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Sawyer Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 1827 students

 

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Posted January 28, 2014

I went to Sawyer since kindergarten of 1992 up until I graduated 8th grade in 2001.... This is one of the finest institutions in grammer school education that you can send your child to.... This school was my second home and there was always a teacher available to help out whenever I was struggling and would be there for me until I grasped the concept of the material being taught.... Sure there were problematic students (as I hung around those students as well), but every school had them and in Sawyer, we were taught to respect each other and our educators; if not, then our Principle and Vice Principle would instill the fear in us to straighten up and get our act together.... As an end result, I was an honors student and here I am having a bachelor's degree and a professional career.... Sawyer has indeed been the building blocks of my life.... I still go back to visit my teachers to pay homage and to say hi of course, but I thank them for pushing me to succeed..... Teachers like those are a handful now a days, but I am glad Sawyer still upholds its reputation for having the best staff.....Say no to CHARTER SCHOOLS!!!!!!


Posted January 24, 2014

This is just an amazing school for many to attend to. Thhe test scores shown are not accurate actually. The teachers are amazing they show great responsibility for teaching. Most if not all students that attend Sawyer are well disciplined and intellectual very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

The school is okay, not the best. I don't recommend you send your child here they will not like the school, a lot of bullying occurs. The dean is great some teachers shouldn't even be allowed to teach. Some students show great interest in school and others show very little, almost no interest at all.


Posted April 24, 2013

This school is amazing. The club activity is abundant. The teachers and staff members here truly care about each student they come into contact with. Although, I must say, it has definitely changed from the same school I knew in the early 2000s and the years before. The hallways were quiet, teachers and staff members were respected. Back talk was unheard of. If there was any type of situation like that or worse, it was handled by administration and students would not dare to disrespect them. The teachers here are still A1 quality and there is a lot of technology here that isn't available at other schools for teacher and/or student use.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 24, 2010

The teachers are great my doughter goes to this school and she loves it. And the clubs are great too I think it keeps them busy too.
—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

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
53%
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

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
56%
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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

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

All Students31%
Female27%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income31%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners14%

Reading

All Students38%
Female41%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income38%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners17%
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 Students56%
Female59%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income56%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female53%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income47%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income75%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners37%
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 Students49%
Female54%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners16%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female48%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners10%
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%
Female51%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female59%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income47%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners4%
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%
Female45%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female51%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income43%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners2%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income86%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learners52%
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 Students62%
Female61%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income61%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female61%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income51%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners13%
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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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
Hispanic 98% 24%
White 1% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Nelly Robles

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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5248 South Sawyer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 535-0440

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