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Decatur Classical Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 289 students

 
 

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Posted May 3, 2010

Decatur is a school full of caring teachers and staff that put their hearts into every minute of teaching. The kids learn how to be well rounded citizens that truly care about learning and the world around them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Decatur Classical Elementary School is a school where the staff puts in alot of extra effort for the children.


Posted May 2, 2010

Decatur is the #1 Elementary School in the State of IL. The community is wonderful and the education second to none!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Decatur students are the best and brightest in Chicago. The parent community is involved and supportive. It's a wonderful school all around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Diversity of students, passion of parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The diversity and strong support from the staff, parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Fantastics school, strong, supportive staff, students & parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I am very satisfied with this school given the time and era that we are in right now - where various educational approach rival with the good intentions of the old-school method. It seems like Decatur is doing really wonderful things for my daughter despite just being academically focused and test-driven. It is not a gifted school and I think parents should be aware of that. It is a school for the academically advanced. My daughter was reading at 4 and was doing simple addition which was why she was accepted into the school with a score in the 99th percentile. She had an average score for the gifted test and was not accepted into any of the gifted schools. It is comforting to know that my daughter is getting a wonderful education through Decatur because they are being prepared for life in the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

Parents appreciate this school because it filled with children of other like-minded, academically focused parents. However, like many selective Chicago Public Schools, Decatur is really missing the mark on gifted education. All children learn a curriculum that is one grade level above their current focus, but there is little focus on depth of understanding or higher-level thinking. The students at Decatur succeed on tests because they are learning a grade level ahead and because the teachers focus significant time and energy preparing them to test successfully. Most Decatur students would succeed in any school because of their dedicated families but could truly thrive if given increased opportunities for higher level thinking during the school day.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 30, 2009

It's diversity - the most amazing thing for my daughter! And it's one of the top elementary schools in Illinois.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Decatur provides a stimulating and challenging curriculum for the students and has phenomenal teachers and a PTA that is out of this world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

My daughter has been going to Decatur for 2 years now. It is a great school with good teachers and a lot of family involvement. There is a lot of home work some weeks but that is what school is all about....learning. For 2nd grade she is learning things I didn't learn until I was in 4th or 5th. All children take Latin and tap dancing. To me, Decatur is one big family. My daughter loves going to school! There is no violence at this school and I know it wouldn't be tolerated. We started working with preschool workbooks like reading, comprehesion, math etc. when she was around 3. This really helped her with the testing. The only downside to this school is that it only goes to 6th grade and then you have to test again to get into a 7th & 8th grade program like Whitney Young, Taft etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

Our son just graduated from the school. In four years as a Decatur parent; we recall zero violence. Some are upset that their child cannot get the test scores needed to get accepted. Many of the parents have nurtured and worked with their kids before kindergarten, which pays off. Competition to get accepted is a challenge. Regrettably, some may lack the parental commitment to help their child succeed at Decatur. Others may have not put in enough time. If you want to be a Decatur parent, then you need to accept some responsibility; there is a significant amount of homework, but the teachers care and so do the students. Jealousy by those whose kids are not accepted, understood! Violence, no!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

This is a very bad school. Its good reputation does not fit the school itself. The hall ways are chaotic, noisy , and messy. There is too much student violence. There are too many bad students. This is a very bad school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

As a former student from Decatur, I can only offer praise for their program. I am currently a student at Whitney Young Magnet High School, and I thank Decatur for preparing me to enter such a prestigious high school program that allows me to challenge myself as a student. Decatur has always concentrated on academic excellence and it is rare to find a student that does not enjoy the atmosphere and sense of family. As long as there is sufficient parental involvement, the students will thrive.


Posted October 1, 2008

If you have no-nonsense, high academic standards for your children Decatur is your school. Plus, it is very refreshing to observe a like-minded parent community ...parents that raise the academic bar to prepare their children for anything they want to take on in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2008

I used to go Decatur and it is one of the greatest schools on the planet! No questions asked! Because it is so small, everyone knows each other and that makes it easier on the younger kids. The vice-principal is so fun to have as a teacher in sixth grade! And everyone in the faculty and staff is great! It was sad leaving Decatur because of the great experience I had there!


Posted July 18, 2008

decatur is a good school. it teaches a lot of things ahead of other public schools. but there are downsides. some teachers are not as challenging/organized as others. and decatur does not focus on a child's individuality or creativity. they rank high and test well. but the students are treated as one as they focus too much on test taking and not enough on real world situations. my child is smart when it comes to vocabulary and math. but my younger child who is in different school has come home telling me things they have learned in a primary grade that my older child never learned at decatur. every school has its good and bad. i'm just saying that deactur is not all that it's cracked up to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2008

This is our first year here, coming from a Catholic school & I am VERY impressed with the academics, parental involvement, teachers, we are VERY happy here. Thank you:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

Decatur is a great choice for children who are advanced academically. The facility is small, but everyone knows each other. The children are amazing and, in general, discipline is not an issue. The principal is mediocre- not of the caliber of the student attending the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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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

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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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

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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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

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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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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 Students97%
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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.

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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
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Low income100%
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Students without disabilities100%
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Reading

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
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White100%
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Students without disabilities98%
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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.

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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Reading growth at this school

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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 40% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 4%
Hispanic 17% 24%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Black 8% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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