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Western Avenue Elementary School

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Posted November 7, 2012

As a Parent and former employee, I have seen Western Ave seriously decline in the 6 years we have been involved. As a very involved parent, the staff has been shaken up, the cirriculum downgraded for the supposed "technology" upgrade, and the parent involvement has declined. With the quickly changing cummunity support, I do not see this school rising back to where they once were as an exceptional school. The district needs to get a new principal in there to get things back on track and not one who worries so much about her personal rapport
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

Western's teachers are top notch, and parental involvement is encouraged at this school. Western is a K-5 school, not K-6 as prior posts indicate. Because of the changing culture, fewer parents are involved in their children's education. This could have a long term negative effect on this school. Western was an outstanding school 10+ years ago. While Western is still considered a great school, it is likely to "downgrade" to a mere "good" school within the next 5-10 years because of the rapidly changing culture. The glory days of Western Avenue are long gone and will never revert to how things used to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2012

Western Avenue School remains a top performer in educating K-6 students. Parental involvement remains high and steady. The parent who believes that "less" parents are involved may not see the involvement and therefore thinks there are fewer parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2011

This school has hard working and dedicated teachers who permit and encourage parental involvement at all levels. In reviewing some of the other reviews I note that families have trouble (as most of us do with our kids), it is our job to rise above it and work with the school to get what our kids need. The school is SMART and they take all of my many calls and always address my childs needs on as an individual basis as any public school or private school for that matter might. It is a gem in Flossmoor and most all families treasure its experience and get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

My Children have been going to this school since kindergarden and enjoy everyday they have to spend at school.Porgrams at the school includes,Art,Music,Gym are exellent and wonderful in every way.If there is ever an emergency in the neighborhood I know that my children are safe from any threat at all.The teachers set a positive attidude on the children and are very strick when it comes to behavior problems. To ensure a safe, great school for your child I sugest Western Avenue Elementry for any family living in the surrounding area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

We feel very fortunate to be a part of this school for it's academic achievements and extra curricular opportunities. Although we've been impressed with the teachings of the 'pillars' we find the observances and follow-through by the teachers and principals to be lacking. The relentless teasing and hurt feelings seem to fall on deaf ears.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

The school is wonderful! The school administrators are great, and the teachers are fantastic! Way to go Western Avenue!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

Ask and you shall receive. The new adminstration is very open to new ideas. The ISAT scores continue to increase so instruction should continue. My children are blossoming, the teachers are wonderful and the Gifted Ed teacher is outstanding. I am very pleased with my choice to enroll my children at Western Ave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2007

There are many things to love about Western Avenue School: the Art program, Music program and PE are strong and vibrant. Most of the classroom teachers are caring and nurturing. The Gifted Ed teacher is superior. There is a lot of standardize testing in this district; and a lot of instructional hours spent towards preparing for the the standardized tests. Of some concern is the validity of the make-up sessions (when students miss scheduled tests). The spelling, handwriting and geography strands are a little tedious. I do not think this school has realized its' potential yet. I am hopeful that the new principal and new assistant principal --both young and new to administration--along with several new Board Members will enable this school to blossom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2006

I have great concerns about this school's administrative support. Although they preach they want parent involvement, they tend feel they have total control over my child's discipline and turn a blind eye on teacher/support accountability. The teachers are wonderful, but seem to take the roll of a bullied employee. Put simply, the principal does not want any bad spots on her pristine apple. I say let kids be kids, or how will they ever learn to be adults? This isn't a military school for heavens sake! Oh, and don't look to the superintendant for support either. It will get you know where.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

This school is GREAT. Teachers are very skilled and attentive to children's need and have open communication with parents. We love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

This school offers many opportunities for it's students to excell and work up to their potential. The programs are multi-leveled with room to advance.
—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.

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65%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
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

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

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

All Students65%
Female60%
Male72%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income44%
Not low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female76%
Male87%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income75%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
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 Students73%
Female81%
Male66%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income65%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female88%
Male71%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income78%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female95%
Male79%
Black86%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income83%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
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

Math

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income38%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female92%
Male78%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income63%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
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

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 52% 51%
Black 36% 18%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Flossmoor, IL 60422
Phone: (708) 647-7400

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