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South Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 461 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted April 12, 2014

I am very happy with South! There is a lot of parent involvement and a real sense of school pride. My son looks forward to going to school and is learning a lot; they're clearly doing something right. I'm looking forward to enrolling my second son when the time comes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

South Elementary has a great team of teachers and staff. My kids have great pride in their school and so do I. The teachers and staff went to great lengths to help my son when he was going through separation anxiety in first grade going from a half day of school to a full day. They worked hard to get to know him and buddied him up with kids who had a similar personality, which are his best friends to date! I am extremely thankful to South Elementary for helping turn school into a fun place that my boys look forward to going to all school year long! I wish I could give this school a10 star rating!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

Employs extremely sick teachers. Those willing to pay for children because they do not have their own. Id be careful. Who is your child's teacher?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

South is a great school. It is small enough for the kids to feel 'at home' and not just a 'number.' We have had great experiences with teachers and staff over the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2012

The principal and teachers are not helful at all, a specialy 5th graders - Mrs. S :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

They have great teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2005

South is a fine school, unless you have a problem with a teacher. Most of the teachers are very good, and dedicated. Ive had several wonderful teachers. If my child had not pulled one of the few bad teachers last year, I too would rave about South. But last year one of the teachers was just really bad. The principal always backs the teacher, no matter what. So if the teacher is having a problem, no real solution is provided. I know several parents who have pulled their children out of South when they encountered problems with a teacher because the principal says, 'too bad'. She will not change a child's classroom, ever. The principal says she will help, but the options she offers last about two or three days. The common consensus among parents is, as long as you don't get one of these bad teachers, South is fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2005

I have been extremely satisified with South. My boys are 9 and 10 now, and have been going since kindergarten. The teachers are outstanding when it comes to communicating either learning or discipline issues and are always there to help, as is the principal. They have a great 'bully proofing' program, and are always willing to step in when a child is being picked on. They return parent phone calls promptly, and seem to take a great interest in every child as an individual. We're moving out of district, and my greatest sadness is that my kids will need to leave South!! I only hope the communication, values and learning that takes place at their new school can compare to South!
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female66%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income52%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female77%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income58%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities71%
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 Students72%
Female77%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income63%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female77%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income63%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income89%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities91%
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 Students81%
Female82%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low income68%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female85%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income64%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities82%
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 ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 51%
Hispanic 12% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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