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Joyce Kilmer Elementary School

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Posted May 19, 2014

I agree, don't let the test scores fool you! Kilmer has some AMAZING teachers and some amazing families. The receptionist (we love her) and the principle (she's new as of 2014 and great) are so kind and welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

My two kids attended Kilmer and I have nothing but rave reviews for the school. My oldest attended another school in the district which is very high scoring but everyone we encountered came across as superior and were not friendly or accommodating. Kilmer staff across the board went above and beyond and actually cared for not only student but parents as well. Due to Government intervention that places un-realistic expectations on how schools must perform , kids cant be taught as teachers want to teach or in a way kids understand. To expect a school to perform well as compared with its neighboring schools and to penalize teachers when these goals are not met is not acceptable. Standardized testing given in English to a school with a majority of ESL students is also unrealistic. My two kids were excellent students who enjoyed their experience and their respective teachers . The ISAT percentages do not represent this school at all. This review is based off of 2012-13 yr and the teachers and principal during last yr
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

This school is fantastic in every way! The scores are not an accurate representation of the quality of education that occurs here. The score shown are an example of what happens when you provide an exam in English to ESL students, of which there are some. The teachers are caring and experienced. My children have loved this school for six years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

I don't know where the complaints are coming from. My daughter has been at Kilmer for 3 years and is the only diabetic child at the school currently. Everyone at Kilmer, including the principal has bent over backwards to accommodate her and her daily needs. Her teachers have all been amazing as well as the school nurse and health assistant. As far as academics, my daughter is smart and Kilmer has done their part to make sure she is challenged and doesn't get bored. You certainly couldn't ask better from a public school. I have been surprised day after day with this school. I'm glad my daughter goes here and not the Chicago Public School System like I did. More people should be grateful that we have great schools in our district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

Some of the teachers at Kilmer are great and go above and beyond to make sure their students learn. Others don't care. The principal allows overly pushy parents to get their way in things like who their kid will have as a teacher.


Posted April 5, 2009

My daughter has really grown while at Kilmer. The teachers were very dedicated to her progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

Our son is in first grade at Kilmer and we the teachers and administators are excellent, caring and professional. The level of individual attention to each child's personal growth is above and beyond our expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

The academic programs exceeded my expectations. There is great availablilty of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities. There is a large amount of parent involvement. The faculty go above and beyond their call of duty.
—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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
52%
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

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%
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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students51%
Female49%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income30%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners21%

Reading

All Students47%
Female47%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income27%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners9%
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%
Female77%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income70%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners44%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female57%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income41%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female86%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low income87%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners67%
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 Students47%
Female45%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low income33%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female45%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Low income38%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners0%
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%
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
Hispanic 59% 24%
White 30% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00am
School end time
  • 3:30pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Kim Zinman
Fax number
  • (847) 520-2601

Programs

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Kilmer has a pto that works to provide quality programs and activities for students. the pto conducts several fundraisers throughout the year to support cultural arts programs and classroom supplies, technology, field trips, classroom magazines, evening activities and special requests from teachers. parents and community members also tutor and help teachers with special projects and activities.
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  • I would welcome anyone considering moving into the Kilmer community to come and visit! The Great Schools ratings don't even begin to show the quality of education at Kilmer. The 2007-08 ISAT scores include English Language Learners who are still receiving support to improve their English skills (per No Child Left Behind) and who aren't proficient enough to take grade level exams - for fair comparisons, please look at schools with similar demographics. More importantly, visit us to see the high quality of instruction and education, the respect and the warm environment Kilmer is known for.
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