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Pepper Ridge Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 429 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2014

This sis such an amazing school. All the staff really cares about the well being of the kids. Principal Edwards and Asst. Principal Peterson are the best. They go way beyond the call of duty. They really care about there students. They do everything they can to make sure that school runs well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

This is a wonderful school. Principal Ewards is amazing. All the children just love her. She handles them all well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

We took our kids out of private school and put them into Pepper Ridge, and it was a great move for our family. The teachers are excellent and really care about the kids. The principal works very hard to make it a great school. Her door or email are always open to discuss your child. My kids do complain about the food, but with national regulations using whole grain, they are eating healthy but don't like the taste. I love the schools diversity with different ethnic groups, medical needs, cultural backgrounds. Our country is getting more and more diverse and our kids need to know how to respect other people who are not like them. They also have a special team of adults called Promise Council who come in to talk to the 5th graders about going to college and being successful. This has really helped my 5th grader start thinking now about making good grades, creating goals and working hard towards these goals. Overall, I give this school an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

The teachers are great. The education is a head of other schools. But what makes this school bad is 1. Pick up drop off, is TERRIBLE and DANGEROUS! I am waiting for a child to get hit by a car. The school doesn't enforce its rules at all. 2. There are not a lot of family after school activities to do. 3. Hot lunch could be better. My child only likes 40% of what is offered. And I think it could be healthier too. 4. Children are not watch well enough while waiting for parents to pick them up. Kids who are not walkers can do what they want. I once thought my daugher wasn't there. She went to the after school program and no one at the school knew where she was till I found her at the schools program in the gym.
—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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students58%
Female62%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income42%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female69%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income55%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/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 Students63%
Female67%
Male59%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income32%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female64%
Male67%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income44%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income77%
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
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%
Female69%
Male90%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income74%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female56%
Male76%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income49%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
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

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
White 71% 51%
Black 17% 18%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Two or more races 3% 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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  • Sarah Edwards

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2602 Danbury Drive
Bloomington, IL 61705
Phone: (309) 452-1042

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