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Ball Elementary School

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Posted May 12, 2014

I love Ball!! We have two children with IEPs who have attended the school since age 3. The teachers have been wonderful and go above and beyond. The admin has been a dream to work with; they listen to parent's ideas and concerns and always work in a collaborative manner. The front office staff is very welcoming and look after the kids as if they were their own. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged! I definitely think Ball stands head and shoulders above the other two elementary schools in town, especially if you have children who have different learning styles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

My daughter is in Kindergarten. She previously attended a school in district 186 prior to our move. She has learned more in the one week then she did in two months at District 186. They are learning sign langauge, counting by fives and tens and already working on odd and even numbers. Im impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Ball Chatham School both of my children have attended this school and due to the teachers and programs offered at this fine school one is a Disability Claims Adjudicator and the other works for the IT department at SIU School of Medicine. Both children are well adjusted caring adults and now their children a girl and boy are now attending the same school and have impressed their grandma by the many subjects they have excelled in. My granddaughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and the staff at the school have all worked with her to the point that this year is the first year she has had no issues, it is a miracle how she has changed thanks to the great teaching staff at the school. My grandson is a wiz he is only in kindergarten but knows so much it amazes me daily. I would encourage any parent to seriously consider sending their children to any of the fine schools, the staff is exceptional and the school administration themselves are willing to listen and work with parents on utilizing the best and newest methods to help all children succeed.


Posted December 28, 2006

Our third grader has done wonderfully at Ball Elementary. She started in Pre K and has loved every teacher she has had. We have nothing but praise for everyone including the office staff. Our oldest daughter also attended Ball Elementary. She is now in her second year of college and doing well. She won two four year scholarships and I would like to think Ball Elementary played a part in her success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2005

I think that the teachers at this school are all committed to the success of the children and that the staff requires full participation from parents and students alike. Although some parents may think that the requirements and homework are too much for the younger students, I appreciate that the staff begins setting high expectations at such a young age!
—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

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

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n/a

2010

 
 
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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 Students70%
Female67%
Male73%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income45%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income50%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/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 Students83%
Female91%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income61%
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female85%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income61%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female98%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low income94%
Not low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)73%
Students without disabilities97%
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 79% 51%
Black 9% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Joe Viola III

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1015 New City Road
Chatham, IL 62629
Phone: (217) 483-2414

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