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Willard Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 486 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 2, 2014

Willard epitomizes what an elementary community is all about. The teachers/administrators truly care about students and enjoy seeing them thrive and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. They teach far more than texts/theory, but give the children a chance to apply the insights. Parents are extremely involved and put together their own out-of-school curriculum that is second to none - from international arts journeys, to cultural celebrations, to author meet and greets, to great field trips, to no-cut athletics, to the most fun classroom celebrations, the parents care about the whole community, in addition to their child(ren). And then there are the students - the lovely students who bring the place alive. They are caring, respectful, and responsible. They are active. They are smart and intellectually curious to learn more. They make the school better by excelling academically and connecting concepts from year to year; they also make the community stronger through being kind to one another, introducing each other to traditions/cultures, and showing up each and every day, ready to learn. One child of mine is at Willard and one is at Haven M.S. - they are prepared!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

In all honesty, we had no idea what the schools were like when we moved to the district. What a welcome surprise that we just so happened to buy a house not too far from Willard. Willard has been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience for both my children and we as parents. It definitely is more than a school...it's a community. In general, the teachers are great and know their children and challenge them accordingly. Of course, not everything is going to be perfect, but feel that the teachers and principal are more than willing to work with both parents and students to get to their common goal. Would definitely recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Not so much. The principal talks a good game but rarely solves problems, particularly social/bullying issues. The teachers are good at the K and 1 levels, but are hit-or-miss in the upper grades. The parents can be unwelcoming and clique-ish, just as many of the kids are (llikely from the example I see) and not much is done to correct this with the kids. No great emphasis on art or phys ed (revolving door). Teachers will move on to new concepts before ensuring kids grasp the earlier ones, which results in struggles for many. I've had three children go through the school (one still in 4th) and given a choice to begin again, I would honestly move to Dewey's district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

Willard is more than a school it's a community of lifelong learners! We have loved the experience that our two children have had in this community. In kindergarten, both of our children were exposed not only to rigorous basics (number stories, reading and writing), but also to the context around their new education (field trips, poetry, practical math and science). While both of our daughters came into kindergarten with early reading skills, even children who had limited exposure to the alphabet came away with both the skillset and the love of reading. Our oldest daughter is now in 2nd grade and the learning and discovery process just continues to grow with AMAZING teachers who care about the whole child. The weaving of PTA events to the arts, afterschool programs to classroom learnings, and community events with the fabric of the school are no doubt why Willard is an A+ school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

My son is in kindergarten and I love Willard and his teacher. He's learned so much in his first year of school and has had such a positive experience. I'm so grateful!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

Majority of teachers are good to very good-only about 3 to avoid. a great school and community spirit w/ lots of activities and ways to make friends. Great music program and 4th and 5th grade school play. Battle of the Books, Junior great books, young authors, separate ability based math at upper grades. New playgrounds sports teams everyone plays for 3rd grade and up. After school child care just ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2003

Good ESL program and great kindergarten teachers(I don't know about other grades).


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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
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

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

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 Students78%
Female74%
Male82%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income42%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female84%
Male73%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income42%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students87%
Female83%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income69%
Not low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female80%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low income43%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income77%
Not low income99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students92%
Female97%
Male88%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income75%
Not low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female97%
Male58%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income39%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities80%
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

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 57% 51%
Hispanic 20% 24%
Black 12% 18%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2700 Hurd Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
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