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Virginia Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 808 students

 

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Posted March 19, 2014

Yes, Virginia Lake has a diverse population of students. However, VL also is full of the most wonderful, caring staff I have ever encountered. The teachers care about their students and go above and beyond to help all the students. Whether it be the 'highest' or 'lowest'. The world is a diverse place, and so is VL.


Posted March 11, 2014

This school is absolutely terrible. The kids are thugs and gangster who need to get locked up before they are unleashed on the world and we have to then deal with them. The little boys swear at the young girls and treat them like objects. I moved my daughter out of here immediately. and it was the best thing I've ever done. People who leave there children there to rot should be ashamed of their selves as parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

i dont like virginia lake no ofense. but i am a old student i moved to jane addams .and virginia lake has inaprpiate language. and they are not well behaved or well mannered .some teaachers there are mean. but my third and second grade teachers were nice my name is melissa buckley and i used to go to VL .


Posted December 1, 2004

Virginia Lake is a very well-mannered school. Also, I would personally know considering I am a student there. I wolud also consider virginia lake's teachers have very good teaching methods considering I am a straight A student and it apparently has come from the great teachers of this school. Also, in my opinion the teachers are also very nice, thoughtful, and helpful if we have a problem in any subject. Also, the school is very safe. I know this because they are very secured at night, and they hire the right people to watch the students and I during recess. In conclusion, I would just like to say I oersonally think Virginia Lake is a great school also considering we are in district 15 who won the mcnamara award last year, and only one school in our district has the no child left behind program which is pleast hill I think.
—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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
73%
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

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students59%
Female49%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income41%
Not low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners24%

Reading

All Students49%
Female51%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income34%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities50%
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 Students60%
Female54%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian60%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income50%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female56%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian40%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income44%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female65%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low income66%
Not low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners31%
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 Students58%
Female60%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income47%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners19%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female57%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income39%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners0%
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 Students56%
Female58%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income30%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female69%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income39%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners7%
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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26%
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46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Reading growth at this school

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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
Hispanic 56% 24%
White 30% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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925 North Glenn Drive
Palatine, IL 60074
Phone: (847) 963-7100

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