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Western Trails Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 486 students

 

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Posted March 25, 2014

I've had one good experience with one teacher only. My second grader currently is having trouble with math. Instead of these people helping me they give me more stress to deal with. The teacher told my son he was going to flunk if he kept getting pulled out early from class. And told him to tell me and not to get mad. I believe that is very unprofessional, and the principal said she would ask her to call me and let me know what happened. But the teacher never even bothered to contact me at all. The secretaries are rude I called once to see if they can release my son to a friend that her daughter went to school there with him as well. She asked do you know her last name I said I don't know her last name. She asked do you know this person I said yes but bot the daughter I haven't gotten the chance to meet her personally. She responded "well I don't know I don't know is that her last name then ?" Very rude and unprofessional I believe. I'm taking my son out this school for this and many more reasons. Maybe they are like this to only Hispanic parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

this is a really really good school with excellent teachers...the principal is very friendly and nice
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They have the best teacher and the lady's in the office are great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

My child is just starting the 2nd year at western Trails, The staff at the school is both helpful and supportive, His teacher last year went above and beyond my expectations. However I'm less than impressed with the district and how they handel IEP's While the school and the staff there were helpful and supportive towards my son's unique needs. My husband and I felt more attacked then supported by the district. With unrealistic time frames for improvement. Continual miscommunication as to what the district felt would be helpful, along with a general dismissal as to what his teacher seem to say was working for my child. We we're also left feeling as if the district felt we we're unaware of our childs issues. The parents at the school are very involved and for new students the staff makes children feel special and accepted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2009

I love this school. They have great communication with parents. The school has many activities through out the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2008

Our 7 year experience with Western Trails has been excellent. Both kids are thriving and well prepared for Jay Stream Middle School. Most of the teachers have shown a personal interest in our kids. The secretaries are marvelous to communicate with. The administration is actively involved with all the extra curricular events. I love the diverse population of students. My kids have literally no conceptions of stigmas or stereotypes based on appearance or race which I am certain is a benefit of this student population. This is a five star school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

This was the first year my son was in school. I loved his teacher and the wonderful structure he had in her classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2003

I am very happy with the way my children are being taught. It is a real friendly atmosphere and my children enjoy attending school.
—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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students47%
Female55%
Male39%
Black40%
Asian55%
Hispanic26%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income27%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners21%

Reading

All Students52%
Female59%
Male44%
Black40%
Asian68%
Hispanic30%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income38%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners25%
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 Students67%
Female67%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian83%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income39%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners25%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female73%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income47%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Low income70%
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learners69%
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 Students79%
Female83%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income71%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female66%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian63%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low income56%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
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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46%
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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

Above 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 42% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 4%
Hispanic 19% 24%
Black 10% 18%
Two or more races 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Julie Tobin

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