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Boulder Hill Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 509 students

 

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Posted May 31, 2012

I love Boulder Hill. I was so happy my kids were able to attend this school. My Kindergartner was struggling and the teaches and staff went out of their way to help him and now he is doing wonderful. They even held meetings on his progress. My oldest has excelled this year. I was worried with his 2nd grade teacher, but when a new one came in, I have never seen him so happy and just doing so well. I cannot say enough great things about this school. When I saw it was only a 5 out of 10 I was shocked! I would say 9 out of 10 - nothing is perfect!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

I now have three children attending Boulder Hill and year after year it is a terrific experience! The teachers are amazing and caring and the staff and parents work together to keep children engaged and learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

My kids have done exceptionally well at Boulder Hill and I would highly recommend this school. We have had some truly great teachers like Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Fairbanks. The administrative staff is very helpful and dedicated. There is a lot of parent participation, and the fundraisers are great fun for the whole family. Great school environment, small classroom size, and the character counts program is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

Both my children went K-5 at this school and both succeeded with all As and did exceptionally well on ISAT tests and MAP tests. The one area that BH struggles with is multi-lingual classes. Don't let the ratings fool you - BH is an incredible school that treats every child like they're family - we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

K-teachers here are wonderful. No complaint. Most other teachers here are adequate, but not overwhelmingly impressive. We had bad experience with one 3rd grade teacher who is obviously intelligent but failed to show much warmth towards his/her average pupils. We however did encounter a caring reading teacher who patiently taught my son to read in 1st grd. Also, his 4th grd. mainstream teacher looked beyond my son's SP. ED. status and encouraged and praised him for his effort in studying science and reading. Principal is energetic and imaginative. He had many programs in place to promote learning. Maybe not all worked. But he was trying and pushing for positive changes. Teasing / bullying was present. Unfortunately, school staff interpreted zero tolerance differently from person to person. Your exceptional or average students will do well here. Your below average students might not.
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Posted April 8, 2005

Boulder Hill is a wonderful school! The teachers are experienced and really care about the kids. There are many parent volunteers and the last couple of years have seen a great increase in the number of family school functions. It's nice to have a school environment where the principal and teachers greet parents by name.
—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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

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

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

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 Students74%
Female82%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income62%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners46%

Reading

All Students71%
Female79%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income64%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners27%
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%
Female61%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Low income54%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female70%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income64%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female85%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income86%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
Students without disabilities93%
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 Students56%
Female62%
Male51%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial31%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income48%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female54%
Male37%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracial38%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Low income34%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities49%
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

Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 54% 51%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Black 9% 18%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jeff Schafermeyer
Fax number
  • (630) 636-2968

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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163 Boulder Hill Pass
Montgomery, IL 60538
Phone: (630) 636-2910

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