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Portage Park Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 1024 students

Neighborhood School with Fine arts and Sports

 

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Posted March 19, 2014

Great neighborhood school with Fine Arts and Sports! Today and every day they do it the Portage Park Way!


Posted March 18, 2014

Wonderful school! Great teachers, friendly staff and an amazing principal. This school has really improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

New principal is really turning things around. Just in the past year they have clubs for the kids after school, a new parent "club," and a new curriculum that has 6,7,8th grades in a "middle school" setting. Very encouraging with a 6th grader going here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

Portage park has a say. Do it the portage park way Children that come to this school are so polite. The teachers it is easy to speak to many teachers at portage park They listen and work out a plan. They understand children they do yell at children they talk to them they make children feel like a person. When they teach they make sure every child in the class room understands. No child is left behind in class. Principle such a wonderful lady to speak to very compassion with children very understanding and caring. Best of all she is involved in the playground before and after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2012

the teacher doesnt care. the office doesn't know anything about whats going on in the classes. my son is in ?th grade and his teacher is not doing her job. we asked her to make sure that he writes his assignment in everyday and she has yet to comply with our wishes. my son is a special needs student and they do not help us with that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

This being my neighborhood school i attended an open house. Very disappointed. My biggest concern is the kids that attend this school. While my child woudl be in the early education program, the 6th-8th grade students are terrible. I would never want my child to be around them. Numerous gang related incidents have happened at this school or around it. I would send your child here as a last resort. Apply to all schools you can before sending them here. We bit the bullet and pay for private school to avoid this school. It is ashame because the early education teachers seemed to be rather great. Just not the environment i want for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

I am so in love with this school! I could not be more grateful To these attentive and patient educators! I have two students at P.P. I think to myself how lucky I am that we are able to go to such a Great and safe school. Unlike other posts, my daughters consistently Have at the very least 11/2 hours of homework a night. I need to give a special thanks to Ms.McCullom, Ms.Broler, Ms.Schimisaki, and Ms.Klein My kids love and fondly remember each grade they've spent with these wonderful teachers. There has always been an open dialogue with the teachers ,be it face to face or over email. I think the success of a student not only depends on good teachers but proactive parents taking an interest in their childs education and asking questions. I am a working parent so I make it a point to be as involved as possible. If I were a stay at home mom I would be volunteering and tutoring and setting an expample for my kids and the rest of the community! The PTA is amazing at this school. Kudos to them. I wish more parents would get involved in this organization. I couldn't say enough about the school administration or LSC total professionals that are always up for a quick convo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2012

The teachers in this school are nice people but do not care about their students at all. My son goes to the school and is not challenged at all, spends no time doing homework, but is on honor roll. The amount of days off the kids get is ridiculous. Thank God that I don't work and can stay at home with him because I don't know what I would have to do if I worked and constantly had to take time off. The teachers are constantly absent and take time off to go on vacation during regular school weeks. I thought that summer vacation, spring break, and winter break would be sufficient but I guess not. If I child sneezes or comes to school with a headache, the parents are immediately called to pick them up but the kids who are constantly missing school and most likely could use a visit fro the truency officer go ignored and teachers show no interest in their well being at all. Test scores are not very good. 8th graders often don't get into good high schools and in general you get the feeling that the whole school is just there to be there and collect the check. I'm transferring my son next year because aside from the school being a safe place, I don't have anything good to say about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

My son transferred back to this school in 6th grade. It was the worst mistake I have ever made. The teachers here don't care about their students. You have to call and request a call back from a teacher everyday. The teachers from the school my son came from would call you if they acted up, missed an assignment, or if grades started to slip. And don't ever call the office because they don't know a thing about anything. For everything, it's "ask the teacher" and I would if they would just return a call! Sad, sad that this is the school I'm stuck with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

My son transferred here from a private school and loves it. He's a A" honor student for the last two years, but I believe it's from our involvement. Positive -very clean and safe school -caring teachers Negative -ISAT scores have not gone up in the last 3 years. Scores are average -parent involvement not where it could be Overall I believe my son is excelling because we are daily involved with his homework and studying. It's a good neighborhood school, but with more involvement from parents, it could be a top school on the NW side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

Almost a year has gone by since we transferred from a private school. The year has been a busy but good one at Portage. My 8th graders is almost done with Alegebra I and will be attending a selective enrollment school. The teachers have done an excellent job. My 6th grader has enjoyed her year as well and adjusted. She had fun in volleyball, baskeball, and now softball. So many things offered at this school and did well on her tests. A very supportive principal and vice principal as well as office staff. The school is clean above and beyond any that I have seen and that goes for private as well. The counselor is incredible and very helpful with the high school application process which is needed to navigate. Parent group tries but lacks the support of parental involvement which is the key to success at any school. LSC has not done much that I am aware of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

