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Concord Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 337 students

 

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Posted September 7, 2013

this school is outstanding, the curriculum changes constantly coming down the pipeline rapidly really make an obvious difference, reflected in test scores. the downside might be that the cost of lunches and tuition is a bit higher than average, but the real estate value in the area already reflects that. i suppose its a matter of priorities, but i'm willing to spend a larger percentage of my overall income to have my children attend such an outstanding school. we came from cps (chicago public schools), which had a shorter commute to work, but the quality of the education is already showing, we've had our two children in this district for the last 3 years, and there's a massive improvement in their overall mentality, effort, and participation in learning, in and out of the classroom. i really wish someone would come from over here in darien and show the chicago public school system how its done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

These other reviews are old. Concord is a great school. When kids go from Concord to Cass onto high school, they're usually the academic leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

Before buying a home in the area, my number one criterea was the grade school that my children would be attending. I researched the area and picked Concord because it consistently demonstrates test scores that are very high. Now that my children are there, I couldn't be happier. Although people complain about taxes and fees at the school, they have the option to move and to go to a grade school that doesn't spend so much on each child and doesn't have the same opportunitites. You get what you pay for and I know many grade schools within 10 or 15 miles that will give you a much cheaper education and plus, the value of your home will correspond to the value of the school district so you can get a cheap home as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

The cost is outrageous Reg. per child $195 and Busing per child $200 or your child takes the chance walking in streets to and from school. Last your 2009/2010 the school did not even offer parents reduced lunch. Best advice do your homework call around and check out prices and you will be suprised on the difference in cost. Wish I would have did that before moving. I an disappointed with the way parents are divided by economic statis and then it reflects on the childrens behavior. We need better communication with teachers/parents/principal/superintendent. Last this is the first school that I have seen that lets parents bring their dogs on the property while our children are being dropped off and picked up. I did try to bring this to attention not only can someone be allergic but you can't control a pets actions in crowds. No one willing to change. We need more parents to work together and make a difference ......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

This is a fantastic school district! I have an 8th grader who has been here since Kindergarten and I have a 2nd grader - both of whom are getting an outstanding education. There have been financial issues, but the quality of the education has been consistently outstanding. My daughter is going into high school with all honors classes and it's due in large part to the outstanding teaching staff at Concord & Cass. The other review is very negative, and we have gone through hard times, but the curriculum, administration, student-teacher ratio - all outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

I live in Darien and have 3 children attending the schools. I pay a huge property tax and there is no school bus with some kids living over 3 miles away and have a very dangerous walk. Kid's programs have been eliminated and parents must now pay about $200 per child in mandatory fee tuition a year. School Board has consistently mismanaged school finances and is near financial implosion despite spending a well above state average of $10,500 per student. Parents do not behave very nicely to one another and have divided the community by trying to pass huge school tax increases that get voted down overwhelmingly. We are stuck here, but others should avoid this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2007

This school is a wonderful school. I have two children that attend here and I couldn't be more pleased with the whole district!
—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.

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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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

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 Students77%
Female68%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female87%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female94%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
Students without disabilities100%
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 63% 51%
Asian 16% 4%
Hispanic 13% 23%
Black 5% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Dr. Laura Anderson

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Concord Place
Darien, IL 60561
Phone: (630) 968-3026

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