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Homestead Elementary School

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Posted March 14, 2013

My children attend this school, one in 3rd grade and one in 1st grade. I am a proud parent of this school and I feel that the teachers and the principal here are doing an outstanding job! My wife who works in different schools and has seen many elementary schools in the area has very high regards on the school operation, activities and the overall standards. I am an active full-time Real estate broker, and I make it a point to inform my clients looking for homes in the area about how awesome Homestead Elementary School is, as I hear the same reviews from clients in the area whose kids attend or have been to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2010

The school is the center of our community and the entire community is involved in the school . I am thrilled that my children have the chance to attend such a wonderful school. The teachers are absolutely the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

Homestead is the epitome of a community. Teachers, Admin, Parents all working together to make life for our kids the best it can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

The teachers are so helpful, caring, and love teaching!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

Homestead has an amazing staff of teachers, TA's, office secretaries, and many specials that pull together to bring out the full potential in each student. The children are taught not only to learn the pillars of character, but to live them through their actions. We are fortunate to have a dedicated parent core willing to volunteer and provide many extra opportunities for "beyond the classroom" experiences. We love Homestead Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

Great teachers and parents always willing to help. The PTA is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

My son loves going to school. Teachers are great and he enjoys learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

Homestead has great teachers (my son loves his teacher). Good neighborhood, diversity among students, very active PTA, and above all the teaching as well as non-teaching staff makes this a great institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

small school atmosphere with teachers who are personable and families who are connected and all with a common goal...what's best for our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

I am proud to call Homestead Elementary home. I have three children with individual needs in which the teaching staff met each of their levels and helped them exceed academically beyond my expectations. Within the last couple of years we had a family emergency in which we would not have survived without the support of our Homestead family. They are the best!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Homestead Elementary is a great school with great teachers. We have had a wonderful and rewarding experience with each grade so far and look forward to another great year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

great staff participation w/ students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Very organized staff...teachers that truly care about all of the kids. There's a great atmosphere at Homestead...a fantastic blend of work and play. Kids and parentlws are proud to be called Huskies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

All the teachers have such a passion for teaching, it's wonderful to see!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Homestead has great staff and support staff, all care greatly about the students and it shows in the kids academics and their enthusiam about school and extra cirricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

The teachers are fantastic, creative, and fun! My kids really enjoy Homestead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Good teachers and a good education for the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Homestead has a good principal, good teachers and staff that really care about each individual student. We moved from the city and my daughter was 2 years behind her reading level, Homestead teachers gave her the necesary tools and support to catch up those years. Thank you Homestead because she couldn't make it whitout your support!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Some of the teachers there are just wonderful! My son was a little behind in reading for 1st grade. The reading specialist there not only helped him catch up, but he's in 4th grade now and an avid reader. He loves his teacher this year and never wants to leave him! The social worker at the school is ever helpful. The nurse is a great help and always caring. The principal really knows how to keep it all moving and do her best at making it a great learning environment for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

I love this school because of all the fabulous staff!
—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.

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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students85%
Female90%
Male82%
Black73%
Asian89%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income68%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners64%

Reading

All Students86%
Female93%
Male80%
Black73%
Asian90%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income64%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners36%
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 Students80%
Female78%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income48%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female75%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income56%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female84%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low income68%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students82%
Female84%
Male80%
Black38%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income48%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Black56%
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income48%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities86%
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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above 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
White 58% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 4%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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