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Chicago Virtual Charter School

Charter | K-12 | 598 students

Best known for our individualized learning plans and award winning curriculum.

 
 
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Posted April 28, 2014

Great Staff, very nice and always helpful' Love the freedom of being able to teach my children at home along with the support of great teachers...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

The counselors and teachers were so patient with my son and really brought him out of his shell!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

This is "out-of-the-box" learning when compared to the traditional school building. This is a great option for families. This is a model of learning that allows parents to have a more hands on approach with one-on-one time. It is a partnership of parents, teachers, weekly traditional classroom learning, daily one-on-one learning at home and weekly web based classroom all combined for the benefit of the child. The curriculum is also very rich, it includes: Math, Grammar, Composition, Literature, Spelling, Vocabulary (Phonics for younger children), History, Health, Science and Art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

CVCS is a school of opportunity, and not just for it's student's but for the families and surrounding communities. We are a part virtual, part brick and mortar educational institution. We offer all students regardless of ability or disability grade K-12 a non traditional way of learning. We hold parents accountable for there role and responsibility in their child/children's education. We work together (staff/families/student's) building creativity as well as individuality in each student. When our student leave CVCS after 1 year or 12 years, they leave with a better learning foundation, and our parents with a sense of pride and self accomplishment. I don't know of another public school(brick and mortar) that's does that. Educating in the traditional way was good for earlier generations, but the world we now live in is inundated with every form of technology imaginable, so why not incorporate old school methods such as knowing how to "WRITE" a letter or do hand writing in cursive with new forms of technology such as power-point presentations along with research tools for use with any subject. Chicago Virtual Charter School offers the education of the future right here today!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 26, 2013

It is the mission of Chicago Virtual Charter School to empower every student, grades k-12, to flourish as an individual and citizen in a diverse, global society. CVCS is K12 s first blended model of both online and face-to-face instruction. Using K12 s award-winning curriculum, CVCS is able to provide a foundation of education for all students' future endeavors. It is delivered through the Online School and Learning Management System, which was created and developed by K12. For more information on the company or the curriculum offerings, visit the K12 website at www.k12.com. CVCS is composed of skilled, dedicated, and motivated administrators, teachers, and staff members. All CVCS teachers are highly qualified Illinois state-certified teachers. As a team, CVCS staff members work to empower students to flourish by providing effective and data-driven instruction to support students and Learning Coaches. CVCS also works closely with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), K12, The Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and other organizations.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 20, 2013

Pulled my child out of Blaine for numerous reasons (really didn't like being hit up for $$$ all the time "can you DONATE $2500 and an additional $2500 on behalf of a family that can't afford it, no typos, yes, $2500) and tried the RGC at Pritzker which we grit our teeth through 4 years and finally could not tolerate the bullying and time and attention it took just to make it clear to CPS that my child was not to be hit, kicked, bit, scratched, punched, hurt, etc...had to deal with retaliation to our family, both parent and student, and have finally found CVCS to enroll in. The people at the school are friendly and do not turn you away. There is a parent area. The history was broken down into 3 categories and was impressive in design and more than I expected my child to receive in the next 4 years at Pritzker. You are able to supplement your child's lessons and go deeper into material if you desire. At first I was apprehensive that my child would be on the computer all the time and the lessons are really not like that. The hybrid material requires some computer time but lessons are from books and written work is nicely guided. So far so good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

Truth be told, I was skeptical at first of the idea of a hybrid model school for my child. We are all conditioned to think that attending the public school is the best way, until now. The school in our neighborhood was not very supportive, lacked in many areas, and had 32 children in kindergarten with only 1 teacher and no assistants. It was a difficult last year. I researched this school for about 10 months before we decided to enroll. The time commitment is definitely something the parents need to consider before making this decision. Once you are in, it's work but I can tell you that its worth the time and effort. Our son has been doing so well with this curriculum and is excited about learning more, attending the learning center, and looks forward to special projects. We got a routine now, and he looks forward to the one-on-one sessions, doing science together, math, phonics, language arts, social studies, even history and Art. The k12 material is phenomenal! I can't stress that enough. My child has more material, resources, tools and attention than he ever received at the local public school. The teachers at CVCS are excellent. You don't need a fancy building to LEARN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2011

I have 2 children enrolled in this school and they both love it. The curriculum is excellent and the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

We are thrilled with CVCS. Our son was enrolled at one of the top ranking magnet schools in Chicago's north side for 2 years. The administration was not interested nor equipped to address his academic needs. Our initial decision to place our son at CVCS was due to the curriculum the school uses (from k12.com). The curriculum is out-standing. Now that we have been there for over one month, I am impressed by how well organized the school & staff are, how quickly (w/in 24 hrs) the staff respond to my queries & concerns, & how warm and professional my son's teacher has been. My son is an advanced learner. At CVCS, one can advance in math and language arts after s/he has been assessed by Scantron and the teacher. I emailed his teacher about advancing him in math & he was assessed & promoted to the next grade level w/in24hrs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

I love my school because it allows a parent-teacher partnership that is second to none. K12 provides everything I need to provide my child with an exceptional core curriculum plus foreign language, an option to participate in an advanced learning program, and international clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

The curriculum is incredible and the staff is 100% committed to the kids. Now all we need is our own building!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

