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Churchill Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 707 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted April 22, 2014

Churchill is full of talented and caring teachers, who definitely go above and beyond what is expected. My daughter's teacher does so many creative, engaging activities, and she is always quick to drop an email full of praise. My son's AT teacher designs creative activities to keep him challenged. This school is tops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

Love the music and art programs. My kids come home with beautiful creative artwork and enjoy music. These programs are crucial to a great education. Each classroom should implement these into everyday learning. I dont see enough creative projects coming home only boring worksheets that the kids are just burnt out from. Where are the erupting volcano projects and shoebox displays?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

The school has some very qualified teachers and some not. The school seems to be a great school reading about the school and on the district website. The School does not conform there teaching methods for students from the principal to staff. If you requests extra help for your child you have to fight tooth and nail. When you do the school does not have the expertise or the experience for implementation. Compared to other local school districts this is a very unorganized school. My family has considered moving for structure and expertise in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2011

This school uses the Everyday Math method to teach math. Many parents have had to spend countless hours tutoring (or pay a tutor) on basic math functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and of course division) to cover what EDM fails to. Children who cannot perform these basic functions are instructed to use a calculator. Many children have a hard time with real world math when they get to Jr. High or High School. In addition, this school teaches phonics, a method that is proven not to work when helping children to spell and/read. Faculty does not work with the parents/children who have learning issues. Poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

My children have only attended Churchill, but are testing in the 99th percentile for reading, and 94th percentile for Math. I've compared Churchill's test scores to those from a top(in the State's school district rankings) elementary school in my hometown(where homes cost 2-3 times what they do in this district) and they are an equal match. I am very pleased with all I have encountered at Churchill. There will always be reviews from disgruntled parents, but I personally give Churchill an "A".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

On the outside appears to be a good school, but once you dig deep and start interfacing true colors surface. Typical breakdown in our educational process is real evident at this facility starting at the top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

This school has a very nurturing environment where good character is stressed. Bullying is not tolerated. Every child is made to feel welcome and every child can succeed at Churchill. The teachers are very caring and helpful, and all students can get all the help they need. Of all the schools my daughter has attended, Churchill is the very best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

I love Churchill because the principle and staff trully care about their students. I have had a wonderfull relationship with all my kids teachers. They really try to excell to reach each childs full potential. Go Mustangs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

We moved from WPB and I was very nervous about the move and school although I had done my homework.But very soon my son adjusted and was very happy. The school principal Mrs. Nelson, is just outstanding along with her staff and teachers. The thing which surprised me most was all the staff including the principal knows each and every kids name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

The dedicated staff are excellent at putting the needs of the children first, and keeping in constant communication with the parents. Parents have no choice but to be involved in their children's education (as it should be) which helps the children remain interested in their own education, and allows all students at Churchill to excel at their schoolwork.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We are a fairly new school with big ideas and big hearts. All of our students and staff come in each day with smiling faces and ready to excel. The sense of family and comfort each parent receives from Churchill and it's staff makes us all proud to be involved with such an outstanding starting point for our children. Go Mustangs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My granddaughter attends Churchill! Teachers have been so very personable and professional! They encourage family involvement, even extended family like myself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

A schools success or failure starts at the top, and with Christine Nelson (aka Laughlin) running the show at Churchill Elementary it couldn't get any better. Walking in you immediately feel the sense of organization, love, and comfort from everyone on staff. As in any environment you have your good days and tough ones but you never feel your walking alone in the journey of raising your kids and solving the problems on those tough days. The education is some of the best I have experienced with a bent toward technology. The classload carries multiple physical education periods each week keeping the kids healthy in body and mind. The spirit is kept healthy through their character counts assemblies. My kids even get to experience art, music, and learning about the library will getting all the standard daily doses of mathematics, reading, social studies, and science. Their diet A+ thanks to the staff and district curriculum. I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

I'm not the least bit impressed the curriculum is sub-par at best. The extracurricular offerings are limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

Great school! Highly recommended! We came from a top-rated school district and were fearful that we would be jipping our kids out of a better education, but we were very wrong. Our son struggles with reading disablities. His teacher and staff were wonderful in helping him overcome his frusterations. The overall communication between parent and teacher enables the school to be a successful learning place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

Excellent school, tremendous parent involvement, excellent teachers and administrators
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Great school...excellent principal!
—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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

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 Students78%
Female79%
Male76%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income56%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female90%
Male76%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income56%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities90%
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%
Female80%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income64%
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)73%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income50%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female89%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income86%
Not low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)91%
Students without disabilities93%
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%
Female88%
Male78%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income61%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female81%
Male65%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income37%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
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

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
White 71% 51%
Black 8% 18%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Oswego, IL 60543
Phone: (630) 636-3800

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