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Gavin Central School

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Posted June 2, 2014

Excellent school and teachers. My daughter was having trouble reading in 1st grade. They implemented a reading program for the children that were having difficulty during the school day. After a month and a half of that extra support my child is reading exceptionally well. Its nearing the end of the school year and I am so impressed with how far my daughter has come and the teachers here. They truly have your child's best interest in mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

To sum up my with Gavin Central and not get long winded I will just state that there is an air of tolerance inside the school about bullying. So far I have had to: Call the Principal (several times, futile waste of time), call the Director for the buses (several times, futile waste of time), went through two different Vice Principals in two years, and have had to file a police report! The teachers are hit or miss, some of them are awesome, some go to work to get a paycheck. It's too bad that I bought an awesome house in the area, I will be doing everything in my power to get rezoned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

My child is attending first grade at Gavin Central. I'm upset because there is a great LACK in communication between the teachers and parents. I want to play an active role in my child's education and since she has attended this school I feel I'm not able to do that. I want to be involved, come into the class, observe occasionally, help out in the room and I'm not able to do that. I've mentioned this to the teacher several times and I get no where with her. Its very frustrating. We may just consider moving to get her into a different school once this year is over. This is not what I was expecting from this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

Gavin is an EXCELLENT school. My son has learned so much in 1st grade that I made sure when we moved , that we stayed in Gavin district. The teachers pay attention to the needs of each child. I knew my son would need speech class, but I didnt mention it to them because I wanted to see if they noticed on their own, and they not only noticed, but set up speech for him and said they want to do all they can for him. I was very impressed. The communication with the teacher is wonderful. The school staff is so friendly and caring. I would highly recommend Gavin to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2012

I have a special needs child and I feel the school does an excellent job! The teachers and staff are wonderful and they do a great job at helping the kids learn in different ways. They give discipline when needed and positive feedback too! Many teachers have been there for 20-25 years. Remember it takes good communication with the teachers to help your child succeed, you can't put the blame on teachers. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

I went here and didn't like it at all. The classrooms were overcrowded and I would get in trouble for reading ahead in class... I wouldn't rate this low based solely on that. However 12 years later when my sister recently went here she had a lot going on and the school social workers took forever on addressing her concerns and gave her no support and then she was talking in class one day (which I know she should not have been doing) but the teachers punishment was to slap her on the mouth. She is homeschooled now. If your kid doesnt have to go here don't send them.


Posted June 2, 2009

To the parent who feels this school does not offer anything you could not be more wrong. This school has after school activities in sports, homework club, band, choir, art, plus after school club. Surrounding schools are not offering this. It's all in what you get invovled in. Teacher strive to get your child the help they need. Gavin has come a long way and offers many opportunities for the kids to explore themselves. Check it out more, get involved. Great school and awesome teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

I think there are better schools around the area and if you are buying a home i would look in another school district. they do have good teachers but dont really offer anything else to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

awesome school there lots of activites and very good teacers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

the school is very educating school for kids even my kids go there and their having a blast
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

This school has come a long way since my kids have been there. Granted they have had their problems, however what school around us doesn't at this time. I think the school leadership is heading in the right direction. I am excited to see what new opportunities leadership brings to our district. All the teacher's I have had experience with are great and go above and beyond for their students. Communication is very important in all aspects and could use some work. Overall in the 6 years I am happy to be part of this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

I love Gavin central.I haven't had any problems with the school at all.My daughter's teacher is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

If you have an option pick another school. My expierence has been horrible. I had a real problem with some of their, unorthodox methods. Not to mention the district is on a financial watch list. And the principal and superintendant have both resigned. This info I got from the Daily Herald. Lee Fillas writes all the articles on this school please check them out. The school report card showed they as a district spent 600 dollars more per year per student than our old school. This school was unable to have some of the yearly events due to lack of a budget. Spend 15 grand more and get in the Lake Villa district so much better so much. My ten year old wants me to put him in private school. Call the Illinois State Board of education to get info on the complaints filed this year mine should be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2005

Hi My name is Allyson Cochran. I went to this school for the grades 1-4 and I thought it was the best school ever but I think they should take it down and start over but make it the same. P.S I am in the 7th grade now. This rateing is what I think now. 2005 I live in VA
—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.

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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income64%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners46%

Reading

All Students74%
Female82%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income70%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners33%
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 Students57%
Female58%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Low income47%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female59%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Low income45%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female78%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income75%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners40%
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 Students64%
Female55%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income59%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female65%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income54%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities76%
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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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

Below 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 65% 51%
Hispanic 24% 24%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 3% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr. Jo Ann Amburgey

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36414 North Ridge Avenue
Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone: (847) 973-3280

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