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Gower West Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 476 students

 

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Posted December 15, 2012

Great school with lots of positiveness. Fantastic teachers. Strong PTO. The middle school in the same district 62 was recently listed in Chicago magazine top 10 public schools in Du Page.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2012

Our district consist of elementary & the middle/jr high. It is an upscale community with lots of parent involment & 1 of the top schools in state. There is very little turnover 4 administration. My husband went to this school in elementary school &some teachers are still there & retiring. I assume that everyone gets paid well. PTO raises money that goes to purchase new computers for computer lab or buys things that the teachers have on their wish lists. Education is #1 sports #2. This community is built of doctors, lawyers etc. downfall....I would like to see them get more automated 4 hm wk & handouts. wood save lots of trees, parents could read on their time& nothing lost via email. My kids are going into 5th grade at the middle/jr high and when they attended the elementary they were on their 2nd or 3rd principal. I also like the fact that my school district owns their buses and employees the bus drivers along with the other staff memebers. My kids get on the same bus day after day and the driver knows the routine. Our school also considers the bus route so that the little ones do not cross the street or in front of the bus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

its a great school. teachers are great. you feel very warm envirement when you go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

This is a fantastic school. The teachers and administrators are wonderful, the student body is diverse, motivated, and well behaved. There are excellent enrichment programs. My son looks forward to going to this school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love this school for its continued excellence in providing the best education, and giving the students the necessary building blocks for future education, and strengthning their core values. It's the best school ever!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

Gower West is a great school. It students are well-behaved, the teachers caring, and the principal provides excellent leadership. In October 2006, Chicago Magazine named Gower West one of the top schools in DuPage County.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted September 29, 2005

The newer principal has been there for just over two years, she does not know many children's names AND ignores the parents, there is now partnering for issues or suggested improvement. The resource center is a mess and has been closed many times last and this year. This used to be a much better school, new principal is dragging it down.
—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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income73%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income83%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities91%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income73%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income47%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White99%
Low income80%
Non-low income99%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities98%
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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26%
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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 64% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 4%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Hispanic 7% 24%
Black 4% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Gina Rodewald

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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7650 Clarendon Hills Road
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 323-6446

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