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Garden Hills Elementary School

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Posted August 15, 2013

This school is great! It's part of an international baccelaureate program and provides inquiry based learning to the kids. It's challenging, but helps kids to become more prepared for real world challenges. This school is freshly rennovated, and also has good gifted programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

The time my children have had at this school has been less then stellar. The classroom experience is low quality. I'm not going to point the finger at the teacher exactly, but the classes in which my children were in both had behavioral issues. Many of the children did not listen to the teacher. The teacher had limited control over the students even at the end of the school year. Those were just the times I was there. I can only imagine what the atmosphere was like when a parent wasn't present. I brought my issues to the principal. I offered ideas to help improve the school environment. The principal was not open to any of the ideas. It's bad enough if the school is in a state of distress but for a principal to not be receptive to the help from parents is disappointing. My children will not be attending school there this year. We moved to a town just outside of the school district. Even if we had stayed in the school's district I would have transferred my children out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

I LOVE this school... My son was in Kindergarten last year & has made such progress. The staff is wonderful & it has been easy to maintain a positive relationship with his teachers. The school was recently remodeled & it focuses a lot on different cultures/ethnic backgrounds. My son's class had a few children with learning disabilities & they pushed compassion & love which reflected a lot on his character. His reading skills are through the roof as well as math. I feel they taught him above and beyond my expectations & I feel confident that he will continue to excel. Again, this school is one of the best that I've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

We have a great staff! We work like a well oiled machine and we all agree it's all about the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

The staff is the best! My daughter is doing great and has learned so much. She shares her stories with me daily, as well as reads to me. She is in Mr. H & Mrs. Kleebers first grade class they rock. Last year Mrs. Pacey made me feel so comfortable sending my daughter to kindergarten, she is great. Mrs. O'leary the principle and Mr. Fisher the assistant principle to a fabulous job keeping the school on track. Thank you so much! Garden Hills is the best.
—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

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
45%
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

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students36%
Female42%
Male31%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income29%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners24%

Reading

All Students24%
Female30%
Male19%
Black12%
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income15%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities27%
English language learners6%
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 Students45%
Female47%
Male42%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Low income40%
Not low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learners21%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female39%
Male49%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income38%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners15%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female47%
Male67%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income53%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners50%
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 Students64%
Female70%
Male57%
Black50%
Asian100%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income51%
Not low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners54%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female54%
Male37%
Black32%
Asian91%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Low income30%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners8%
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

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
Black 35% 18%
Hispanic 31% 24%
White 19% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Cheryl Oleary

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2001 Garden Hills Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: (217) 351-3872

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