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A F Ames Elementary School

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Posted May 8, 2013

The best teacher and environment I could have ever hoped for. Everyone should have access to such a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2012

I have a 6th grader and a 4th grader, both have been at Ames since K. We love Ames and are glad we decided to move into the district before they started school. My daughter is excited ready for Hauser in the fall but she is also sad to say goodbye to Ames. The teachers are awesome and the principle is as well. Both parents and teachers are very involved and care about the childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

We have had children at other District 96 schools. We have found that Ames teachers really care and involved in the child life. The principal knows all the children by name. She really cares about each child like they are hers. Just an all around good school. We prefer it to other schools we have been at.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Great school, wonderful principle, best teachers, parents who cares, happy, smart kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

that all the parents are involved the teachers are wonderful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

We have had two children at Ames for the past 6 years. The younger is in first grade, so we can compare changes over time. The school keeps getting better and better! The teachers really love to teach and they offer a wide range of programs to enrich the student experience. The district is struggling with space issues - all classes are at preferred capacity (about 20 children per class) , but the educational experience seems to keep getting better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

We love this school. Parents, teachers and principal, PTA and school staff work great together. Parent participation is a key element and welcomed. Small school with limited space limits activities,so they could use improvement there. Cultural program offers grea chance fo kids to broaden the small comunity feel and thin beyond our comminities. Communication is good to fair/ while it does come out , needs slightly more information to answer questions or more advanced notice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2006

poor leadership; poor run special education services; uncooperative with parents; very good teachers, board of education insensitive to parent requests; limited technology program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2005

I have two children at Ames and I am extremely happy with the quality of education they are receiving. A great deal of emphasis is put on reading, composition and math. Moreover, attention is also placed on cultural arts with special programs and hands on projects. Our PTA is very active and provides many programs and opportunities for all the children. The school is an old building with lots of character and many sculptures made by the children. The staff has great enthusiasm and it is apparent when you walk through the building. Our principal is very involved with the children and always makes herself available to parents. The small class sizes (most under 20) create an excellent learning environment where the students get lots of attention from their teacher. I feel so lucky that my children are attending a school that they love and want to be at everyday.
—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.

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89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

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 Students89%
Female95%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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 Students91%
Female88%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low incomen/a
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female85%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
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 Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low incomen/a
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
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 66% 51%
Hispanic 27% 24%
Black 3% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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