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Hiawatha Elementary School

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Posted June 24, 2014

My daughter went to kindergarten and she excelled. The teachers r great . You get sent emails so ur up to date with everything going on. They have sports and sometimes fitness family day. Mrs.Surma was my daughters teacher and she loved her and has taught my daughter to read at 2nd grade level . Parents can also go in and be more hands on and become a super MOM OR DAD and help teachers out and etc. I was really thinking of switching my daughter to a school close by but after the reviews i seen about the school, Nope ! I rather drive few blocks more to keep her here . They get to take there ipads or laptops home eavh day, and they learn so much from it ; its not just for games its educational games ! And the principal is ALWAYS present.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2008

I am glad to see that other parents have seen all the good that I see in the teachers and the principal at Hiawatha School. I have a child who would be in a special education class at most schools, but not at Hiawatha. They put a special education teacher in the classroom so that my son has two teachers and learns what all the other kids are learning. He has really done well with the great teachers there. I think it is silly that you judge a school only on one test on this website. I coulnd't be a happier parent and niether could my son with this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

I have 2 children at Hiawatha School. One of my children has a learning disability and speech problem. I have been very happy with the quality of the teachers there. I especially like the speech teacher and the principal. They have helped me when I didn't agree with one of the teachers and how she was handling a situation. I know that they have a good chorus and band at Hiawatha. But I don't think that they have after school sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2005

All of children have gone to this school. 4 of them and always liked it. They excelled and were in honors classes. My son is currently going there since Kinder and the attention that the teachers gave hil was great. E-mails were sent to me or would call. I think more parents need to be involved. Sory to ay that the parents that I have seen just drop them off and that's it. Programs are offered where parents can get involved and since I go to them there sure are not very many. Mrs. Williams is great since she became principal this year. As a matter of fact she was my son's kindergarten teacher and I wouldn't have any other way. One more year at this school and my son leaves for Jr. high. Parents who complain should get more involved and stop complaining!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

I wouldnt Have my children go to any other school the teachers & all the staff are very caring and the pay alot of attetion to their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

My son is only in 1st grade, but by what I've experienced, I like Hiawatha so far. When I had the 1st parent teacher conference, when my son was in Kindergarden, his teached told me that he needed alot of help, that he was behind. I don't have words to describe what I felt. By the end of the year, my son had improved greatly and he didn't even have to go to summer school. Alot of it had to do with the teacher. His teacher worked hard with both him and me. Hiawatha has been great for my child and I can't say one bad thing yet. My child loves his school and his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2004

Our teachers and administrators of South Berwyn School District 100, where Hiawatha is located are the most caring, educated and focused group of people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Both of my children attended this school, one as a top 10 graduate when it was a K-8 building and one who spent his entire years in special education. You will never find a more dedicated group of educators in the State. For those who have personal issues I would suggest that you discuss them with the school and not the internet. You are never going to make 100% of the population happy. Apparently only 2 people are unhappy. If you are not happy with your child's progress you need to step in and discuss it with the teacher and principal and perhaps the superintendent. Don't be so quick to fault the the administration. Learn through your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

I was just shocked to read what 2 parents wrote about Hiawatha School. I haven't had that experience at all. The teachers are very nice to the children. I never had a teacher tell me that she wouldn't meet with me. They even have a great after school program there. My son and daughter have become very good readers at Hiawatha. They love reading. Sometimes they don't even want to watch t.v.! I would recommend Hiawatha School to any family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2004

My child was in a private pre-school before going to Hiawatha. I am sad to see that my child is unchallenged and bored at school. Her teacher is unsociable and cares very little about parent teacher conferences. She has let it be known that they are unecessary unless she requests a conference with the parents. The schoolwork my child brings home is unfinished/incomplete and yet bears a well done stamp from the teacher. There are too many students per class and many things get overlooked. Everything seems rushed and very little emphasis is placed on the individual student and their abilities. I was not surprised to see Hiawatha among one of the lowest rated schools within Berwyn. Needless to say my child will not be attending Hiawatha next school year due to the fact that there is very little emphasis on the individual student.
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Posted March 16, 2004

I am a very disappointed parent I have heard alot of comments about suburban schools which I were good comments. But I surely was proven wrong since I transfered my son to Hiawatha. My son is ADHD and does need a little more incoragement which is not provided, some of the kids in that school not being guided correctly. My biggest mistake was transfering him for a Chicago plublic school to Hiawatha... Am sorry to say but it's not a good school to send the children to.
—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.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
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

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students37%
Female26%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income35%
Non-low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners37%

Reading

All Students62%
Female58%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income64%
Non-low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners48%
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 Students34%
Female38%
Male30%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income32%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female51%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income46%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female58%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income59%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners12%
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 Students44%
Female47%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income43%
Non-low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female47%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income44%
Non-low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners9%
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%
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

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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 86% 24%
White 7% 51%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6539 26th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402
Phone: (708) 795-2327

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