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West Elementary School

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Posted April 29, 2014

My child loved this school all six years she had the best teachers to help her through life and west elementary school made her an amazing student in school. Of coarse your child also needs to pay attention in class, but the teacher were all nice and made the classroom light up. This is why west is such a five star school. They may have some thing that you may not like, but that's just you at parents and I may not change yourexpectations with mine, but west is the best! Just shouting it loud and clear for you to understand where I am coming from
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Wonderful school with great involvment from teachers and principal. My son has learned so much while in kindergarten and now in first grade. The teachers are great communicators to get your child on track. There are many opportunities to get involved as a parent and many activities to involve yourself with your child as well. Amazing school; I am happy my son is enrolled here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

My son just finished kindergarten and I have had such an amazing experience with West and all they have done to help my son adjust to elementry school. I couldn't ask for a better staff to work with. I have been told that the attention they give to the students here is like that of a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

We moved to Crystal Lake when my daughter was going into 1st grade. They have awesome programs for extra help in reading, math and generally anything you could need. The teachers and other staff are incredible. After 5 years in the school, I can't imagine my child having a better experience anywhere. School is old, but they have done a lot to detract from that. Loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

Can anyone tell me if the arts or music have been cut from this school?


Posted May 14, 2008

West is wonderful. You get a top quality education for your kids with a small neighborhood setting. The teachers are wonderful and there is a real feeling of community spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2007

I have had great communication with the school. We have a new principal and vice principal this year. They have been exceptionally helpful. It seems the WPO is in a little rut. Ours could use some fresh new ideas. The town has a great park district though for afterschool activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2005

Our family is biracial & we experienced racial bias 1st hand. We were repeatedly told our child had learning disabilities, our reply, 'Test him! we had to get a lawyer to get the job done. (He tested normal.) We talked to the superintendent about how they need sensitivity training. He promised to try to implement it & get back to us. We never heard from him. Our child's self esteem dipped to an all time low at West when he came home saying, 'I am just a left over kid & no one wants to learn about blacks.' They are passing these beliefs onto our children! We cannot accept this!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

The staff and teachers have been very helpful (above and beyond!) in keeping me informed about my childrens progress during the school year. The curriculum and teacher caring and quality is remarkable!
—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.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

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 Students69%
Female69%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income61%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income71%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities77%
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 Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income79%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income57%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female91%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low income82%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students83%
Female80%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income69%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female70%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income55%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
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

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26%
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46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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
White 78% 51%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Marcia Hyma

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Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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