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15W201 60th Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

(630) 887-1380
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September 28, 2015
Several parents saw what our child was experiencing and came to us on their own. My child was too humiliated to tell us. From what I have read, this seems to be a common reaction by children who are bullied; they are often too embarrassed to tell those closest to them.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
September 28, 2015
This is a hard question to answer. Most of the classroom teachers are terrific and are effective. In my opinion, what makes them ineffective is the fact that they don't seem to speak up if they see a child with a learning disability or a child who is struggling for another reason. My thought is that if these teachers would have spoken up, the child might have qualified for services and might not have fallen as far behind as he or she did. Unfortunately, parents may not realize there is a problem until the child is several years behind his or her peers. If a child falls too far behind, his or her self esteem can be destroyed and the months or years of work to catch up may seem insurmountable.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Just right
September 28, 2015
For most children, it's fine. The problem is when children don't finish classroom assignments because the classroom assignment was too difficult. The parent has to spend so much time teaching the child that the child is exhausted by the time they get ready to do the homework. We are told to stop when the child reaches the point of exhaustion and to email the teacher. That's great but if the child still has to make it up, the pile of work can becoming overwhelming even to the parents!

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Disagree
September 28, 2015
For the average child, yes. I don't see this in the gifted children. Many of these children do not seem challenged. As a classroom volunteer, too often I saw these children finish their assignments in 5 minutes and sit. In the below average children or children who needed special education services, I didn't see the children I know well developing persistence or grit. Instead I often saw frustration because these children saw themselves as "stupid" or "dumb".

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
September 28, 2015
This goes along with the last question. I know of parents that have a reported paraprofessionals for singling out a student or two as the "bad" children -- usually because these children have ADHD or another disability that make it hard for them to completely adhere to the rules -- other children learn they can use these "bad" children as scapegoats. Parents (including me) have seen children blamed and punished for incidents when the child was not even physically present. If a child tries to defend him or herself, the child says that the staff often refuses to listen. If the adults don't have respect for these children, how can the children learn respect?

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
September 28, 2015
I think that compassion, caring and empathy comes more from the parents than the staff. Many of the teachers are good with this; they really care. The problem lies in the fact I haven't seen them speak up when they witness injustice or when they witness a child being humiliated by a paraprofessional or staff member. Part of developing empathy and compassion in children is teaching them what to do when they witness someone being inconsiderate or embarrassing someone else. Children learn best from their experiences not what is told to them in a classroom.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Disagree
September 28, 2015
The teachers try to teach honesty, integrity and fairness. The problem is that the students don't always see fairness from some of the staff and administrators. For example some children have noticed that 1 or 2 children are constantly reprimanded by para-professionals for things for which other children are not reprimanded. Many youngsters recognize the unfairness of this. Sometimes children tried to correct the paraprofessionals and say that the child did nothing wrong; often they were summarily dismissed. You can preach or teach until you are blue in the face but children learn the most by what the see and experience. As a result, I believe this school fails on this question in many respects.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2015
The district has been experiencing turmoil for years. It is seems to be reflected in the teachers' ability to teach and the curriculum the teachers claim they are forced to use. For example, at curriculum night (a few weeks ago), parents were told that because of the math curriculum the district had been using for several years, the students did not learn their math facts. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders would be going back and learning 1st grade math facts. Didn't teachers know this? Also, complaints to administrators that parents made about bullying, lack of academic progress of their children and other important issues seemed to have been swept under the rug despite the fact that parents were assured of follow through. Some parents felt that their gifted and special education children were neglected while the district hung it's hat on inclusion but didn't seem to differentiate in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2009
Elm has wonderful, committed teachers and staff, excellent academic and extra-curricular programs, a fantastic gifted student program, involved parents, and an ideal culture for learning and growth.

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December 12, 2006
can only agree with previous review, excellent standards and children with character. Our first year has been fantastic for both my second grader and my fourth grader. Family counld not be more pleased. simply-thanks.

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June 08, 2004
Fantastic school. My children have come a long way this school year. We moved last year and this was our first year at Elm. Not only is the teaching superior, but the children in the school are respectful and caring. My experience this past school year was far from superior. I have only the best to say about our new school community.

- submitted by a parent
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Elm Elementary School
15W201 60th Street, Burr Ridge, IL  60527
(630) 887-1380
Last modified Elm Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Elm Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top