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Lakewood Falls Elementary School

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Posted April 20, 2009

I have been a substitute for many Plainfield schools and this one is far and away my favorite .. great kids and cooperative staff. I have heard that the classes are overcrowded, but I have never seen evidence of that. I think that the addition of many new schools in the area lately may have alleviated this burden.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 21, 2007

New principal, great changes. New spelling & math program in 2007. My kids have thrived, including a child that needed a lot of reading support. Excellent social work and resource staff. Definitely OVERCROWDED. Avg. aruond 31 kids per class in my experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

The main concern I have for this school is the way that they are now teaching reading. I disagree with the 'memory method' and believe that if this is to be used children should still be taught phoenetically with this as an aid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2005

My daughter is in kindergarten this year and so far she really likes it. Her teacher is very nice and she really seems to be doing well. I know that there are about 25 kids in her class and that there are 6 kindergarten classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

LWF has a lot to offer. Parents and students can get as involved as they want. The PTA offers a variety of activities for families: skating parties, movie night, Bingo night. To say teachers don't care about your student is wrong. The teachers care about every student. Yes class sizes are large but LWF has no control over that, it's the same across the district. For your child to be successful parents need to be involved. Attend a PTA meeting and find out how you can help your child. I did and it was wonderful. Parents can't blame the school for all their child's problems. By the way, if everyone solved problems all the same way what a boring place we would live in, besides do you solve problems the same as your spouse or neighbors. Everyday math teaches muliple ways to problem solve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

My son is a second grade student and I am very unhappy with what this school has offered my son! The math program is horrible and the reading is just as bad. My son is a child who has needed extra help and has got very little from this school and now I am having to get him a tutor and pay for it because this school has failed him in my eyes. There is little or no communication between parent and teacher. If i hadn't called his teacher I would have not known about some problems my son is having because the report cards don't reflect the truth! We moved here because we were told that the schools were great, to find out they are far from it. Anyone that has a child ready to go to this school beware!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2004

I agree w/the Aug 2003 review. Lakewood Falls offers very little to our students. The lack of spelling is terrible. And every day they bring home a different math technique - instead of just learning how to add and subtract. In general, the Plainfield School District is horrible. They are constantly moving students around. Our established subdivision (of 7 years) is now being rezoned. The kids will have to go 8 miles away for middle school. My son is in 2nd grade and hasn't learned anything I haven't taught him at home. If you move within the Plainfield School District - have money for private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2004

My children have been enrolled in this school for 3 years now and I only continue to grow to love it all the more. We have had nothing but great teachers. I simply can't say enough about them, as my neighbors can't either. The teachers seem to go above and beyond what their state curriculum is suppose to be. For instance, in first grade my daughter learned basic sign language. I was flabbergasted when she came home and read a book to me by doing sign. The only concern I would have is the number of students and the one on one with the teacher. But with such volume of house developments, I feel they are trying to do the best they can with what they have. I will never leave this home til all my children are out of Lakewood Falls!
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Posted August 26, 2003

When we moved to Plainfield they promised us grand schools, what we got was schools that refuse to teach our children. No competition, that it is OK to spell the way it sounds and not correct them because it is close enough, and otherwise might discourage them. Or maybe it's the fact that my son has been in the school for 4 years and has 4 assemblies, no honor roll, no spelling bees, no science fairs, no plays, no activities because some kids might feel bad if they don't get to play the lead. I fear for what will happen to our children when they go and look for a job and have to become part of the real world, how will they handle it if they were taught that everyone and everything has to be the same and all stay status quo?
—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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
68%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

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 Students50%
Female51%
Male48%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income33%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners28%

Reading

All Students56%
Female66%
Male45%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income36%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners33%
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%
Female58%
Male57%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income41%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female65%
Male52%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income54%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female85%
Male78%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income70%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners36%
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 Students53%
Female44%
Male60%
Black23%
Asian82%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income35%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners21%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female59%
Male58%
Black46%
Asian73%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Low income46%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 46% 51%
Hispanic 33% 24%
Black 10% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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South Budler Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
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