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West Oak Middle School

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Posted August 6, 2010

West Oak has the best band/choir program there is. The children are challenged and they are encouraged to thrive. The principal is very involved and the teachers have an excellent relationship with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

My son has thrived at West Oak. When we 1st moved to the area 20 years ago, we had no children. Before my son started school we shopped for schools in the area. We interviewed all the principals and toured the schools from Buffalo Grove to Libertyville. When we found out Dist 76 had a Dual Language program, we stopped our search and waited for him to be tested. We were thrilled when he got in and we were happy when his sister got in as well 3 years later. While there have been some ups and downs my children thrived in all 3 schools. My children both benefitted from speech therapy, remedial reading, and enrichment programs. While I did my stint in being secretary with the PTO and various school referendum and other committees, there were a lot of school activities for my children to be involved in as well. I can t thank the teachers enough for all they ve done for my children. They totally go above and beyond!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

My oldest is currently going into 7th grade at WO and she is having a WOnderful experience there. Tons of opportunities for extracurricular activities and a great academic challenge. She has yet to have a teacher she dislikes. I look forward to my younger children attending this winner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

My son just finished his first year at West Oak. What an incredible education, great teachers, and staff who truly wants the best for their students!!! At District 76, our students still get music, art, physical education. Additionally, did you know that at grade 5 all students are available to be in a school band. District 76 still has extracurricular activites and they are so supportive of the programs. District 76 not only has spirit but they have great students who perform well. District 76 feeds into two high schools with one being Adlai E Stevenson and the other is Mundelein. According to feedback I have heard from school, is that our students are above average when going into high school for education. We have small class sizes and lots of support from teachers and staff. We moved a few years ago and made sure we stayed in District 76!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

West Oak Middle schools is a very good school in a culturally diverse neighborhood. The teachers and administrators are dedicated to providing a comprehensive education while keeping its doors open for many after school community activities. The principals and teachers are responsive and accessible to parents and extremelly dedicated to delivering a strong educational experience to each student.. The band program is outstanding and clearly connected to the community. This is truly an outstanding public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

We have two children at West Oak who have attended District 76 since kindergarten. Our oldest child recently tested into all accelerated or honors courses at Stevenson High School. Our children have taken advantage of the extracurricular activities, homework support and evening programs sponsored by the school. We feel the small class sizes, individual student attention given by teachers and the close working relationships by the principal and vice principal have greatly enhanced our children's school experience at West Oak. I have served on parent/faculty committees to evaluate school policies and feel extremely confident in the leadership at West Oak. The PTO is very active at the school and has many volunteers to support numerous activities and fundraisers throughout the year. We are very pleased with the education that our children have received in District 76.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

West Oak is an excellent school that keeps getting better. I would recommend it to anybody. I have a seventh grader at West Oak and a junior at Stevenson High School. Both went through the District 76 system since Kindergarten. West Oak did an exceptional job at preparing my oldest daughter for Stevenson High School. As a freshman she placed into all accelerated or honors classes in math, English, and science and is currently excelling in multiple AP classes as a junior. I am confident my 7th grade daughter will be equally well prepared when she enters Stevenson High School. I am pleased with the West Oak curriculum, the high expectations of the teaching staff, with the abundance of extra-curricular activities available, and with the school environment which is diverse, respectful, safe, supportive, and orderly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2005

I have found the curriculum to be challenging, interesting and to a certain degree, individualized. Music, art, band and choir are integrated in the school day and are definitely treated just as important and critical as the three R's. I have a son who enjoys art very much and between his twice weekly art class, and his involvement in an after school Art Club, has satiated his desire. the band program is award winning and although it involves daily commitment, I've found that the seriousness with which it is treated within the school enables my son to want to perform to the best of his ability. I have also found the extracurricular activities to be diverse and numerous. Parental involvement appears to be appropriate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

We have been very pleased with West Oak school. The diversity of the student population and the dynamic, dedicated administrators and teachers make this the perfect school for our children.
—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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
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

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students36%
Female39%
Male31%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Low income21%
Non-low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities41%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female48%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Low income31%
Non-low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners10%
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 Students59%
Female61%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income48%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female57%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income43%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners0%
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 Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income38%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female62%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income40%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income70%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities82%
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 Students69%
Female75%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income54%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners29%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female72%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income35%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners14%
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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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 55% 24%
White 34% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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