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Darwin Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 600 students

Darwin School is well known in our community for its Dual Language Program.

 
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4 stars

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Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This school is horrible. Apparently you shouldn't enroll your child here if they don't speak spanish. My child is being put back into 2nd grade because his teacher will not be returning and he doesn't speak spanish. No communication from the school was received prior to my inquiry. The principal doesn't care about the kids, he's more concerned with the school ratings and turning it into an all Hispanic school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

This school is great! I LOVE their dual language immersion program where kids from English and Spanish speaking homes are put in the same classroom where they can learn the second language from each other! (Much more effective than traditional second language acquisition programs!) The research on this method is outstanding. Now is the chance for them to learn a new language!! The teachers also are also so committed to their work.! You can tell that they are pouring their heart and soul into their classrooms - and it shows! Great things are in store for this school and the kids who go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

My daughter goes to this school. The teacher are so nice and they get involved with the students. I attended this school when I was 6 yrs old it was such a fun school and the teacher are still nicer or even better than before. Oh and the principal Mr.segovia he always is walking around seeing If the students need anything or even saying GOOD MORNING to all the parents. I have to say my daughter couldn't be in a better school. Thank you for making my daughters shook experience an awesome one . She loves going to school everyday . THANKS AGAIN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

.Tengo dos ni os en darwin , des de hace cuatro a os, presisamente en el a o en q entro el director nuevo yo entre con mis hijos, y dejenme decirles que estoy muy pero muy satisfecha con todos los logros y con todos los cambios q se han echo en la escuela,realmente es una escuela exelente , con un ambiente muy lindo todos muy amables que se siente uno como n casa, los maestro wwooww....que les puedo decir.exelentes por algo estan en darwin y por algo la escuela a crecido,gracias al director y su inparable lucha de sacar a la escuela adelante, les recomiendo la escuela al cien porciento,.. Solo me queda decirle a los maestros , al principal a todos los que trabajan en darwin q no me arepiento de estar ahi y mil gracias por todo su apoyo para con los padres y alumnos...gracias nuevamente..y BAMOS DARWIN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

it is a safe school nice and cool teachers and i will never forget about Darwin Elementary school


Posted July 26, 2013

I had the great pleasure to coordinate two Junior Achievement volunteer events at Darwin Elementary this year. It was a total privilege to bring my executive and high school heroes volunteers to Darwin. Mr. Segovia and Ms. Davis welcomed our volunteers and showcased the amazing traits that make Darwin a wonderful school in Chicago's school serving the Logan area and beyond. I can confidently state that working with Darwin staff and students is one of the most enjoyable highlights of the 70+ event that I coordinate each year. Darwin students are bright, respectful, and adhere to a standard of excellence that Mr. Segovia and Ms. Davis ingrain in the school's culture & values.


Posted May 28, 2013

I have been doing volunteering work at Darwin School for the past four years. It gets better every year! I love how the Principal recognizes and celebrates school accomplishments. He has a strong sense of community and cooperation. You can visit the school s website for more information on their accomplishments. www.darwinelementary.com


Posted May 26, 2013

I went to this school and will always remember how hard the teachers worked !


Posted April 11, 2013

I have been working at Darwin School for three years and would not trade it for any other school. We have small size classrooms, there is a lot of fun activities planned for the students such as Spirit Week (this year returned), Talent Shows, Choir, sports teams, a store for students to trade Darwin tickets from positive behavior for fun activities. We have great teachers who are dedicated and hardworking. We are always collaborating and being exposed to new teaching practices so to improve our teaching. A number of classrooms have shown over 90% growth in MAPS testing. We have had very unique programs such as partnerships with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, and exchange programs with schools in Italy and Chile. There are many wonderful things happening at our school daily, I would recommend interested parents to schedule a visit.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 10, 2013

My daughter attended Darwin for kindergarten, left to attend a regional gifted center for first grade and returned to Darwin to complete the last quarter of first grade. I was underwhelmed by her former schools approach to academics and the enormous class size (31 is not acceptable for 6 and 7 year olds). Darwin's class sizes are small, the students are engaged, and my daughter loves being in the dual language program. I taught K-1 for seven years and am quite familiar with Chicago Public Schools. I am impressed by Darwin's ability to engage my daughter even though she is above grade level in both reading and math. Darwin may only have a GreatSchools Rating of 3 (which is ridiculous, in my opinion), but both my daughter and I love the school, staff, and curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

My son is a kindergardener at Darwin Elementary and we have been very impressed by the teachers, the principal and everyone involved at this school. We spent months looking for a school that offered high-quality education and after only a few months we realized we made the right decision. Our son really loves his school and we look forward to many years at Darwin Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

