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Waters Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 582 students

 

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Posted June 10, 2014

My child had attended Waters Elementary from preschool to first grade. The preschool teacher was excellent, but once we got to the other grades, the teacher quality definitely dropped. My son has ADHD and we were trying to deal with his behavior without the use of medication. We even had a 504 plan implemented and went to regularly scheduled conferences with other faculty members (minus the prinicipal) which did not make a change in his behavior so he fell behind drastically academically. When we pleaded for more help from staff members, we were quickly shut down. I believe it had to do with financial costs they would have to pay for extra help for my son. When I requested to speak with the prinicipal, it took her more than 1 week to get back to me. I had to threaten to go to the school board in order to get her to call me back. I had great hopes for this school but it truly did disappoint me so much so that my family and I moved to Elmhurst. I am so glad we made the move because not only are the teachers attentive, involved and caring, but the prinicipal is actively involved. She even attends all the meetings we have had for our son. It's defintely a 180 degree change
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Personally, I think the rating system here is rigged! Waters being a 5 and all. The energy of this school with the parents, teachers and faculty are amazing. As a parent whose child is in the kindergarden class, I was so surprised about how much money the parents have been able to raise year in and out. My child has drama, gym, art, music, and math/computer class. The teachers are great. As a realtor myself, when I list a property and say Waters on it.... it sells. Why have we been stuck at a 5 for 3 years. We are on same path as coonley, bell, blaine etc. Parents, this school is on that track! Highly recommend!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

I have a story about Waters. My child needed a doctor s appointment earlier this week and made sure I scheduled it afterschool, not during, because, well, here were the reasons: "Oh I can't miss social studies tomorrow, we're starting our group projects, and in reading we are doing our musical puppet show, and math, no I just don't want to miss math (loves it), and not science because today we are using the microscopes to study the microorganisims." My child has been at Waters for about 10 years and has had at least 16 teachers in this school. They have been engaged, they have challenged, my child is not bored. And the teachers work very well together. The principal meets with the teacher-grade-level teams once a week to address challenges that may need attention, and things that are working. I know no school is perfect, they all have pros, cons, or maybe lack something or maybe not. In my opinion, if the majority of the experience is good, let people know. So I am. I pointed out just a few examples my child loves school. But I could write pages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

More than a neighborhood fine arts school, it s a village.Teachers are wonderful, the space unique - garden, playground and field. A Tier1 on its way up (few lottery spots left).The Admin/teachers are implementing new ideas like Calm Classroom, CAFE reading,Coffee w/Principal, and Healthy Schools.There is a need for house cleaning (mentioned in past post) Dreary Drama, non music, Special Ed, few k-2 teachers who lack interest/skills,and 2 Math Specialist positions-all of whom are not the right fit for Waters. We need to be honest about is/isn't working. 90% of the teachers are truly exceptional and collaborate on weaving art, ecology, science, literacy, writing, math, etc. into the curriculum. The good news is the principal is responsive,has admitted to making poor hiring decisions, and committed to righting them! It is nearly impossible to rid a school of a lackluster tenured teacher, but she is working to make changes. Take a look inside and see if Waters has what your child needs-smaller class size, literacy program, afterschool prog, sports, art, ecology, kind teachers, beautiful environment, possible friendships for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

Teacher and parent involvement here is outstanding! They say it takes a village....well this "village" should be proud of their community efforts. Yeah WATERS !


Posted April 3, 2014

I'm proud to be a Waters Elementary parent! I live in the neighborhood, and I feel lucky to be part of this school community. The teachers and parents work together to maintain all that is amazing at Waters -- and to improve when needed. I continue to be impressed with the involved, intelligent, welcoming, kind, and very active Waters teachers and parents. Happy children abound, and the programs offered continue to inspire me daily: Mr. Leki's Garden and the fabulous ecology program, Mrs. Vecchioni's stellar art program, excellent reading and Math opportunities, Calm Classroom, Chinese New Year celebrations (and many other opportunities to celebrate and learn about various cultures/holidays/etc.), Field Day in the Spring, field trips, the Variety Show, the Spring Big Night fundraiser, Spirit Week, just to name a few. Fabulous families, amazing kids, and a spirit of teamwork among the teachers, administration, and students create a cooperative educational environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Waters is a great neighborhood school. Though like many neighborhood schools there is a small faction of parents who seem to run everything - they do an absolutely fantastic job but it can be a little hard to really get involved. Additionally, I feel that the principal is a good administrator but not great with kids and the same goes for the assistant principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Great teachers, great programs, great Parents, great kids! Feels like a family where the kids can grow, learn, and be kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

This is one of the best schools! The staff, the Principal Ms. Crespo and the parents show everyday their passion for education and put our children first! I have 2 granddaughters attending this school and I volunteer every opportunity i can. Just LOVE Waters!


