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North Barrington Elementary School

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Posted September 26, 2014

School actually has improved quite a bit. First of all we finally got a new principal. He is more structured , friendly and easy going. We also have quite a few new teachers and that makes class size smaller. My child tells me how much he is enjoying going to school and how much he is learning in North Barrington Elementary and that I feel is a great accomplishment. I personally love Barrington and believe this school is top rated school in Illinois and I feel good about sending my child there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2014

Beware incoming kindergarteners! Chinese Immersion will be starting at NBS 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Your kindergartener will be taught of the time by an English speaking teacher and of the time by a teacher where English is their second language (Mandarin is their first). Although you do not sign up for the Chinese Immersion program, your little one will have the same teacher. Good luck working with the principal you won t get any answers from her. The district is behind this program -- so, you won't have any luck with them either. Suggest reaching out to parents from other schools that ran into same issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

Worst school for discipline. Clacess are filled with autistic students and mentally ill among the normal kids. Principal wont do nothing about it. Have had trouble for 3 years already and I feel like principal sweeps everything under the rug. The mentally ill kids they bring to interact with normal kids disrupts the class severely from vulgar outbursts to just misbehaving. Some parents already brought up this as a concern in front of the board but so far nothing has been done. Good luck getting through to the principal that cares less about our kids and more about her paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Top rate teachers. North Barrington Elementary school provides a quality education in a safe and healthy environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

The school is outstanding. My child has had three amazing years with outstanding teachers and one so-so first year teacher. Concerns about that first-year teacher were addressed by coaching and mentoring to make her better. Improvement was made, but not to the outstanding level we have come to expect. That was a good example of a reasoned response to the parent's voice. The dual language program is very effective. My child is as comfortable talking to kids or adults in Spanish or English and switches languages with ease. My child is completely fluent and reading above grade level in Spanish and English. It is a very well designed program and one of the reasons we moved to the district. I did the research on dual language and the program before we moved. The gifted program is also great; my child has made amazing leaps since entering the program. In reading some of the negative comments and the way were written, I am not sure if they will be happy anywhere. My experiences with any issue raised with the school or teacher is that were addressed quickly and intelligently. While I may not have agreed 100% with them, we were never far apart. Great School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

I have 3 children that have attended NBS from Kindergarten through 5th grade. This is a wonderful community school. Parent involvement is overwhelming and positive. My wife and I volunteer regularly and frequently run into other parents at the school doing the same. The generousity of many families who donate resources to the school (i.e. every single classroom has a Smartboard) also adds to the overally environment of excellence. I am proud to say my kids go to North Barrington Elementary School. Go Colts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2012

We are very pleased with the 220 district I have a high schooler, middle schooler and 2 at NBS . At NBS starts the solid foundation of excellence forming great study habits & excitement Thor learning -
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

Just started with the school and the Kindergarten teacher is great! I can not speak so highly of the principle. Overall the school seems great and I was very excited to have my son go there until I found out one day that the class was unattended for some time. I addressed the issue with the teacher and the principle and the teacher handled the situation promptly and professionally. The principle, on the other hand, tried to sugarcoat the situation and act as though it was not a big deal. The safety of our children is a huge deal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

North Barrington, as evidenced by the overwhelming community approval, middle- and high school preparedness and test scores, is an outstanding school. My daughter has attended schools in nationally ranked districts outside of Illinois and NBS is on par with those schools in terms of opportunities, services and curriculum. It seems as though there is a very small, loud group of parents who are unhappy that students from the lower income sections of the district are getting the opportunity to join our school community. I hope that those few squeaky wheels won't deter families considering NBS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2012

Absolutely the worst school to send your child to. Overcrowding in classrooms is causing lack of attention to students. Principals concept on bullying is delusional. Her Boys will be boys attitude on bullying makes me think that she actually supports this type of activity. We all want safety for our children and I just don't feel safe sending my child there. Also cleaning up the school and practicing safe hygeine is not number one on schools priority. Some teachers are great but some teachers need to be let go with their principal. Do some research before sending your child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

This is an outstanding school. As shown by test scores and national rankings, this is a very high-achieving school. I think the previous negative review might be a reflection of one child's difficulty keeping up. The staff at NB bends over backwards to ensure EVERY child has the resources needed. I have both a "gifted program" child and a 504 child in this school, and both are equally valued and provided for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2011

To give you perspective on parents and teachers, the PTO runs a charity auction annually that regularly raises five-figure amounts for the school - with past donations including electronic "smart-boards" and playground equipment, and with teachers donating quite a bit of their time. There is definitely a tight knit and medium-sized (40 or so) group of active PTO / parent / room-parent participants, but keep in mind that most parents both work, so not a surprise. School night events (plays, movie nights, etc.) are well attended and the teachers take extra time to participate. Even the janitorial staff are supportive. In terms of the dual language immersion (spanish, chinese), it's not for everyone, but every grade school in District 220 has at least one class since it rotates each year - those parents with kids in it LOVE it, and the spanish classes have sufficient native-speakers. Testing is important and done well. The facilities are well maintained. The principal is active and visible. We are very happy there, and we hear very few complaints. Special needs issues are dealt with (our child received speech services).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

I could not diagree more with the previous comment. My daughter will be graduating from fifth grade and has attended North Barrington since kindergarten. The teaching staff is excellent and the gifted program is exceptional. I don't understand the previous comment stating that 'the only thing that matters here is testing'. This has not been my experience in the ten years that my children have attended this school. My child is sad to be leaving, as all of my children were.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

How things change in just a few years. The school has great resources, but the only thing that matters here is testing. There is so little content in the program- science and social studies, especially. We spent 5 years fighting to get one child special services because the district didn't want to pay to even do the testing. Meanwhile, we're losing staff across this district due to budget restraints and a very poorly thought-out dual language program that takes more space and money than it should- to the detriment of the other kids. Parents can be nasty, here, and the volunteer pool is too small, as a result. Every year is worse than the next. Can't wait to leave, and have heard many people say the same thing. Test scores- great. Attitude, learning and fun- horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2005

We had an excellent experience while my children attended North Barrington School. Most teachers were caring and compassionate and individually connected to teaching each student. The gifted program (pull out) was exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2004

My children became a part of the NBS family in 2000. We had just moved from Singapore and a British International school. From the first day, the children as well as my husband and myself have been made welcome. Any time there was a question, the children's teachers (that's true for all of them), Dr Cross (the principal) or other staff (including office staff and the nurse!) were there to answer and help. As parent involvement is rated very highly at NBS, I was very soon deeply involved and made lots of friends, not just amongst the other parents but also the staff. We have now returned to the UK and both the children have no problem whatsoever fitting in. On the contrary, they are eduactionally far ahead to a point I have to supplement their education. Noth Barrington School is a positive experience all around!
—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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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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.

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95%

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100%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
99%

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99%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

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100%

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98%

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97%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income60%
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners61%

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income50%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)72%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners44%
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 Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)96%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female98%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low incomen/a
Not low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)86%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)100%
Students without disabilities100%
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 Students89%
Female84%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
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

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46%
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28%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above 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 82% 51%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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