Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Walt Disney Magnet School

Public | PK-8 | 1575 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 10 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

59 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted September 6, 2011

I have two children here and this is my third year with Disney and I would recommend Disney to anyone! Every year that I have been here, they have introduced new programs and software to help the children succeed. Their emphasis on eduction, supervision, and technology is unmatched as far as I am concerned. There has not been a meeting that I have attended where the principal didn't take a few minutes to stop by and speak to parents and ask if they have any questions or concerns for her. She is amazing! The only concern that I have is their policy on small siblings at the school. Every event, (graduations, fairs, award ceremonies, orientation, etc), has a strict no children under five policy. This is a huge problem for me as I have two small children and literally no family and friends in Chicago. In all fairness, I do believe there are parents for this and they do record the events for you. You just have to pay $15 for them. With that being said, I still plan to have all my kids attend Disney! Seriously though, this school has re-built my faith in the public school system! The teachers and principals here are excellent! 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

My daughter attended Disney for four years. She was placed in a classroom based upon her scores for comprehension. She eventually was placed in the gifted program. She wrote a letter in Msndarin Chinese to a pen pal in China and received a response. We never felt resources were that diminished during the three years she was not in the gifted program. She never expressed that she was distracted by the pods. She actually liked the open floor plan. Due to excellent preparation and optimism by a committed teaching staff, she was accepted to Young Academic Center. We enjoyed her participation on both the track and soccer teams. The art program was has a deserved great reputation along with an elective and theater programs. There is a PTA for parents who wish to meet other parents and create community. Our daughter thrived at Disney Magnet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2011

We have two children at Disney and they both love the school. The accelerated classes offer Chinese, but after a few years I expected my older child to, at least, be able to speak in phrases, not just single words, as this is how language is learned. The open pod system can be difficult for some children-- it can get noisy in the pods, especially if teachers don't control their classes. I've spoken with more than a few parents who have mentioned that their child(ren) are having problems staying focused because of the noise level in the pods. There are lots of parents/relatives helping out in classrooms. I've heard a few complaints from parents whose children are not in the accelerated program that too many resources are devoted to that program. I question what resources they are speaking of: daily Chinese class; an annual special project and one assembly associated with that special project are the extent of expended resources that I see. The daily Chinese class is incorporated into the standard schedule... not as extra time devoted to these children. Teachers have been, mostly, excellent; executive staff can be a bit autocratic/unresponsive -this seems true at most CPS schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

My son has been in this school since kindergarten and I love it... He is in the gifted program and I couldn't be happier... The teachers are terrific (well perhaps except a few.. No names need it)... I am very pleased with this school and I plan to have him there until the 8th grade! :-D
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

I have not been happy at Disney. My son is now in first grade and we are going to transfer him out to a different school. The pods are too much for him to process and the school itself is overwhelming in size. Academically, I think it is a decent school, but not as good as it could be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

This is our second year and we love it. The principal clearly loves this school and loves the kids. My daughter is learning so much more than just the standard curriculum. I am so proud to be part of the Disney Family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It has a wonderful and diverse student population, with excellent educational programs, enhanced by teachers who care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Professionalism from the top down. Best school principal! Best teachers! Awesome opportunities at this school for enrichment. I have experience at some of the top private schools, and this public magnet school is better than some of those. I'm proud my daughter attends this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

This is my daughter first year at Disney and I must say it has been very challenging for her. At her previous school she was an A student now her grades have slipped alot. I must say her teacher Ms. Parks is wonderful and has helped out alot. I was considering transfering her but she loves this school. So I am going to give this school another year and hopefully, everything goes well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

My older son started Kindergarten this year, and we love it. His teachers are amazing and easy to communicate with. I was concerned at first about the open classroom plan, but most of the kids don't seem to have a problem with it. I get to volunteer a couple times a month in the class and am always impressed by how well his teacher handles her class and the noise level. The teachers also understand his need to wiggle and have been very accommodating. His focus has improved a lot since the fall. We chose this school over the other lottery choices we got because of the variety of activities (sports, music, art) and their integeration of art into the learning process, but we feel that we've gotten so much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

