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May Watts Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 639 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 12, 2014

Follow up review 4 years after my last post....I now have 3 kids in this school and I love May Watts school. The teachers are really good and seem to care. One of my kids was falling behind the other two in reading and he was put in a supplementary program to help (prior to me asking) and he has since caught up. Regarding communication, I would say it comes in 3 formats: e-mail, kids' take-home folder, and on-line on their websites, so really good there. A nice community of parents that care in a safe environment. Overall, this is a great school, I would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

This is a great school with teachers that really care about the kids and do a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

Low quality for a school in Naperville. Poor communication As my child was a new student I was constantly requesting information about after school activities, when could we meet the teacher, and information about transportation. When I arrived at parent teacher conferences in November, I was shocked to find that my child who has always had above average grades was now earning below average grades due to missing projects. So almost 2.5 months into school I first find out that my child isn't completing major projects. After asking talking to my child why he did this they said that since no one said anything they didn't think the projects were important. Several months later I received a note that my child was disciplined for talking in class. After a lot of he said/she said I realized that the event happened two months prior to me being informed. The school had a fun fair on a weekend, this may be good info to put on the schools website, but they didn't list it. A/C No air conditioning! A school in Naperville doesn't have enough money for A/C. Which closes the school on hot days. Intramural sports None....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

I love this school I went there for 5 years 1st-5th grade. I loved all the teachers and staff. I wish I could still go there but now i am to old i will never forget that place it holds most of my childhood memories.


Posted July 30, 2010

Greaty school my daughter Alexis loves going to school there. Pricipal i nvolved in every thing and doing great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2010

Overall the school has been disappointing. I find some of the teachers to be great: caring, enthusiastic and involved. However this school lacks team spirit, pride, motivation, organization. There's a huge lack of events that could bring the students and parents together. Everything and everyone is so indifferent. Everyone is 'just doing their job' Statistics show this to be a great school but in my opinion walking into this school or walking into a barn in no different.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

My son and daughter both currently attend May Watts. The teachers and staff are excellent and really care about the students. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

What's the deal with no air conditioning how can children focus and the teacher to student ration is High 28 +
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

The teachers my kids have had at May Watts have been excellent. They each have their own style but I truly think they all care about the kids. I think it's an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2007

I think May Watts is a phenomenal Elementary School!! I have not met a parent yet, that doesn't feel the same way. I have had several children attend, and have found the teachers to be exceptional! They value our children's education, and it shows. They are not just educating our children, but teaching them principles that will help them build moral character. My children have a great love for learning, and I accredit it to the teachers and staff at May Watts. We feel lucky to have our children attending such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

My son attended May Watts from 2nd through 5th grade. The overall quality of education was decent, however I felt that the teaching style at this school was lacking. The teachers and administrators seemed to focus on containing the kids within a very traditional approach (teacher at the blackboard, students in rows listening), instead of cultivating curiosity, creativity and individuality of the children. I felt that in an area such as Naperville, we can do better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

My third child is currently going through May Watts school. The teachers, curriculum, staff and students are number one in my book. Everyone is very approachable and knowledgable. Parents need to be involved in their child's school in order to give a fair evaluation. I don't feel that 10 minutes of homework per grade level is too much. The children are also given time (for some subjects) to start their homework in class. If your child has more homework than is appropriate for their grade level than it is up to the parent to find out why. Be an advocate for your child. After all, they are our future. To all the May Watts Staff, Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

May Watts may have good ISAT grades, but everyone there is suffering. They are being worked way overtime, and with no reward, not even praise, or light homwork for a day. I hated that school. The only teachers I liked arent working there anymore. If you want my honest opinion, the 10 minute lunches and recesses, constant homwork and studying, and 'card-pulling' made that school more like a high-security prison than a place to learn.
—Submitted by a former student


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

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

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 Students92%
Female90%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income85%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners80%

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income92%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners70%
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 Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities97%
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 Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income55%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income64%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
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

Above average

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 49% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 34% 4%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 4% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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800 South Whispering Hills Drive
Naperville, IL 60540
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