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Prairie Grove Elementary School

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Posted February 19, 2014

Have been at this school since son needed speech therapy in pre-school. Teachers and support staff are PHENOMINAL!! The teachers are the best!! appreciate parent involvement and address concerns quickly & directly. The teaches are the sole reason our school tests #1 in McHenry county and top 20 in the state. The band teacher Mrs.K... is the ABSOLUTE BEST!!! Our Jr.Hiigh Advanced Band and Jazz Bands consistantly score highest in county and state competitions. The problem in our school falls to 2 areas specifically...to many "administrators" and now a new majority elected school board whom are uneducated in the board processes and duties. another issue...3 of the new board members have no voice they jus go whichever way the "new" board president goes. She will ruin this school, we are getting out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I have 2 kids there. They had a very good school year. I can see how they enjoy learning. Teachers could not be better. We are very happy to be part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

I am so impressed with this school. The principal is active and I see him at all events (just saw him at the Halloween Parade). The teachers care and know how to reach the kids. I have 2 kids at this school and it doesn't matter what grade it is, all the teachers are great. The teachers let you come into the classroom to help and speaking with them is a breeze (email or call for any issue you are concerned about). This year the push is still reading but also math - which is great! And a school without the money issues that other surrounding ones struggle with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

the administration at this school is weak and barely present unless it's time for a fundraiser. The principal does not even do the morning "announcements" live anymore. He video tapes it ahead of time and it is played for the students which is weird. Despite all of the talk that this district within itself is somehow better than surronding larger districts is incorrect. A strong sense of entitlement among some of the families and a small group of parents involved in activities make it hard to embrace. I would not recommend it if you want a school where the principal takes interest and actually is involved with the students.


Posted October 12, 2010

Prairie Grove Elementary is an amazing school... because we have teachers that care about each and every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

I have 2 kids that attend this school, I am very happy with the teachers and their teaching skills, great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

Been with this district since pre-k. Great support staff, arts education is wonderful. Communication between parent and teacher takes a whole lot of effort on my part, but I do it and am successful for the most part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2006

Been with this school since K-3 grade. Had a terrific 1st grade teacher that my son looped with for 2nd grade. No real parent-teacher involvment. Lack of communication between school and home. Limited extracurricular activities. Overall, a so-so school in a very wealthy area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2006

An outstanding school that is still able to offer the full range of fine arts. Its only concern is accommodating the number of people moving to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

This school does not acept students at a lower level of learning. There is to much administrativr bureacracy. Money is # 1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2005

Comprehensive teaching that delivers. I am constantly impressed with the level at which our children are being taught. With Computer labs, science, art & music classes even down to K & 1st grade. The best part is seeing the level at which children here test to a National and State standard.
—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

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

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

All Students63%
Female61%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income30%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female88%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income90%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students58%
Female53%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Low income29%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income62%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female90%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income79%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
Students without disabilities97%
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 Students67%
Female64%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income41%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income59%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities83%
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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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

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 51%
Hispanic 7% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Victor Wight

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3223 Illinois 176
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: (815) 459-3023

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