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Ridge Central Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 424 students

 

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Posted November 12, 2012

My son has been going here for 2 years and its been great. The school offers lots of help when it comes to kids who are a little behind on their academic levels like my son was. All the teacher are very helpful and caring and we worked as a team (parent and teachers) to find the way to help my son to get confidence. My son loves his school and loves learning now even more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

So far, I'm regretting moving and transfering my child to this school. If the districts weren't so messed up, my son would be attending his previous school just blocks away, Sward School in Oak Lawn. This place did not send me a letter informing me about the registration date like they claimed they would when I filled out the transfer documents months prior to registration. Apparantly, you have to order lunch one or two weeks prior to the lunch week, or you will be required to send your child with a lunch because THEY WILL NOT give one to them. Well since I was late on registration, the order was never submitted on their date, my son forgot his juice one day and they didn't even give him something to drink. Who in the world tells a first grader you have to buy one? What happened to having a lunch account and putting it on there like any other school? Two weeks after school began, I called to inquire about the Free or Reduced lunch application that was filled out as well. Their response: We are still reviewing them, there's only one person reviewing all application..... Are you kidding me?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2012

Ridge Central Elementary is a wonderful school. Every child's needs are met as they strive to provide quality education. The teachers are passionate as well as innovative. The school is very willing to do what ever is necessary to make every child a success. I would highly recommend Ridge Central to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2012

worst school worst teachers worst principal racists against other cultuers especially muslims and their children. the principal is just the worst,,,, i do hope that she soon retires because she is just the worst ever...if i can take ny kids out i will beleive me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

all my kids have been to ridge central they have a better criculum then ridge lawn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

Ridge Centrals the best school for the kids,They really get invovle with the kids.I have 2 kids that go there,both of them are in speech,I have notice in a change in my son speech in which has improve 5x better,my daughter still has alittle trouble ,but they help alot with her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2005

One of my three children just moved here from a private school. Within the next few months they will all come here. This school is way ahead of the private sector. I was in the dark for many years, but I am glad I have seen the light. My son was one or more months behind in several subjects. He is now doing great, and he likes the way he is treated here better by students and faculty alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2005

I feel that my son is getting a quality education at Ridge Central. They have music, art and all the core educational programs available. He has attended Ridge Central since 1st grade (he is now in 3rd grade) and I feel that the teachers he has been involved with have genuinely cared about the students. There are opportunities for parents to become involved in activities to support the school (e.g. PTA). I do not know when sports through this school start as he has been involved in sports through the park district-I will involve my son in sports through the school once they become available. My son and I are very pleased with his education and experiences with Ridge Central.
—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.

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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

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
78%
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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
72%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students38%
Female32%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Low income25%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners19%

Reading

All Students56%
Female61%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income50%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners44%
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 Students44%
Female45%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income34%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female52%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Low income39%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female74%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low income70%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities97%
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 Students43%
Female47%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income33%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female50%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Low income41%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities57%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 51%
Hispanic 15% 23%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mrs. Theresa A Bollinger

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10800 Lyman Avenue
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
Phone: (708) 636-2001

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