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Schafer Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted January 13, 2014

I had my doubts about this school based on the low internet ratings, but chose form an opinion based on my own experience. I'm so glad I did. This school is amazing! My son started in September, here we are in January and I have had nothing but positive experiences with the entire staff. I have helped out in my sons classroom, the library during other classes, attended all the after school activities, the PTA and have been very impressed. For starters the principal is so involved, every time I've been at the school she is in the classrooms helping the teachers and involved with the students. The KG teachers are on top of it! The music teacher is wonderful! Mr. Bill the maintenance guys is outside every morning greeting everyone with a smile and making sure the children get to school safely. The extracurricular activities the PTA plans are educational, fun, and bring a real sense of community to the school. My child is not only excelling academically but is more confident, independent, and respectful. This school has everything I was looking for, high academic standards and strong positive values that teach respect and kindness for others. This school is a 10 in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

Schafer is an amazing school! The staff is so caring and dedicated to meet the best needs of the students. The administrations is very supportive and willing to go above for the students as well as staff. Very Proud to be a Schafer Shark!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 16, 2013

AMAZING school!!! I have two students at Schafer. Both are reading well beyond their grade level. Their reading gets better every week and their math skills are above average. Every teacher experience I've ever had has been a positive one. The administration cares about each individual child. I feel so lucky to send my kids to this fabulous school!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

this is one of THE WORST schools! The teachers are rude, the staff is rude, the "nurse" is incompetent. Seems like if Spanish is your child's only language then he/she will thrive in this environment. This school deserves a 0 out of 10 in my opinion. Such a waste of a precious childs time. The school is so disorganized that they cant even get together when the breakfast time is, who goes, and numerous occassions I have heard the staff say "oh I guess we are to late again for breakfast so they just wont go again today." Great teaching...great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

I have 2 children in this school and am very happy with their progress. One of my children is in a extra reading program that has helped tremendously. The teachers and staff are all nice and helpful. I think they are all trying their best in this time of budget cuts and lower test scores- caused by budget cuts. We need more parents to get involved, if not in the classroom then at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

I am not happy with this school at all. They have been on the school improvement list for reading for years. plus they dont offer any extra help for those children that need help with reading. if your child has adhd they think if she or he pops a pill every day all of the problems will go away. when my daughter went to the first step program here she would make her self vomit so she could leave bc the teacher was so negative
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers, administration and staff are wonderful to work with. They have a lot of upgraded and new techonology for the children to learn on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2004

This school has one of the most student involved principals I have ever experienced. Dr. Dews not only knows each of the students by name she knows the child. The teachers are a dedicated and enthusiastic group that have been a pleasure to work with.
—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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
69%
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

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students52%
Female49%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income35%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners14%

Reading

All Students53%
Female66%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income39%
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners11%
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 Students46%
Female38%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income24%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female52%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income44%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income76%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners33%
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 Students48%
Female63%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income34%
Not low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income51%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities78%
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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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
Hispanic 53% 24%
White 31% 51%
Black 6% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Melissa Ingram

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Lombard, IL 60148
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