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Decatur Classical Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 289 students

 
 

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Posted November 26, 2007

I am extremely impressed with Decatur. My child has attended for the past five years. There are two classes per grade. My child, along with many others in the class, qualified to take the ACTs this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2007

I am a student here at Decatur Classical. This school can't compare to any other. The teachers are above excellent, and the learning standards are unbelievable!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

This is a great school. If your children want to hone their academic skill, this school is definitely a right choice. As to limited extracurricular activities it is quite understandable due to the ever lean public school funding. It is always better to have a school use their resources well on one or several areas than just superficially touch upon many things with mediocre performance. Besides, parents can always input many such activities that you think necessary to ensure a well-round education for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

Decatur is supposed to be one of the best public schools in Chicago. The school has lots of potentials (parent involvement and motivated students) but it has a lot of limitations. We think that the school is not teaching student as a whole child, but mainly teaching the subjects to maintain its high test score. With only 1 class per grade, from KG to 6th grade, the class size is still pretty big, 29-30 kids in the early grades per class (less students in later grades). Although music class is available, sports and extracurricular activities are limited to almost nothing. No art class offerred. No cafeteria (children will eat in the classroom or gym). Limited access to the faculties. In the end, the school is still the best bargain in the city (and the state perhaps).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

Decatur Classical School is an exceptional place. Our neighborhood school couldn't support our son's needs,and he was saddened that more of his peers didn't share his interests. At Decatur, we've found a new home with great friends, parents and teachers. The only issue for us is that it ends at 6th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2006

Doesn't live up to the hype. Teaches only to the test and lacks interests in a child's overall well being. A school in decline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

The best thing this school has going for it is the children who attend it. The many old guard teachers are so stuck in the past and resistant to change that they prevent this school from being all that it could and should be. The newer or more open-minded teachers and administration are energetic and well-intended, but lack the power to take control. Too few parents are involved, too many are detached, and without a unified front, they are ineffective and are not heard as a credible voice by either the teachers or the administration, playing right into the hands of those who would keep things as they are. The lack of a unified vision has hog-tied the LSC. The PTA does it's able-best to stay motivated and focus on the children, despite the tug-of-war this school has become. How these children continue to thrive is a credit to the children alone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2006

I am extremely impressed with the school. The students are engaged in learning, and the teachers are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

This is a great school! The students are engaged in the course work whole-heartedly. One reason for this is that the course materials are more inspiring and interesting. Another reason is that the teachers themselves are enthusiastic about teaching in this school. Besides, the children in this school need to pass an initial test first. And childrens passing this test are mainly from families who put great emphasis on education and achievements. So overall, I feel it is a great school in term of knowledge education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

The quality of teaching at Decatur Classical Elementary School is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2005

An amazing program that does so much with so little. Children learn basic academics, along with Latin, music and art. The develop wonderful study and research skills and independence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2003

This school has a great program. But i find that more homework goes to the parents! There is always so much sent home to read and do and sometimes it is hard to keep up with their daily, weekly, and monthly activities. But I think it is a great school with lots to offer young children.
—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.
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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 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

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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
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Multiracialn/a
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White100%
Low income100%
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Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
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Reading

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income100%
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
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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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7030 North Sacramento Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
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Phone: (773) 534-2201

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