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North Elementary School

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Posted April 17, 2014

My grandson goes to North School, he likes it and all his teachers. I like the programs and activities they have.


Posted October 8, 2013

After attempting to home school for 1 1/2 years, I took a tour of North and was so impressed with the principal and the teachers that I met. I enrolled my daughter and she is now attending for the second year. Every teacher that I have met has genuinely cared for my daughter and is committed to providing a safe place and good education. In the first couple of weeks she was there she came home crying that a boy growled at her on the playground. I contacted the teacher and she told the boy that my daughter was new and should know better and then did role playing with my daughter to help her know what to do in a similar situation. All my emails or calls were always promptly returned. This year there is a new principal and one day they tried something new and that was to invite parents to the kids recess. I was happy to see him playing with the kids and that he knew their names. All the teachers make the school a great place to be and I am very happy that my daughter is now going to North school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

North School has been through some re-visioning changes and they have made a difference. The principal, nancy Munoz, has been an incredible catalyst for positive change. She and Fred Leinweber, the assistant principal, for a great team to lead North. What hasn't changed are the consistently awesome teachers that are both caring and able to lead our kids to be the next great generation. All schools have their hang-ups and this one is no exception. However, this school's positive points outweigh them by far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2011

North School is GREAT! The teachers are VERY CARING and on top of issues when they come up! The Principal is GREAT and the Asst. Principal is FANTASTIC! We have been very happy with the 2 years our kids have been at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

North School is GREAT! I moved to this area and my son was entering 1st grade. His teacher was wonderful. Whenever there was an issue she would email me or send a note home. I was able to just drop by to check on my son as well. Everyone at North School was nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2010

This is a great school. The teachers are amazing. They do everything they can to make learning fun for the kids. There is a small but strong PTA that does many things for the school and the kids. My only concerns is the District cutbacks, I hope the larger projected class sizes will not be too much of a burden on the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

My son is in Kindergarten and he loves his teacher and classroom. He enjoys going to school at North everyday because of the wondeful teacher he has. But, the downside to this school is the Principal. She lacks common people skills, and does not know how to talk to children, or parents in the event of an situation. I have never seen her say good morning to my child or another child on the playground.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

A gifted child will be lost at this school. North spends it's resources teaching those who refuse how to speak english (and obviously not very successfully, as my older knew kids still in esl from this school while in high school) and dealing with discipline problems. Too much money is spent on day care programs, and little time and effort is spent on gifted children. Gifted children will be our future. The children who are ignored by parents and in day care 12 hours a day, and whose parents won't bother to learn english will not be the ones making our future. It is sad, but true, not the children's fault, but the school needs to only use immersion language programs to teach english. In immersion, children learn english by being surrounded by english. No other languages can be allowed, and then they can sink or swim by their effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

We moved out of villa park because of the school. They really need to fix all the problems with bad behavior. I thought it was 0 tolerance. The kids with good behavior get over looked. The teachers have no time for teaching. So my daughter was so far behind in her new school. North school needs a a lot of work. my daughter is in a great school now what a difference. She is learning and is much happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

North Elementary School keeps the doors locked at all times. To get into the school, you have to be buzzed in through the office and sign in. Frankly in today's world that gives me peace of mind. The principal is eager to work with parents and their children to ensure their experiences are positive ones. Parents are encouraged to become acquainted with the staff and also join the PTA. As a member of the PTA, I attend monthly meetings because I want to be involved in my child's school and have a better understanding of the various programs and events. The goal is to raise funds for PTA sponsored programs and activities at North School. My child has complained about children disrespecting the teachers by not listening and talking back. What must those children be like at home? All those things we learn in kindergarten must really begin at home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2007

The greatest thing I ever did was remove my child from this environment. It was a huge burden off my shoulders. I no longer had to be concerned as to the safety and well being of my child. The attitudes of the principal and the teachers were poor. The only good thing I can say about this school is that the Speech Therapist is AMAZING. She has a heart of gold. And she cares for the wellbeing of the children. My child is much happier with a big increase in self esteem since being pulled from that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2007

I am glad I took my child from this school. They do not meet the emotional needs of these children. And they have poor attitudes in this school. My child is so much happier and helathier since leaving that emvironment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

I did not like this school. It was the best thing I ever did to take my kids out of this school. The teachers are out numbered by kids with bad behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

This school has too many fundraisers from the PTA. It seems as though they have them every month Entertainment book sales, 2 book fairs, catalogs with wrapping paper and candy, butter bread, yearbooks (for elementary students), an auction and frosty festival. That is just to name a few. Isn't there a limit to how much money they can keep asking us for? I think they need more concern geared towards the kids and parent involvement versus money for the PTA. There is a lack of parent involvement in this school. However, I can't blame them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

Children with learning disabilties needs will not be met at north school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

I think it is great the school has a wonderful band and orchestra. That does not change the fact that they don't help children with learning disabilities. It is a shame my child was delayed on whole school year for testing. There can be some wonderful parent involvement. We had one brownies mom who bent over back word for the kids, you could tell she really cared. The other parent just did not seem to even want to be there. A child's education is very important and when a parent shows concern about a possible learning disability, action should be taken. Yet none was through North. The following school year we changed districts& they tested my child & she has a learning disability
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

This is an exellent school. Parents are so INVOLVED its a great school to learn and to grow in. Teachers are caring and supportive Band program is great along with Orchestra. I went to school here and I would never have dreamed going anywhere else.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 1, 2005

If your child has a learning disability watch out.
—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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
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

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
75%

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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students51%
Female49%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income39%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners9%

Reading

All Students60%
Female70%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income49%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners26%
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 Students58%
Female63%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income41%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female59%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income41%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female75%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income74%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners42%
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 Students43%
Female47%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Low income33%
Non-low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income50%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities56%
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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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

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 42% 51%
Hispanic 41% 24%
Black 12% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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