CVCS offers curriculum from K12. What a gold mine! My two students enjoy their online classes and weekly virtual sessions with their teacher, as well as their weekly Learning Center day in a classroom setting with the same teacher. I can speak volumes for CVCS, the the proof is in the pudding ... my 6th grade student rated 95% in Reading and 92% in Math on the 2009 ISAT. We are now awaiting for 2010 ISAT test scores for 7th grade. My 5th grade student is no different. This student rated 91% in Reading and 93% in Math. Both scores from 2009 ISAT. This student too ... is awaiting the 2010 ISAT test scores of 6th grade. Just when you think there aren't any educational opportunities for your student to succeed ... there is CVCS. Three CHEERS for CVCS' curriculum !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

CVCS is an excellent school. The staff is supportive and knowledgeable. Parents (learning coaches) are truly in charge of how successful there children can be in the school. Learning coaches help direct the path of their chid's education. The curriculum is interesting and challenging. No other school is Chicago (private or public) has as great a curriculum as CVCS. It is definitely a unique way of educating but for the betterment of your child. All children benefit from one on one teaching and your child will soar beyond your expectations. I have no regrets about enrolling at CVCS. My son had been in private school and now says he wants to attend CVCS all the way until high school. There is no better endorsement than a happy child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

This is my child's first year of school (kindergarten) and we chose to enroll her at CVCS because of all the wonderful things presented as a possibility to do. We have not been disappointed in the least. If you are concerned about what your child is learning both day to day and overall, this school is for you. Yes, there is a requirement for the parent to participate everyday but the effort is weel worth it. My child is learning things now that I know I didn't see until third grade and more importantly, she understands what is required. Her teacher has been just great too. Want to be active in your child's education? This school is for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2009

I am extremely satisfied with how challenging and comprehensive K12 curriculum is. CVCS has improved in offering support services for struggling students, which was a concern last year and I am pleased with the progress. I really like the culture of the school. CVCS obviously has high parent involvement due to nature of the school, which makes a noticeable difference. The school creates many opportunities for parents to voice their concerns and makes decisions with those concerns in mind. My only concern is the extra demands that are placed upon learning coaches (parents) as a result of CPS's policies and guidelines that place a great deal of emphases on ISAT testing. CVCS is a growing school that has some challenges, what school doesn't? What matters is that CVCS continues to recognize challenges and strives to make effective solutions. Overall,the direct involvement I have in my child's education is most rewarding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

This school is growing in what they offer every year. CVCS not only listens to the needs but makes adjustments as well. This year there is now a special class for the advanced learners to challenge them. This school is a jewel for chicago public students if all of the parents, students, and faculty continue in working hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2009

Great school, excellent curriculum, friendly environment. This school needs to improve to meet the needs of the gifted students as much at-risk students. There are few if any accommodations made to ensure that gifted children receive the resources needed. That is disappointing because CVCS advertises as being able to meet the needs of all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

I would have moved to the suburbs if we hadn't found CVCS. It has restored my faith in CPS. The curriculum is well developed and K12, Inc provides my kids with everything that we could ever need as far as materials and supplies go in addition to the online resources and support. It is perfect for the gifted learner as well as the student that might be at risk. As the learning coach, the parent guides the student and each child can go at their own pace. Accelerate with a gifted learner and decelerate with a struggling learner. The curriculum is mastery based so NO CHILD IS EVER LEFT BEHIND and those that want to progress ahead, can, as far and as fast as they would like. The Learning Coach-Parent trainer, Pam Cray is outstanding! She provides so much encouragement and support. You won't regret enrolling your child in CVCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

Let me say that I really like the curriculum of K12 but I am not so thrilled with CVCS. It is okay but,It is too far away and I still like I am under the thumb of CPS. We are thinking of just purchasing the curriculum from K12 and doing on our own next year. It is a waste of time for the kids to come to school one day a week for two hours. I am not seeing how that helps them at all. I think i made a mistake taking him out the great school he was in. I thought I would have more freedom but we don't at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Chicago Virtual Charter School is great!!! It has changed our lives. My son doesn't have to feel rushed, or frustrated and confused about what is going on in the classroom b/c the teachers make sure to take their time w/the children, and give you 1 on 1 communication.
—Submitted by a parent


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Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
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

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
57%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
68%
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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female62%
Male58%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income50%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female76%
Male42%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income63%
Not low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
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 Students63%
Female61%
Male63%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income52%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income59%
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female67%
Male80%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income67%
Not low income86%
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 Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income70%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female74%
Male52%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income64%
Not low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
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%
Female46%
Male70%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income49%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female60%
Male55%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income52%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
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 Students54%
Female50%
Male60%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income44%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female56%
Male48%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income44%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female69%
Male64%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income66%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
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 Students68%
Female73%
Male65%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income63%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male62%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income63%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
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

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female24%
Malen/a
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income26%
Not low income27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female57%
Malen/a
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income32%
Not low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female24%
Malen/a
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income26%
Not low income27%
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 Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

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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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


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

18.8%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 51% 18%
White 16% 51%
Hispanic 15% 24%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 52%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Brick and Mortar Public School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 30% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 70% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Illinois
University of Illinois Chicago
Loyola
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College fair
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Craig Butz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College fair
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Parent center
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
More from this school
  • The Chicago Virtual Charter School offers a unique blend of online learning and face-to-face instruction.
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Students typically come from these schools
Brick and Mortar Public School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Illinois
University of Illinois Chicago
Loyola
College preparation / awareness offered
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College fair
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 30%
4 year college - 70%
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38 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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Phone: (877) 900-5602

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