I agree with the following statement 'The teachers at Hall are dedicated and enthusiastic. There are issues of a shift in the culture/diversity that are a challenge.' I believe that many parents stick to their own color clicks and don't want to get to know other parents. I also believe that being a diffrent race gets you diffrent treatement. Just because you are a diffrent race it doesn't meant that you are uneducated and don't care about you kids education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2008

The teachers at Hall are dedicated and enthusiastic. There are issues of a shift in the culture/diversity that are a challenge. Many 'veteran' parents complain about the change but don't reach out to be inclusive; new families, particularly those of diverse cultures, seem to mistrust. It's not a great lesson for the children. The administration is trying to address it but does so without community input, and frankly is falling flat on its face. It's sad to see, but I know the individual teachers are working hard to teach and my children are thriving academically, and hopefully through lessons taught at home, socially and culturally. The principal is trying, but needs to hold some 'town hall' discussions re new discipline, playground issues, and the ongoing, everchanging drop-off/pick-up and traffic issues. Her proposals to deal with the later impact more than the students and school families, they impact the community at large.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

'I am new to the school, but from what I've seen is a high quality education in a structured and nurturing environment. The staff and administration truly care about the students. We have special events throughout the year. It's a really happy environment for children. They have additional enrichment both in and out of the classroom, as well as improvement programs. My kids have absolutely thrived in this environment. Highly recommended!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

Within this school, there is a diverse cultural and economic population. Unfortunately, those in a socio-economic disadvantage aren't getting the supplements that they need. Last year the school along with the PTA decided tos close out the 'picture lady' program. This was a wonderful program in which a volunteer would come into the school and, by grade level, would bring various reproductions of art and discuss the work, the artist, and the time in which it was created. The children loved it and would reiterate what they had discussed in previous segments and even past years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

The overall discipline in this school is sadly lacking. Lunchroom is monitored by janitors who have NO child-management skills. The schoolyard is monitored by parents who would more often stand around and gossip rather than insuring that the children are safe. In response, the principal decided to ban childhood games such as 'tag', basketball (playing 'horse' is acceptable), touch and flag football, baseball (other than 'catch') on the playground. Children hitting, kicking, and punching are not addressed unless the injured child has a witness. When certain children are the targets of multiple other children, none are going to come forward with the truth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2005

My children all have attended hall school. The staff and administration all work together to make sure no child is left behind.This is my son's last year and so i will have no more children to send to this school.I hope this school keeps encouraging parental support by having great activities , literacy night, after school math club etc...Keep up the good work hall rocks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2004

This school has a very high amount of parent involvement and is very supportive. I went to the school for kindergarten through 5th grade and I feel like I got the best education possible. The teachers really care about the students and push people to succeed, but not too hard at all.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

About these ratings

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.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
67%
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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
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

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

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 Students45%
Female39%
Male52%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income38%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners30%

Reading

All Students46%
Female42%
Male50%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income38%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners27%
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 Students47%
Female55%
Male35%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income28%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners14%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female55%
Male32%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income30%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female75%
Male67%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income63%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners35%
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 Students37%
Female42%
Male34%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income31%
Non-low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female53%
Male43%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income40%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners4%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


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
Hispanic 55% 24%
White 22% 51%
Black 17% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2001 Heather Drive
Aurora, IL 60506
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