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Elmwood Elementary School

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Posted August 13, 2014

Amazing staff, so dedicated and hard working the teachers and staff really look out for the children's best interests. I have seen many teachers and volunteers and even the principal working well into the late evening hours to support the science fair, Multi cultural day. Even Mr Cleveland volunteers and devotes so much time to the children of Elmwood to run extra curricular clubs like Run Club and Environmental Club. We are so fortunate to have our children at Elmwood!! The new gym is amazing with a rock wall! The children love indoor recess and shake and jiggle dancing to the wii. Our kids loved their new school we moved from the east coast a year ago. They are so happy at Elmwood and as parents we couldn't be more satisfied with the 203 school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

This is a very good school, my son is a 5th grader and his teacher and his P.I and honors math teacher treat him with great respect. They are very smart and there are many fun classes that will get your children involved and having a lot of fun. This school is very inclusive with very kind teachers and a lot of respect to children with special needs and/or disabilities. If you are looking for a school where your boy/girl can be included, no matter what they look like, or are like in general....choose Elmwood Elementary School K-5
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

This school is rapidly going downhill more each year. The new leadership (principal and asst) are terrible and the school is overcrowded since the district rezoned. No one seems happy to be there--the teachers have more than they can handle and the parents are unhappy with the direction the school is going.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2013

Best school ever! Everything here is great and the new gym is epic! If you are looking for a great school for your child pick elmwood elementary school in naperville illinois!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

The school is good so long as your child fits into their confined definition of 'acceptable'. They are quick to put children in 'special needs' to isolate them so that those children won't affect their ' great ratings'. Otherwise, just like other schools they have great teachers who are very involved and challenge the kids to be greater and they have those who are just coasting by and could care less to be there. K and 1st grade teachers are much better than the upper grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

You will not find a more kid friendly school in District 203. The admin. in outstanding and always puts students first. The teachers are outstanding and challange each student. Parents are involved and are always welcome to assist in any fashion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

Too many temp/sub teachers and they are used too often.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

My special needs child was enrolled in the early childhood program. Not only was I insulted by the director but the staff was unwilling to work with constructive ideas from parents well educated about special needs. They hardly focused on the IEP and completely ignored the general ISBE curriculum as well. They keep low standards at early childhood level. It is a crying shame. They were concerned about keeping the 'appearance' of a high standard however, failed miserbly. I was insulted time and time again.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2007

Elmwood is a good school. The teachers in the lower grades are motivated and encouraging to the younger students. My son enjoys going to school and has been able to take advantage of the special reading program for students having difficulty learning to read. The school (and the district for that matter) do not have a scientifically researched reading program and that might account for the low 80 percentile score in the ISAT reading test. There is very little homework and low pressure on the students. There is a high ratio student to teacher and aides available only to the special pull out programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2006

My daughter attended Elmwood from kindergarten through second grade. We were very pleased with the school and were sad to leave it due to a move. The parent participation is amazing as were the teachers we encountered. My daughter absolutely loved going to school every day and I attribute that attitude to the teachers. I was very impressed with the curriculum. The class size is large, but that's not isolated to Naperville as most public schools in larger communities have large class sizes. I would move back to Naperville in a heartbeat, and especially back to Elmwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

Elmwood is a fine school. My second grader is finishing his first year there, and I attribute his very positive experience to his teacher, Ms. Laura Schmitt, a first year teacher! I believe that her energy and unconditional positive regard for children is unique. Any negatives I might attribute to the Naperville system are related to population size. There is a high student to teacher ratio (though my son had a wonderful aide, Mrs. Kohler, in his class due to the number -- 28 -- I hear that aides won't be available to my son's class next year in third grade), and a limit on the number of kids invited to perform in the school talent show (auditions were held, and some didn't make the cut). Absurd. This just inhibits kids' creativity and courage. The high schools are so large (over 2,000)-- competition and 'getting lost' are reportedly common experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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67%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income31%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female78%
Male74%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income31%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities82%
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 Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income37%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female79%
Male61%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income37%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income67%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students74%
Female81%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income42%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low income50%
Non-low income83%
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

Above 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 83% 51%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Black 5% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hmong
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Patrick Gaskin

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Hmong
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Kickball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Flag football
  • Gymnastics
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1024 Magnolia Lane
Naperville, IL 60540
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Phone: (630) 420-6341

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