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Arlene Welch Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 809 students

 

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Posted November 5, 2013

Welch is a great place. The new principal and staff are absolutely great, they are friendly, helpful and open to provide guidance.... you just need to ask. I have 2 girls ( Kindergarten and 1st grade), they are changellenged and they love their school, they feel very proud of it and this makes my life so much easier!... .because every day they are ready to learn more. They have wonderful programs in art, music, physical education, literacy in adition to their regular curriculum. In the parents side I can see comitment from the PTA and volunteers that makes WELCH the BEST!... ILW (I love Welch) :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

This is the worst school I have ever dealt with. Terrible Teachers and Staff. They dont know how to teach. I wouldnt even give them one star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

great listening staff to both parents and students. this just not another job for them


Posted September 2, 2008

My son started Welch from K-5th grade. For a well-rounded school--Welch delivers just that & so much more. The academics can't be compared to. The educators are phenomenal. Each student is individually looked at for their strengths and weaknesses, and the resources to have your child succeed is here. Parent involvement is encouraged. The teachers are superb. My son had unbelievably caring and great teachers. He has learned a great deal. The goal of the school appears not only academically-based, but the development of positive self-esteem, self-respect, respect for others, and self-confidence in my son has always been maintained and nourished. There are teachers from my experience as a parent at this school, which must be commended for their 'above and beyond' approach in all they did while my son attended Welch--Mrs. K Konecki, Mrs. J Matuszewski, Mrs. S Jennings, Mrs. A Strassman, Mrs. K Ruh, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Ringas--thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

My son Started the school this year and has really enjoyed it. This school has challenged him and made him a better student. Very nice building, even though they don't have AC. The staff and techers are well trained and very nice. Best school district in Naperville (DIST. 204).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

Welch is a kid-friendly school with a great curriculum. The kids have a great enviroment and a good physical education program. The kids get to join band or orchestra in fifth grade, although the band is a little less developed than the orchestra. The PTA there is great! Overall, Welch is a school that I never regretted sending my daughter to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Welch is a great school with alot of parent and teacher involvement. The staff make the kids feel at home and excepted and the parents are very active in funding and activities. They have a high standard of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2006

Great school with great staff so far. I have my two sons going to the school: one in KG and the other in 1st grade. They love to go to school and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

We are very happy with this school. Our daughter had had a very positive school experience thus far due to the wonderful staff at Welch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

An excellent school in a very popular school district 204. efficient and qualified teaching, under the principal;s good leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

This is a quite a nice elementary School. The staff is well trained. Not great in sports training, but the music program is very nice. Kids are presented with a challenging environment and work at their pace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

This is a good school in one the better school districts (District204) of Naperville. The facilities, the staff are very good. The teachers and principal are very accessible when needed and extremely helpful. It would be much better school if Welch provided some more extracurricular sports for the students. Parents need to depend on external third party programs which are often incovenient in timings and also expensive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

Dynamic principal with caring teachers. Facility is not air conditioned. Well stocked library.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

I recently moved to Naperville with my son who was nervous to switch in the middle of the year. He has adjusted so well in 2 weeks-and his reading has improved tremendously! I have been very impressed with how well everything has gone and how smoothly the transition went for us. Wonderful school with very outstanding staff! Very impressed and thankful to have him at Arlene Welch Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

We moved into the district this year. I knew that my daughter needed help with reading and they provided it within 2 weeks of the beginning of first grade. She is improving. The parents are very involved, myself included. There are programs in the classroom where the parents go in to teach art and music appreciation. Overall, it has been a great experience, it is a great school.
—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.

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84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Black57%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income75%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female86%
Male85%
Black71%
Asian98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income88%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income48%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female88%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income67%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income81%
Non-low income97%
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 Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
Black82%
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income57%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Black64%
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income50%
Non-low income88%
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

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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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 44% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 39% 4%
Black 8% 18%
Hispanic 5% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2620 Leverenz Road
Naperville, IL 60564
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