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Posted June 24, 2013

Piper is an awesome school! Mr. Fontanetta retired this school year, which I was a little sad about, because he was such a great principal. He took the time and effort to know all the students names, always greeted the parents every morning. Always went above and beyond. He will be missed. The school also has a lot of nice perks. The kids get to use laptops and ipads. Every class has a white board. It's a very close nit community school. Everyone has a great attitude...parents and staff. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Piper's principle, Mr. Fontanetta, is very involved with students and takes pride in the school. He is trying to instill this all the Piper families and get them more involved. The school has modern technology and teaching methods that are vital to the success of our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

Piper is a great family friendly school. The district has just given all schools new technology resources, the students love the new smartboards and their new computer labs. The Principal is very caring and works very hard, he remembers kids names, which for kids in elementary school is awesome. They are starting to get more after school activites as well. They do a great job with limited space and resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It is a great small school with a caring faculty:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

The teachers are great and the principal is outstanding he ready gets involved in all the school activities. You can tell he really cares for his students and his staff. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

This is an awsome school love the teachers and the principal knows all the children very well which is great, it makes my child feel important and cared about. Although i think we need a better plan to help the kids who are having a little trouble getting the lessons taught by the teachers. There needs to be a little more one on one. Oh one more thing the office staff are awsome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

Time for an update on Piper School. In 2005 we put 6th grade in the middle school which made more room for k-5. The school, teachers, principal and staff are fabulous. You couldn't ask for more. The music teacher has brought the school to a new level. With Echo classes for the advance student and special ed teachers for the children who need help you get a well rounded education for all. You will love the family feel of the school. The principal knows every student and really cares about them. They have some after school activities but no sports program due to cutbacks. Parents envolvement in their child's education is great but they are not much for volunteering for the PTA. You will be happy in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

Mr. Fontanetta has really turned this school around. He cares about the children, parents and the staff. My sons have really enjoyed the school and has gotten a great education. The teachers are all great and most have their masters degree. We also have some new teachers that are bringing fresh ideas to the school. The music teacher has put on of the greatest performances I've seen with grade school children. You will love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

Piper school is a very family oriented school. There teachers are the best you could ever want for your children. But above all I appreciate the learning curriculum because it pushes kids to learn more and to learn that learning is fun. A kids brain is like a sponge the more information to give the the more they will retain in thier heads. I think that is fabulous. sincerely, MEC
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

Piper is a great school.The staff is very caring and are very much about getting to know the student on an individual level approaching their needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2004

I agree totally with July 2004. My sons attend Piper school since pre-k. We ve never had any problems with the school until this year. Things are getting bad. My son complains every day that the teacher has no control of the class. Every day I hear complaints from my son stating he could not hear the lesson due to loud children. My son is an A - B student. My son hates attending Piper school & would like to change schools. Before anyone says anything he is not having problems with bullies. The children at Piper are great children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2004

I had two kids in piper school I am very happy with the principal teachers and staff it has been a gteat experience for my self and my children. my youngest is still at piper and she loves every one there I just want to say thanks to every one a piper school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

This school is way overcrowded. Classes being taught in the hallways and always looking for extra space. We are catering to the needs of children who can not speak English and forgetting those who can and they are the ones suffering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2004

In response to the 1st parent's response: Yes Mr. Fontinetta is doing a good job, but that family atmosphere that you talk about is all thanks to the previous principal, Mr. Zabojnik. He created it, and Mr. Fontinetta is carrying it on. The happiest years of my children's education was at Piper, and that was due to Gerry Zabojnik (and Judi Biaji, the secretary).
—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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students50%
Female45%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income45%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners21%

Reading

All Students65%
Female72%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income64%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners47%
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 Students49%
Female47%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Low income45%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners35%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female63%
Male28%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Low income41%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners23%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female100%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income89%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners81%
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 Students68%
Female63%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income66%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners42%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female74%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income57%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners42%
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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26%
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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 67% 24%
White 27% 51%
Black 3% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2435 Kenilworth Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
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