Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Oak Terrace Elementary School

Public | K-5

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

12 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted September 11, 2013

Oak Terrace is an excellent school with excellent teachers. It has been closely allied with the community ever since its beginnings. Best wishes to a new school year. As a former OTS teacher I know how hard everyone at Oak Terrace works to improve education for its students.


Posted July 25, 2011

We originally chose this school and moved to this area because of the dual language program. Unfortunately, my son ended up having a learning disability and could not participate in the dual language program. However, the resources available for him have been fantastic and his special education teacher has been very involved in his progress. We are very happy to have chosen this school and look forward to enrolling our other two little ones here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

I have had 3 children at this school and would NOT recommend this school AT ALL. The leadership is so poor that there is high teacher turnover and no consistency. This school is too big and too chaotic and the principal is unable to deal with this in any way, shape, or form. We are pulling our kids from this school and I only wish that we had done so sooner like the many other parents who did so earlier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Oak Terrace administration and teachers work collaboratively to ensure that each and every child feels safe at Oak Terrace and free to pursue the quality North Shore School District education that is proffered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

Oak Terrace is a fabulous school. Our home school is Lincoln, but my kids travel to OT get a wonderful education. The teachers are dedicated, the facility is modern and well-equipped, the population is diverse and the principal is simply the best. You can't beat Oak Terrace for a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

We have been at Oak Terrace School for 5 years. We did not 'happen' upon it by chance, we choose it. Next August we will finally have all three of our children attending. The school does an amazing job bringing many different programs together( bi-lingual, dual language, monolingual, special ed., gifted etc.) to create one unified school. The principal and staff are enthusiastic and willing to go that extra mile to help each unique child. I could not imagine my children any place else but in this microcosm of the real world. Tolerance, patience, kindness, diversity-all the norm here. What a tremendous life education the children receive in addition to the traditional academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

Our son started second grade at Oak Terrace in August 2007. We moved from a Spanish immersion program in Indianapolis and sought out this school because of its strong language program and its cultural diversity. From our first day we have been impressed with friendliness and professionalism of all the staff from the head teacher down. Our son enjoys every day at school and is being challenged in all subjects. The school prides itself on teaching to the individual and I would say this is true. We cannot put into words how much we love the school. If you are considering moving to this area, then a tour of the school is a must.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2007

My son went to this son for a few years and I wish we didn't have to move from IL to TX. The people who work in this school know all of the children for the most part, even the children not in their classes. The teachers listen to you and are there to help you just as much as they are there to help your child learn. They really care about your child and helping them learn. Amazing school and they have the most amazing Counselor who knows every child in the school by name and she knows most of the parents of each child as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

One of my greatest complaints about the school is trying to pick up your child - at the same time as the parents of the other 500 children are picking up their child. The deplorable parking facilities are inexcusable for a building that is only 5 years old. Our child's teacher is amazing...but much of the rest of Oak Terrace's program is lacking. The school prides itself on being a magnet school for bilingual students - at the expense of those students who are native speakers of English and are not in the bilingual program. My son repeatedly has reported feeling excluded from the main focus of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2007

We love the teachers and the staff. They are supportive and listen to your families needs. They offer a comprehensive curriculum and allow the children to excel. The only downfall is that some things the school offers are expensive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2005

Oak Terrace is a great school. The teachers seem to 'really' care about the students individually, and they are more than capable to do an excellent job with the students on several different levels. I am impressed with the curriculum, but most importantly with the teachers and my child's sense of comfort with those in supervision here. It's been a good experience for us. I'd love to see a little more diversity amongst the teaching staff (more African-American teachers). Overall, it's a great school with a great dual language program for the students. What an opportunity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

Great school with top teachers who care.
—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

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
66%
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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
66%
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

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

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 Students55%
Female49%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income44%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners46%

Reading

All Students46%
Female43%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income30%
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners27%
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 Students64%
Female65%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income58%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners37%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female49%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income38%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners11%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female72%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income75%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners58%
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 Students63%
Female62%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income52%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female67%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income37%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners15%
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

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
Average

Test score rating
Student growth rating

1-3 Below Average

4-7 Average

8-10 Above Average

 

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Student growth rating 20132What's this?

Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more.

Close
This school
District
State
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

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
Hispanic 71% 24%
White 25% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Sandy Anderson

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.
 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

240 Prairie Avenue
Highwood, IL 60040
Phone: (847) 433-0930

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

St James School
Highwood, IL




Lincoln Elementary School
Highland Park, IL




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT