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Oakton Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 399 students

 

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Posted July 13, 2014

Oakton is the first public school my daughter (a professor at Northwestern) has used for her five year old daughter here in Evanston, and we have been thrilled with it. Her teacher, Mr New, was not only a talented educator, but funny as well - the kind of teacher who draws kids in and relaxes them, but then takes the time to note individual approaches to learning. Really wonderful. The classroom itself was large, bright and merry, and the kids had interested, open attitudes whenever we visited. We wanted a diverse population for our adopted Ethiopian daughter and not only got that, but were very impressed by how educated and verbal the parents themselves were in discussing general elementary school issues. They have Spanish emersion classes but we didn't apply for them - I think it's sort of a lottery at the kindergarten level. Our one concern was that there was lots of waving in the halls and cheery greetings on the fly on the part of the principal, but not much other exposure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

This school has amazing staff and support staff who help to create a loving and nurturing environment for all students, faculty and families. I am proud to be a roaring cougar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

"Unconditionally".. Oakton's Elementary (Staff') Will...For their students...Is an.."Early/Continous Life Educational Experience",,.consisting of an.."One On One"..."Child/Parent"..guidance/support... to their "Students" Well Being/Educational Needs...As I"ve noticed/witnessed..."Oakton Elementary"...Is an "No Nonsence/Zero Tolerance"...from it's Staff...inregards to "Any Child Left Behnd"...regarding their "Abilities" to "Succeeding"! Again...wish to include..."ALL" of Oakton's Goals for the "Success" of their "Students"...surely Falls under their "Goal" in "Making an Difference" in the "Life" of their "Students"...But Again...It takes an "Village" to "Raise/Teach an Child".. This is where...Oakton Elementary School..Falls Under..Teaching their Students...Reaching Out to it's "Parents"...for "The Greater Educational Being/Achievements of their Childrens/Students!!!!!


Posted April 24, 2011

At first we were a bit nervous about sending our son here, because of the school's low test scores. We were so wrong! Our son has flourished here, and we are very happy with having him attend our local school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

Fabulous school. My three children have excelled there. Great teachers who get to know and show concern for each student. The creativity and inspiration of the teachers has been remarkable. The principal is approachable and willing to work with parents. I have found the curriculum to be very challenging. Children learn how to work independently and also how to work in groups. We enjoy the wonderfully diverse student population and the different ethnicities are shared and appreciated in a very relaxed environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

One of a kind in the nation combining general education, two-way immersion, and an African-centered curriculum! We are a Spotlight School and have great kids, teachers, and administrative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

I also feel the need to chime in on what a great experience we've had since our oldest began kindergarten. He has homework and loves it because he loves his teacher! Wow! We would've never expected this level of learning in K but the way it''s presented we're totally on board. We love the Principal and how he has managed to bring everyone together. The music program at our recent 'brotherhood night' had us all in tears. So happy to be in a diversified environment that actually functions! a loving parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

We are thrilled to be part of the Oakton Elementary School and it's multi cultural community. Our children have excelled in all areas, math, reading and science. By the time they were entering 2nd grade - they were reading at a 3rd grade level. I would highly recommend Oakton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

Our experience with Oakton has been totally positive! Not only is our child challenged academically (Oakton was recently named an Illinois Spotlight School), but the school has a total commitment to teaching the value of cultural diversity through both classroom and all school events - this is ensuring my child is receiving the most well rounded education possible. All of this in conjunction with involved parents, excellent teachers and a supportive and creative school principle, has made Oakton a gem for our entire community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

This is a school community that s shown great academic improvement on the D65 curriculum platform and astounding resilience against the naysayers. My kids at Oakton are already reading above their level and doing math in their heads. I m under no illusion that they re geniuses; the whole class is doing well using the differentiated instruction method. Their teachers engage them every day and they have home work every night. I m completely happy with their progress and have confidence they will continue to perform well in this challenging environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

This is a very poor school. There is no level of competiveness amongst the student body and the teachers/ principal could care less. They only try to prep the kids for the ISAT so that it can appear the academic progress is increasing when the kids are learning nothing. I would not recommend this school to a dog!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Fantastic Principal...willing make positive change
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

We are new to the area! Everyone was so helpful and Welcoming!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Oakton has a great network of parents working together. Our teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It is a diverse mix of students and parents, many of whom struggle financially. But, despite their socioeconomic struggles, they are parents who do their best to provide a good education for their children. There is an amazingly dedicated principal with an equally dedicated staff... including everyone from the classroom teachers to the librarian, art and music teachers to the custodial staff. Oakton is a school that makes me happy every time I walk through the door with or without my kids. I always see a smiling face. Not to mention, my children (kindergarten and 2nd grade) love their teachers and look forward to being at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

dedicated staff, involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The strong sense of community at Oakton is what helps contribute to it's uniqueness! Oakton school is filled with wonderful students, staff and parents!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Oakton is a wonderful community of dedicated teachers, an outstanding principal, parents who care about the school and the larger community, and hard-working students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Oakton is a wonderful school with a warm, welcoming community. The teachers and staff are fantastic. The principal is a skilled leader who works hard to facilitate a cohesive environment between the three curricula offered. It took us a while to find our school & 'home', but we've found it at Oakton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I'm the parent of a student in the Kindergarten TWI (Two Way Immersion) program and we love this school. Any hesitation we had coming in has been completely erased. Mr Daniels, the principal, is making things happen: dramatic improvement in test scores and motivated teachers, students, and parents alike. There is a strong, active PTA. Wonderful diversity. Strong community outreach/involvement. It's the type of school that motivates you as a parent to get involved because all of the above.
—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

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students42%
Female44%
Male41%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income31%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners25%

Reading

All Students51%
Female69%
Male35%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income36%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities61%
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 Students69%
Female74%
Male62%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income54%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female78%
Male65%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income63%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female83%
Male69%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income74%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students66%
Female67%
Male66%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income54%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female53%
Male55%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income38%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities59%
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%
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28%
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Above average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Black 43% 18%
Hispanic 31% 24%
White 21% 51%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Churchill Daniels Jr

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Evanston, IL 60202
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