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Piccolo Elementary Specialty School

Public | PK-8 | 541 students

 

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Posted February 3, 2010

I aggree with the last reviewer that the students of Brian Piccolo have a great deal of potential. They are living and functioning in challenging situtaions at home and in the community. Piccolo is place where they can come and feel safe knowing that there are adults who care about them and feel that they are capable of success. The administration recognizes the behavioral issues of students and parents that are faced by staff regularly and supports coming to resolution in a way that promotes the behaviors we want to see form our children. Piccolo school is definitely looking for ways to get parent and community members involved in a positive way. We are begging for parent patrol memebers, local school council memebers and classroom volunteers. However, volunteers must be willing to present themselves as role models for children. Piccolo is definitely a different place than in years past. There is much more structure and a higher level of accountability for students, staff and any visitors to Piccolo. As the instructional Leader of the school Piccolo must be a place where high quality learning takes place and is safe. Nothing else is acceptable. I recognize that his ruffles some feathers sometimes. If Piccolo is truly to improve everyone must be on board with making it so. I welcome any and all questions, comments or concerns. If as a parent, community member or staff member you have problems, come with solutions as well.

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Posted October 22, 2008

This school and the students doing time there have so much potential. Potential that is overlooked because the students do not feel safe. There is no discipline instilled bu the administration and if a teacher makes an effort to ascert himself, he is not backed up by the principal or her assistants. It is a joke, but no laughing matter. As long as the students' ISAT scores rise even the slightest, the administration will overlook any behavior problems. The teachers are fighting a losing battle, not with the students who hunger for their guidance, but with the administration and security personnel that show favorites and wish to be the students' friends instead of role models. My child who is a student at Piccolo, is no perfect student by any means, but, with a little structure and actual policy revision by the administration he would succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2008

This school really needs a 'Joe Clark' as their principal. The students aren't receiving the proper education that they should. I do understand that the parents need to be involved as well but the times that I have went up to the school for parent/teacher conferences I have noticed that their are alot of teachers who don't care to teach the students who dont want to learn. They allow them to roam the halls and do whatever they please. This school needs an entire makeover and a new leadership team to run lead it in that direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

I think that this school really needs some help academically and in the area of parent-teacher relations,the whole school needs to unite as one and stop all this mess with the small schools.I believe the students would respond better if they knew that everyone was on the same page.Their is way too much going on outside in the community that is being allowed to come into the school day and that contributes to a lot of disruptions, a lot of the students live close to each other and at home issues have found their way to school, another thing is that some of the parents are not working with their children at home enough and definitely not with the teachers to improve these crappy test scores. what is happening at this school? their should be a mandatory meeting between teachers and parents right now on these issues before we go further.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

I think there needs to be more one on one help for the kids and the class rooms are over crowded. Over all I think the kids scores will improve with a litte more help from teachers there are at least 30 kids to a classroom that is too many, and the school don't have enough computers for the students, but the staff is wonderful. But that's just not enough.
—Submitted by a parent


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

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

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
36%
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

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
32%
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

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
51%
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

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
44%
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

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
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

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students28%
Female22%
Male33%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income29%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners18%

Reading

All Students21%
Female39%
Male5%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income21%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities22%
English language learners9%
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 Students33%
Female33%
Male33%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income33%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students28%
Female30%
Male26%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income27%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female57%
Male48%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income54%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners54%
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 Students7%
Female4%
Male9%
Black4%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income6%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students7%
Female4%
Male9%
Black2%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income6%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities8%
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 Students43%
Female46%
Male39%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income39%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students29%
Female33%
Male25%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income29%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities38%
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 Students33%
Female25%
Male39%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income28%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female39%
Male30%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income31%
Non-low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female89%
Male76%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income82%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learners70%
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 Students57%
Female53%
Male60%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income58%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female55%
Male54%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income55%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities65%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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

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

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 64% 18%
Hispanic 35% 24%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Lori Ann Campbell
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (773) 534-4248

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1040 North Keeler Avenue
Chicago, IL 60651
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Phone: (773) 534-4425

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