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Wolf Branch Elementary School

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Posted November 19, 2013

In the four years we have been at Wolf Branch Elementary, the teachers have demonstrated superb attention to our children's education. There is fluent communication between teachers and parents, and concerns are addressed immediately as opposed to quarterly reviews, allowing for corrective action on education plans. We have 3 children, two of which were developmentally delayed, and all three are thriving at Wolf Branch. We could not be happier with our choice of schools for our children. The grading scale is 8-point, and access to Power School online allows parents constant access to monitor the progress of their child(ren).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

My children have been in this district for over ten years and we are a small minority. We have never had a discrimination problem. The only time one of my children was bullied was by another African student. The teachers and administration have always been very welcoming to our cultural differences and encouraged open dialogue about culture in the classrooms. My husband and I absolutely love this district and chose it above all others to take care of our children. I know several others in the schools who are a minority and they confirm what I said "haven't had any problems". We need to question our children about their part in negative circumstances before we lash out at others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

There is a lot of favoritism at this school. If you have money, and a straight a student, you have no problem fitting in. If you have learning difficulties and are low income, no one bends over backwards to help. The principal is awful! This school is entirely overrated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

All WB parents are members of the WB PTC. Please get involved and attend the next General Membership meeting on November 13th. If you have a concern regarding the WB PTC, please contact the WB PTC President as I'm absolutely positive she would be happy to meet with you and discuss your concerns. Her contact information is available on the WB PTC Website. Thank you!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

I moved here for the music, which was cut, the class size, which is larger than most schools around now, and the small community, which means if you are more affluent, than you have an edge with the Board, Principals and Superintendent. If you are a minority, get ready to be demoralized, excluded and have to tackle every teacher and the elementary principal to get justice and equal treatment for your child. There needs to be an investigation by the St Clair Regional Office of Education as to why there are no minorities in the school as educators and why the kids with disabilities and minorities have to be challenged on every accord for the rightful education they deserve. Top it off with the PTC who are ready to run with your money and fund things the school will not buy and all parents do not have a right to decide how the money is spent. The teachers whose kids went there and they have been there for years have lost the focus of taking care of the kids and have the mindset of "I am entitled".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

Wonderful, dedicated, and caring teachers and staff. Challenging curriculum. Outstanding parental involvement. Overall, a truly terrific school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

Three of my children attend Wolf Branch. I would say that the school emphasis on education. They are hardcore. They have no mercy if you are sick. They give you all the class work that your child miss along with all the homework when they were ill. Sometimes you will get 15 pages of Homework if your child was ill for one day. It can be frustrating. I gave this school 5 stars because the teachers are great. The children are competitive. It teaches your children to work hard and stay focus. There is no Private school that will do what this school does for your child. Education is the key to success and in this time in our society we need that push in education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

I love this school. Wolf Branch really emphasizes the academics. I feel my daughter is getting the best education possible. She loves going to school everyday. The teachers are great and very caring. I am so glad we chose this district. There is a lot of parent involvement, which also makes this district great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

this school really sucks for children with disabilities!! I totally wished i would of done my research better before moving into this school district!!! I heard this school was so wonderful but its not its the worst!! :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

All I can say is that if you have an above average child, you will love this school. However, if you have a child is avergae or below average and needs help, you will have many problems and a very hard time at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

Great Music Program ,Top Math Program, most WB students are very successful in highschool
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

I have two children that attend Wolfbranch, and we've had a good experience with my oldest child who started in Kindergarten. My youngest child attended the pre-k program which I felt was average. For the tuition charged for the pre-k program, I think there are more qualified programs available in the area that offer more academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2009

I think the teachers are very helpful with the children. This includes children that need to catch up with the class. The office is wonderful to deal with. I am very happy we moved here for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

Wolf Branch is a wonderful school with excellent teachers, staff, administration and parents! There is a focus not only on high academic achievement, which is a strong point for the school, but also on developing the children to become strong, caring and productive citizens. My children have been very fortunate to have had the experience of being part of the 'Wolf Branch Family>'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

This school is not for children who need extra help instead of discipline. I asked for after school help but they wanted 15 dollars for every 30 minutes. I regret staying in that school district as long as i did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

This school has exceeded my expectations. I am so happy we chose to send our children to Wolf Branch. What a wonderful community to be a part of. The parents here are so involved. Their investment in their children really shows. The teachers are great and the administration has gone above and beyond to help my family. I can't imagine a better setting for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2007

The school did not make my family feel welcomed when we moved from a different school dist. If I would not have stood up for my oldest child, who has a learning disablity, he would have drowned academically this year. As I progress with this school hopefully my reviews improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2006

It is a great school. Both of my kids go there and the teachers are very helpful with all the needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

The Wolf Branch Community is one that provides a nurturing environment to an already existing exceptional curriculum. A child's needs are met and exceeded, from personal growth to educational challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2004

Wolf Branch Elementary and Middle School strives to give the students the highest quality education as well as real life lessons. They are not only interested in what is inside a book, but also what is inside the child. What are they thinking? What is important to them? How can I take what is important to them and use that to teach them Engish/ Science...? Both schools believe that parent involvement is important to the students. They believe that close parent involvement makes a school special.
—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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

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 Students68%
Female69%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income40%
Not low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income40%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
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 Students52%
Female46%
Male58%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Low income17%
Not low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female59%
Male78%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income39%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female89%
Male90%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Low income67%
Not low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities95%
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 Students64%
Female64%
Male63%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income40%
Not low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female72%
Male73%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income47%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities76%
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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26%
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

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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 73% 51%
Black 14% 18%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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