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A J Katzenmaier Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 441 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2013

My step-son has been going to this school for 2 years now. When he was in kindergarten, he had an excellent teacher and bus service. During that first school year, we had an excellent experience. Unfortunately, now that he is in first grade, things have gone far down hill. He is no longer eligible for bus service (even though he meets the criteria) and my husband and I have multiple problems with his teacher. She has been rude to our child and ourselves, and has also been yelling at him for turning in his late homework. We have asked the principle if he can switch classes and after a month, still no word about it. We are very unhappy with this school right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

I went to this school and i pretty much liked it, me and a few other kids helped put up the tables in the cafeteria, ms. Jones was my fav teacher this was int he early 80's when i went there.


Posted October 25, 2010

Hello me im a parent who has 2 childrens at Aj Katzenmaier and im a person thats respect other peoples opinions.I really have to disagreed with one of the comments about the teachers and the principal at AJ school.My girls being there for 3 years now and both are doing greats and everytime we go there to check on my girls they all are very polite and very informative about my childs progress.the teachers are very much involve and on top of everything that has to do with the childrens.My daughters use to go to waukegan schools 3 years ago and i dont want to say that waukegan school sistem is bad but my daughters feels more comfortable and has learn more than what they did back in waukegan.I just want to tell every persons involves at AJ KATZENMAIER you guys doing a great job and thank you.
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Posted May 12, 2005

My children has attended AJK for 2 years now. AJK have teachers at the school that does not care anything about the students. I am a parent who is very involved with my children. The teachers are not informative when your child is not doing well. They say they are trying to teach the child responsibility but what they are doing is bringing the child self-esteem down. The teachers I have dealt with as well as the principal gets very upset when you inquire about your child. Their needs to be a clean-up in North Chicago school systems, starting with the Board of Education and moving to the principals.
—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

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
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

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
47%
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

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students18%
Female18%
Male19%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income17%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities20%
English language learners0%

Reading

All Students21%
Female32%
Male11%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income20%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities25%
English language learners5%
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 Students26%
Female22%
Male28%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income24%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities30%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students26%
Female22%
Male28%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income22%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students38%
Female41%
Male36%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income35%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners17%
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 Students25%
Female24%
Male27%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income27%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students36%
Female35%
Male37%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income37%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities40%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Black 53% 18%
Hispanic 41% 24%
White 4% 51%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Antoinette Weatherspoon

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1829 Kennedy Drive
North Chicago, IL 60064
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