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Conrad Fischer Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 456 students

 

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2011:
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Posted February 22, 2014

First of all, this school is an amazing place that teaches to a great mix of students from various ethnic groups and socioeconomic levels. The comment about teachers being fired is false! The teachers were sadly moved to others in the district, but that was to follow Illinois state mandates for bilingual education. The bilingual teachers teach Spanish AND English to their students and no student who is not Spanish speaking is forced to be in a multi-language classroom. It is beneficial to be bilingual and many of the children here speak two or more languages. This school reflects the real world and students are prepared with the same curriculum as other D205 schools. Fantastic staff and my children were taught very well here. They are empathetic to others, grounded in acceptance of all, and academically successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

The staff Conrad Fischer is first rate. While the school's reputation may have taken a few hits as the demographics shifted and heavy handed polices from the district were implemented. The good news is that the school has weathered the change and continues to be great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

I can't believe some of the reviews on here. Sounds nothing like our experience. We have been VERY happy with the quality of education our kids have received. Can't say enough about the quality of care that goes into each student. Highly recommend Fischer to any parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

The school is more concerned with non-residents that are bused in than they care about the children whose parents actually pay taxes here. They just fired some AMAZING teachers because they weren't Spanish speaking. The children here test under the state average. I grew up here and my oldest currently attends school here, but not next year. We are relocating to a better school district and anyone considering moving here should just run or enroll your children in private school. Honestly, I can't even explain how upset I am because this was such a nice area when I grew up and I am so sad to see it turn into something like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2012

School is rapidly changing. For what it's worth, classrooms are being segregated in 2012 for grades 1-3 into english, spanish and other. Time will tell how segregation affects these kids, the middle school and high school. Poverty rate has soared from 30% in 2009 to nearly 60% in 2012 based upon those getting free lunches. There are no other schools in District 205 like this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

Elmhurst has given up on the north side of that town. The school buses in kids from surrounding areas that don't even pay taxes here. If you can, move to the mid to south region of Elmhurst, they spend more on their children there. Don't get me wrong, Teachers are great, but your child will not benefit by waiting for other kids to learn English. Very sad to pay Elmhurst Taxes for this.


Posted May 28, 2012

My daughter was prescreened for Kindergarden for the 2012 fall year and because she doesn't look "American" the lady who screened her insisted that english is her second language and proceeded to screen her as such. I told the lady twice that she only speaks english as that is the only language that we have ever known, and the lady refused to believe that.even though I had signed a form validating what I had told her. I have lived in town for the last 26 years and I guess some things never change. So be warned, if your skin color doesn't look "American",your child is already marked. However, I like to believe that most of of the teachers do care about the children, but one rotten apple is enough to ruin the barrel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

Conrad is a great school! The teacher and principal are wonderful and they all go above and beyond for the children. My son loves it here. I love the close knit feeling and family like setting Conrad has to offer. The best school in Elmhurst by far!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2010

I have two children in this school. I am so appreciative of the diverse population. It has benefited my children in so many ways. I have no doubt that my children will be well prepared for any population of people that they come into contact with. They have have fully embraced the multi-cultural atmosphere. Their teachers were outstanding. I feel that my children were blessed to have attended C.F. They could not have experienced this at any other Elmhurst school.
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Posted June 3, 2008

This school I belive is the best school around. The teachers are wonderful. I have two children that attend and have attended Conrad Fisher. This school is very diverse. I actully belive that to be great. The new principal is wonderful also. She worked very hard to become more personal with all of the students. I would never leave this area because of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

I think elmhurst school district schools are the best schools in the chicagoland area. The overall quality of the schools are great. I would never move from this school 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.

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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students49%
Female47%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income35%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners34%

Reading

All Students46%
Female49%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income34%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners25%
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%
Female68%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income51%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners30%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female66%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income45%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low income90%
Not low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)73%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners74%
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 Students68%
Female74%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low income59%
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female63%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Low income53%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities66%
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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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

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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
Hispanic 45% 24%
White 36% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Black 5% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Elmhurst, IL 60126
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