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Walt Disney Magnet School

Public | PK-8 | 1575 students

 

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Posted June 29, 2007

Disney was a great experience for me. There was nothing negative about the teachers. They're just direct.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2007

My child was in the K gifted class this year. The teacher was wonderful, skilled, and trained to work with gifted kids. it was obvious during the year that there were children who would have done better in a less demanding classroom within the pod. The open pod setup was too loud and I was surprised to hear about (and witness) the use of a megaphone in the pod to get students' attention. Communication with teachers is excellent; with administration/others outside of the pod, fair. The head of security and security officer are wonderful; they are strict yet very positive and not demeaning when interacting with students. Excellent art programs. 8 a.m. start time makes for a long rush-hour commute.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

My daughter went to Kindergarten this year at Disney and really enjoyed it. She was in the gifted class and at the beginning of the school year it was a great deal of work. She also learned Mandarin every day. Wow! The hours are early, but I liked that it was 'full day' kindergarten and the school does have tuition-based after school programs as well as academic and art enrichment (free) after school programs. We really enjoyed this year at Disney, but I have to agree with the other comments about the open pod classrooms. My daughter's teacher said that she was able to concentrate and do her work even with all the noise around her, but my daughter complained about it herself. Luckily, next year we will be going to a different school (largely based on this reason alone). The gifted program is great, but the open pod classrooms are not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2006

I felt lucky when my son was accepted into Disney for 1st grade. My expectations were very high, but they were soon dimmed by the administration, 'open' classrooms/pods, and the monotonous work my son was being given daily at school and for homework. My son's 1st and 2nd grade teachers both have admitted that it was hard for THEM to acclimate to the noise level, and I think this open classroom doesn't work for a lot of the teachers AND students now.I enrolled my son in FASTFORWORD and found it to be a lot less than I expected. The school has been no help in helping me find tutoring or other ways to accommodate him during class. I am looking to transfer my son out asap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

My son began Kindergarten this year at Disney and he absolutely loves it. He is learning quickly how to read, he has friends, and he is suddently very interested in art. He also loves his teacher. I was nervous to send him to such a large school after he attended a small, private, pre-school. However, I have been very impressed with the school all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

So far my daughters's experience has been great. She loves the class, she just started pre-school. But I have to say that I have some concerns about the upper level classes after reading the reviews and I will keep a close look as she continues school at Disney.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

My son started 1st grade at Disney this past fall; it was a bit overwhelming at first, but we are very pleased with the experience and his progress there. We have been very impressed with his teachers, they all seem to be committed and genuinely care about the kids. Several times we have had concerns, called the school, and his teacher has called back within a short time. My son LOVED the Art After All program and we definitely will continue it next year; our only complaint is that it doesn't run through the entire school year. We appreciate the diversity and liveliness. The staff recognizes the noise issue, due to the open classrooms, and so they have some enclosed rooms for reading and other subjects. Disney is very large so it does take time to figure out the system, and the hours are quite early--8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

Disney seems great for the younger elementary grades (Pre-K to 2nd grade). However, as with any school, it does depend on the teacher that your child is assigned. I would not feel comfortable having my child exposed to some of the negative influences which seem to be present in the older (middle school) grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

After researching all kinds of schools in Chicago for a year we moved our 1st and 2nd graders to Disney this past September. We have been really happy.The atmosphere in the school is lively.The leadership is strong and very accessible.We have found the teachers (some male teachers!! great for sons)are energetic and committed.The focus on acedemics is there, they are always working on expanding and improving their programs.If we wondered if the 'open classroom' system would mean that no one was keeping track of our kids it's been just the opposite.Hey,there's an Animation Lab,a Digital Music Lab, each grade does a 2 week Intensive in the CommArts Center. This year my 1st Grader's class did Endangered Species.Pretty cool stuff. No school is perfect. It can get a little loud in there, but that is largely the result of the open nature of the class set up. Would definitely recommend a visit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

BE HONEST! I was reading the reviews about Disney and I just felt obligated to write. I am a Parent looking for schools and saw the comment that said that Disney is on the 'early academic watch list'. I was surprised so I called around (the school, the Board, the Office of Reasearch and Evaluation downtown etc.) and IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. (actually, they said the reading score have never been higher) I don't know if my kid will end up there, but honest feedback is helpful. Sour grapes are not. Disgruntled employee?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

I love the diversity at Disney. Students are exposed to so many wonderful diverse cultures. The school also teaches at the students different learning levels. If they excel, they are grouped with students of similar abilities, if they need extra help, they provide those students with the programs that are needed. I have noticed that Disney is adding more extracurricular activities, but they need to consider the working parent. It can be difficult to find transportation to and from an after school activity. Most programs they offer end at 3 and there is no transportation provided at that time. A working parent usually cannot leave a job in the middle of the afternoon to bring a student to another after school program. I find it great to see that they are trying to get more parents involved with different programs. This is an area in which they need to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Like the other parents I once thought that this school was one of the best; however, I now feel that I should have pursued magnets who showed more promising results. Some of the teachers seem very unprofessional and do not show a lot of concern for the children education. The lack the responsibliity of communicating student's prgress with papers, returning phones calls, and establishing a parent/teacher/student relationship. I feel the principal does not intervene enough, and the children education is not a priority on her list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2005

This once-great school that was way ahead of its timein its conception has been laid low by the current principal. She has no understanding of why or how this school was designed. Instead of maximizing the freedom that was once encouraged (and made possible by the school's open architecture), the place is awash in rules & regulations designed to shackle both student and staff. Staff morale is atan all-time low and it affects pupil discipline and learning. The results spek for themselves with this school being placed on the early academic watch list as of this year.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted October 19, 2005

All in all, this school overs children some great choices in education, however, during the past 2 years my son has been enrolled, I have felt that the teachers have lacked genuine interest in helping students with their social devolpment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

this is a good school in terms of teaching and curriculum especially for the gifted classes but some of the low level classes have poor teachers and neglected also the open classes structure is not good at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

I have trnaferred my daughter out of this school. The preschool is excellent, but the thought of pods might be so distracting for older students. Also way too overcrowded/I would not think of it as magnet school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2005

My wife and I have been very pleased with the progress our son has shown since joining Disney Magnet School. The teachers he has had have been amazing. They have kept him challenged and us informed through out the school year. The Art after all after school program has been wonderful. The school has exceeded our expatiations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2005

Overall, I've been mostly pleased with Disney. My son had two great teachers for Kindergarten and first grade so I feel lucky. I think they do a good job with the academic portion of things and there are music and art extracurriculars from which to choose. Parent participation plays such an important role in Disney's success. It is a joy to volunteer in a place where parents are made to feel welcomed by the teachers and staff. The only area of dissatisfaction lies in the behavior of fellow students, partcularly the upper grades. Perhaps Disney should consider a program to help all the children socialize peacefully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

The teachers are great with the students, alot of them work on a personal basis with them. When I call a teacher normally my call is returned the next day.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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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

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46%
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28%
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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
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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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4140 N Marine Dr
Chicago, IL 60613
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