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Thomas Elementary School

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Posted August 10, 2013

I know a lot of parents who work at the university who think they need to send their kids to Giant City or Unity Point to get a decent education. It's true, test scores are higher at those schools. But they serve far less diverse populations. What we've liked about Thomas School is that every kid in the city of Carbondale goes there: black, white, hispanic, rich, poor, middle-income, you name it. It looks a lot like real life. And what I'm surprised so few people realize is how superior the range of offerings at Thomas is. There is a fantastic two-way Spanish-English immersion program; there is an academic talent program; and there are not only regular art and music classes, but also optional lunchtime programs in dance, theater, art, and music. Also, EVERY kid learns how to play the violin through a grant program! It's pretty amazing, especially given that both Giant City and Unity Point no longer have art classes at all. Thomas isn't perfect, but it's got a lot more going for it than many people give it credit for. I'm giving it three stars because I think in many respects it *is* average, but it can be great if you and your child are able to take advantage of what it offers.
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Posted November 14, 2012

I agree Lewis has some exceptional teachers; however, they do not have appropriate support staff in the classrooms to ensure each student receives the appropriate level of instruction. Student/Teacher Ratio is now 20+/FT teacher, often without teacher's aides or other assistance required to maintain order in the classroom. Bullying is a MAJOR problem here and is NOT properly addressed by the administration. My child received counseling as a result of the bullying he endured for two years. (Not to mention that we gave him permission to respond physically if necessary to protect himself.) This is not conducive to effective learning!!!
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Posted August 23, 2005

This school has some exceptional teachers! It has a wonderful reading program as well as excellent curriculum in other studies. Art and music programs and each 2nd or 3rd grader learns to play the violin. My son loved this!
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Posted August 21, 2005

This system provides a great basic structure but they are still trying to figure out what to do with the AT (advanced)kids. Your kids will be safe in this environment and learn. It is a shame that the teachers are forced by the state to gear the classwork in the fall into 'training for the test'
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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
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%
Female38%
Male37%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income27%
Not low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners22%

Reading

All Students48%
Female53%
Male45%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income42%
Not low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners28%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 51%
Black 43% 18%
Hispanic 9% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1025 North Wall Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 457-6226

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