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Dundee Highlands Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 446 students

 
 

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I have had kids at this school for the past 10 years and have been happy with all parts of the school. The previous reviewer totally blew things out of proportion and a parent survey did not support her opinion. I do have to make a comment on the student to teacher ratio reported as 15:1. Unless they are using the aides, lunch ladies and janitorial staff in their formula, I am not sure how they arrived at that number. I have seen class sizes as low as 22 kids and as high as 32 kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

At Dundee Highlands Elementary School they have no regard for anything but test scores. They have a reward system that implements the use of CANDY and GUM to get students to LIKE teachers and to FOCUS while test taking...(these were some comments by the teachers by the way.) I'm not sure why the teachers are feeding students in the first place without parental permission! Schools are supposed to be teaching about health and nutrition, so if candy is given for rewards how is that reiniforcing good nutrition? Childhood obesity rates are climbing and they feel the need to go the easy route with candy rewards. Also, this past horrible winter there was alot of indoor recess. For a 3 week span my kid watched movies like toy story instead of playing games, doing centers, crafting or communicating with the other kids (playing). Other school districts prohibit candy and movies for recess, so why are they still in the dark about healthy habits!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2010

This school won an Academic Excellence award. That is a wonderful attribute. I have been very happy with Dundee Highlands and with the district. There is a commitment to improve the quality at all schools, and it shows. What I like most at Highlands is that the teachers do a very good job of listening to the parent. There is an occasional teacher that should retire; however, I would say that 99% of the teaching staff is excellent. This new principal is very committed to improving the standards and quality. I like many of the changes that she has made. There is a nice selection of extracurricular activities, although I would like to see a few more added. The PTC is very involved and the school is wonderful to allow us that kind of access. We moved here from a very good district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

Due to joint custody issues with my two children's father, I had to take my, then, first grader out of a private school that he had attended, reluctantly. I enrolled him for second grade and my kindergartner at Dundee Highlands in the '07-'08 school year. To my surprise, the staff were very hands-on and very helpful and willing to take any measures in ensuring academic success for my children. Particularly my son, who has an over-active personality, although smart, his activity level hindered his learning process and the teachers and staff were helpful in working together to find a solution. I recommend this school highly, it is very family and community oriented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

I have been very impressed with the staff and the level of involvement from the teachers at this school. I would say it is very on par with private schools in the area. They really provide the tools in order for the children to reach their full potential. I would recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

I also started my children with a private school that was costly and had a great reputation for academic excellence. To my surprise when moving one of my children from the private school to Dundee Highlands, it was within a week that the Highlands staff detected slow reading in my child. At the private school, my child was reading above grade level? My point is this; if your child has an opportunity to attend Dundee Highlands they will receive a far superior education than any private elementary school in the area. The staff is attentive, dedicated and community oriented.My family could not be more pleased to have been so lucky with this school. The students are socially and academically on the right track! The extra-curricular (art, music, band, orchestra and field trips all take extra efforts by the staff and they enjoy it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

I had my son in an 'expensive' private school from PreK - 3rd grade. I thought having my son there would be better academically. During 3rd grade, i knew it was time for a change. The teachers didn't want to teach, they wanted to lecture for each class and then assign homework to be done (and taught again) at home. After lengthly interviews with Dundee Highland's staff, principal, and teachers....we made the move for 4th and 5th grade. Wow !! What a tremendous change. The teachers ' teach '. They made my son so welcome and proud of his work. I didn't see as much homework, because he would do it during school with the teacher's supervision. The teachers all want to be sure every child succeeds, understands what they are learning, & RETAIN what they have learned. !! Awesome School, Great Teachers !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My son is attending Dundee Highlands for the fourth year (he is in 3rd grade) and we are quite pleased with the school, staff and administration. It is a great school with a very strong sense of community and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Teachers a fabulous, The school is one level more interaction. But the Principal is Not so On top of things. Its the parents who run the school. He just signs the papers per say. I was very bothered by His listning skills
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2006

I couldn't be happier than I am with Dundee Highlands. It is a smaller school in a large district, where the staff know all the children by name and the teachers really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2005

This school is absolutley the best! The teachers are great and even the secretaries are wonderful.
—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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students52%
Female39%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income36%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female61%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income48%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
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 Students58%
Female65%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Low income46%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income58%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female97%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Low income85%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
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 Students60%
Female70%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income41%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female76%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Low income48%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

Average

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 63% 51%
Hispanic 24% 24%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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407 South 5th Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
Phone: (224) 484-4700

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