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White Oak Elementary School

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Posted March 4, 2011

Young, inexperienced teachers, and large class sizes. If your child has ADHD and/or other disabilities, don't go here. They do not accommodate anything outside the normal student or traditional special education students. After a while, teachers, principal, and staff no longer helpful for a child with special needs. The superintendant is very disconnected with the school and seems to have a different agenda-it's not about helping the district or kids. She doesn't even have a teaching degree nor has she ever been a teacher. VERY POOR personal skills, and is unapproachable. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

Principle Mr. Carter is great, very involved and caring. School is awesome, very new nice library and computers. Teachers are very young and inexperienced, most older teachers are gone. School replaced them with younger less expensive teachers and the lack of experience really shows. Class sizes are very large usually near 30 per (inexperienced) teacher with at least 2-3 special needs or discipline needs children in each class. My children do get straight A's, God has blessed them with what it takes to get good grades and we do spend lots of time with them at home. Other children are not so lucky but get pushed through due to "no child left behind". I am very disappointed with the politics of the new superintendent who seems to care only about the budget and her own paycheck. I would no longer reccomend this school, fortunately my children are in their last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

From the lunch Ladies to the pricipal every one is invloved with the children. Severasal years ago we lost funding for music and the principal seen a ndeed and deveo;ped a musical for the 4th and 5th graders. we have gotten the music abck but the principal continues to do the musicals. He and the assitant principal have bee n evn teaching in in the class room when there has been a need. I see them work with excellance for this school to be the best., As well as the other employees and they have strong parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

Had tons of trouble with this school. My child is special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My 2 children went to Morris schools and they make me a proud mother.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

White Oak has caring and giving teacher. They have a very envolved P.T.O. Mr. Carter is a great principle that goes above and beyond what is expected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter has had 3 out of 3 fantastic teachers. She has excelled and become a outstanding reader in such a short time. These teachers are awesome. Also, I have never been to a school where the principal greets the kids outside at the drop off and opens doors rain or shine. Mr. Carter is amazing!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

I love working with the teachers here. They are understanding if you child has any speacil needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

Our son was in Mrs. O's kindergarten class. He was one of the higher needs kids in the class, mainly with staying on task issues and she did a wonderful job of helping him. We liked the principles attitude on teaching as well. The pick up procedure is a little hectic with kids running everywhere. We came from MVK where they really are on top of safety and being sure kids are picked up by approaved guardians. White Oak seemed at the oppisite end of the spectrum compared to MVK.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

My daughter went to Whiteoak for K and First grades. We hated it. The teachers are horrible and have very low standards. They would not get my child the help they needed until they scored low enough they were forced to. They let my child fall so far behind the class. Since then we have moved and my child is now going to a better school that cares about the students and it shows. I would not recomend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

This school is A+ in my book. The kids are involved and the student teacher ratio is execellent. Teachers are understanding and cooperative with special needs. I would definately recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

This is my son's second year at White Oak in Mrs. Walker's developmental kindergarten class and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for my child. She's the best and my son loves her dearly. My stepdaughter is in fourth grade at White Oak also. I know the classrooms are crowded and it is upsetting there is no art or music classes yet, but the teachers are still terrific. Parent involvement is pretty good from what I've seen. I stay involved as much as I can with 3 kids and I always see other parents there. The PTO does a GREAT job with fundraising for the school also. Everyone pitches in and helps where they can. It's a great community to be a part of helping out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2006

In spite of the cuts that were made last year due to the loss of revenue from the nuclear power plant, this school continues to shine. I am a teacher in another district and we chose to keep our child at White Oak where he continues to thrive. The school has a wonderful PTO and an amazing principal. I firmly believe that parental involvement goes hand-in-hand with student success or lack thereof. Sadly, it has been my experience that many parents would rather blame the school for their lack of parenting as it is related to the success of their child in school. If your child attends a school where cuts have been made...volunteer! You can even have the teacher send home work for you! It's very sad that extras had to be cut. Spend that time with your child! Parents, we need to step up to the plate...all of us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

My son's teacher Ms. Yuhas is great. You could not ask for a better teacher. This school is absolutely perfect for my son, and I have to say for once he really enjoy's going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

So sad that music, art, and so many other services were cut this past year. Students will really be missing out. Some staff are genuinely concerned about the well being of their students, but there are several others who need to retire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

whiteoak, has lost its purpose, cut backs and class room which will be over crowded, so much for no child left behind, we are planning to move out of this district, Morris has really dropped the ball, high taxes, poor service, we have had enough, perhaps more families will see this and step up and ask why, do our kids need to suffer poor educational standards, Morris leaders are not for the students, I don't think the leadership has a mandate on anything , except higher taxes and lowered services. Tim
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

I really worry about where this district will be heading in the future. The test scores are good now, but how good will they be when there are 35 students to 1 teacher. I, for one, and not happy at all about all the cuts that are taking place. I moved here 5 years ago, because of the sense of community here in Morris and also the good schools. I am definitely rethinking my decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

I realy wonder how a school so beautiful can care so little about the students. How is a child supposed to learn the basic food groups when they're not being served in the caffeteria? And why is the childrens safety compromised by children who are allowed to use abusive language to not only other students but also to teachers. And the only consiquense is the child being move from the green to the yellow class functions. Most of the time the parents aren't even informed. The same basic rule applies to the bus arrangemets also. My only wish is that this school with so much potiental can clean up it's act.
—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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

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

All Students51%
Female49%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income54%
Non-low income49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female68%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income57%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities66%
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 Students61%
Female61%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Low income47%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female56%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income45%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income81%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
Students without disabilities91%
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 Students46%
Female44%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial25%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income38%
Non-low income51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female55%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Low income52%
Non-low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities59%
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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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 72% 51%
Hispanic 16% 24%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Black 2% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2001 Dupont Avenue
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