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Posted May 18, 2007

This school has a principal Mrs. Thomas who listens to parents and tries to do what is best. The assistant principal Mrs. White is phenomenal. The Dean there Ms. Nelms has been there for years and knows all the kids and has relationships with the families. He is fair and tries to help kids work out their discipline problems. They have some really good teachers. My concern is why doesn't the board build them a school so they can stop leasing the building from the archdiocese. This causes a lot of problems because they don't fix up what wrong with the building. The test scores could be better, but the kid like it here because there are programs and teachers get involved.
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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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
29%
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

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
32%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
27%
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

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
63%
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

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students44%
Female42%
Male45%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income44%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learners43%

Reading

All Students40%
Female43%
Male37%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income40%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners39%
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 Students22%
Female24%
Male20%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income22%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities24%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students27%
Female32%
Male24%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income26%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students37%
Female42%
Male33%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income37%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learners21%
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 Students14%
Female19%
Male8%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income14%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities16%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students21%
Female21%
Male21%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income21%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities23%
English language learners0%
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 Students24%
Female25%
Male23%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income25%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students22%
Female17%
Male27%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income23%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities28%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students33%
Female37%
Male30%
Black8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income34%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners27%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students27%
Female30%
Male25%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income28%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female57%
Male66%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income62%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners46%
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 Students28%
Female24%
Male32%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income28%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students25%
Female19%
Male33%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income25%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
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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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 53% 24%
Black 44% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
White 1% 51%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Martha G Quiroga

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6201 South Fairfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629
Phone: (773) 535-9500

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