My son is in Kindergarten, also in the dual language program. We applied to several dual language magnet programs across the city for which he was placed on a waiting list and did not get in before I realized there is a school right in our neighborhood that has one. We visited the school and felt really good about their program after speaking with the dual language coordinator and principal, and enrolled out son right away! They were awesome about letting us enroll even though we live just outside the neighborhood boundaries for the school. We have been very happy with our decision. Our son is excelling in school and seems to really enjoy it. All of the teachers seem to really care about the students as does the principal. Our son is learning Spanish and we are excited for him to spend his elementary career at Darwin! They also have an exchange program for eighth graders and a great parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

Not only are Darwin's language immersion program, teachers and staff great, but it also has tremendous parental involvement - courtesy of Logan Square Neighborhood Association's award-winning Parent Mentoring program, a plethora of parent volunteers, and, I hear, a newly-forming Friends of Darwin group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

My daughter is in the dual language kindergarten at Darwin and she absolutely loves it! She is performing above grade level in English and Spanish. Her teacher has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure my daughter has every resource necessary to thrive. The teacher communicates with me daily regarding my child's behavior and academic endeavors. Additionally, the support staff (counselor, psychologist, nurse, etc.) have all been phenomenal in managing my child's 504 (medical/disability plan). I most appreciate the parent volunteer coordinator on staff for her monumental success at engaging parents in the education process and achieving Healthy School status. Darwin participates at the nationally renown parent mentor program of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and there is always a parent mentor in my child's class of 20 students to assist the teacher. Next year we look forward to participating in the after school programming for 1st-8th graders at the nearby Boys and Girls club that partners with Darwin as well. Darwin is a community where my daughter and I are appreciated, valued, and challenged to grow. I highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

My child is a first year Pre-K student in the bilingual classroom at Darwin. Darwin has a world language magnet program that allows them to teach in Spanish through eight grade. He has really learned a lot in just the first few months and LOVES it. All the parents and other children in his class are so sweet. There are only 20 in his class and every day there is the teacher, assistant and at least one parent volunteering. Parents are always welcome in the classroom and I love that we get to know the other parents while our kids eat breakfast there together. I think this school may have had some issues in the past but it is clear they are working through them. I am glad that we took the time to take a tour, meet the teachers and learn more about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

As a teacher at Darwin, it is my opinion that the school is moving in the wrong direction. The principal at Darwin is terrible. He wouldn't even allow the student council to organize a "spirit week"! Students organized, planned, and presented options to the principal and were shot down. Then, teachers stood up for the students and one of them got fired!!! There is a new culture at Darwin that is not healthy or beneficial for anyone involved. The school has had some great teachers, but some have been fired, some have transferred, and others are just counting days to retirement. Darwin was a good school about three years ago, but the new principal has created a toxic environment for everyone in the building. You will notice that the principal has not even taken the time to complete the school's profile on this website - he probably doesn't even know about it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 11, 2009

I have been a teacher at Darwin for over 18 years. During that time, I have seen a lot of improvement. Our scores have gone up every year for the last 7 years. We have many opportunities that other schools don't have, such as having sister schools in other countries that our students visit. Mary Beth Belda,Sped.tchr.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 1, 2009

It is the best school in the are 4, have a lot of parent involvement every year. It have a parent mentor program and have around 50 parents helping inthe school, classroom, lunchroom etc. Tell me what school in this area have such amount of parent helping in the school doing a huge difference in education........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I feel darwin is not a good school because there is no activities at this school for the children. The principle involvement is poor and my children didnt feel safe. Even though my children are old enough to walk by them self, i still had to be there to take and pick them up because of the unsafe activities accuring at or around the school. Itransfered my children this year to a school i felt was more caring about all its student something i couldn't get at darwin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2007

Overall this is a school in need of help. Students do not feel safe and the school officials don't seem to care much. My kids have been attending darwin for 6 years and I am not aware of these sports programs they advertise. I am very dissapointed with this school and their interest in their students. Look elsewhere !
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
37%

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91%

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87%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

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62%

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63%

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49%
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

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%
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

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
51%
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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
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

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students37%
Female37%
Male37%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income34%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners25%

Reading

All Students38%
Female47%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income35%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners21%
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 Students38%
Female29%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income38%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female29%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income34%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female57%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income66%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners47%
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 Students73%
Female70%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income72%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female57%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income53%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
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

Math

All Students49%
Female59%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income48%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female65%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income58%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
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

Math

All Students40%
Female27%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income40%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female52%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income60%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female77%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income77%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
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

Math

All Students30%
Female23%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income30%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female59%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
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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8-10 Above Average

 

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state.

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Student growth rating 20132What's this?

Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

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
Hispanic 87% 24%
Black 9% 18%
White 3% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Silver Recognition for Healthy School Choice (2012)
  • Go for the GOLD School (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mauricio E Segovia
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Adult education
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Dual Language
  • GED
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • CTA card for STLS
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Holland And Knight www.hklaw.com
  • LSNA www.lsna.net
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent Mentor Program
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

This school accepts applications on a

rolling basis

 
 

What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
36
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
36

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Selective Enrollments H.S. in CPS
Neighborhood High Schools
IB or Academic Centers
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3116 W Belden Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 534-4110

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