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Wesmere Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 679 students

 

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Posted July 18, 2014

I agree with the parent of May 12 below. My family wasn't pleased with this school, either. We've had children here several years, and we've seen a decline since the first principal left a few years ago. The new principal isn't personable at all. I've said a cheerful ''good morning''' to her several times, and I barely get a ''hello'' back in a friendly voice. The teachers are 'meh.' I don't agree that they're 'only there for a paycheck,' but they are overworked and severely underpaid. Plus, with this new Common Core garbage, I'm sure they're working even more and more. Yes, this school for sure could use some improvement. maybe the district should just come in and clean house - transfer teachers here and there. Give everyone a fresh start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2014

I think it all has to do with the kids. If they want to learn, they will! Love the school and the teachers. There are a couple things that could use some improvement, but overall....GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

Let me just start by saying this-if we weren't so underwater on our home and could afford to move to a better district, WE WOULD. I see people in the Wesmere/Wedgewood communities moving in w/kids and I want to tell them RUN!! It's a sad thing when the teachers even talk negatively about the principal (low morale). Also, if you have a child with learning disabilities, this is NOT the school for you. The spec-ed services are a huge let-down. There is NO going 'above and beyond' for your child at this school. My daughter is in 5th grade and we cannot WAIT for her to leave this school. It's been a battle trying to get her the services she needs and keeping on the teachers to abide by her IEP is ridiculous. I've written to the District (the super and head of special ed) on several occasions - the super told me he would 'look into it,' and that's the last I heard from him. My daughter's teacher was NOT following her IEP despite many conversations about it w/the teacher, so I wrote to the special ed director of the district (I didn't even bother with the useless principal) and heard NOT a word. These people are here just for paychecks, NOT to further your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

This school was very fun, but the food needs some work. It is too greasy and unhealthy. The quesadillias were literally dripping with grease. Also, some of the teachers pick favorites. To me it's okay if a teacher really likes the student, but the favorites sometimes don't have to get any punishment even if they did something detention-worthy. Overall, the school is ehh, but I had an interesting experience in my years there that really taught me important lessons.


Posted September 16, 2011

Don't bother calling the school if you have a question or concern. Your name and number will be taken but you will not receive a follow up call. The academics at the school leave a lot to be desired. My son feels frustrated and bored in class because he is not being challenged. academically. When my husband and I have spoken to his teachers about this, we have been told that they give him "time to do things on his own." The new accelerated program is a joke due to "lack of funding". It's very sad as a parent to watch a child who was once so enthusiastic about learning become disallusioned and give up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

i have to agree with the posting from 2/16/08 the parent who has the 1st grader who is stressed and scared. i have been every involved in the school with the pto and just being there in general my son is in 2nd grade and last year was scared to death of his teacher and hated school he still has issues with year while he likes his teacher he hates being there he feels way too much pressure i dont remember school at this age being so pressured there is way to much push for the kids to learn everything now now now and the ratings and grading of schools throughout the distric is too much presure the disctric need to back off , make this time of learning fun for the kids we are setting a like or dislike in this case for learning for life here
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2008

In my honest opinion, the teachers are overstressed and I have witnessed comments and attitudes toward the kids that were unacceptable. I have heard children being told to shut up and I don't even tell my dog to shut up. What gets me is if a student were to tell another student to shut up, that student would be in trouble for saying it. Isn't that a double-standard? The screaming/yelling at children that I have observed is just appalling and makes the school look bad because the people in charge are not stepping up to stop it. My daughter is a 1st grader and has recently developed anxiety attacks because she is afraid of her teacher. This is just unreal to me. I think the teachers need to be offered stress management classes or something because this is ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

The 'foreign language lessons' are a joke. They occur after school, and the child gets about 10 lessons. Foreign languages are NOT A PART OF THE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM!!! There is a band, which your child can optionally join in the 5th grade. HOWEVER, this turns into quite a LOT of hostility among other children towards your child's participation in the band. If your child gets involved in the band, then he will be socially ostracized and labeled a 'Geek.' Buying a house in this school district was the MOST REGRETTABLE MISTAKE OF MY LIFE! There is NO ORCHESTRA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

I am sad to say that a relocation forced my family out of this school district. District 202 is great! Four out of five of my children attended over the last seven years and the entire experience has been nothing short of excellent! My family participated in many extracurricular programs such as Band, Foreign Language Lessons, Soccer, Cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and PTO all of these programs either met or exceeded our expectations. The Principals and Staff at Wesmere Elementary and Drauden Point middle school were genuinely concerned for the eduation of each of my children. We are sorry to be leaving and I know that it will not be easy to find another school district that will be comperable to Plainfield Community Consolidated school district 202.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

I am so very pleased that my children have had the opportunity to attend this school. It is excellent! The teachers are dedicated and informative and work with parents well. They are innovative in the programs offered to the students such as foreign languages, clubs and the post office. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

This school has many good teachers. The principles leave much to be desired. As does the playground supervision. Academically, it is not all it is said to be either. My children have learned at home and through SCORE Learning centers and Sylvan than they will ever learn at this school. You also should be aware that Plainfield schools have opted not to teach phonics at all. This is a problem for many children when they are learning to read and spell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

I would like to respond to the Jan. 2005 comment. The school does have extra curricular activities. I'm not sure if you read the papers that go home with the children. They do have band they teach foreign languages, Chess club and so forth, so I'm not sure why you made that statement. I love this school and the teachers are wonderful. We were planning to move, but we can't part with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

I don't think the management is up to par but I have not had any problems with any of the teachers and my kid is in 4th grade. They DO have foreign language and lots of circuits where they pull kids out to read or do math on their level as well as with the rest of the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2005

The school is ok as long as you have good communication with the teacher. The math program leave a lot to be desired and there doesn't seem to be a set curriculum for reading at any of the Plainfield schools. The teachers do the best they can in overcrowded classrooms. My son's class has 32 in it this year. Most teachers only have an aid for half of the day in classrooms where all day would be must better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

My older daughter has been in school since the kindergarten at Wesmere.I believe it is the parents responsibility to also help their childern succeed as well as the teacher's who have to teach them! I am not a teacher and could never be one in a school,but if I do not teach my childern at home first who will? We need to help the teachers, keep on top of your child & what they are doing at school.My childern are in sports after school because the do well in school.I am happy w/most of the teachers at Wesmere my childern are doing a good job and so are the teachers.
—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.

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55%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students55%
Female56%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income60%
Not low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners9%

Reading

All Students58%
Female70%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income60%
Not low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners27%
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 Students62%
Female62%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income63%
Not low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female66%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income58%
Not low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female93%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low income88%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)81%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners50%
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 Students62%
Female69%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income54%
Not low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female74%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income58%
Not low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities71%
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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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
White 68% 51%
Hispanic 19% 24%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2001 Wesmere Parkway
Plainfield, IL 60586
Phone: (815) 439-3244

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