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Oliver W Holmes Elementary School

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Posted April 9, 2013

My daughter has been at Holmes for 5 years. this school is amazing it has all I would want for my kids academically and socially. The staff is all very approachable and cooperative, very supportive and care for each child in a personal way. The school is pretty diverse and celebrates its different cultures yearly on " The International Taste of Holmes". The principle is really nice and knows all families by name. I would recommend Holmes to any family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

Holmes had fantastic opportunities for families to be involved. In particular, my daughter's third grade experience was with a teacher she cherishes for life. Ms. Ndiaye was her teacher that expected much and who gave all in return. After a teacher that is so powerful to a child, the next teacher has a rough job. We've left Holmes but are in Oak Park for visits. We think fondly of Holmes and really do miss it. It held true to it's mission. My daughter attended for 4 years. The school secretary can spin plates and another 20 things at once. She's amazing and so great to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Holmes is a very welcoming and academically challenging school. School leadership is excellent. Grade level teams work together to benefit all students. Special area teachers work closely with classroom teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2010

Holmes meets all the needs of the child in a supportive and nurturing environment with sound academic fundimentals. The teachers go the extra mile, the new principal is very attentive and responsive and the parents are involved and welcoming. The emphasis is on the child/person and not the parent's wealth/materialism. There are many wealthy families here along with families of limited means and the kids all play together. A very special place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

I will recommend anyone to Holmes Elementry School without any hesitiation. Inspiring environment where teachers, and parents work as team for holistic development of a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Holmes elementary school staff and families pride themselseves on providing a wonderfully diverse experience for our children. Last year we became a 'greener' school with an organic garden (soon to be harvested, cooked by a local chef, and enjoyed by our children) and a 'No Waste' lunch program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Holmes is a great school! Wonderful staff, teachers, and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

I'm on my third child at Holmes Elementary and I find it to be the best of Public Education. The teachers are first rate and the administration is caring and professional. The parents are involved without being too crazed and - every one of my kids has left there happy, and well equipped to be toward the top of their class in subsequent grades - what else is there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

My son has been here for 5 years and overall we're both very happy. There is a new principal in the last year and she is doing a good job. There are a lot of very progressive programs like zero waste, reading buddies, lunch pals with special needs kids, and a big emphasis on the global community of students. A very welcoming place. Easy to make friends if you make the effort to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

My daughter is in Kindergarten at Holmes and I am very impressed with the school's curriculum. I don't believe I could ask for more in a staff of dedicated teachers. Everyone works hard to ensure all children have an opportunity to succeed. The diversity is awesome! Excellent school in a great community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My son has attended Holmes for the past 2 years and I am very impressed with the school. He is working ahead of grade level and is easily accomodated along with other students who get dedicated sessions with a gifted resource teacher. His class is extremely diverse, culturally & academically (its exactly what you want if you choose to live in Oak Park!!). What I love the most are the numerous opportunities for school participation at all grade levels: talent shows, spelling bee, science fair, olympic day, etc. Children are on a first name basis with most of the staff. The community is very involved. At the same time, teachers are supportive of full-time working parents and their need to stay in touch electronically and with weekly mailings to the home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

I was curtious to this principal at all the times.She was rude and very unprofessional. The teachers are very good besides the behavior of the principal. The teachers really work hard at making sure your child does his or her best.
—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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students82%
Female87%
Male79%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income56%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female97%
Male81%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income63%
Not low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities93%
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 Students79%
Female83%
Male76%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income77%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female90%
Male76%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income77%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low income86%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
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 Students81%
Female85%
Male76%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income45%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female83%
Male78%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Low income59%
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
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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46%
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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 50% 51%
Black 24% 18%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Hispanic 5% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Sue Hackmiller

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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508 North Kenilworth Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 524-3100

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