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South Loop Elementary School

Public | PK-8

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 15, 2014

I am disappointed in the behavior of the principal of South Loop. Several friends in the neighborhood have spoken with her and have been met with less than enthusiastic responses from the principal when inquiring about their child attending the school. One incident in particular, she was not very nice to a friend that lives in the neighborhood who wanted to register her grandson because he lives with her. She almost insinuated that my friend was lying about the child living in the zone. She then asked her several questions which I felt was inappropriate. During their conversation, A Caucasian man came in and the principal's whole attitude changed with him. It is sad that she may be showing parents signs of reverse prejudice against her own race. I would really hope that is not the case, but my friend was very offended. South Loop overall seems to have a good reputation, but the principal may need to check her attitude/prejudices at the door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

I live in the neighborhood and have children in both the Gifted and Neighborhood programs. The teachers and atmosphere in both programs throughout the school are excellent and individualized for students' needs. The parent community is involved and the administration is helpful. As the school transitions to an all neighborhood school, South Loop will continue to improve as the caliber of parents and students attending is very education-minded, high-acheiving and engaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

My experience as well as my child's experience at this school has consistently been sub-par. The Administration needs an intervention asap. Smiles to your face but can be rude and has poor follow-up. Huge bullying problem amongst students and staff. I have witnessed Administration yelling at children. Academic and social enrichment is important amongst this age group. Unfortunately, this school is greatly lacking social/emotional support of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2014

We have a child in Kindergarten. Teacher is pleasant, friendly. Administration not pleasant, dare I say rude? Defensive? Kid has fun, but there is no challenge -- homework seems preschool level and uninspired -- all workbook pages, no differentiation...cookie cutter. Kid is not challenged to exceed normal Kindergarten levels which we feel is a waste of time, kid has much more potential than this. Having to supplement from home. Disappointed. We expected a better experience and better academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2013

Where do the graduates from this school, attend high school? im just wondering before i enroll my kiddos. Thanks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

South Loop is a wonderful school. From the parents, most teachers, programs and after school options - all wonderful. As a working mom, I appreciate that my child is able to participate in many activities such as drama, Choir, dance, band, piano, yoga, and even cooking classes. South Loop has something for everyone. Rather than feeling guilty about leaving her in after-school, I'm grateful that she is gaining exposure to experiences( cultural, academic, and extracurricular) that will help shape her in to a responsible, independent, and open minded adult. I'm confident that my child is receiving a quality education while being exposed to real life diversity and cultural differences. As for the negative comments on Ms. Shelton, I don't get it. She is always approachable, knows my daughters name, grades and has taken an interest to make sure she is challenged. I'm really not sure what more could be expected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

I believe this is one of the best all around school in the city because of its academic and after school programs. They have something for everyone. The teaches really cares about the children and each other. When I was in school it was not like this, I believe my children can be what they want to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

There are so many outstanding qualities to expound on about SL. The principal has an open door policy and is visibly present on a daily basis. Parental involvement is superb. The diversity is a major plus, especially in the city of Chicago. Teachers are engaged, enthused, and supportive. DNA Info Chicago, recently featured the 5th grade Science teacher, Mr. Kacena, in a Teacher of the Week article. (My son absolutely loves Mr. Kacena's Science class.) I could go on; but, instead, I'll just point folks to a recent Chicago Magazine article that ranked SL among the top schools in Chicago. Enough said.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

My daughter is currently in Kindergarten at South Loop and our family has been very impressed with this school so far. The curriculum is very challenging and the school has great resources to make sure that all students can keep up. Our teacher plans her lessons around themes and really makes learning fun. The parents readily volunteer for special classroom activities and field trips. There are an abundance of after school activities and clubs available at the school. The after care program offers drama, music, and dancing programs that are all excellent. We plan to send our pre-K student to this school in the next couple of years and would highly recommend it to other members of the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

My son is in 1st grade at South Loop now (neighborhood program). The review reflects his kindergarten year. He received a wonderful academic start! The curriculum included reading, phonics, math, science, social studies, art, music, PE. The teachers did a fantastic job. I liked that early drop off was available, and that for a reasonable fee after school care/activities were available. I expect the same for this year. Class size is an issue. Parental involvement is great. There is room for improvement but given the challenges the school and community are showing very good results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

