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Spencer Loomis Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 490 students

 
 

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Posted December 14, 2013

Spencer Loomis has some skilled, caring educators. Unfortunately our new principal does not respond consistently to parent concerns and has not shown interest in nurturing a caring, welcoming school culture. Order and test scores seem to be her number one priority. I have found my children's individual teachers to be capable, caring and responsive, but I worry about their morale in this environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

There are several support programs in Spencer and the teachers are flexible and accommodating. I can email or call the teacher with concerns and he/she responds within 24 hours. I've asked for several accommodations to help my child remember to bring home school work, gloves, hats, etc. and again the teachers are incredibly helpful. They have a wonderful team of psychologists, nurses, teachers, specialists such as the reading specialist, etc to meet the needs of each student. Additionally, the school embraces technology as a tool to assist students and has an excellent library. The child in this school are fortunate to have so many caring individuals to help them through their educational journey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2010

Spencer Loomis is providing great quality education in the neighbourhood, teachers are a mix of both experienced and newcomers but full of enthusisam and great teaching skills. My son has attended the school for the last 5 years and i have been very happy with the school, teachers and the Principal's involvement. The one thing that it can improve further is taking part in some more student competetions around the area where the kids get to evaluate themselves with more varied groups. I have seen a significant improvement and hope that it will continue going forward.


Posted December 6, 2009

Spencer Loomis has hand picked teachers, the best test scores in the district, facilities that are unmatched, is located in and primarily serves Hawthorn Woods... One of the most affluent cities in the country. About as good as it gets in education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

Overall a decent public school with a caring administration but some pretty significant curriculum problems; ie science is very minimal and reading is not differentiated above 3rd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2007

Spencer Loomis has a wonderful academic program that challenges the student to do better. No matter what you're interest there is a program that will fit the needs of your child. The staff and parent's involvement is what make this school so great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

A Top Notch School with Caring teachers who put their kids on the top of the list! Beautiful, well equipped newer school. The PTO has been successful from day 1!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

Newer schhol with great facilities. Advanced Math classes allow children to grow at an accelerated rate. Teachers have been good but in general classes I would have hoped they challenge kids more.
—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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
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%
Female82%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income50%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners60%

Reading

All Students80%
Female88%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income60%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners50%
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 Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income64%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)82%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income36%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low income82%
Not low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)94%
Students without disabilities97%
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 Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)56%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities90%
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%
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

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 86% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black 3% 18%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1 Hubbard Lane
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
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