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Fox Chase Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 625 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted January 12, 2014

Great school. Very accommodating. Staff genuinely cares about the kids. My son has an IEP and we have seen great improvements with him at this school. Families very much involved in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2012

So glad my child goes to this school it is excellent. The staff is great and she is learning so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

We love our daughter's experience at Fox Chase, their staff is lead by a great principle, Mrs. Teeth, who is 100% committed to the success of her students. I love the programs they have for children who need assistance, they are very proactive and a please to deal with. Great School, Highly Recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

I transferred to this school in the middle of 5th grade back in 2003, so I only went to this school for a few months, but I have a few good things to say about this school. I transferred in from a school with an average rating, so I didn't do very well at first, but my teacher, Mrs. Rutherford, bent over backwards for me to make sure that I caught up with the rest of the class. Also, I loved switching classes for math. Not only did it slowly prepare me for junior high, but math has never been one of my strongest subjects, so that helped me in the areas where I needed some reinforcement. If I had kids, I would move back to the area just to be able to send them to this school.


Posted July 13, 2011

The teachers at Fox Chase really care about their students. My daughter struggled with some issues in 1st grade and her wonderful teacher went out of her way to help my daughter. My daughter had a wonderful year academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

I am very disappointed with my son's education and feel he will have to spend the summer with a tutor to 'catch-up'. I will do everything in my power to not have my son attend there next year. They are inconsistent and the teachers 'run the show'. Is anyone else concerned that 1st graders eat lunch at 1pm? We have a lot of work to do ensure our child has a stable learning base and he unfortunately did not acquire it here....I will add that his kindergarten teacher was STELLAR. Too bad she couldn't follow our child through 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

My child is a current student. I agree with the posting that the teachers thinking its social hour and arent watching the kids. I chaperoned a field trip and was amazed at the behavior that was allowed. Teacher was too busy chatting with another mother to care. The reading teachers ROCK!! There is one that took time to get to know my child and he excelled with her. He looked forward to seeing her. (His teacher claimed he couldnt read, but he was removed from the program becuase he read just fine) I think the teachers here (based on my interactions with them) need to focus on teaching the kids and not becoming buddies with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2009

I am a college student on the path of procuring my B.A. in early education. To fulfill some of my course requirements I was approved to observe, 'student teach' and get some internship hours done at Fox Chase School. Each experience has been positive in all respects. The office staff warmly greeted visitors. The teachers were prepared, knowledgeable and creative. The principal made impromptu visits to the classrooms and shared encouraging words with both the teachers and the children. The librarians get the children excited about reading. The students seem eager to attend and get involved. Fox Chase is a high caliber school and I am glad it is where my neighbors send their children for a quality education.


Posted November 4, 2008

Having lived in the district 308 school district for 8 years now I have been able to see how 4 of the elementary schools have been run. Due to boundry changes and a move my children are now at Fox Chase. I am utterly suprised at the complete difference from the 3 other elementary school I have dealt with. Fox Chase seems completly unorganized. What I have seen so far is a complete dissapointment. District 308 is a great district but this school needs immediate attention. The faculty (but not all) pay less attention to the students and seem to think it is 'social' time. They huddle together at recess, pay no attention to children. Teachers seem to have lost intrest in 'TEACHING', rather focus on getting by. The principal does not compare to any other principal in the district. I think the super intendant needs to look closely at FoxChase!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

In reading some of these reviews, I am appalled!! Never in my 4 years of having students enrolled in Fox Chase, have I encountered 1 negative experience. Mrs. Tiedt is an excellent Principal, and yes, there have been many changes at Fox Chase, that comes along with the continous growth we have all seen in our community. The teachers at Fox Chase (many who are residents of the community as well) are so caring, and have a genuine love of all of our children. Although the class sizes have gotten a bit larger, we now have our Art and Music Rooms back, and the kids love it!!! Come this time next year we will even be able to spread out a bit more with our new addition that will be started soon. Parents who are thinking about moving into this school, have no fear!! Your kids will love it here!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

This is an excellent school with an energetic, educated, caring staff. Great test scores. Low teacher/student ratio compared to other districts. Great parental involvement. Strong sense of community. Very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

We moved to Oswego after an extensive school search. If we could do it all over again, we would have never moved to the town. A significant decline in the quality and safety of this school. Decisions are never made; incidents are only 'investigated' with no outcome seemingly due to the fact that everyone is so paralyzed by being politically correct. The last year and a half have been an absolute nightmare living and learning situation. We've moved out of state wanting to forget Illinois and Fox Chase completely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

The students are not taught to be kind to each other. If one is being picked on it seems like it's no big deal. I would not reccomend this school to anyone coming in. Art on a cart...come on. With the high property tax you would think the schools would be great but this one is not. Think before you send your child here. I can't wait to move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2007

This is our second year. The teachers here are excellent and centered around the needs of the students. The new principal has done a great job of dealing with safety issues - example student pick-up and morning line-up policy. I loved to see the principal and assistant principal going door to door to support district 308 in its growth. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

Music and Art are 'on a cart'. Overall the school is not the same as it used to be. the principal and asst principal now spend more time with administration and it appears less time with the kids. A leather couch in the library with the kids? come on now. I cant pinpoint it, but it certainly has changed from a year ago. Less parent involvement from a year ago, but still okay. With over 700 kids I think the school could be made more safe out in the playground area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

Good academics. Fine Parent involvement. Past Principal and Asst. Principals were better. But, it is our first year with them. The Office has improved. Still think the principal and asst principle could be nicer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

Do not like the new art curriculum for the class my child is in. No art room. Excellent library. Great teachers overall. The current principal and asst principal are not as good as in the past - just my opinion. They seem to stay behind closed doors alot more. They dont participate in games as much as in the past. The office has improved this year. Some (only some) teachers assistants are pretty snotty when you ask them a question on school property. Lotsa luck on future boundary changes for this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

This school was excellent for 5 years under the leadership of Bryan Buck however, in one year both the principal and vice principal have changed making this school less than spectacular. You either get a really excellent teacher or a so so one. Last year we were thrilled. Now we can't wait to move to get our child out of a school that is spinning out of control because of administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

I've been extremely impressed with the Fox Chase staff and administration. The principal, Brian Buck, is a highly qualified, sensitive, and caring leader, while the teachers are truly committed to making learning enjoyable and effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

This school is more than a institution of learning, it's your childs home away frome home. The entire staff, from the building engineer to the principal, treats every child with respect, in a warm loving atmostphere. They are always thinking of what is best for each individual child, and what is best for the school. The principal gives the staff a lot of leeway when it comes to trying out new things in their classrooms. They are encouraged to attend conferences and learn new stratagies to pass on to the rest of the staff. The staff also provides a safe enviorment for the children, and any kind of unacceptable behavior is not tolerated. There is a lot of parent involvement at this school, and it's encourged by the staff. My two children have been going here for 3 years, and it doesn't even measure up to the other schools they've attened.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

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

All Students75%
Female69%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income53%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income63%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities83%
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 Students84%
Female83%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income63%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female79%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income48%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female90%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income74%
Non-low income96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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 Students83%
Female85%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income69%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female72%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income42%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities82%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 51%
Hispanic 14% 23%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 5% 18%
Asian 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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260 Fox Chase Drive North
Oswego, IL 60543
Phone: (630) 636-3679

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