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Sarah Adams Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 393 students

 

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Posted January 9, 2014

Sarah Adams is a declining school. It has large class size and little support. The principal is insincere, inconsistent and incompetent. Morale with the teachers is terrible. It is a low performing school; people are transferring out quickly. I pulled my kids and put them in private school; their grades are skyrocketing and they are happy. Punches were thrown at recess on a weekly basis. Special ed support is a joke. They don't care about low test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

Sarah Adams is led by a principal who honestly is not a strong leader. I have met with her with my concerns and she politely listened and smiled . My concerns about my child were heard but no action was taken. No follow up with me at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

I've put two kids though this school. If you have a child that conforms to the traditional model of elementary school, and who can just get work done independently, then it's fine. If, however, you have a child who requires any sort of assistance or doesn't learn in a traditional sense, then look out! Some of the other comments about a few good teachers in the school are true...if you want one of them, then you need to make a lot of noise and demand your child be put in that classroom. There are parents who manage to do that every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

Our son is midway through second grade and we have had an exceptionally positive experience with Sarah Adams. Our son's reading and writing skills have improved dramtically and he has school pride. His first and second grade teachers have been spectacular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

I have been very happy with Sarah Adams. My daughter is extremely excited to go to school every day. She is constantly bringing home ways parents can be involved, unfortunately, reality is that many parents work and are not able to participate like I'm sure they want to. Overall, I'm very pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2012

We moved to Lake Zurich hopping to find a better school for my kids and was not to happy with Sara Adams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2012

Things have certainly changed at Sarah Adams since the new principal has taken over, it's taken a few years for the results to be evident but here they are. Declining ratings, declining parent involvement, all because the principal has a poor attitude and doesn't care to find out how parents feel about what is happening with their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

I agree that there should be a zero rating for this school! Aside from a small handful of "good" teachers, the remaining staff have poor, disrespectful attitudes towards both students and parents. They advocate parent involvement, but ignore questions or concerns. Academics are simply unacceptable - they "teach to the test" (literally) for both ISAT/state/standardized tests as well as classroom tests. Many teachers provide the questions AND the answers to tests prior to administering them (trying to ensure good scores). This school is particularly bad, but the entire district (CUSD 95) has the same problems. There is a HUGE problem with special education - unqualified teachers who don't know enough, and don't care enough to know. The district special ed. director has this same attitude, provides very poor leadership, and is disrespectful to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

I wish they had a zero stars for this school. The teacher my child had this past year had 0 interest in his learning and didn't even notify me with concerns that he was failing. It took me almost all year to get it corrected and the principal really could care less when approached with concerns. I'm very disappointed in the school and the principal and really wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The reason there is no parent involvement is they keep asking for more money and people don't have jobs to barely send the kids to school let alone donate money. For Market Day pick up is always during the day and for some working parents, they aren't going to take off work to pick up food. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

Bad attitudes! A lot of complaing by parents and very low involvement by the parents. No School Spirit. My concern is children with boarder line learning disabilities. What happened to NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. It doesn't seem fair that your child has to be total dumb or some special handicap to get help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

This is a great school, I agree that the principal issue is a serious concern. The teachers are amazing and truly care about their students. The turnover isn't as frequent as the previous poster suggests but the current principal seems to have control issues and doesn't seem to care how parents feel about situations, just her need to be in control. Overall it is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

Great school, highly recommended. Our son is motivated to learn, respects his teachers and enjoys going to school everyday. That says it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

The academic program seems very good. There is music, art, and PE, with recess every day. Parents are very involved in the school. Teachers are caring. I think it's a good school.
—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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

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 Students69%
Female63%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income33%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female80%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income69%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
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 Students82%
Female71%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low incomen/a
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female74%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students97%
Female94%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Not low income96%
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

Math

All Students84%
Female78%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income60%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)75%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female73%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income73%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities85%
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

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 77% 51%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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555 Old Mill Grove Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
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