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Jackson A Elementary Language Academy

Public | K-8 | 554 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted May 10, 2010

Wonderful diversity of student body and families, outstanding teachers, tremendous leadership. The school inspires us as people to do our best in all things!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

Teachers are very dedicated to their work. They motivate my kids to go the extra mile in any subject.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

The school encorages kids to learn. They create a positive environment for the students. The teachers are very involved, and have a great sense of pride in the academics taught there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

It's a wonderful school. Great teachers, friendly kids, good encourages for the kids to learn, diversify cultures for the kids, and my kids likes the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

Diversity of students; all inclusive Parent Council; superb Chinese program; enthusiastic and fully engaged administration, faculty and staff create a healthy learning environment academically, socially and emotionally; unified grounded principles allow for a safe and secure place strong enough to encourage new approaches and continued growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

diversity of studnts,great faculty staff parents and students


Posted May 10, 2010

It has a great sense of 'school citizen' where each student is expected to be a steward of the school. The older students serve as models for the younger students- they often come into the younger classrooms and read to the students, play games, and create special crafts for the young students. It has a calm, ordered atmosphere, and it seems like a true community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

Jackson provides an exceptional opportunity for youth to grow into him/her self in a postive way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

unified and dedicated administrator, teachers and parents language emphasis and awareness among the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

Excellent faculty.... Respectful children and family members....Top notch education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

We are blessed to have such caring teachers and staff that inspire our diverse student population to excel in all the do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

We have the best teachers and support staff and the best parent group and LSC. Together they make this one of the best schools to educate a young mind in Chicago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

The caring teachers who do above and beyond for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

We have great socioeconomic & ethnic diversity, teachers who care about our children, and administrators who encourage parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

I love this school! The people are always welcoming and it's extremely diverse. We have students from all over, including Greece, Germany, Hawaii, Cuba, and lots more. In addition, all the teachers make learning fun. Throughout all the schools I have attended, this one succeeds the standards in education and fun. I won't forget the memories I've made at Jackson.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2007

There is a saying that you sometimes don't appreciate something until it is gone. I am a former teacher at AJLA who has since moved overseas. You will have to travel far and wide to find a quality school such as Andrew Jackson Language Academy. Reflecting back on my teaching experience there I can honestly tell you that it was a milestone in my teaching career. I worked with a top notch group of teachers who always went the extra mile for their students. The big difference was that they took the time to care to make a difference in the lives of children. When AJLA students graduate they are fully prepared to enter high school and have an excellent foundation for life. There was much more to learn than your ABC's at this school, you learned about life, about proper behavior, self-control, and learned life skills.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 22, 2007

I am a student at Andrew Jackson Language Academy. I would like to say my experiences here have been great. But I can also speak for the whole student body that we miss Dr. Zeltmann. She was the only reason that kept me up top on things that I thought I couldn't do. This school is great but Dr. Zeltmann wouldv'e made my last year even better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2007

150 words are not enough to express my satisfaction and admiration of Andrew Jackson Language Academy. The teachers who I know there are professional and seem to really care a lot about the children and I think that probably applies to all the teachers from my observations. High standards for appropriate and respectful behavior are encouraged and the kids are well mannered. The school is very clean and parents are involved and the scores are high. The principal is wonderful. Whenever I've talked with her, she gives her full attention and clearly explains issues with a huge knowledge base, experience, and kindness. The Japanese language class is fun and the expectations for a good amount of homework and practice are well known by the student and the parent. A+ for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2007

the incredible dedication of its principal and teaching staff and the active Parent Council make this school excel. The principal is always there for parents and kids. Whenever the children are entering,leaving,or going on field trips she is there. She comes to the parties we have for the children and staff. The teaching staff is very ready to work with parents to help children overcome diffculties - in every grade they have helped my son with extra activities. The Parent Council is very active and parents are welcome in the classrooms. The principal always looks out for the good of the whole student body, and if you want 'special treatment' that conflicts with this goal, its unlikely that you will get it here. Expect fair and equal treatment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Jackson is a great school with a lot of potential. The Languages offered are excellent, but the changes from language to language can disaapoint the children. The principal has no concern for change. The school needs to change some of its ways of communication with parents and students. There needs to be more cultural awareness for all, especially for the African American students. Overall the education is great, but the principal needs more people skills.
—Submitted by a parent


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

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students84%
Female77%
Male93%
Black50%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income62%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female91%
Male100%
Black93%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income95%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
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 Students91%
Female84%
Male97%
Black78%
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income82%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female87%
Male94%
Black89%
Asian100%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income86%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female90%
Male100%
Black89%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income96%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
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 Students83%
Female89%
Male74%
Black57%
Asian100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income87%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
Black50%
Asian92%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income73%
Non-low income84%
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 Students94%
Female90%
Male97%
Black70%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income96%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female80%
Male100%
Black60%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income88%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male92%
Black75%
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income92%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male88%
Black69%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income85%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Black88%
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income92%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
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%
Female90%
Male80%
Black75%
Asian100%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income80%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female87%
Male65%
Black53%
Asian100%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income69%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 25% 4%
Hispanic 25% 23%
White 25% 51%
Black 20% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (773) 534-7000

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