I have my two boys at Disney School and I am very happy with the accelaration of their curriculum. Both of my boys are bright and according to the topics and homework that they bring home I could tell that the teachers take them to the next level. As a teacher, I am very watchful of what is going on at Disney and I noticed that the teachers are always working so hard. Although I can't be there in the morning to actually see what the kids are involved in, from conversations with parent volunteers I know that the school is wonderful. The staff at Disney is warm and friendly to parents and kids. The school is diverse which is great for kids to be part of. As a teacher and parent I give Disney an A++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

My daughter has special needs and has been attending Disney since 1st grade. I have to say that the new push for full inclusion or full self contained is the wrong move. I am very disappointed with the new move, my daughter is struggling being in the regular ed. classroom all day. When asked for assistance I get a run down of all the children the special education teacher has and how hard she is working ( should that matter?). When asked for different placement I was told that she will have to go in a self contained class that has children who have major learning issues, my daughter just need some extra help and a slower pace, does this seem fair to take her away from all of her peers because she need more time and attention? I will probably remove my daughter from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

My daughter is in the Gifted Program and I have to say that I love this program. It is challenging, fun & most of all the teacher are fantastic! I am amazed eveyday of the lessons learned that my daughter comes home to discuss. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

It is an excellent school. They have an accelerated class (1 grade ahead) which also has Chinese.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

My son and daughther go to Disney and they love it. It is a great school and awesome teachers! I highly recommend it....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2008

The comunication between Teachers and Parents is very poorly. This particular year I'm very disapointed with the school. I'll give the school 1 start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

This is our daughter's first year in the third grade. The teachers noticed her ability. She took her initial Stanford Learning test in week one. She was bumped up to a different home room. The pod system allowed for that flexibility and makes transition easier. All students are given the Stanford three times each year. The school's layout seems to rival and exceed some grammar schools on the Northshore. If you live in Chicago and pretend that magnet schools like Disney, Hawthorn, Stone and Wildwood are without merit, then your children lose out as well as your pocketbook. There is diversity, but the staff appreciates that it needs to work with children at all levels. There are children that make it into the gifted and more advanced home rooms in the pods. We can bike to school on the Lakefront, then I continue to work in the Loop.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

It is my daughters first year and so far I feel that it is a great school. The teachers are very attentive and nice. The acedemic part seems very well put together. Over all I think my daughter and myself are very happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

I think the Disney School is the best one in Chicago; my grandchildren have thrived since going there. I currently have 2 granddaughters going to Disney and one (who is handicapped) will graduate in '08 happily. She has gone to Disney since 1st grade and loves it there; so does her younger sister. Their older brother went there from 3rd grade to 8th and graduated in '05 and did excellently. He's in his 2nd year of H.S. now and is still in the accelerated classes there as a result of Disney teaching etc. Disney is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

This school is real good! I have postive feedback for this school. Yes Disnel has Open room (or pods as they call it) as their setting but this may not be for everyone. Some kids don't have a very good attention span for this kind of learning enviroment. Parent involment is always welcome but it is up to the parents to do so! I have witnessed that the parent involement in the gifeted programs to be more active than in other class rooms.
—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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Black61%
Asian76%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income70%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners50%

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male68%
Black66%
Asian77%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income69%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners30%
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 Students75%
Female76%
Male73%
Black65%
Asian83%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Low income68%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female78%
Male60%
Black65%
Asian70%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income61%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Black81%
Asian87%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income83%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students72%
Female73%
Male71%
Black64%
Asian94%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income68%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male64%
Black62%
Asian94%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income63%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities74%
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 Students70%
Female72%
Male67%
Black62%
Asian88%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income63%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female82%
Male61%
Black62%
Asian81%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income65%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities78%
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 Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
Black75%
Asian96%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income84%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female82%
Male81%
Black74%
Asian91%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income79%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black90%
Asian96%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Low income91%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
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

Math

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
Black79%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income83%
Non-low income96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male73%
Black72%
Asian94%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income79%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities86%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
Above average

Test score rating
Student growth rating

1-3 Below Average

4-7 Average

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.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

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.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

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
Black 37% 18%
Hispanic 23% 24%
White 23% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school officials and community members.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Kathleen Hagstrom

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

4140 N Marine Dr
Chicago, IL 60613
Website: Click here
Phone: (773) 534-5840

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT