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Ogden Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 708 students

 

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Posted November 7, 2013

This morning, another mom forwarded the link to this site. I am beyond words that any parent would post negative comments about any teacher WITHOUT first sharing her concerns with that teacher. We have many teachers in our family who work so hard every day. Concerning this teacher at Ogden, we know Ms. L. Our son with special needs had her a few years ago for math, she took it upon herself to teach him to add using tally marks. She did more for our son than the special ed teacher assigned to modify the lessons. Tenured? How about experienced and kind? Is she right out of college and 22 years old, no. Does she know how to work with EVERY student? Yes!! And we have been involved with the school's events but have never made a big donation. How crass? Stick to your concerns, talk to the teacher first and stop the name calling. I hope Ms. L does not see your post. She deserves better. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

For two years, I had an impression that the school doesn't really care what their students experience and learn, but is fully and solely focused on fund raising. My daughter was lucky enough to get accepted by another school, but honestly I would have been so worried if my daughter had to continue at this school. Don't get me wrong. My daughter had so much good time at Ogden, we will miss it. It is just that it is not very promising when you think of sending your kid here for 6~8 years. It is a good looking school, but it might be just that. In my opinion, the school is not the right one if you want your kid to advance and achieve as much as she/he can in her elementary school years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

Great school! I wish I had known about Ogden before spending a fortune paying for private schools for my older kids. My youngest son received a great education at Ogden. Ogden is sort of an unsung gem in the CPS system -- offering a great academic program, a diverse and talented student population, engaged and talented teachers and a strong group of supportive parents. The grade school campus (brand new facility this year) is located in the heart of Chicago's most expensive area and competes with several elite private schools in the area, each with tuition ranging from $25,000 to $30,000 for 2012. Ogden offers an International baccalaureate program for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. The program offers an intensive study of english, social studies, laboratory science, mathematics, world language (French, Chinese or Spanish), technology, arts, physical education, library science, and advanced research. Odgen's high school is fairly new, so the class size is much smaller than most of Chicago's public high schools. The curriculum is a solid college preparatory program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

The quality of teachers is above average. They are demanding and they work hard to push your kids. However, some teachers also play blatant favoritism that appears to benefit "neighborhood" kids vs. kids admitted via the IB/IG program. I notice that although kids admitted through testing have higher ISAT scores, they have lower grades than neighborhood kids. The could be a real problem for 7th grade students whose grades are important for applying for selective enrollment high schools. The principal and some administrative staff are great at raising publicity or funds, moderately successful at managing the staff and faculty but are quite indifferent to the well-being of kids. I had a few very unpleasant dealings with the principal or VP. It took them a long time to respond to my formal (in writing) complaints. They never implemented the resolutions we all agreed upon during the meeting. I have no doubt that they are extremely capably professionals. I do question where their hearts are and whether their successes, i.e. expanding the school, constructing a new building, and constantly traveling abroad, have distracted them from the real goals of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

I attend this school as a Sophomore, in the Ogden International Highschool. I LOVE Ogden. It's one of the best schools that you can possibly go too. Besides, the sometimes anger led by another student, we actually all get along with each other at the end of the day. It's a great school if you want your child to go to a small highschool. It's also a really good learning environment, I now have a Gpa of 3.0.


Posted September 13, 2010

Ogden is good neighborhood school and has a wonderful learning environment for our child. It's our 3rd year at Ogden and we are pleased with the principal and teachers. We have not experienced a problem with the class size (22 - 27).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

Horrible, below average, no parent involvement, very large classes, low expectations, many children with behavior problems, pretentious parents. I hated everyday at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

Great school. The principal is dedicated to the success of teachers and students. Love the environment. My son finished 1st grade. I'm really happy with this school and they had 2 recess whole year round. Highly recommend this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

I am a Chicago Public Schools alum and a former Chicago Public Schools teacher. I couldn't be happier with Ogden's population and staff. I moved my children from the North Shore and my son went into Kindergarten in the middle of the year. He was welcomed by the teacher and children and never complained about a day. He is finishing 1st grade, reading & writing and expressing himself daily. The reputation of the North Shore schools being better is proven wrong with Ogden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

Ogden's principal, Ken Staral is dedicated and devoted to the success of this school. Without the support that he gives his teachers, Ogden wouldn't be as unique and wonderful as it is. Our teachers work well over 10 hours a day to make sure that their students get a well rounded education. Everyone at Ogden is committed to what they love to do-teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

The teachers care about what they teach, and puts forth effort to create an environment that comfortable to learn in.


Posted May 10, 2010

Teaches great organizational skills and note taking. Interested in overall education, not just the basics. Also believes in challenging classes and interesting assignments. And, of course, recess!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

Great neighborhood school....lots of love
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The Ogden International School of Chicago is so diverse. The students and their families are from backgrounds from around the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

I love this school because it has great teachers and a principal that actually care about the students and not just a pay check. This school offers so many opportunities in arts, music, language etc.. this can't happen if we loose funding. So please vote.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I love Ogden because the organization and comunication between principal, teachers, students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Great committed faculty. wonderfully diverse student body
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Ogden has excellent and challenging programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

We love Ogden, the Principal and teachers are so engaged with the children. Our daughter is in Kindergarten at Ogden. They have so many fun and interesting ways to keep the kids engaged with learning. She can read, write and complete simple math problems. Our daughter has never missed a day school she is so excited to learn new things. We are very happy with Ogden Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

We love Ogden because of the Principal and the educators that are providing our child with a well rounded education. We couldn't be happier with the teachers and staff that keep us up-to-date with the everyday happenings at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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

About these ratings

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

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

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

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

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

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 60% in 2013.

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94%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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91%

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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

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income58%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners55%

Reading

All Students73%
Female75%
Male72%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income62%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners42%
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 Students78%
Female78%
Male77%
Black73%
Asian82%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income74%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners62%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
Black73%
Asian82%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Low income59%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners54%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
Black73%
Asian91%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income78%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners77%
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 Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income56%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income47%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities72%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
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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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 51%
Black 19% 18%
Hispanic 17% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Two or more races 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kenneth Michael Staral

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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Chicago, IL 60610
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