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Calmeca Academy Elementary School

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Posted June 23, 2014

In my case my teachers are not my teachers , my principles or not my principles , my staff are not my staff. The reason I say that they are not my teachers or principles or my staff it is because I don't see them as their titles they earn by their education but. As a family member because they care for me beside them showing me new stuff in school they take time tot help me and other with our personal problems . All so they all way their for me even if your a formal student like my self . They always welcoming and loving. That why they not my teacher nor principles nor staff they are my second family so who ever is saying bad stuff about this school it's fine that what you think and I respect that but don't be angry because you don't work their but if you don't work their or you where layed off and your mad and saying bad stuff it means your hurting because you can't be their and work their because you know it's an wonderful school and they said bye to you so don't act like a child and talk stuff just be bigger person and stop hateing . So if took the time to write stuff about us .That mean we are in your mind . I love to be part of the calmeca family


Posted May 17, 2014

In respond to the teacher who works at Calmeca and loves it. Posted March 16, 2014. This is my first time writing a comment here and I would like to add that I am a teacher who was let go. I always felt that the teachers at Calmeca were excellent educators and co-workers. The friendship and willingness to help each other was what made Calmeca great. However, after having read your post I'm beginning to think that I was wrong. Unlike you, I did work on Saturdays and after school for Mrs. Garcia. I'm happy to hear you are getting paid for math night, multicultural night, special assemblies, numerous afterschool meetings, to name a few. I worked all those without pay. I'm very happy for you that your experience has been nothing but great. However, I knew more than one teacher who was extremely stressed out by the ridiculous demands of the principal. I remember when she assigned committees to execute tasks meant for administration such as figuring out everyone's schedules. Once again, I'm very happy for you. You are one of very few who has had that experience. I'm sure you are one of here favorites but remember that no one is indispensable in this world. Best of luck!


Posted May 15, 2014

Teacher, staff and principal turn other way when is report of bullying . Worst off they take part of BULLYING .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

The school looks great from the outside and when you walk through the hallways. The only problem is that the teachers look stressed out. There seem to be overworked yet they still love the place. I think the principal needs to do a better job of getting to know the students. Also, Calmeca could be so much better if they had more activities for the middle school kids. It seems like once they get to 7th and 8th grades the kids a shuffled out and have nothing to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2014

I am a teacher here and I love it. I have been there since it opened and I can tell you for a fact that our principal does everything she can for her teachers and students. We don't work weekends and we do get paid for after school programs. The person who wrote the other review is probably someone who was let go. I am pretty sure that there was a reason for them being let go and it's obvious by the negative review.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 17, 2012

This school needs work on the environment. The school seems all fine and dandy when you walk in the door, but Calmeca (OLD MCKINLEY) is not all it is cracked up to be. The Principal there does not nurture her teachers and expects them to stay after school, work on weekends, and come in early. Are they getting paid for it...not their at the rate they should be paid. The Teacher assistants are pulled in every which way, and the Special Ed. classrooms are overcrowded. I hope that they do what they can to improve the school...and stop letting great teachers leave.


Posted April 2, 2009

Being a multicultural school, it creates a great effort & challenge to teachers of every grade. I rate them high for their hard work & interest in teaching student learn to become our future leaders.


Posted March 2, 2009

Children at this school love to come to school. It's a pleasant atmosphere, with Principal Garcia circulating, smiling and talking with students every day. The visual arts are a focus, and children have many opportunities to express themselves through projects big and small. It would be a great place for a child to receive nurturance.


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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

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
52%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
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

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students20%
Female16%
Male24%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income19%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities23%
English language learners12%

Reading

All Students35%
Female35%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income35%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learners24%
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 Students39%
Female39%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income36%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners14%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female37%
Male28%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income31%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female55%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income59%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners29%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students49%
Female50%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students37%
Female46%
Male26%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income36%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities40%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students46%
Female49%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income46%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female44%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income48%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners6%
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 Students46%
Female47%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income45%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female43%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income41%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female60%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income73%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners39%
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 Students53%
Female56%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income53%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female60%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income53%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners17%
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 96% 24%
Black 2% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
White 1% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Frances Garcia

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3456 West 38th Street
Chicago, IL 60632
Phone: (773) 535-4180

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