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Carl Sandburg Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 388 students

 

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Posted July 15, 2013

I am an ex student. I had a great reputation as a nice guy. You wouldn't expect that from a 5'6 rap loving and basketball playing fith grader. Im now in sixth grade. Looking back i had an ok time at Sandburg. I was pushed around alot but the people watching at recess didnt seem to care. So eventually i pushed back. Still nothing. It would have to get to the point of choking each other (yeah that happened once) for them to take notice and call the office. I had a couple of years at sandburg where i couldnt wait until the next. It wasnt great there.


Posted October 4, 2012

Looks like some new reviews are needed for Sandburg. My son attended Sandburg from Kindergarten through 5th grade which he finished last year. My other son is now in 1st grade, having attended kindergarten last year as well at Sandburg. Having been with the school for 5 years I can truly say that I do believe it is a great school. My oldest son has ADHD, and although initially in 3rd grade I did not get much help with the diagnosis, I did get a diagnosis from outside private testing. After the fact the school initiated his 504 and worked very closely in 4th grade with me to ensure he was getting the best accommodations to help him grow academically. My son finished 5th grade with strong grades and a positive self image (he also LOVED his 5th grade teacher). My experience at Sandburg is that you have to be the advocate for your child. As long as you are willing to be involved in your childs progress and communicate on your end your concerns to the school or teachers, you will have a great relationship with them and a great experience at Sandburg, too. The programs are wonderful, the technology excellent, the principal respectable. I've had a 5 star experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

My son attends is just about finished with his first year here. He's a kindergartener. So writting a review may be a tad premature, since we've only been there one year. But There hasnt been a review written of the school since 2006. I am really happy with Sandburg. My sons teacher is great, she's really amazing with the kids. We maintain strong lines of communication. I volunteer in the class all the time and she is truly a saint when it comes to dealing with conflicts between students. The front office staff are very nice and professional. The principle also seems to be an asset to the school as well. He can be found just about every morning outside talking to parents and kids upon the morning arrival. He feels very strongly about bullying, and has had the entire school started in an anti-bullying program. And has been known to fight for to get funding for the schools betterment. Why didnt I give it 5 stars? Simply because theres always room for improvement. But as of now, we are extremely happy with the school and havent had any propblems or negative issues with any teachers or staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

This school is great. The teacher that my son had last year for 4th grade was exceptional, Mrs. Ryder. She was a wonderful teacher. My son had trouble adjusting as we had moved from out of state and he has ADHD, but is exceptionally smart. She was constantly on top of things and called me whenever there was a problem, and sometimes just to let me know how he was doing. She made me feel like my son was her only student. She worked very hard with him in areas that he needed work in and really made a difference. This teacher is by far one of the best I have ever seen or that my son has ever had. The only thing I do not agree with is the charge for public school. But that is all IL schools from what I understand. Never heard of that in my life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

Great school. They have the best teachers and students around. Anyone would be blessed to send their child to Sandburg Elementary!
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Posted August 11, 2005

My daughter attended Kindergarden here are we loved it. Mrs. Filisko was a great teacher that always made us feel welcome. She gave weekly letters that always kept us updated on what our daughter was doing. She was also great about seeking us and other parents out if there was a problem. We had a wonderful experience in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

This school is a disappointment. It has a great reputation, until your children beging attending. The lack of communication between teachers and parents is poorly lacking. The only time you know what is going on is if your child did not do what was asked. We relocated from a different school district around Thanksgiving and this has been a dreadful shock from what we're used to. The kindergarden curriculum is just pointless. My 5 year old is so far ahead that she's bored in class. My second grader needed some help and time to readjust and got no help from her teacher except to be told that she's not as fast as the rest of the students. If anyone would have bothered to ask her, they would have known that her old school had a different curriculum that she was used to and this was all new to her. Very disappointing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2004

Mixed review....the school has a great rep, but falls short in one category. Communication is a MAJOR problem for this school. We have had 3 different teachers so far and none of them would even get a C average for communication. They just don't seem to care if you know what is going on or what is coming up. If you have a 'perfect' child then this may be ok, but if you have a child with 'issues', this causes serious problems. Maybe I care too much, but it would be nice to know what the heck is going on.
—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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
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

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

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

All Students62%
Female62%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income44%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners19%

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income52%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners38%
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 Students63%
Female60%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Low income35%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female66%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income35%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female94%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income74%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
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 Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income38%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female72%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income44%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities79%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 51%
Hispanic 23% 23%
Black 8% 18%
Asian 4% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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