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Montessori Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 336 students

 

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Posted May 9, 2014

This school is beneficial for some children and families but it's definitely not for everyone. We had a negative experience, unfortunately as we had heard many positive things about it. The program has grown over the last few years and although it tries hard to follow the Montessori philosophy it is not able to fully embrace it. There are lots of discipline issues that I felt were not handled appropriately with some teachers using punitive and harmful methods meant to motivate students. The idea 'do no harm' was certainly not in place in some classrooms at this school. The multi-grade classrooms are a good idea in theory however it is difficult for some of the teachers to maintain a positive classroom environment managing 20 children (20 students to 1 teacher) working at many different academic levels. Some teachers seemed to struggle in managing their classes which resulted in disrespect, bullying, and a chaotic environment. At times children were left unsupervised by a grown-up (3rd graders supervising younger children in the bathroom) which I found extremely unacceptable. On a positive note, the Principal is kind and accessible and some teachers are competent and engaging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

i think this school is excellent and the teachers and the principal are wonderful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2006

Montessori is amazing. Never have I felt so welcome to become involved in my children's learning processes. I don't regret my decision to place them at Montessori. I also found it impressive that the principal knows each individual by name. She is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2006

There is no other equivilant school in district 205 that can compete with the Montessori Magnet School (academically, life/social skills, art and music, and recognizing the individual child). I cannot praise this program enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2005

My daughter LOVES to go to school! Her teacher is caring and her classmates are curteous and use manners! When we visited the school at an open house I thought I was in another world-Pre-K and K were in the room working together and not fighting for the same project, speaking and not yelling, walking and not running, learning and not there because they had to be! This is the BEST school as it allows you and your child to build a relationship with the teacher (your child will only have 3 teachers the entire time he/she is there, instead of 7 like all the others) and it is one of the only public schools that has a structured Pre-K program. We are honored to have been chosen to participate in such a wonderful program and recommend it Montessori Magnet to all our friends and family!
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Posted March 19, 2005

This school is the best Rockfrord Public school! I have had students enrolled at this school for 12 years and this has been a very wonderful school. The teachers are very caring and really get to know the students and family. Education and everyday life is taught at its highest. They are all taught to love everyone and that it takes everyone to make up a community like the community they have at this school. The pricipal is very good. All of the teachers and parents are very happy with what she has accomplished at this school.
—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

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
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

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

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

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

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

All Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income26%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female59%
Male64%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income48%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
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 Students64%
Female67%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income42%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low income53%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female89%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income69%
Non-low income96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students36%
Female33%
Male42%
Black8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income23%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female54%
Male75%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income46%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities72%
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 Students41%
Female43%
Male39%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income37%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female57%
Male50%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income43%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
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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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 37% 51%
Black 36% 18%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4704 North Rockton Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: (815) 654-4906

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