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Willard Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 387 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted February 10, 2014

I have one major problem with this school. They are constantly combining grades in classrooms like 4/5 grade and 5/6 grade classes. I just don't think this is fair to the students especially the kids in the older grade. You can't really complain to anyone because it is not the teacher's decision and the superintendents never care. I just wish they would hire more teachers instead of buying computer equipment like I Pads that the kids barely use. No more split classes please, if I had the money I would move or enroll my kids in private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

We are new to this area and school. I'm not sure how I feel about this school, or the district. I don't feel the teacher cares at all. Playing favorites, is not my idea of a good teacher. I hope that its just this teacher, and things will improve. Hopefully the 5 th grade teachers are better than the 4th.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2011

I an amazed at the reviews for Willard as well! I have 3 children that go there and I am scared every day of what may happen while they are there. My oldest son has had to go to the ER from school 4 times over the past 5 years do to no supervision while in recess, and I have had to replace my daughters glasses twice for the same reason! The women that are suppose to be watching them stand around in a big circle yapping letting the kids do whatever they want. I'm also very disappointed with the quality of education they are receiving. My oldest has ADHD and it seems as though they just pass on by him ever since he started there when he needed help, and now he is way behind in math because of it! I can't wait to move out of this area so I can get my kids out of that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

I can not believe the outstanding reviews I have read.. I have 3 children who have attended this school and I CAN NOT wait for my youngest who is 8 to be switching schools this fall. The poor secretary is the only person at that school with even remotely a nice personality. The faculty at this school could care less about ANY of these children, or maybe I just missed the "in crowd". When a teacher at this school put her hands on my child, I was told by the principal that they had to dismiss the offense because my daughter used the word "hit" opposed to what actually happened was she was "shoved" Principals words, not mine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

I currently have 2 children who attend Willard. I also have a 3rd child who attended kdg. - 6 there and is now at SEHS. I am very proud of how this school has continued to improve over the years. The new teachers that have been hired in the last 5-6 years are great. They have great methods for teaching their students who are at different levels. All the teacher's we have had make me feel like they really know my child and what they need to achieve their highest potential. I also like that is not a very big school and everyone seems to know everyone. The PTO is always planning something fun for the students to look forward to outside of the normal school day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

I have two sons that went to Willard Elem School. One started when he was in 4th gr.& the other was when he was 2nd. They're now in jr/hi sch. I have 1 more child at Willard, now in 4th gr. Years have gone by fast and my children always have shared a very positive experience with the school. My oldest son said, 'yes mom, you may have a strict teacher but you will learn a lot from her.' It paid off eventually.He was one of the 6th gr students who got an 'Excel' award. He continued to excel as he left his Junior high with high honors. My second left Willard being an honor student as well. The teachers are very kind,caring & dedicated to teach the students well. The principal is outstanding, highly intellectual & relates himself well with families & students. Methodology of educ is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2006

I really am happy with Willard.When talking to my friends from the surrounding areas where the teachers and principals don't know there children names or needs, I feel blessed to have a principal who stands on the playground to greet the students in the morning no matter how cold or hot it is outside. And who's office door is always open. The teachers communicate with the parents and truly seem to care about their students and that they learn to their fullest ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

Willard School has undergone some great transformations over the past 5 years. We have a greatly dedicated group of educators whom work very hard to challenge our children. They continuously work together to improve the consistancy of curriculm within the same grade and the transition from grade to grade. These teachers are excited to be with our children! There are new extracurricular activities being offered: Spanish class for all grades and Young Rembrandts. This school is always been open to communication. There is great potential and parents should take an opportunity to get involved and support our staff in their efforts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

It's cool! The academic programs are okay, may need a little work. My daughter's gym class is very challanging, but very fun at the same time, as my daughter says! The parent involvment is about a 92/100, most invovled are the PTO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2005

I have been going to the school since Kindergarten! I think that all the teachers are great. Music and art are okay, though they share the same room. The units are challenging, though plentiful in learning, and is fun! Everything is mostly at it's top, but a few enhancements will do the school good. The parents are doing SO MUCH to help the school! The PTO is great, and the volunteers are helpful. Willard is a wonderful school, and so I think that your kids should go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2005

I have had a lot of problems at willard school. I have tried to talk to the principal a number of times, regarding my sons education and he can't give me a straight answer. I have 2 nephews in the same grade, at different schools, and my child's work he does at willard is preschool compared to what they are doing. The pick up and drop off is a complete mess. They have no security when the children leave, they come out the back door and run every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

My children are no longer attending this school because I felt that the quality of their educational experience was extremely lacking. I was unsure who had control over the school: the administration or the student body. I found my children academically behind in their math, reading and writing skills. Not because they are academically challenged, but because of numerous disruptions in the classroom and teachers and adminstrators who had lost control of the situation. There are better schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

I was a student. My son did and my daughter does attend Willard. I believe if the teachers would spend more time getting to know the students, and less time worrying about offending everyone while trying to keep up with the 'jones' and making things pretty, maybe our students would learn more than what 'not to say or do'.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students46%
Female39%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income35%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female58%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income45%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
Students without disabilities67%
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 Students62%
Female69%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income57%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female60%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income49%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female88%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income81%
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)75%
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

Math

All Students80%
Female76%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income63%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female62%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income56%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
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 Students80%
Female89%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income75%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female59%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income54%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 51%
Hispanic 32% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 4% 18%
Asian 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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370 West Spring Street
South Elgin, IL 60177
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