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Dewey Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 483 students

 
 

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Posted September 10, 2013

Dewey is a wonderful school. The new principal is wonderful, the teachers are very dedicated and have a vested interest in their students, the parents pitch in together. It is not only a school, but a really caring community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

My step-son came to live with us this summer, and I'm so glad our house happens to be zoned for Dewey! All the staff, including the new principal, seem very engaged in meeting the needs of the children. His teacher promptly answeres e-mails and is very approachable. My boy's classroom has laptops for all the kids to use, the PTA is VERY involved (they even have a Compost Committee!), and they use positive recognition (Tiger Tickets) to reward the good behavior, instead of constanty drawing attention to poor behavior. This school seems very progressive, even in their methods of teaching. I really like that all the teachers can post the homework assignements on-line. There is also a new Multi Purpose Room that was built this past summer. Too bad this school wasn't around when I was a kid!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

We moved to Evanston three years ago and particularly wanted our children to attend Dewey School. We have not been disappointed. All of our children have had fantastic teachers that are caring and energetic. They really have gone the extra mile. We also love the parent community at Dewey. The parents at this school are highly involved and deeply care about education. There is a brand new principal this year as well he is great with parents and students. We couldn't have asked for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2010

The way this principal treats people is unprofessional and outrageous. (I wish others would not excuse his behavior.) He seems to be all about tooting his own horn (knack for hiring talent?). This is hardly the best school in Evanston.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 29, 2010

Our two kids attend Dewey. Lots of weird policies-- like on cold or wet days, they are forced to watch TV as "indoor recess". They never get to meet their teacher before the first day of school. Not to mention that the sun rises and sets with "tiger tickets" which is their only means of dealing with behavior. I feel bad for the kids that need any kind of pro social opportunities--it's just not allowed here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Dewey is a world-class school: smart kids, talented teachers, and a principal with a knack for hiring talent. Unquestionably the best school in Evanston, by far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

We are not happy with the school at all. Our child's teacher is not helpful and neither is the front office staff. They should remember why they are there...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

very difficult school culture-seem to be all about the test scores--in countless ways, as a whole, they don't seem very informed about child development--
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

The principal has been here for a very long time. While dedicated, he's not the most open person and the school is not the most progressive. I wish he would move on, and give the chance for some fresh air to come into the school. And while not inspiring, my kids do, at least, feel safe going to school there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2009

My children attend Dewey and we've had constant struggles. I find they focus on test scores, and not the whole child. The staff (esp Principal) come across as hostile to others/outside opinions and POVs. We're looking forwad to our home selling so that we can send our kids to a different school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Three children have been through Dewey Elementary, and all three had committed caring teachers in an environment that celebrates learning and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

It is a great place for learning; the teachers are very professional and nice and do their best for the kids every day
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Dewey truly is a special community and is also such a welcoming and great place for kids to learn. The Dewey Do's are also an excellent tool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Dewey has the best teachers, principal, staff, students & parent community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love that they offer Two Way Immersion Program, which is a great way for the kids to learn another language. I like the teachers and the new library!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

AMAZING faculty and staff really seem to care about every child doing well and being happy. Kids really enjoy going to school, instead of dreading it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter just started kindergarten at Dewey and loves it! Her teachers are wonderful and she loves to tell about her day and all the new things she did. Wonderful principal and great parents, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Great diverse community of involved parents; dedicated, creative, challenging teachers; supportive and involved principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2007

As a parent of a Dewey School student. I enjoy that the child likes the school and loves learning. The atmosphere is good. Quality of academic programs are good. Level of parental involvement is always requested. Lots of extracurricular activities are at hand.
—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

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students70%
Female72%
Male68%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income42%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income42%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
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 Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income44%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male78%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income56%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female95%
Male94%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income83%
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities96%
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 Students88%
Female83%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low income71%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female85%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income71%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
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

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 53% 51%
Hispanic 18% 24%
Black 15% 18%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1551 Wesley Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
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