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Highland Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 279 students

 
 

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Posted August 1, 2013

Highland School has the most dedicated teachers and principal! They care about their students above and beyond. They deserve to win!


Posted May 6, 2013

Highland is a fantastic school with a lot of really awesome teachers, principal, and students. The curriculum within this school is wonderful. Highland has one of the best communities in all of Downers Grove, Highland is a very kind, nurturing school, and is a Blue Ribbon School. The parents are the kindest parents in District 58.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

this school is ridiculous with there disciplane they need to focus on there job of scholastics .they have a problem with focus.this school is a joke.take your child to pierce downer if possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

Great school with teachers who go the extra mile for their students. Our two children (second grade and kindergarten) love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

Highland has many good attributes. The office staff is very helpful and patient. They have half day kindergarten. It's a very small school, therefore the children all know each other. And the staff is familiar with all the students as well. My children were new last year, but have always felt welcomed and never want to leave. There is not a cafeteria, therefore you must pack lunch everyday. There isn't P.E. for kinder. Parking isn't fun on days where there is a special program at the school. Drop off and pick up are pretty easy though. There isn't bus service if you live nearby. It's a 15-20 minute walk for my children. Which is difficult for my younger children, and if you have little ones still at home, it can be very inconvenient. The teachers make adjustments for different levels in academics. They have always been friendly and caring toward my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Highland School has a wonderful staff! Everyone is great, the teachers, Principal and front office. I went to Highland, my children did and now my grandson does! In the 45 years I have been associated with the school it has always exceled on all levels!


Posted March 22, 2009

I am disappointed with this school. Academically the school is behind. The curriculum is not challenging. They should channel their curriculum to cater to average and gifted kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

I have had 6th, 5th, 1st, and K children over a period of 7yrs at Highland. The overall quality of the school is high because of the quality people involved (parents and teachers). The physical condition of the school adequate. Both the principals over this time operated under a framework that support and achievement work hand in hand. Diversity is respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2007

I absolutely love Highland school. The teachers are great with the kids and are very good. Everyone is very nice. My 6th grade daughter loves all the teachers she's had. She never wants to leave that school. Its just a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2004

My 1st grader and 2nd grader have attended Highland Elem. since kindergarten. It's a small school with great community atmosphere where parents and teachers work with every student. A great place for learning and making friends.
—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

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
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

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students84%
Female86%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
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 Students96%
Female100%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female100%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female74%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
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 Students78%
Female81%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
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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Reading growth at this school

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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 75% 51%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3935 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: (630) 719-5835

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