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Farnsworth Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 570 students

 
 

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Posted November 12, 2008

Farnsworth is a great school. When you walk in the school or any classroom, you feel like you are part of a family. The teachers care so much about the children and will bend over backwards to help them out. Some dislike the principal because they say she is too strict. However, she is very caring and demands the students be respectful and responsible and will ensure that they live up to those mottos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

I am ending my term as a student teacher at Farnsworth and although it was not my first choice I have grown to love the students. I also feel that the faculty is warm and inviting and made feel a part of this wonderful school. From what I have seen the staff at Farnsworth puts everything they have into providing the children with a quality education. I only hope that the next school I go to will be as great.


Posted October 28, 2008

I have had two children attend Farnsworth. My daughter still does. Though the teachers in this school are very good (highly qualified, caring, eager to work with parents, etc.), they seem to be over-loaded with students. I had to make a trip to my daughter's classroom last week, and in every classroom that I happened to glance into, it looked as though the students were sitting on top of each other. Either some of those students need to be assigned to other schools or the principal needs to hire more teachers. Also, the school seems to have a dictatorial air about it. From talking to my children, their friends, and my children's teachers, I get the feeling that the school is run with an iron fist. While I understand that discipline and rules are important, there can also be too much of a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

As a teacher at Farnsworth, it is a great privilege to work with such a fine group of highly qualified educators with students' best interests a priority. Many of our teachers go above and beyond to enhance the education experiences of the students. It's a joy to be a part of this learning community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2008

This school is the finest institution in the Chicago Public School system. The proof is evident the moment you enter the esteemed doors of Farnsworth School. The staff is highly qualified, respectful, and responsible for facets of learning. The community is welcoming and strong with a tremendous sense of loyalty to the ultimate goal of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

Farnsworth is the best elementary school. The teachers are great, the principal is wonderful, and the education is perfect. The students that attend this school are receiving everything they need that can lead them towards a wonderful future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

This school is horrible. The principle treats the student's like robots. They have no space to express their feelings. Also, the school smells like urine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

Attend this school K through eight. Couldn't pick a better school to have attended in my developing years!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2007

My kids were in private school in Pre-K and 1st grade. They've been in Farnsworth for the last 2 years now and I can say that this school is great and maybe even better than any private ones (cheaper for sure!).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

My wife and I were extremely pleased with Farnworth - our daughter just completed pre-k there. The teachers took a tremendous interest in our child, she participated in so many great things, the classroom was learning-friendly and they created an orderly classroom environment. We had anticipated sending our daugher to a private school but couldn't have been happier with Farnsworth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2006

Farnsworth is a great school! My 3 kids have excelled at this school. The school has a sense of community and involvement by parents and teachers is excellent. After school programs are offered with a variety of activities for academic (both excellence and remedial), sports, arts and music. I would highly reccommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2006

Thus far I like the school a lot. The teachers are wonderful and attentive. They give a lot of one on one time with the kids. The school in general is great enviroment, and I would recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

Hi, my name is Diana Gordon. I graduated from Farnsworth Elementary in 1996 with the last name of Zavacki. Farnsworth is a great school! Not only did I attend here, but my younger brother and sister did as well. Thanks, Diana =)
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

Farnsworth is a great neighborhood school. The principal is on top of everything. It is like a small community. They have a great sports program and took city champs in 2003 for girls softball.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students36%
Female36%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Low income21%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female64%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income43%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/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 Students67%
Female59%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income54%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female41%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income36%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low income77%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
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 Students68%
Female55%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income64%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female64%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income77%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
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 Students59%
Female61%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income52%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female79%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income58%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
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 Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income82%
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female72%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income64%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income72%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students74%
Female83%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income67%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female69%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income49%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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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 43% 51%
Hispanic 42% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Black 2% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5414 North Linder Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: (773) 534-3535

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