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Oak Glen Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 431 students

 

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Posted June 15, 2014

My child attended K at this school and needless to say the low test scores are a direct refection of the leadership, if they ever want to excel they'll have to get new leadership. The principal said "we have new schools and now everyone wants to enroll their child", Really?!?!?!? Personally I'd rather have a old building with passing students, instead of a new one with failing ones but thats just me. There are ALWAYS fundraising materials coming home with the students and it appears the priority is fundraising and aesthetics rather than education. The teacher was ok, but there were several issues I had to address regarding common courtesy and the curriculum only became somewhat challenging for my child in the 3rd quarter. Overall, kids attending in this district will be FAR BEHIND their peers that are in true academic environments. I THANK GOD my child was accepted into a school that has a 9 out of 10 rating on here and is a TRUE academic powerhouse. For those that have to send their child here I feel sorry for you, my advice is to work with your child at home as much as you can because if you don't advocate for your child no one will. Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Good school. Good teachers. All around really good experience for my child. She is now attending college, and looks back on the time in Oak Glen fondly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

I attended this school K-5 and my daughter is now a student there. Last year she had a teacher who was there when I was there and I just have to say, she really needs to just retire already. You can tell she's tired and had no patience whatsoever for the firwst graders she teaches. My daughter went to Lester Crawl the year prior and she had an amazing teacher who went above and beyond X 100 for every student so it was quite a letdown to get such a horrible, crabby, mean spirited woman the following year. I myself almost cried every time I had a conference with her because of how harsh she came across, I can only imagine how she must have made my daughter feel! On another note, there are many teachers who are very good and I overall feel good about sending my child there..Mrs. Heiberger is amazing and truly cares about the district...putting her as superintendent was the best decision they ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Last school year was my sons first year there and the teacher he has was awful (1st grade to be exact). He did not attend Oak Glen for Kindergarten and the teacher held that over his head! To my understanding the state of Illinois does not require children to go to Kindergarten. My son did have Kindergarten at a great Child Development Center where he learned a lot including addition and reading. This teacher really did not want to teach him so his 1st grade school year was awful and his self-esteem dropped rapidly. I then had to pay for him to go to tutoring which when I reviewed the classwork and homework he would get it right and understand the work. This school really need to get rid of the old teachers who are just lazy and who are there for the pay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

All of my children went to this school. My last one is now entering Memorial. The teachers at this school are caring, wonderful teachers. I don't agree with the statement about being there to "collect a paycheck". Many of the negative reviews are from more than three years ago. Up until this year I have had a child in Oak Glen since 2001. I would not hesitate to enroll a child in this school. Now with the brand new school almost finished it will be even better. The AYP is a standard that has been set by the government that goes up every year. I don't think it could have been met when all of us parents were in school. It's unrealistic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

I find it quite ironic that one parent decided to note the schools failing AYP after the letter was given out at registration. Do you even know what an AYP is? Clearly you aren't an involed parent or citizen of lansing. There have been meetings addressing this issue and what it means for the students and parents. My child will be in fourth grade this year and scores above the national average in every test area, and is also a straight A student. No school is absolutely perfect, as a parent you get what you put out. Teaching begins at home, so when there are parents who jump on the latest gossip bandwagon rather than working with their below par children it reflects poorly on the entire district. Make your own informed decisions. I've read every review and question the education levels of some of the parents and objectivity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

This is the 3rd year this school has failed to make AYP. Unfortunately, there are some really great educators at this school. I"m please to say my child has had a few of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

While there are teachers who are at this school to simply collect a paycheck, I will say that in my experience there are many who care and do their job very well. The principal doesn't enforce the same rules for the entire student body. This district has the potential to be a great one, thanks to a caring Superintendent. But there needs to be more attention made to the administration in the school itself. As for test scores being low, this school is on the brink of a state takeover, and should have a right to choose, but all the schools but the JR. high are failing. Sad, but true. As for parent involvment, there is a great deal with a good PTA, but it is usually the same people all the time. Many are reluctant to join because of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

I love Oak Glen Elementary School I have three children this school. The teachers are fabulos! I see a lot of negative comments on the principle, she does her job very well. Her job is not to be the childrens friend but to be a figure of authority. The PTA at this school is amazing. Never have I saw such dedication in all of the schools I have enrolled my children in. We move alot because of my husbands job, and I can only hope that when my son goes to the Jr High next year the PTA will be just as great. Oak Glen Rocks! The comment about the bullying I don't buy that at all they are very strict on their behavior policies and if it was reported those individuals would have been in big trouble. As far as low test scores if you would attend one of the very infomative board meetings you will understand why the scores dropped this year. We will be back on top again soon. Especially with the new construction starting in March! Oak Glen is an amazing place for children to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

We ended up going with the area's private schools. We're far better off not dealing with the bullying, harassing, and low test scores.


