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Ridge Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 807 students

 

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Posted October 29, 2014

We move to Dallas and we miss this school so much! it was the BEST!!! My daughter was there from kinder to 3rd grade and all the teacher and the speech therapist were simply amazing! They were always on top of things and the parent involvement was great! The reading program after school was incredible! I really miss it and my daughter more. Thank you Ridge, you are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

I would suggest that parents take a proactive approach to investigating the quality of the school by speaking with the Administration and the Superintendent directly. In addition, reviewing test scores, and looking at student /teacher ratios, and determining how many teachers have a degree higher than a BS or BA should be a better indication as to the quality of the school. L these reviews are bias as there are always two slides of the story. There is no such thing as a perfect school, there will always be some type of negative review, and we should do a full investigation before making a final judgment on a school.


Posted March 3, 2014

Terrible terrible school. The principle and vice principle are almost useless. My son was bullied everyday, I kept telling them about it and they asurred me they were taking care of it but they didn't it continued to the point I took all 3 kids out of school and home schooled them. I am so glad I moved from that area, Now my kids are back in school and very happy. They didn't even recognize that my son was dyslexic. Unless the school has changed since 2007 I wouldn't send my kid there, and from the comments I am reading it don't sound good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

All three of my children have gone here to school. We have had a great experience. The teachers really care about the children and the administration seems to be doing an excellent job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

All of my kids have gone to Ridge. Overall, I am very happy with the school. I do wish the parents would get more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

I was skeptical about Ridge when my kids first went there. I don't think the changeover went as smoothly as it could have with the kids redistricted to Ridge from Wesmere. However, with two schools plus the District involved, you can't be sure where the problem was. Ridge has turned out to be great. We love the teachers and have no compliants about the administration. The new district-wide curriculum for differentied is fantastic! One of my kids is 504 (physical disability not requiring an Individual Education Plan/IEP) and from the teachers on down they have been wonderful about things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

I am not very impressed with the school's aministration. 2 of my girls went to this schools, one of them had academic problems, and they labeled her as potentially having ADD and other developmental problems. After trying to work through the system, meeting after meeting, my daughter moved on to middle school and nothing was ever fixed. They wanted me to place my daughter in special education, however every time I asked them to provide feedback about her progress they never did. I had to call the school, send emails. When we would meet with all of her teachers, they all seem to have conflicting reports. Last year one of my daughters brought home a math assigment with a great big star, and at first I thought it was great, but as I further looked at the assignment I noticed that it was not only very sloppy the answers ....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2008

My children have attended Ridge since Fall 2004 and I could not be happier. The Principal and teachers go above and beyond to make sure that every student is learning and every day is safe. The whole school started using a team building cooperative learning system that has been proven to increase learning and decrease behavior problems. The Principal is involved and actively trying to improve the school in every way possible. We had some issues in second grade, but I felt my issues were acknowledged and my younger daughter will not have to repeat the lack of learning my older daughter had in that year. Unfortunately not enough parents are involved in PTO. Another small negative is that I wish they would push the kids more in the younger grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

My daughter has been at Ridge for 2 years. As with any school there are good things and bad at Ridge. They have a great 'advanced' teacher in Mrs. Reader, and a great library staff. There are definitly things that need to be inproved, like the vice principal sometimes acts a bit too goofy, personally I think that she should be a forward thinking positive roll model, not a clown, playing one on dress up days. The school spirit is lacking in this school vs. other schools in the area, but maybe they just don't know that being seen that way. Again just my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

My son has been going to this school since K. He is now in the 3rd grade. I have nothing but great things to say about the staff, teachers, principal, nurses, etc. I guess we are just lucky, based on all of the negative reviews. Or maybe we just don't make excuses for our son's behaviour.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

I believe they really need to get new administration. They are not friendly when you walk in at all. They act like you are bothering them when you ask for something. Very unorganized but that is because of the administration. They need to get it together. They also pick a kid that may be a bit naughty then they are 'branded' a 'bad kid' all through their whole elementary school years. Horrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

I been a Ridge parent since it open, I think Ridge has grow greatly in all areas academic, parent support, students support and better teachers. It is a great school with wonderful teachers who cares for their students, I'm very please with the teachers that my kids had so far. We still need more parents envolment in that way we could have more after school student activities. The principal and asst. principal need to be more flexible when implementing new ideas or concept throught the school, no every family have the resources or agree with your life stile and changes take time and communication. probably even a survey to have parent opinions, things work better if we have the support of the parents. Rigde is a Great School...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

My daughter has gone to Ridge for Kind. and 1sr grade. I loved her teachers (Mrs. Guzaldo and Mrs. Schneider) They are both wonderful role models and have been such great influences. They have a strong reading program which is so important. I have been able to volunteer a lot in the school which has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of the staff. Mrs. Nelson the principal is wonderful. She is very active in the school and is always involved with the students. The school is always having events for the families so everyone can get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

My child has been lucky enough to have decent teachers but I've had to supplement his education with lots of at home teaching. They spend so much time worry[ing] about the students who come to school 10 minutes too early.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

I have had good luck with Ridge teachers. As far as the administration goes, they need to find a new principal and vice principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2007

Most of the teachers are wonderful at Ridge. The ones that are great are truly caring of the student in all areas. The drawbacks are there is no actual disciplinary system in place in administration. It is very scattered. The programs however; music, art, PE are fine but still being so large of class size, many things fall through the cracks. The parent involvement is very lacking. There needs to be more. The reading programs are wonderful and very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2007

My daughter is not getting the help she needs. Kids are out of control, teachers cannot teach their classes. Not satisfied at all but no one will listen! I am frightened at our children's futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

So far, I am very pleased w/ Ridge. I was a little skeptical in regards to the Plainfield school system w/ the continued growth of Plainfield but My oldest daughter's Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Guzaldo was Great! On occasion, I have corresponded w/ school management and found them insightful and always willing to help. I feel great knowing I'll have two children in Ridge next year w/ two more following. Thanks Ridge!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

I felt my son's first Grade instruction was great. I liked the amount of communication that was available to me. The conferences were very informative and my questions and concerns were always addressed. Both music and art were part of the curriculum, I just wish physical education was every day, not just twice a week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

Overall, I am very pleased with Ridge Elementary. My daughter has benefited great from the wrap around program, where she was able to have the same teacher from 1st grade.
—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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students61%
Female62%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income48%
Not low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners30%

Reading

All Students72%
Female78%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income52%
Not low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners40%
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 Students68%
Female74%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income66%
Not low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female72%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income66%
Not low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income86%
Not low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
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 Students59%
Female55%
Male62%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Low income35%
Not low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female67%
Male58%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income39%
Not low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities68%
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%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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 58% 51%
Hispanic 29% 24%
Black 7% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1900 Caton Ridge Drive
Plainfield, IL 60586
Phone: (815) 577-4630

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