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Valley View Elementary School

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Posted October 1, 2012

I disagree with the past statements. The school has made progress however there is a high percentage of students who are English language learners and special education. They have the highest percentage in all mchenry schools. I have had concerns with my daughter and she has received a lot of support services. The teachers are always listening to my concerns, advice, and communicate with me on a regular basis. I feel they have went above and beyond to give my daughter the best education possible. Great teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2012

Horribly outdated curriculum, very unorganized, a handful of quality teachers with a pair of principals that lack the leadership and knowledge needed to turn the school in the right direction. Worst school in Illinois? No. Worst school in McHenry? Definitely. Send your kids to Landmark if you can!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

I think the homework needs to be cut back somewhat. I understand the concept of homework but my son doesnt get home until 4:15 and then he has to eat dinner and has tons of homework. After being at school all day and then coming home and having to do all that homework he is so worn out and has no down time. Im not saying dont give homework but maybe just cut down alittle so these kids have alittle down time to be kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

Although my child had a great interaction with her teachers at this school, the overall satisfaction is very poor. There seems to be a lack of communication with the parents. The Secretaries in the office seem to know more than the Principal and Assistant Principal. They seem to turn down parent involvement in many cases and have given very negative input to the PTO. The meetings seem to become more a battle between the parents and the admin. In my years there, this "new" admin is a downhill slide for the school. The previous admin was more focused on the education of the child. Since the promotion of the Principal she has focused less on reading which is in serious trouble. Many of the people that have voiced their opinions have been eliminated. To have a school that puts more emphasis on a behavior program rather than the updating of the school library is a shame. If I was in charge and given $ to update the library I would take as much advantage of that as was possible. It seems that the PTO's plan was put to the wayside and all you heard from admin was about the STAR program, it's toys and end of the year party. What are we teaching our kids. S Such a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

I would like to see the reading scores come up. I recieved a letter saying that they have not achieved the minimum AYP proficiency target in all subgroups in Reading. Under the No Child Left Behind Act provides us the option to transfer our child to another public school within the district with transportation provided by the district. However, at this time they do not have a school within the district to which your child can transfer. No schools in neighboring districts have agreed to take students at this time. So at this time we are stuck with leadership who can not produce.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

The school is very unorganized. We recieved letters that our school did not meet the AYP proficiency minimum for all students. They will be on academic probation. They have failed for two years in a row (with new principal and vice principal) while they implemented a STAR program for good behavior. It seems that they are not interested in the fundementals of reading and quaility education. It should be time to make a change in leadership. The school has some excellent teachers who are willing to go the extra mile, but the administration does not give them the help they need. They also have a history of treating volunteers very badly. We are letting them fail our children and effect our property values. What does it take before the school district makes a change and puts in some quality leadership?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

We are very disappointed with this school. It is overcrowded, unorganized, and poorly run. The principals are a joke. When we can we will be moving to another school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

We were new to this school this year and so far it has seemed very disorganized. We have moved several times and the principle or vice principle in the past have always greeted us or better yet, shown us around. I know they are busy, but a hello and welcome would have been nice. The activities so far have all seemed like they are thrown together last minute. I think some of the teachers do a lot and pick up the slack of the lacking principal leadership. My son has a great teacher that has been their forever and knows how to teach. I am greatful for him. My daughter has a teacher new this year and hates her. She seems very disorganized and unfriendly like the leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2010

I am sad to say that since the new administration took over last year, the school has gone downhill quickly. From what it was before with the old principal, It now seems very disorganized to me as a parent. Whenever I come in to talk to or call the principal and vice principal they are never available. The few times I have talked to them, I feel like they are only telling me what I want to hear, and laughing behind my back. They give their 'favorite' parents, teachers and students preferential treatment, and leave everyone else behind. I am thankful for the few great teachers my daughter has had, but the leadership needs to stop focusing on themselves and start focusing on the students they serve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

When my daughter entered Kindergarten reading at a second grade level and bored by the daily Kindergarten activities, the staff listened to our concerns as parents. My daughter was tested and accelerated to the next grade. The staff is genuinely concerned about each child and wants every student to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

Valley view school takes the time and puts forth the effort with the children. My daughter loves the school. All I can say is that I give this school A+!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Valley View Elementary School goes the extra mile (with limited resources) to enrich not only the lives of the students, but also those of the community and family by actively including family and friends in their activities. This type of community enrichment is often overlooked in the schools' quest for performance, but is every bit as important. I have been pleased and proud to be invited to and attend several Valley View Elementary School functions as a family member of a Valley View student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I have one child at Valley view and he loves it! and I am happy with this school too his teacher is great! and he has learn so much in the two years he has attended this school, and the music teacher what a wonderful job she does with the students I loved this year spring musical !I can't wait till next years. The principal is very hard working and friendly and always there.
—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.

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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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
70%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
76%

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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

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 Students74%
Female67%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income67%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners56%

Reading

All Students72%
Female79%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income60%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners19%
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 Students62%
Female62%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Low income59%
Not low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners58%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female66%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income56%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners25%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female82%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income81%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners67%
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 Students72%
Female69%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income62%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female81%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income67%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
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
White 75% 51%
Hispanic 21% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 1% 18%
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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6515 Illinois 120
Mchenry, IL 60050
Phone: (815) 385-0640

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