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Mcdade Elementary Classical School

Public | K-6 | 199 students

 
 

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Posted October 24, 2013

McDade Is a school of excellence. The staff is always available to help, and answer questions at anytime. The school email and website additions are a great source of information in the mobile age. The school size is perfect my child thrives in this environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

McDade is a gem on the Southside of Chicago. Teachers and support staff are excellent. Class sizes are ideal for learning and you couldn't ask for a better school climate. I know my child received a solid foundation having attended K-6. I'm proud to saw that my nephew is currently a student and the focus on character building and students excelling hasn't changed. Go Dolphins!


Posted February 11, 2013

im 10 years old and im used to be i class with some of your children my name is miles jones i left in 4th grade i was a student there im visitng my class this might ring a bell i was in class with ,khRI,LAUREN WEAVER, RAVIEN,KEITH IM FRIENDS WITH THAT WHOLE CLASS AND ALL THE TEACHERS THERE.


Posted December 9, 2012

This is my son's second year at McDade Classical and we love the administration and the faculty. There is a new principal who focuses a lot on technology so I expect more of that to be integrated into the curriculum. The school is also more culturally diverse than in previous years which is a plus. The after-school activities are great although I would like to see more focused on science/technology (parent volunteers needed!). The parents are super-involved and the PTA/PTO hosts lots of events for the children. Expect to purchase a rolling cart for your child for a bookbag; 75% of the students have them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

McDade Classical School is one of the best schools on the southside of Chicago. I have subbed at this school a few times, and they have an excellent administrator, faculty, and staff. The administrator and faculty care very much about the children and their well being. They have an advanced curriculum and the teachers love for their students learn new and exciting things. The school is small, but they offer so much to the students that attend there. I am honored to have been a cadre substitute for this school. McDade explifies excellency in a city where some of the schools have been stereotyped as some of the worse in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I love McDade!!! Yes, you do get the warm, cozy feeling when you walk through the doors. The academics are great, the free extra-curricular activities after school are wonderful, the winter and spring festivals are awesome...I could go on and on....the PTA, the principal, etc. Yes, there are a lot a textbook teaching, but that's what classical is. McDade is not classified as a 'gifted' school, so, no, critical thinking is not a big focus. We got around that by completing our own critical thinking exercises and puzzles. My only concerns are that McDade only goes to 6th grade and there is no diversification. On the other hand, I am proud that these little black children on the southside of Chicago are scoring just as high or even higher than their more diverse, counterparts. I don't think there is another all black school in the city that can boast this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Environment = plus. Small, caring, functional Academics = standard public education. The 'Classical School' distinction is lost on me. There are no Classics here. Just standard-issue, big corporation textbook studies. There appears to be little integration between subjects and teachers, and the quality of instruction is poor to adequate. 4th grade mathematics is solid, but even here we find a great focus on ISAT and not much concern with critical thinking. The idea that this is a 'select' public school either is absurd or the standards of education have been so degraded that we have little hope as a society. Core knowledge in fundamental subjects is absent. A love of learning, creativity, and critical thinking are not being fostered. What we have is a kinder, gentler alternative to the totally disfunctional neighborhood schools that have historically been the other option for those not going the private route.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

This school s absolutely WONDERFUL! It has a great small-town, family feel. The parents are so involved they sometimes have to be turned away because so many volunteer. The teachers and administration are very dedicated and accessible. They really take their time with the students and give always give parents honest feedback. The students are expected to work very hard and the results are excellent. It's a perfect example of how public schools should work with the cooperation and dedication of parents, teachers, administration, and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

I am a current Mc Dade parent and both my children attend and LOVE it!! I can not get them to leave the school. The environment is safe, the teachers are caring, committed and wonderful. The only problem I have is that French is given beginning in kindergarten and my child has been taking it for 6 years now and still cannot hold a fluent conversation nor knows the french alphabet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I will have to say that Mcdade is a wonderful school the teacher and staff are wonderful and the PTA is out of this world. I am grateful for all the things my daughter has learned in the five years she has been there. However, my only issue with the school is the issues I've had with my daughter being bullied. The children are very much about image and appearance. A wonderful school but socially my kid was very un-happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

I am an alum of McDade as well as my older sister. McDade provides an absolutely first rate education and excellent teachers. I have a BS and MBA from an excellent midwestern private liberal arts college and also a JD from the University of Chicago. My sister who also attended McDade is currently an Assistant Vice President at Chase and attended Depaul University. The education at McDade is as good or betther than at most private schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 8, 2005

The academic program at McDade is exceptional. The instructors and management have developed an outstanding program focused towards high standardized test scores as well as overall development. Students have a very welcoming and relaxed work environment. Music, arts, sports and other activities are supported by faculty and parents. Parental involvement is outstanding as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2005

McDade Classical school is a fine example of a classical or magnet school. The overriding concern is ensuring that the students have all of the necessary resources to not only achieve, but to excel. The standards and the expectation level remain very high, as reflected by the achievement level of the students, in line with it's long-standing tradition of excellence. The class sizes remain manageable (about 25 per class), the staff is always availiable, the parental involvement remains high. In short students at McDade know that they belong to a culture of success, and their sense of pride allows them to embrace and extend that culture.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 81% 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 59% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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93%

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2010

 
 
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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

 
 
97%

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2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2010

 
 
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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

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students96%
Female93%
Male100%
Black96%
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Whiten/a
Low income92%
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Students without disabilities100%
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Reading

All Students93%
Female86%
Male100%
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Students without disabilities96%
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Science

All Students96%
Female93%
Male100%
Black96%
Asiann/a
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Multiracialn/a
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Low income92%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male87%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income83%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female100%
Male87%
Black93%
Asiann/a
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Low income92%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male91%
Black97%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income91%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income100%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
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
Black 97% 18%
White 2% 51%
Asian 1% 4%
Hispanic 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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8801 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: (773) 535-3669

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