One of the best schools in the city! Some people have complained about the Principal but do NOT let those negative remarks taint this wonderful school. You will find at many schools that parents complain about Principals, teachers, curriculum, etc. No school is ever perfect but the Principal is responsible for taking this school to the TOP 20 Schools in the city (Chgo. Mag. 2012). If the school was failing (like a number of schools in the city), many would blame the Principal. Why not give the Principal some credit for growing and making this school what it has become...a talented and great school! Ms. Shelton loves her teachers, students and has a genuine interest in doing what's best for SL School. Many parents are disgruntled bec. she doesn't give in to what "they" want her to do and when. They have never been Principals, Teachers, etc and think they are experts on what's best for the school! There are alot of unpleasing parents out there and always will. Don't fall prey to the negativity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2012

Wonderful families and parents. Diverse, kind, and invested in their children. Some teachers are much better than others, which is to be expected at any school. Major space shortage problems. The biggest drawback is the principal. A number of good families have complained about her and have left the school because of her. She is disorganized, unprofessional, and mean. With more space and a new principal, this would be one of the best schools in the city.


Posted March 15, 2012

This is a school that has diverse, fun, and talented students. As of right now I am enrolled in the school. I love it. I think there are things that can be better but, all schools need change right? So just cause we have a few weird things in our school doesn't mean we are a 'bad' school. We are a perfectly good school. -Student


Posted October 22, 2011

My child attended this school in the gifted program for 5 years. ... And she loved it! The communication, education, performing arts and all around experience was great. The school is extremely diverse and that in itself taught my child a valuable lesson ! She graduated this past year and misses all of her teachers, faculty, principal and of course friends.... Thank you South loop for providing my child with such a positive stepping stone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

As a parent who has a student at SLE, I can honestly say that the person that submitted their "review" on April 8th is completely out of their mind and most likely trying to poison the waters. His/her claims of "many parents" sending their kids to other schools is completely baseless. Most likely it was this person and perhaps one of their friends, which to them means "many". Any parent of a child in SLE would challenge this person to back up their wild accusations of safety, diversity and academic "stimulation" issues. My child is thriving at SLE as are the other children in his class. The soon to be released SLE 2010 test scores will be near the top of the CPS rankings. Right now the only issue I have with this school is the over-crowding due to so many people trying to get into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

My child graduated this year from SLS and thanks to the wonderful teachers and principal...she was accepted to Walter Payton College Prep
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

As a new parent on this website who is researching schools for next year I really value the input provided by parents. I would like to know from the parent who submitted a review on 4/8/2011 if they can give specific reasons as to why they believe the South Loop school is changing. As information, I submitted a rating because I was required to in order to post this. I am basing my rating on the tour and research I've conducted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

Many parents who live in this neighborhood have opted to send their kids to private schools, CPS magnet schools (like LaSalle, Andrew Jackson or Sheridan), or CPS gifted/classical programs (like Bell, Lincoln or Skinner). Take the time to learn about the different schools and what their admissions requirements are. Although South Loop school is changing I do not see it as an option for my son. Other schools offer a more stimulating, safe and diverse environment. Good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Over the years this school has made a Tremendous change. I remember at one time many in the neighboorhod would not send their children to the School. I have had many family and friends attend the school. That was one of the reason's my children attended the school. I vote them the upmost Improved in Education, After school learning Programs due to my children has advanced so much from the studies, the music classes, art, sports my daughter never thought of playing, and the after school activities. Their are some teachers an after care staff I give high five too as well as the Principle Ms Shelton!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

South Loop is a wonderful learning environment for my child. It's diverse, and reflects the real world. The teachers are good educators and the Principal is great!
—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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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95%

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89%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female52%
Male77%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income39%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female74%
Male85%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income52%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
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 Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income73%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female91%
Male70%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income68%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female96%
Male89%
Black88%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income86%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
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 Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income72%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female83%
Male85%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income78%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
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 Students78%
Female74%
Male80%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income72%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female71%
Male81%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income69%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
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 Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income56%
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female91%
Male73%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income63%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income78%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female71%
Male91%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income75%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female76%
Male91%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income78%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
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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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

Above 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
Black 45% 18%
White 29% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Hispanic 9% 24%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
German
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
Tagalog
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Academic Improvement Award (2007)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Tara Safonia Shelton
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (773) 534-8689

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
More from this school
  • South Loop School is a partner with Community Schools which enables the school to offer a 8:00 am early morning drop off program, a springbreak/christmas break program (8am to 2pm), a summer program (8am to 6:00 pm) and an after-school program(2:45pm to 6pm) for working families. Parent involvement is our greatest asset.Contact slsvolunteers@gmail.com for more details on parent participation.
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1212 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60605
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Phone: (773) 534-8690

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