Posted October 25, 2010

My daughter has been going to Oak Glen for 3 years and I must say that this is one of the better elementary schools in Lansing, IL. They teachers make sure that you are informed of your child's progress and have access to information via email or phone calls. I love how active the parents are with the classroom festivities throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

Principal is defensive and not very approachable. The tone is more discipline focused than education focused and she tends to push for doing things because they are her rules and she's going to enforce them. No seeing kids as individuals, just a flock that needs to tow the line the way she wants them to. Very little sensitivity to parents or children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

The punishment of 'all' because of the misbehavior of a 'few' is consistent; Lunchroom is chaotic, not relaxing; Monitors' behavior is frequently inappropriate; There are a few outstanding teachers--you clearly know when you're lucky enough to get one! Parental involvement dwindled drastically from when we came here 6 years ago; Diversity needs to be addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

I am shocked at the test scores of the school. I didn't realize they are below state average in all areas. There are some great teachers, but administration lacks in areas of discipline, leadership, approachablility, problem solving, student behavior management.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

Threre are really a lot of changes that need to be made at Oak Glen. Aside from all the discipline and behavior issues other parents have commented on, it is a poor learning environment. There are several excellent, motivated teachers, but the principal is lacking in interpersonal skills. She treats parents poorly and is often very defensive. Some staff are very aggresive with kids and the principal is accepting of this. There has to be a better method of dealing with children than breeding this hositility they are learning from the adult role models they are around every day. I'm sure it's not easy running a school, but they could do much better and school administrators it's time to force some of the less crowded schools to take on some of the excess students. Oak Glen is way overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

I think the Principal, should find another school, from what I have observed she is not really ready for the change, which takes someone who is strong and committed, not just openly displaying her distain, and unfair observation. Her job should mean more to her than just a paycheck no matter what children she has under to care. As for the teacher's I have heard more than one student say 'My teacher told me to solve my own problem with ? No matter how tired they get of having to consistinely deal with kids, that's there job. If you see a child getting picked on you resovle the problem as the adult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

The two children I have attending this school are good students. As a parent I am thankful for the few good teachers because just about everything else is chaios. I am very disapointed in the disipline system at this school. Whats with all the screaming at the kids on a daily basis? The principale agrees with this? Is this a school or a boot camp? My kids hate lunch/recess time because they rarely have a normal one. They are always being punished for things they are not doing. This principale needs to make some serious changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

There has been no improvement this year in terms of discipline and maintaining a good learning environment. There are now a couple extracurricular activites, but they are often used merely for child care rather than for educational enhancement. It is showing in the staff who contantly yell at kids. I feel very uncomfortable sending my child to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

Oak Glen is a culutrally diverse school. The PTA provides the oppourtunity for lots of great PTA functions for the kids. In current years the parental involvement is dropping fast, causing these functions to become fewer and fewer. The overall leadership in this school is contributing to the parents using alternative methods of education such as private or homeschool. There are some amazing teachers at Oak Glen, with the right leadership, this could be a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

My daughter has been attending Oak Glenn now for 3 years. I am very well pleased with her progress. The reading program is awesome! My daughter is an AVID Reader! The techers are excellent and take time with students and are concerned about their progress. The principal is not to friendly and very intimidating. I wouldn't feel very comfortable having a conversation with her. Her secretary is wonderful! I would recommend this 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

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
65%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

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

All Students36%
Female27%
Male45%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income32%
Non-low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female41%
Male43%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White41%
Low income40%
Non-low income47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities49%
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 Students58%
Female58%
Male59%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income52%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female55%
Male42%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income45%
Non-low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income76%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities86%
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 Students65%
Female74%
Male57%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income57%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female54%
Male41%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Low income45%
Non-low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities53%
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%
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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

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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
Black 49% 18%
Hispanic 24% 24%
White 23% 51%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2101 182nd Street
Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: (708) 474-1714

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