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Hometown Elementary School

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Posted October 29, 2010

Tons of potential. There are a many great teachers, but this place seems to have some underlying issues. There is another new principal this year, but so far she is doing better than the rest. There are plenty of programs, and parent involvment is high. With the right leadership Hometown could be an A school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

I have to say this school has improved greatly in the last 3 years. The office staff is very nice and the quality of teachers being hired has greatly improved. I am impressed how much is being taught at the Kindergarten level. My 3rd grader seems to be enjoying school as well. I like where this school seems to be headed. They seem genuinely concerned about the well fare of the students. It seems much more nuturing and inviting with out sacrificing a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2007

Hometown elementary is a great school.I moved to hometown the summer before my oldest son started kindergarten.He hardly talked,had many Developmental Disabilities.He was screened right away in the beginning of the year.and as placed in his home school in the right class for him...Hometown also has a great speech teacher she worked really hard with him back then at the end of the year everybody was able to understand him she is great..the ptp class in special ed is great and also the principle can be a bit tough at times but she does do a lot for this school and is doing a great job Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

I am very haapy with this school. My son was a kindergarten student last year, and I can not believe how much he has learned. His teachers were so kid friendly and made the experience very pleasant. Our school has a lot of great teachers and parents who really care about the students. The principal on the other hand, very few people like her. She does however run the school with very few incidents. She does not tolerate bad behavior! She does need to loosen up a little. Especially with the parents. She is not an easy person to talk to. Curriculum is awesome! Aside from the principal, the school is a very good place to send your child to learn and achieve!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

The school is nicely located. The principal leaves much to be desired. She is bossy and pompous. There are a handfull of teachers that are nice and have the childrens bests at heart but, most of them have a is the side of the principal. The PTA is very involved but never really gets much done because it is nixed by the principal. The school is over crowed and their lunch room/gym. Can not hold all the children at the same time. I would not let my child go there but I have no other choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

IMHO, This school is very student orientated. My child flourishes there. Since first grade he has been an Honor Roll student. Last Year (third Grade) he left as a High Honors student. The teachers recognize this, they let the students help each other also. I rate this school a 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2004

Hometown Elementary is a very good school. The teachers do their best so their students can reach their full potential. I went back about mid-year this year for school and I found the only thing that really changed besides any new teachers were the walls because they just got it remodeled. I'm a senior in high school and I still love to go back and see all of my old teachers and they're all surprised by how tall I've gotten. If anybody is planning to move to the 123 district area, move close to Hometown, it's worth it because everybody is awesomely nice.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
63%
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

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
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

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students44%
Female42%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income34%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners0%

Reading

All Students51%
Female67%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income37%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners0%
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 Students55%
Female52%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Low income57%
Non-low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female67%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income53%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income83%
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students66%
Female64%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income62%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income67%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities84%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 51%
Hispanic 28% 23%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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8870 South Duffy Avenue
Hometown, IL 60456
Phone: (708) 423-7360

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