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Shoesmith Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 330 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

Principal and some of the staff great...I've seen a lot of unprofessional things being from kindergarten teacher and assistant...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is my son's first year at Shoesmith and after a bumpy start he seems to be doing well. He was homeschool for kindergarten so it took some adjustment on his part but the school was very open. They allow the parents into the classroom and that was a great help for him. I like his teacher but I think the main area that this school could improve in is communication. Seems like they are more geared toward parents who have free time during the day which my husband and I lack. They are also very last minute with communication on events at the school. The staff is very friendly but a little disorganized which is why I gave the 3 rating. They have lots of activities and a good atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

I strongly suggest you look into other schools before deciding to have your children attend Shoesmith. The first year things were OK. The second year, I started to get fed up with the lack of respect and mannerisms of the administration. The way some teachers speak to the children is not something I find to be acceptable. Do not let the extra curricular activities sway you. They only have basketball and cheerleading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

Shoesmith Elementary is a work in progress! A school that once thrived in its neighborhood and was once a choice school for children in the area, is getting back to just that. Despite its past struggles (low test scores, lackadaisical teachers, lack of rigor...etc), much is being done about that currently under new leadership, determined and motivated parents and supportive community members who all share a passion for quality education. This school is going places and the transformation is happening every single day, from the curriculum to the special programs offered, to the classrooms and the resources being brought into the school. When you take the time to get to know and nurture your neighborhood school, it truly makes a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

I was initially reluctant to send my child here based on some of the past reviews and it's overall Great School rating. However, after being dissatisfied with other choices, I decided to give my neighborhood school a try. I immediately saw a lot of positives and I can honestly say that I have seen great improvement over the almost two years my child has been there. There is a new principal, and dedicated parent and community groups committed to the school s success. The atmosphere is very welcoming and I have been very happy with my child s second and third grade teachers. Although my daughter is an A student, they both challenged her to push further out of her comfort zone and gave me tools to use at home. I do realize that there is room for improvement but I am very confident that the school is moving in the right direction. This has been the first school where my daughter has been happy and I see positive changes in her academically and socially. I would encourage potential parents to take time to visit Shoesmith and find out all the great things the school has to offer that unfortunately are not reflected in it s current rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

This school is the worse. My child attended the school from kindergarten to the fourth grade. The principle seems to be motivated but the rest of the staff is unprofessional and non-caring. The school counselor I had to report to the school board because she was that unskilled. During a parent-teacher meeting; my husband enlighten the 3rd grade teacher that she had several misspelled word posted in the classroom. I knew at that moment my child deserved better. Bullying is also a problem within the school. Most Hyde Park residents do not send their children to schoolsmith and if all possible do not send yours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

I think this school lacks basic structure. The focus was staying on GREEN and not RED. There is indeed a behavioral issue in the school. Some staff is not friendly. My child is now enrolled another school and doing extremely well. I Repeatedly told teachers and administration that his curriculum needed to be adjusted. They insisted that he was fine. He wasn't being challenged. This is the not the school for your child if you care about a quality education. I hope that things turn around for this school for the sake of the children.


Posted February 8, 2011

This school cares about attendance, not education. Today I received a letter stating that the absences on Feb 4, 2011 would be excused if parents wrote a letter. As a parent, if I made the effort to make sure my child was present, what is the incentive the next time around? My child was present, and should get the credit. If children were absent, fine. But, they should be marked absent. Also,Feb 11, 2011 is a make-up snow day. The letter states that parents that "have plans for their children" should just write a letter stating the child will not be present. And, guess what? It's an excused absence...this is clearly a school that does not put education first. CPS gets funding and raises based on attendance records and testing...they are failing on multiple levels with testing, so I guess they have to fudge records so they make up for it with attendance. Please parents, do not send your children to this school. It has been my biggest regret.The curriculum is horrible. The teachers are of a lower caliber, and I am very unhappy with my child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

It's been 25 years since I was enrolled by children in kindergarten and 1st grade at Shoesmith. Last week, I enrolled my granddaughter. What can we do to improve the outcome for our children? An overall score of 3 out of 10 is awful. We can't let this next generation of kids fall behind. How can I help? Are you the school of last resort? Why are Murray and Ray still performing so well? The President and Mrs. Obama vote at your school, yet they wuold never send their daughters there to be educated. Why not? What can I do to help? What is the PTA and LSC doing?


Posted April 27, 2010

I really like shoesmith elem; I have one that graduated from shoesmith, one that is in the 4th grade & one that will be starting in august. Keep up the good work showsmith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

Shoesmith has a principal that really cares about her students. She inputs a lot of programs into the school to make instruction and learning a meaningful and fun experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

Two of my three children attend/attended Shoesmith. The faculty is wonderful. the students are really good kids. I would just add more music/art classes and more computers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

Shoesmith attempts to offer students as young as Kdg maximum exposure to the varying artistic mediums. The teachers are good at discovering your child's best learning style and level and will work with them we're their at. For instance, my daughter and I worked with her Kdg teacher and principal to have her promoted half-days to the first grade to support her accelerated reading and comprehension capabilities. I am very happy with my daughter's growth over the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

This is a great school I would recommand to start with Pre-k and continue with the higher grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

Shoesmith is a school with a great deal of potential. There is a good group of teachers with a high level of commitment. Creativity in the effort to get the most out of their student may be lacking. In comparison to other area school, the effort to involve the community and the parents is not at a desired level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

I love the school itself especially the principal and staff.
—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

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
46%
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

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students54%
Female69%
Male35%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income55%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female62%
Male43%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income51%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/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 Students44%
Female52%
Male33%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income41%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female39%
Male38%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income34%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female68%
Male86%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income71%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
Students without disabilities81%
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%
Female56%
Male44%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income52%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students37%
Female44%
Male29%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income37%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
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 Students61%
Female64%
Male59%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income60%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female59%
Male41%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income48%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities55%
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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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 94% 18%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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