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Costello School

Public | PK-5 | 295 students

 

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Posted September 3, 2013

My children have attended this school for several years and I've always been pretty happy with their teachers. They've always been pretty good. The principal, however is not great. The school is disorganized and I have found her to be less than concerned about my children. She seems to place blame on others for her own problems managing the school. I wish I could switch schools but they'll be off to the middle school soon enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

Although the people who work in the office are very friendly people there seems to be a lack of intelligence. My daughter is in 5th grade and has attended Costello since kindergarden and for some reason every year when we receive registration packets the information is alway incorrect even though none of the information has changed in the past 5 years. How can a school that so many organization issues teach my daughter to be organized and efficient. I'll be happy when she graduates and moves on to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Because despite our financial troubles they are still making strides to better educate these children on a shoe string budget. They are a spotlight school in Illinois.test scores are on the rise. We have alot of great kids and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The staff at Costello school is wonderful! They have helped my son so much, they found out that he has a learning problem, and have pulled out all the stops to help him! I can not say enough good things about this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Great staff, wonderful school, awesome curriculum,Ms. Maslan is amazing!! all in a nut shell to sum it up, my son's David & Alexander love it.....So that makes me one happy mommy...Costello rocks!!!! Mrs.J. Soberanis
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

This school is like a family. It has it ups and downs, but, when it comes to teaching your kids they are at the tops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

I have lived in lyons for 5 years both of my children are attending this school. My kids and i love it. They have a good staff and great curiculum
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

Costello has some wonderful people however it lacks organization. The way functions are organized & the manner in which notification is sent home to the parents needs some serious revamping. Everything lacks 'oomph'. It's as if they go through the motions but without much energy or lack of excitement. This year hopes to have more 'goings on' than in past years with the presence of a new PTO group. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they can bring back some spunk to Costello! The teachers are amazing. The kids are very happy which is a huge plus. School should be fun at this stage. What I love the most about this school is parents are always welcome! Costello wants you to be involved and encourages parents to participate in many ways throughout the year. And, more importantly, my son likes going to school. That in itself says something.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

The Before and After care program at Costello is great. I'd be lost without it! The school district also offers summer, winter break, and spring break camp. It is wonderful, especially for a single mom who works full time! This district really cares about the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2004

I loved my kids experience in Costello, he was there 2 thru 5 and it was overall a wonderful experience with fantastic people. I'm sorry they will be losing Ms. Welsh as she really cared, I called her on several occasions with problems and she always worked with me, I was always impressed by her ability to look beyond the black and white. I can't imagine the reason for the other parents dissatisfaction with her. Our experience with the teachers has been great, with Ms. Lockwood being our favorite! Funding has always been an issue, there was no fifth grade graduation or art class when my son went there but they should be better funded for next year. Overall I would consider my childs experience at Costello a great success and for the most part people were wonderful, my son soared there, always A's. Thanks Costello for a job well done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2004

The school reopened 4 years ago after being closed for 10. Under the leadership of Mr. Zakavec and the professional and dedicated staff the school was a family Parental involvement was high and the atmosphere educational as well as relaxed. Unfortunately, Mr. Zakavec retired and so did the efficient, helpful secretary. Under the direction of Ms. Welsh, the school is no longer the premier institution it was. The upcoming school year will be better because the principal will leave. The teachers, aides and other will remain and the school will once again be the best. The kids are on whole wonderful and with more parental involvement and a more relaxed atmosphere the scores will improve. It was a great school and will be once again.
—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.

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49%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students49%
Female30%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income37%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners39%

Reading

All Students62%
Female52%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income48%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners50%
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 Students60%
Female53%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Low income53%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female47%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income58%
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners42%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female74%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income86%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)100%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners83%
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 Students60%
Female71%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income69%
Not low income40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female75%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Low income68%
Not low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
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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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
Hispanic 57% 24%
White 34% 51%
Black 7% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Andrea Maslan

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4632 Clyde Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534
Phone: (708) 783-4300

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