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Pleasantdale Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 399 students

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6 reviews of this school


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Posted February 25, 2014

I agree with a previous review in that this school only cares about isat test scores and district assessments. If your child does not test well, they will be thrown in to the special education black hole. I really like the principal he truly cares about the children. Most teachers are very caring and attentive. The PTA is very helpful as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2011

This truly is one of the better schools in the area. The curriculum is geared towards teaching the children in a structured system while keeping them engaged in the learning process. Staff is fantastic with all children and has the experience to back it up. They go out of their way to make sure children who are behind get extra attention, they have teachers who will work with children that need the extra help. You definately see the tax dollars at work. Parents are expected to be actively engaged in their child's learning process. I am amazed at the amount of preparation and work that goes into teaching these children and the care the staff takes to ensure a solid learing environment. This folks is in my opinion one of the best schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

Great school, amazing teachers, great principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The May poster has not been in this district long enough to really see what goes on here. The superintendent does not care about special needs children. The focus on the brightest of the bright because they are what will keep the test scores high. Yeah the elementary school principal is nice enough if you like puppets. And forget about the middle school principal. She is asleep at the wheel. If you want the best for your kids, look into Western Springs because you won't find it at Pleasantdale.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 1, 2009

This is an excellent school, great school principal, excellent staff and an extremely supporting and caring superintendent. We are fortunate to have such a great staff to take care of our children. I can not say enough good things about Mr. VanderCar (the principal). Teachers of our kids (KG and 1st grade) are excellent too. I am sure your kids will thrive in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

This school is so over rated. It is all about the isat test scores. If your kid is not a brainiac forget it
—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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students85%
Female80%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/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 Students89%
Female92%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female96%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities100%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 51%
Asian 9% 4%
Hispanic 7% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Dutch
Spanish
serbian
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Rated #8 elementary school in Chicago Magazine (2010)
  • SchoolSearch Bright 2010 A+ (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • serbian

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Matt Vandercar
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (708) 246-4625

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • serbian
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • intramurals
Girls sports
  • intramurals

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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Dress Code
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