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Hawthorn Elementary School North

Public | PK-5 | 492 students

 

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Posted March 9, 2014

Excellent teachers who take active role in helping support growth of students. We are very happy that our children go to Hawthorn Elementary. The school is moving in the right direction, and it is a terrific place for our children to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

I have two children at North. I am concerned with the Administration and lack of encouragement for parent involvment. The fact that we keep losing great Principals is a concern as well. This year, we are stuck with a principal who does not say the pledge every morning as in years past and does not let the teachers do what they need to do. My kids are exceeding all standards and I feel are getting a good education, but again, the administration is not up to par.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

My child is in third grade at Hawthorn elementary north. I am very concerned about the poor rating although all three schools are supposed to be using the same curriculum. It is my personal view that this school gets step mother's treatment mainly due to the fact that majority of the students in Elementary North are Hispanic (Did I drop the bomb ?). Principals transfer every 6 months. This school continually rated low (4 compared to 8 in other schools in the district) and lot of bright students transfer to other schools. What is wrong here. I think administrators play blind eye to the real issue with this school. This is modern day segragation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

Currently, this school is doing much better. Leadership has changed, burnt out teachers have retired, and my kids are loving it. This may not be new but I find it great that parents are encouraged to get involved and be Mystery Readers and participate in programs like Art Adventure and Family Fun Night.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2010

I was surprised when I was told that my kid sister is a brilliant student. Her math level is way below average! Science is way below average! Writing and spelling is way below average! If she's a star student, then perhaps the teachers or their curriculum is so diluted and dumbed down.


Posted August 9, 2010

I am surprised by the negative feedback of the administration. I have found him to be warm, welcoming, and responsive to my concerns. It's too bad he was moved to another building. The teachers care about the students, and the building has the largest amount of technology in the district. It is a great school, but the inequity in population must be addressed by the unimpressive school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

Hawthorn Elementary North is an excellent school. It offers an engaging curriculum that allows for 21st century learning opportunities for all students. I currently have a kindergarten student and it is truly unbelievable the progress that she has made this year. She went from knowing some of her letters and sounds, to being able to read and write clearly and fluidly. She also loves her special teachers. One of her favorite activities is working in library with Mrs. Schramm making podcasts, checking out books, and getting a chance to learn more about computers. I feel like her teachers truly know my child, they care for her and are highly competent. I sometimes feel that because the school has a more diverse population, and that it's an older building, that other parents look down on the building. North is the best kept secret in the district! It's an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

The teachers at Hawthorn Elementary North are dedicated and hard working. The arrive early and stay late (I live near the school, and I see it.) They work harder than anyone I have ever seen, and they truly care about my children. The arts, library, and P.E. programs are strong, and we hope those important aspects of a child's education will never be cut. If money becomes an issue, make cuts at the administration level, not at a level that effects the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

Leadership is extremely poor here, and there is little cohesive communication from administrators in the building, to the staff. Morale is low, and this environment is fostered by the incompetence at the administrative level.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 28, 2009

Their academics may be above average, but the school does absolutely nothing about bullies or violence. Fighting has been occuring during recess, and the supervisors (whose jobs it is to prevent this) have been doing nothing.


Posted October 4, 2007

In the beginning I though this school is the best ,but not anymore. The teachers are good but not the principal nor the staff.I am so sorry for our kids and for the school to because it's on the way down.And everything comes from the superintendent who cares only about his interests.I am thinking to move in another school .If you want to buy a house buy in another area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2007

The majority of the teachers and support staff at this school are indeed attentive to the needs of their students. My children have been very happy with their teachers as have I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

I do agree with the comments regarding the Board's lack of concern for what the parents wanted. Unfortunately, the addition of 'choice schools' (in an expensive new building) has only divided our neighborhood and children. However, because of this, Hawthorn Elementary North has now become a 'small town' school in a huge district. The teachers at North are wonderfully attentive, the staff know the students and their parents, and I no longer feel that my children are lost in a huge school. Too bad the district is so divided.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2004

When we moved to the district 5 yrs ago, this was rated as a great school. Since then, the school board and superintendent have made many unpopular choices without regard to parental concerns. We passed a large referendum and the money is quickly (and sometimes quietly) disappearing. They promise to address concerns, but we do not feel we are heard. They continue to add 'schools of choice' with varieties of learning methods which have only confused the parents and divided the staff. We place our blame squarely on the shoulders of the school board whom we no longer trust to make choices that are best for us and our children, but instead, in their best political interests and those of the superintendent. Buy your house in another district for now!
—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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
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

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

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 Students61%
Female62%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income38%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners42%

Reading

All Students52%
Female54%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income23%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners27%
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 Students53%
Female58%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income38%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners21%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female69%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Low income47%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners26%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low income85%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners69%
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 Students61%
Female54%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income50%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners16%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female66%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income48%
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners22%
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
Hispanic 41% 23%
White 41% 51%
Asian 13% 4%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mrs. Katie Waggoner

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301 West Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: (847) 990-4500

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