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Leal Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 433 students

 

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Posted October 7, 2014

This school is great in helping English Learners. It's staff is very caring of it's students. The after school program in particular is a great help with parents that cannot pick up their children right after school.


Posted September 23, 2013

As a current PhD in art education, with a lot of experience teaching teachers how to teach, it is my pleasure to review the school. I went here when I was young and loved it! There's an emphasis on creativity, in a student centered meaning that they try and match it to what students are capable of in terms of ideas and abilities, there is a huge emphasis on social justice, diversity and integration, which I think is amazing. I know other people who went there and they loved it. I know people who have worked there and are some of the nicest people I know. I know parents who have children there, and they would not switch them out of there for the world. I would highly highly recommend the school.


Posted August 19, 2013

When we asked before the start of the school year to have our child moved from the class of a teacher we had been unhappy with the year before, we were told it was too late. This was frustrating for us, because we asked for the change as soon as possible right after the information was made public. We found the process opaque, as we had not been asked to choose a teacher beforehand. We further noted that other parents had had better success in having their teacher preferences honored, even after the first day of school. Who you know is everything here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

Leal is an excellent school and my daughter has been going to this school for 3 years. Her favorite teacher is Ms.Tiffany, but all of the teachers are excellent. Mr.Landsman, their principal is extremely good, but in a way like the kids. this school is the best my daughter has gone to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

Leal is generally a wonderful school, with probably the best teacher I have ever seen in Ms. Tiffany Clark. There are always some problems in any public school, but Leal should rank very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2010

Leal elementary is very overdue for some new teachers and certainly a new principal. The principal acts like the children is supposed to be leading. If you have an issue with something at the school do not expect any help or support from the principal. The way conflicts are dealt with is to turn the other cheek and brush them under the rug. Leal elementary has no policy in place to deal with bullying and instead seems to think if it is ignored it will go away. All in all, this is a very overrated school and is extremely lacking in leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

excellent and caring adults with studnts in mind for everything they do. The afterschool program is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

I have 2 children go to Leal Elem School and I must say that I appreaciate the teachers and principle for their hard work and great attitude and patience with kids. My kids love school and look forward to go to school everyday.. Thank you Staff at Leal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

The schools in the Urbana/Champaign area do have some issues and can be quite different from school to school but Leal elementary was very good. I am especially impressed with the principle, Mr. Landsman. He is very hands on and visible everywhere from the playground to after school events. He knows many kids and parents by their names. Another impressive area was kindergarten. Ms Lisa and Ms LaDonna had a wonderful way of meeting each child at their level and challenging them as do many teachers at Leal. I would recommend Leal to any one moving to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Leal is a great school. The principal is very caring and the teachers my son has had have been superior performers. The team approach ensures all who come in contact with your child are on the same page. My son has special needs and the response to that has been outstanding. Kids are taught not only academic material but important life skills like learnings about respecting themselves, others , and property. Social skills are developed in the children. Staff at Leal care about the whole family. It is a wonderful neighborhood school. They have lots of activities the kids can participate in after school. The PTA is very active. They offer art, music, dance and drama. The fine arts are encouraged; my son has been on field trips to attend plays and shows at the University of Illinois. Leal is truly #1! Rhonda Stebbins
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

My daughter transferred from Kindergarten in the middle of the 2nd semester last year to Leal Elementary. Her reading and Math skills skyrocketed, along with her knowledge of a wide variety of previously unexplored cultures and themes. The after school program is one of the best I have ever seen. Both stimulating and nurturing to children of all ages. Thank-you Sandy Davin and Terry! For a wonderfull learning experience. Teachers(you know are overworked) are pleasant, and positive, and willing to go that extra mile. The principal Ms.McCabe, obviously has excellent leadership skills, that have influenced her staff as well as students. I give Leal 5 stars, and also have to mention the tremendous amount of parental involvement! Which is certainly a contributing factor in its success.
—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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
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

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students50%
Female50%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income26%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners18%

Reading

All Students48%
Female55%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income16%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners9%
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%
Female49%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income35%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners23%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female54%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income41%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female78%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income79%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners77%
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 Students51%
Female47%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income35%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female53%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income33%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners0%
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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Reading growth at this school

Above 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 46% 51%
Hispanic 35% 24%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 6% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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312 West Oregon Street
Urbana, IL 61801
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