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Woodland Elementary School

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Posted January 4, 2014

I have two children who've attended Woodland schools. I have to say that I am not impressed. We specifically moved to this area for the schools and have been nothing but disappointed. I have child with special needs who has attended Woodland since he was three. We realized that he wasn't getting everything he needed, but it wasn't until we moved out of the district until we saw how lacking Woodland's special education services are. My son has made more progress in two months in the new school than he did in 4 years there. The sheer number of students is a detriment in itself. It's as if the school does the bare minimum when providing resources. Maybe the district is over populated and under staffed?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

My school is Woodland elementary west, Gurnee, IL. Teachers are very good, school is clean, class size is okay (22-24 children. However, there are way too many half days . The school day is one of the shortest in Illinois and I hope they can lengthen it by one hour. I know children have sports at the end of the day but not even half of those that go to sports will end up becoming a professional athlete. Focus of school is academiics .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

My daughter is now entering her third year at Woodland and it has been great! It's true that there are a lot of kids, but their system of organizing halls really works! My kids never go into a new classroom without knowing several kids. It's very organized! Dr. Hyllberg of Element. East is by far the best principal any school could have! The staff is just wonderful too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

My grandchildren attend this school and I am constantly reminded how large this school is and how it misses out on the intimacy of neighborhood schools in academics as well as good fellowship among students, teachers and parents.. I have witnessed too many negatives when a positive remark would go such much further.What is with the midterms when they are only sent out with negative remarks.


Posted March 17, 2009

My daughter has ADHD and I suppose thats why we stay in this school district. We were thinking of moving to Grayslake however I was apaulled to hear that kids with ADHD are outcasts. Woodland is a fantastic school that works with the children and not against them. The children are not segregated based on their struggles and it seems to be a very positive environment. This is one school that I will say will go the extra mile to ensure that no child is left behind. Its a great school and I will definitely remain in this district so that both my children get the education that they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

I love Woodland! I have a daughter in Kindergarten and a son in 2nd grade. The first comment people make about Woodland is how large this district is. However, they have established a 'school within a school' concept and its really working. My children have the opportunity to learn with old friends and new friends each year. I love that and the diversity that comes with it. I am very proud to be a Woodland parent. The teachers and principals go the extra mile for the students. There is also a strong network of families supporting the school. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Very organized. Despite the variety of learning levels of each child, I feel like they approach each child as an individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

I love this school. It is large, but they make it easy because they keep children together throughout the years. The teachers have been a God send. My daughter has ADHD and she is thriving at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

My son was having trouble in school, and his teacher contacted me very early in the school year to address it. We had a meeting with other staff members to find out what each of us could do to help him. He was diagnosed with AD/HD. His teacher and I worked together, and he went from being a mediocre and disruptive student to a bright, energetic and gifted child at home and at school. I have heard stories of how some schools do the minimum possible with AD/HD students, but this is not the case with Woodland Elementary. The school went out of its way to help my son. I think that the staff (teachers, psychologists, principals, etc.) at Woodland are wonderful people who really made a positive difference in my son's life. As a parent, I could not wish for anything more.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

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

All Students59%
Female58%
Male59%
Black17%
Asian77%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial81%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income32%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners25%

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male57%
Black37%
Asian79%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial69%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income37%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners20%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 51%
Hispanic 27% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Gages Lake, IL 60030
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