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Nature Ridge Elementary School

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Posted November 11, 2010

Nature Ridge has excellent teachers. The principal is so involved with the children/students, parents and teachers. The team work from the parents who volunteer their time, money and support is awesome. I never seen a school with so much support. Everyone gets involved in every grade level even the special needs classes and students don't stay behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

This school is way overcrowded with a principal that is not doing a good job and should be dismissed as well as demoted from every obtaining a principal position at a school again within u-46. For your hard earned payment into our tax dollor system, I highly suggest moving or staying out of school district u-46 as it is a complete shambles with continued misuse of funding. This school district as to be the worst in Illinois.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

Our school is way overcrowded. It is evident in the curent report card of the school that has been published for the 2008/ 2009 school year. When is this issue going to be addressed ? We can no longer take the majority of the Spanish program students from the Elgin area if the school continues to grow without proper expansion. This is a serious issue amongst every parent I speak with .. At this point I feel that the only way to solve this problem is to move out of Bartlett and be rid of U-46. My tax money will be better spent on my children in another district. The teachers are fantastic , but they can only do so much with overcrowding. Submitted by a
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

this school is very nice but way over croweded. The classroom size are very large which is not fair for the teachers and our kids. We have been complaining about this issue but the school district is not really concerned about the impact of this problem on our kids education and their right to have a school with the same rate of inrollament as other schools in Bartlett.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

As a parent, I am very pleased to see my children actively engaged in learning on a daily basis. I am pleased with the excellent mode of communication within the classroom and throughout the district. (phone messages, e-mails, etc.) As an educator, I feel that Nature Ridge has a strong positive vibe coming from the staff, and they are doing all that they can with the growing population, and demands that are put on educators every day to keep up with the insane law of 'No Child Left Behind' The teachers at this school do an exceptional job showing the kids that they care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

The school is great but way, way overcrowded. There are currently 3 mobile classrooms this year and next year U-46 intends to bus more children in from Elgin and add another 3 mobiles which would make 6. The Spanish emergin program while necessary needs to be split up with part at Nature Ridge and part at another school, perhaps in Elgin which would ease overcrowding and hopefully end the mobile classrooms altogether. Having 168 children or more currently out in 3 mobile trailers in my view is a serious issue in evacuation into the school should serious weather occur. Other than this issue, the school and teachers are fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

Since 2006 we have had a new Principle, Terri Lozier and the standards have shot up significantly, the faculty are happy again and get this...my children get up early so that they can be at schoold by 8.10 AM !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I think the new principal has done a lot for Nature RIdge, she's envolved in each child's development. The teachers are caring, and the students feel the support and challenge. Parents have to be part of it, it's not only there job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

The school allows to many children per classroom. My child is in kindergarten and it is extremely overcrowded. There isn't alot of learning going on due to the size of the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

This school now has an enrollment of 700 children, which is way too many children for a school of this size, the first graders start eating lunch at 10:45.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Students are not encouraged to finish there class work but most of the times classwork comes home to finish along with the homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

All in all, not bad but not great either. Music, art, & PE are very limited. Principal leadership has changed which may well turn out to be a blessing. Current teacher does not seem to have love of children. Strange ways of teaching math. Very mixed student population, very high income to very low income.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2005

Only experienced Kindergarten and First grade but I think things are good. There is a lot of growth in the area and the school is adapting to the needs of the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2004

This school is the absolute worst. The biggest reason is the principal, who actively discourages parent involvement. The few parents who are truly interested and volunteer are treated as an inconvenience rather than an asset. Experienced teachers with great ideas are discouraged from actually putting them into practice. Overall, Nature Ridge is a cheerless environment where kids who are actually ready to learn have little chance of being happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2003

We spent three years at this school and we never had a teacher that was satisfactory. Solving homework issues was non existant.
—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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
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

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
68%
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

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students61%
Female53%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income19%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners23%

Reading

All Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian78%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income16%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners14%
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 Students71%
Female65%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income46%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners27%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female71%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income40%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income66%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners33%
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 Students72%
Female65%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian74%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income56%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female61%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian74%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income35%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
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 Students80%
Female84%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income58%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income54%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners10%
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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Reading growth at this school

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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 43% 51%
Hispanic 30% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 4%
Black 2% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1899 Westridge Boulevard
Bartlett, IL 60103
Phone: (630) 372-4647

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