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Freedom Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 833 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 25, 2014

The school is great. My daughter loves her teacher and the school and we have had no problems whatsoever. She's getting a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2013

Overall it's a good school. Classroom size is about 24 children. Art, music and P.E are offered along with a great media center. Office staff is also great. What I don't like is that in the last three years we've had three new principals. Also, in four years I've had two fantastic teachers and two not so great.School seems to have alot of younger teachers that are new to education. They also switch teachers around alot between the grade levels. Communication is good. Connect Ed calls and fundraising is out of hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

I have two children at this school and will be sending another in a few years. My eldest will have gone through all grade levels this upcoming school year. I was frustrated during first few years, however, I have noticed improvement year over year and believe this school is on the brink of greatness. One that can stack up against any in the state. The teachers care and utilize the latest technology tools and methods. All of the teachers my children have had have been solid, some spectacular. I have noticed that the kids in this area are really well behaved and naturally smart with solid, down-to-earth families. The PTO is very active and there are all sorts of extra curricular activities. The district doesn't have the money or resources of others, but they are making it work. My children have friends with all sorts of background and the overall area is surprisingly diverse. I now feel that this school is as good as any and would certainly recommend this school to anyone. They just need to add a few more curriculum capabilities for more advanced and motivated kids and this school will be as good any.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

I have three children who attend Freedom. The teachers are for the most part great. However sadly there are a few who are not so great. Mr. Hudson and Ms. Connell play good cop / bad cop with the children. They think they are a great team working this way, but I think they need to think this tatic. I also think they give parents the run around. I also think there are way to many connect ed calls asking for money to support the school. And I do not think they should have teachers tell the kids to go home and ask to go to whatever fastfood place is donating back to the school, that should be up to the parents to decide and not brought up to our children by teachers in a learning environment. There is too much emphasis on fund raising. The only reason this school scores so highly in Plainfield is because of where it sits and what subdivisions feed into it. The principals know that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2012

"There is no Freedom at Freedom" has been the motto for the past two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

Been in Plainfield school district for five years and at Freedom since it opened, almost four years; three children. We have have had wonderful creative teachers. We have also had some who were mediocre. All were nice but a few who were new and teaching for the first time or clearly overwhelmed by the large class sizes. Class sizes are larger two of my children were in classes so large that they were split during the school year. My child who had developed a connection to his teacher was moved to a new class with a new teacher mid year. It felt like starting over and took some adjustment and had an impact on grades. For my other child it was not an issue. Third child has not had this experience. A lot of paid after-school activities but they can be expensive. This year, for example, Spanish cost $135.00 per student for 10 hours of instruction or $120.00 for returning students. Freedom Elementary for us has been o.k. it's not terrible but it's not great either. We have also had a few great stand out teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Outstanding, dedicated teachers & staff! Incredibly committed PTO! Great community of parents and students! Everyone works together at Freedom for our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Strongest PTO around! Most dedicated teachers...my son's third grade teacher, Ms. Gill, volunteered her own time every (1 hr before school)Thursday morning to help her entire class improve in Math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

My kids go to this school great school teacher are very help full i think this is best school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

My kids go there i am very satisfy great school great teacher very helpfull best school in district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

Teachers are so great. Parents are so involved. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

This is a great school with dedicated teachers & support staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Great teachers & staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Freedom Elementary is very involved with activities for the children to make sure they have a well-rounded experience. Great teachers and parent volunteers make it all happen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

wonderful teachers,great staff, the best school for involving the whole family....the school spirit is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers are great and they have tons of family activities to help get parents involved in the school. They really get the community involved in the childrens' learning!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great teachers, great people. We love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Freedom's staff and all volunteers are educated, professional and fun and care about the future our children. Go Hawks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love the teachers, the administrators, the nurse, the volunteers, everyone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Freedom Elementary has the greatest staff and teachers for a newer school in the district. My sons have both recieved a great education in a learning environment that nurtures their different styles of learning. Principle Hudson and Assistant principle Ms. Connell are great leaders and participate in the everyday activities with the students. We have been very happy there1
—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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

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

All Students76%
Female80%
Male74%
Black55%
Asian88%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income50%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black55%
Asian94%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income60%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students77%
Female79%
Male74%
Black69%
Asian93%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income69%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male73%
Black69%
Asian86%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low income77%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female92%
Male85%
Black77%
Asian93%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income77%
Not low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)61%
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students77%
Female76%
Male78%
Black60%
Asian96%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income39%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female77%
Male74%
Black60%
Asian86%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income44%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities80%
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

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 64% 51%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Black 7% 18%
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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11600 Heritage Meadow Dr
Plainfield, IL 60585
Phone: (815) 254-4005

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