Posted February 19, 2014

Waters is a good school. The best thing about it is its ecology program. The art teacher is very good. The music program used to be wonderful...until the excellent music teacher went back into the classroom. The music program has suffered greatly since then. They had one teacher for one year, are trying out another, but these teachers seem to not understand how to get the kids excited about music. Hint--it's not worksheets and essays!!! The drama teacher is terrible, as almost EVERYONE knows. That is a shame in a fine and performing arts school. The quality of the teachers varies, as in any school, but they are mostly solid, with a few lemons. Not a bad school. Great parent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

I don't write many reviews for anything, but after reading a few of the most recent posts I am compelled to action. Waters Elementary is our neighborhood school, I have been a parent at this school for 3 years now. While the office staff may need to work on their communication skills, please ask yourself, does that affect your child's education - No. What I can tell you, is that the principal is an amazing advocate for our school with CPS. She knows the system and when it changes, she studies it and works in legitimate ways to do what is best for our students - period. As far as the teaching staff - truly wonderful. Art, Music, Ecology, Math specialist, Language arts - you name it. My second grader is learning amazing things every single day. Are there teachers who are not the most desirable? Yes, of course. The world is an imperfect place. However, the community at this school is unlike any other I have encountered in this city and as any study will tell you - that counts for something - including the effect it has on the quality of education your child receives. The strengths of this school FAR outweigh the weaknesses and communication is a primary focus of improvement this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2013

I have been very impressed with most of the teachers so far. They show a willingness to work with your child, listen to parents concerns and opinions and provide more than one avenue of learning for the kids. My one main concern- it's a real shame that Waters has such a rare opportunity to teach drama arts to the kids, but they employ a teacher that doesn't seem to have any passion for it. She hasn't had an exciting play or production since my child started in 2008. I think with all the remarkable theater and acting going on in Chicago that it would be incredibly easy to find a drama teacher who would love putting on great children's plays that would excite and ignite their creativity. Unfortunately, this drama teacher is mainly known for her yelling, her close friendship with the principal (very unfortunate) and her complete lack of interest in making drama fun and creative. I say again, it is an incredible shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

My child attended Waters from k until 5th grade. The teachers she had early on were fantastic but as she went on they became far less so. For two years in a row she had teachers who literally yelled (and I heard them) at the kids nearly every day, really for no reason other than perhaps their own frustration. To say to a 10year old "shut up or I'll shut you up" is unacceptable to me. Also agree with the comment below about the office staff and principal. I have also overheard the principal bring kids into her office, close the door, and really yell. She is not at all interested in communicating with parents, and the asst principal is just as bad. However, the worse thing is that I felt my daughter's academic progress definitely slowed as years went by. She was not challenged and I was surprised that some basic grammar and math lessons that I thought she should have mastered were unknown to her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2013

My children have been attending Waters Elementary for the last 7 years. During that time, we have seen several changes--mostly for the better. There is an awesome group of parents that work really, really hard to improve the school. Unfortunately, it is a CPS school and there is only so much that can be done, it seems that there are many roadblocks trying to complete any project/improvement. The teachers are wonderful, for the most part. We have lucked out and loved all our teachers, however, I have heard a few horror stories from other parents that get that one bad egg. My biggest complaint would be the principal and the office staff. The principal has very poor communication skills, lacks maturity and tends to have a condescending attitude towards parents. The office staff is disorganized, slow, rude and overall not helpful. This may not be apparent at first glance, but the minute you need something or have a question--the rudeness is there. All in all, the school is ok for CPS...not the worst, but definitely not the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

It's not often that when you go shopping for a school that a jewel like this one exists right in your own neighborhood. We have been extremely pleased with our teachers there so far, and we have met so many other parents who are committed to making this school exceptional. This school is a fine arts magnet cluster and the art and music programs are outstanding. But really the reason you go to a school goes beyond the warm community feel it offers and focuses on academics. Working with the new principal and our teachers has paid dividends as now the class work seems more challanging and test scores continue to go up at this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

I love waters because its a good school and my family attend school there.


Posted October 10, 2010

We love this school for it's phenominal ecology program and for the emphasis on fine arts and music for all. We love this school for it's passionate parents organization "Waters Today". We love this school for the supportive and hard working administration. This school is located within a wonderful family community and needs to continue to move forward and improve to one of Chicago's top public schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

It is the best choice for parents that want their children to learn not only academically but also ecologically
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Because they care about their students and take a special interest in chidren with needs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I'm glad the neighborhood is finally waking up and taking notice of this great school. I'm a huge fan of the school's art & music programs and the ecology program is also very strong. The academics have improved year after year and the principal has done a great job of finding new hungry teachers. The new campus park is fabulous, my kids are looking forward to many sunny days on the turf field.
—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.

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58%

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83%

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75%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

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79%

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76%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
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

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students58%
Female40%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income26%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners0%

Reading

All Students75%
Female72%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income58%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners30%
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%
Female64%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low income36%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income53%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female89%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income75%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students59%
Female62%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Low income54%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female69%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income51%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
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 Students63%
Female65%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income51%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female71%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income67%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students58%
Female59%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income53%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female69%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income68%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female86%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income88%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students59%
Female56%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income59%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female65%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income65%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

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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Test score rating
Student growth rating

1-3 Below Average

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 47% 24%
White 40% 51%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Titia M Crespo

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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4540 North Campbell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (773) 534-5090

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