The Principal is one of the best I have ever come across, he listens to parent's concerns and it is fast to accomodate a child's needs. Dr. Hopkins is one of the best teachers in the school if you are looking for a no non sense teacher she is it. My 9 year old daughter has been positively challenged by this amazing teacher. The school overall is very nice, clean and welcoming. The front office staff has very much improved on their people skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

My sister went to Portage Park and that's one of the reasons I was happy to have my daughter go there. All and all, the staff is very knowledgeable and they offer a well-rounded curriculum. My only suggestion to potential students and parents is to research the teachers and make requests on whom you'd like your children to have. Ask the other parents about them and the way that they teach so that you can select a teacher whose teaching style will suit your child's development and learning style. If you find your kids need a bit more of a challenge, I can heartily recommend Mrs. Shimasaki for second grade. She's the best teacher I have ever come across!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I transferred my 1st grade son from a Catholic School to Portage due to financial reasons. I was worried that he wouldn't get the special attention and he would be overwhelmed with the size of the school and class. We actually found out that he was behind on reading and math. With help from the teachers and my involvement, he is now on honors. I also brought my 3 year old who is speech delayed for an evaluation and he meets with a speech therapist 1x week. He is also doing great. I know that this school may not be on the top twenty yet, but it's improving every year and it's safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2009

I transferred my youngest son from a private school to Portage in 2007 due to learning disabilities and special ed needs. In 2006 the special ed department was disorganized and hard to work with. A change in the Special Ed leadership has resulted in a very much improved Special Ed program and success for my son. I then transferred my older son to Portage due to a bullying situation at the private school. This turned out to be very good for my son in many ways. We discovered that he was at least 6 months to a year behind his grade level in math, grammar, and studying skills. It was a difficult transition, but we all worked together and now he is doing very well. Most of the teachers are easy to work with, although I've had some difficulties communicating with one or two of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

My daughter has attended Portage Park since the 5th grade and will be graduating this year. Portage is a good school and safe, the only thing is the staff in the main office is unprofessional and the principal acts as if he's prejudice towards the minorities. The assistant principal is a wonderful woman however, it would be an even better school if they got another principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

This school works if your children are working at or below the average. My kids are a bit above average, according to the tests, and the teachers pretty much refuse to provide any sort of extra assignments. From what I gather, there isn't a lot of motivation for the teachers, and I believe this trickles down from the principal, who is coarse and unprofessional, based on my and other's experiences. Always, always standards should surpass parent expectations... not here, though (for higher-than-average students).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

I am a parent of 5th grader. My son has been attending Portage Park for 5 years. I have to say that the teachers he has had were tremendous. I stress to every teacher in the beginning of the school year how important my sons education is to his father and I. I expect to be given updates and be informed of issues, which I have been. My son is a straight A-B student, and has been throughout the past 5 years. I give alot of the credit to the teachers at Portage, but I also take credit as a parent who follows up and is involved in my childs education. I believe teachers and parents need to work together for the sake of the child. Portage Park has alot to offer students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

I have 2 chidren attending this school, 1st and 5th grade. I like the teachers, but feel the classrooms are over crowded. For several years I was struggling with one of my sons who has ADD. I was always seeking special help for him but was never properly directed until he reached 5th grade he is so far behind now, but they keep passing him. The Chicago Public Schools need to train their staff in directing parents to the proper dept. when they see that a child is falling behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

My two youngest attend 2nd and 5th grade and I must say the teachers that they have had are tremendous. Their continuous skills in making the lessons interesting to students is great. Entering this school year 2007-08 with the new learning lesson I can not wait to reveiw the results. Also, I like to prasies severals teachers that have contribute to my childrens' success Ms. Klein, Mrs. Sider, Ms. Sawcwnko and Ms. Ramondi. Sincerley Mrs. Sonia Gonzalez-Santana (Amelia & Nathan)
—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

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
69%
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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
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

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students38%
Female33%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White36%
Low income34%
Non-low income59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners18%

Reading

All Students48%
Female51%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Low income46%
Non-low income59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners12%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female58%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income58%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female66%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income63%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female83%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income78%
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
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 Students50%
Female44%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Low income46%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female59%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income51%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities60%
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 Students60%
Female67%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income56%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female69%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income57%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities70%
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 Students54%
Female48%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income50%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female66%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income58%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female79%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income76%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities84%
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 Students64%
Female64%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income64%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female72%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income65%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities74%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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Student growth rating

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4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state.

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Student growth rating 20132What's this?

Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

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Math growth at this school

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
Hispanic 54% 24%
White 38% 51%
Black 3% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Speech and language therapist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
School psychologist
Security personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Computer specialist(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Italian
Polish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excelling Fine Arts School (2013)
  • CPS Healthy Certified School (2013)
  • Math Counts- 1st place Neighborhood school (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Pom Pons
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Maureen Ready
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (773) 534-3558

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Old Town School of Music
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Filament Theatre
  • Vaughn School
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Pom Pons
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Girls on the run
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.
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5330 W Berteau Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
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Phone: (773) 534-3576

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