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Whittier Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 390 students

 

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Posted August 21, 2013

I have been pleasantly surprised with Whittier thus far. My child is now in his third year at the school, and his teachers for his main classroom and the other classes have been fantastic. He and all of his friends are thriving, reading and doing math well beyond what the "standards" are. The school has a real feel of a community and is well run and has nice facilities. In Oak Park, this is one of the finer schools for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

Whittier is an amazing school. The teachers and the programs have inspired excellence. I have one child that is in the gifted programs and one child who performs slightly above average and both have found their place at Whittier. The principals and the teachers have been extremely responsive to problems that have arisen and proactive in preventing problems. Additionally, the school welcomes parental involvement and is a very nuturing environment. The multiage program is very effective in creating a community of kids. An important thing about the multi-age program is that math and reading are taught in a single grade break-out session, but other subjects (science, social studies, music, art, spanish) are taught in the multi-age environment. The teachers are responsive to email questions and concerns, as is the principal. The PTO is extremely active and very open to new members. I cannot speak highly enough about the school and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

We are very pleased with Whittier. Our son has had excellent teachers in his first three years of school there. The teachers are very intelligent and sensitive to their students' needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

The school is awesome! We are in the throws of mainstreaming our son back into #97. My son has Autism. We used an outside consultant to help us view (3 different schools.) 6 classrooms total for a good fit. This was our pick as well as hers. Things might change- but it sure was a good jumping off point for us. -thank you!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Whittier is a progressive school, first in the school district to offer full day kindergarten and a multi-age program. The teachers care about their students and are committed to not only teaching at the highest level using the most current tools, but they also inspire kids to be better citizens within the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

Two of my kids go there since K, one is heading to Brooks middle schl. I really like the the school and I have even volunteered many times. The NO bully act is definately successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

whittier has a reputation for the multi-age program which seems very well-liked but was a very poor fit for our child. he was in a k-1 room that was functioning at a first grade, aka reading, level but our child was a low-functioning kindergartener who could not possibly keep up with the pace. even though i knew right away that he was having inordinate trouble with reading it took 2 years of asking before they tested him and discovered two LD concerns. we have wasted 2 years that we can never give back to our son. the principal is good, the teachers are good, they have a lot of neat programs, but there should be a way to opt out of the multi-age environment if it is a not right for your child.
—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.

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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.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

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

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
81%

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 Students71%
Female76%
Male67%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income58%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female79%
Male69%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income50%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities79%
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 Students93%
Female90%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income86%
Non-low income96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Low income65%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female94%
Male93%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income82%
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
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 Students77%
Female78%
Male75%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income53%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male65%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income41%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 51%
Black 24% 18%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Hispanic 4% 23%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Carol Young

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715 North Harvey Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 524-3080

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