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Central Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 541 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted January 1, 2014

We were very fortunate to send our child here for 3 years (2010-2013). I was deeply impressed by each of his teachers, including the reading specialist and special area teachers (music, gym, etc.). I felt that each teacher made it their goal to know and love my child as a person and a learner. As a result, he grew so much academically and absolutely loved school. My only concern is that the current leadership is insecure manifesting itself in unnecessary micromanaging making for a much more tense and uncreative environment. Several of the more seasoned teachers left in the 3 short years my child attended Central (in fact, none of his classroom teachers now teach at the school), leaving a huge hole in terms of wisdom and creativity, both of which are critical to the field. The new hires seem to fit the leadership mold of rule-following over doing what's best for learners. I fear the current principal is most focused on climbing the ladder over creating an environment to inspire staff and children alike. Such a disappointment. That said, I cannot say enough positive things about the teachers my son was fortunate enough to have. We miss them and the neighborhood school dearly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

Very good new principal, strong teaching staff, and many opportunities for differentiation among students. Having children at either end of the spectrum (special needs - gifted), I've been impressed with both the spirit and the implementation of programs that serve both kinds of child (without fanfare). The PTA is amazingly involved and creative, and the funding for music and arts programs is v. impressive. The school boasts one of the district's best gardens which is integrated into teachers' history, science and art curriculums; the PTA funds a scientist-in-residence who conducts lessons throughout the year for every grade level. Spanish is offered daily (30 min) and there are PTA-subsidized afterschool clubs for families who want a slightly longer school day. (Club offerings have included dance, engineering, sports, LEGO, science, chess, Glee, cooking, etc.) This is a great neighborhood school with many children who walk to school, so your child can get to know their crossing guard by name; quite possibly s/he will learn your child's name, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2011

i don't usually write internet reviews, but felt obligated to after reading other reviews here. I have had children at Central School for the past 8 years, and we have had a fantastic experience. The principal over that time was amazing, smart, kind, responsive and somehow seemed to have time for every child and parent. One of my children was identified as gifted, and we were very happy with the differentiation support. Of course, i'm not one of those parents who believes that we should be preparing for Harvard in 2nd grade. Smart kids need to be challenged, but still need to be kids. if you are thinking of moving into this district, you wil be thrilled with the quality of education your child will receive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2011

The former principal was a really big problem. Everyone is breathing a huge sigh of relief now that she has been replaced. The whole atmosphere in Central is so much better under the new administration, and kids and parents (and teachers, from what I hear) are much happier. I would have given the school two stars last year, but it is now a much better place. I have put two kids through Central (one is still there), and I wish they could start over under the new principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

Central School does not provide an enriching differentiation program. If your child is ahead in math or English -they will not offer sufficient supplementary instruction.. Central School's educational philosophy is to "dumb down" and cater to the "average child." Also, there are a few tenured teachers who are very insensitive to their students and should have retired a long time ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

Wilmette schools are very high quality, but I would encourage newcomers with no current ties to the community to look at McKenzie or another school rather than Central. The school community can be cliqueish and unwelcoming, particularly to those who don't fit their mold. Unfortunately, the administration and some of the teachers reinforce this. Hopefully the new principal, who is very nice, will make things a bit better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Because of the invested parents that provide ways for the PTA to raise money to provide excellent resources/programs for the kids. I also think the school is amazing as they provided a full-time teacher to help 5 elementary students that had recently arrived in the US as refugees from Liberia. The school worked hard to help the kids adjust and thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

The principal is ineffective and out of touch with her community. The teachers make up for the poor administration, however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2006

Passionate teachers and very great support systems throughout the school.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 10, 2006

The teamwork among staff, principal and parents is fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2005

Excellent school that adjusts perfectly to the needs of different children. Very involved and innovative teachers, great support from parents, it is really hard to think of any weak side of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2004

Central School is a fabulous school! We have had three children in the school and find all of the teachers to be exceptional in various ways. We have found the right mix of strict and lenient teachers, gentle and 'rough' teachers, and creative yet consistant teachers. Our children have thrived because of their care and effort.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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90%

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95%

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94%

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92%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

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

All Students93%
Female88%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low incomen/a
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 Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)79%
Students without disabilities100%
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 89% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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910 Central Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 251-3252

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