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Andrew Cooke Magnet Elementary School

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Posted October 26, 2013

My son started kindergarten this year, and I am very pleased with everything that has happened so far. Cooke wants parents to be involved, and they have activities and things going on all the time so that happens. This school is very concerned with safety and that really puts me at ease. They want to ensure that all of the children are safe and do their best to keep it that way. I highly recommend this school, and I am so happy my son got in there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

It's been about a month so far and while you are naturally concerned no matter where your child goes on how well a school will nurture your child's intellect, curiosity and behavior, Cooke Magnet has exceeded my expectations. The school is beyond what I would have expected even in a higher demographic area. I have seen so much growth in my daughter and she continually remarks on how much she loves her teachers and all the programs they have each week. Thank you Cooke Magnet for being here, it allows us to continue to live in a diverse community (outside the bubbles of suburbia) with children - otherwise we likely would have had to move. I highly recommend Cooke to anyone moving to or living in Waukegan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Cooke is a wonderful school with truly dedicated teachers. Ironically, if your white you're a minority so many great Waukegan families have moved or chosen private schooling. If those options are not in your cards, definitely take the time to visit and get information about Cooke. You won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Andrew Cooke is by and far the best school in Waukegan district 60. They have the best test schools, the highest amount of students who participate in the Waukegan summer library reading program, and the best music, arts, and science programs. If you are a parent who cares, and live in Waukegan, you send your kids to Andrew Cooke Magnet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

This is definitely the best elementary school in the Waukegan public school district. It is very obvious that the principal, teachers and staff are all very committed to the betterment of the children and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Andrew Cooke is a wonderful school. I can not say enough wonderful things about it. The students, the teachers, the principals, the staff and the parents all work together to make Cooke a great place to learn. Cooke offers so much more for their elementary students - they encourage their students to play in the orchestra/band, preform in the plays, join clubs, help out in the school greenhouse, and so much more. But the one thing that stands out is how much the school really is a family and everyone is always willing to go that extra mile to help out and make our school so AWESOME!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Cooke School teaches the curriculum through the fine arts and sciences. My two daughters go to Cooke and really enjoy all the activities and active hand's on education they have received. I highly recommend looking into this school if you are thinking of moving to Waukegan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

At no other school in the district will you find teaching staff that consistently go above and beyond what you would expect. From after school tutoring, to clubs, to enrichment classes for students, to fundraisers and supporting each other, you won't find a closer group of staff members. This, in turn, shows the students the importance and benefits of working together to achieve a goal and that with support for each other, we can truly accomplish great things. We are a school in a high poverty district, but we don't let that stop us. The fine arts and music are everywhere throughout the building. The greenhouse is productive. Students are happy and work very hard. It's a great building to work in. I am glad I'm a part of the family.
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Posted November 26, 2007

I have two children enrolled at Cooke and find it the best possible education I could ask for them There is an accelerated academic curriculum as well as a full scale Fine Arts Program. The staff is always very encouraging of each child trying hard to build on each child's unique strengths. There is strong family involvement as well. We have loved our Cooke experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

This is a wonderful school. My daughter has attended since 2nd grade and will finish 5th grade this year. My daughter has been challenged in both academics and extra curriculum activities. Teachers at the school do their best to see students succeed. Also the school offers a variety of family oriented events. The only dilema I have now, is finding a Jr. High that measures up to Cooke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

It is truly a warm atmosphere. The fine arts offered to my child have enriched his learning tremadously. The non-tradional learnign style has proven both interesting and effective. The extra curriclar activities are also exemplary, being offered in first grade. I am a parent volenteer, and love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

The best school in all Waukegan Public school for Kindergarden to 5th grade. This is a magnet school. Prospective kinderganders need to register for screening early in January for the next school years. 1st grade students started violin or cello.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

I am pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful activities this school has to offer for children. Children can learn an instrument starting in 1st grade, join the orchestra, learn piano, cello and violin. I also LOVE the variety of school functions for parents and kids occuring throughout the year. They are wonderful. The principal and staff are great.
—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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students62%
Female70%
Male52%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income56%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female81%
Male58%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income76%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
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 Students66%
Female74%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income76%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female77%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income71%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female87%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income91%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities89%
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 Students62%
Female72%
Male54%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income52%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female71%
Male44%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income48%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities60%
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

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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
Hispanic 61% 24%
Black 17% 18%
White 13% 51%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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522 Belvidere Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
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