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Bell-Graham Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted September 2, 2011

The basic fundamentals of grammar school are not there. The math program is especially lacking. Students are not proficient at adding, subtracting, multiplication and division. Yet, they are moved on to more complex problems such as fractions and geometry. This is all of district 303, not just Bell Graham. Teachers are above average which is why I gave Bell Graham 3 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

AWESOME!!! Iove it so much it is a great school i recomend it very much yeah it is pretty cool and the teachers are good


Posted March 20, 2011

I have two children who attend Bell Graham, one of which has some special needs. I could not be more pleased with the teaching staff, management and education provided. The staff is resourceful, informative and compassionate. The curriculum at Bell Graham is challanging and cutting edge however, the staff continues to impress me with thier abilities to help the children reach that higher standard. In addition, thier resource staff is second to none! The insight and services provided are simply incredible. The intellectual and educational growth we have seen in our children is a true testiment to the quality of this school and it's staff. Cudos to Bell Graham, where every ounce of each teachers compassion always shows through!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2010

I am not satisfy with the school, they don't put more weight in teaching the kids proper education. There are a big sizes classes,it's a lot of kids in one room.That'w why I choose to transfer my daughter to another school,it was hard decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

i love this school and my teacher she is mrs.hornbastel
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2007

usally i would put it 4 stars except for the fact im in the only 5th grade class that dosent have a teacher. i love this school!! i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2007

To be honest, the school is about as poorly managed as the curriculum is designed. No one is really focused on the fundamentals of education. Additionally, the children are not motivated to perform. Homework is not reviewed by the respective teacher. Finally, report cards are not based upon metric-based evaluation...just what the teacher 'sees' or 'feels'. If you desire this type of education for your children, this is a great school...but hire a tutor. Your child will need it to get into a real school later in life. I am currently educating my high schooler on how to study for tests...must have been absent that day in Bell Graham. How do you get through grade school and middle school and not know even how to study?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

You will not find better teachers anywhere! My son attended 5th grade here and had the best experience. The teachers are dedicated, innovative and caring. They push students to reach, anc concentrate on creating thoughtful, reflective learners. Though we have been happy with other STC schools, this environment was the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2004

My daughter has attended Bell-Graham since it opened! K-4th has been a wonderful experience for her and the staff is warm, loving, and very intuitive to the needs of the children. District 303 is why we live in St. Charles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2004

Bell-Graham is an excellent elementary school. It is a high quality, safe school that has teachers that care about teaching. So far my son who will be attending 3rd grade this year has had teachers who were enthusiastic and took the time to really know my son and his personality in the school environment. The only complaint would be that the curriculum chosen for district 303 if followed exactly seems to test more than teach the material. I do not see this as a teacher issue as much as a curriculum choice for the district. I know parents at Ferson Creek Elementary have reported that their teachers do not follow the curriculum as strictly as Bell-Graham. In my opinion the curriculum isn't an organized one. It doesn't spend enough time on a subject before moving to the next. Not all children can absorb material that teachs in this way.
—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.

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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

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

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

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students83%
Female80%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students80%
Female75%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low incomen/a
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low incomen/a
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Not low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low incomen/a
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female90%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low incomen/a
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities92%
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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of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
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 86% 51%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4n505 Fox Mill Blvd
St Charles, IL 60175
Phone: (630) 762-6670

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