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Willow Creek Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 369 students

 
 

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Posted November 4, 2010

What a great heart the students of Willow Creek have and exhibit. They care about their fellow students and their community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2010

Wonderful caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

Great teachers and of course Bulldog Bests
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

Willow Creek truely care about their students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2010

Because my awesome great-nephew goes there of course!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

Great teachers, great community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

They care about their students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

It is a wonderful school where the teachers really care for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

Willow Creek Elementary has great programs to help all kids reach their potential, whether they have learning difficulties or they are exceptionally bright. Willow Creek Elementary has fantastic motivational tools, from special assemblies with prizes and entertainment, to get kids to read voraciously and comprehend at extraordinary levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

It's a safe school to send my daughter to. Were staff and teachers care about are kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

They care about the kids...it is a great learning environment. The principal is proactive keeping bullying out of the school. I feel safe sending my daughter there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

Extremely caring and involved faculty, staff, and parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

The staff is great and puts the needs of the students FIRST!! Keep up the great work:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

The faculty has done a great job in educating my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

My brothers and sister & I went to Willow Creek School many moons ago. When I moved back here from Colorado, my kids got to experience all the wonderful memories of Willow Creek. They too loved everything about the school. At a Grade School reunion (thanks to facebook!) we all got together to laugh about the past & teachers & talk about Mr. McCarthy the principle. The school has wonderful & caring teachers all the way from the ganitors & the lunch ladies to the principals
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

I moved to Woodridge back in 2004 and my son came in with ADHD. Unklike the Chicago Schools his IEP was ready when he walked through the door. In Chicago I had to fight for his right to be examined and contact alot of higher ups to complain before something was done. Now my step kids are there and they are moving alon and adjusting fine. Thanks to the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

I am new to Willow Creek this year-and I am very impressed! Great school, my kids love it and I am happy with the education they are receiving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

I love Willow Creek School! The Principal and staff are great.. It's a good feeling as a parent when your 8 yr old 3rd grader can't wait to get to school in the morning!! In 2nd grade my son's teacher Mrs. Durkin knew my son was a little above average in reading, and on her own time found ways to teach him and help us understand how to at home also.. And even brought the fact of him maybe becoming isolated from his peers to us and ways to make sure that didn't happen..The principal Mrs Sanfilipp and Mrs Durkin took on being in charge of my son's cirriculum from that point on..I have asked friends with children in other schools and most of them say they have never even spoken with their principal..Willow Creek is just such a close school and the parent staff relationship has always been great. I cant wait for my youngest son to start there! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2010

They have great academics.


Posted October 28, 2010

Willow Creek has a great principal, Ms. Sanfilipp, who has done a great job running the school. She was new when my son was in Kindergarten which was 12 years ago now, and have been so happy with how things have been run or handled. The teachers have all been wonderful, I couldn't of been happier.
—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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

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 Students64%
Female77%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income50%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners27%

Reading

All Students67%
Female83%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income54%
Not low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners9%
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 Students68%
Female60%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income43%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female68%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income57%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female88%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Low income85%
Not low income97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income61%
Not low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Low income94%
Not low income90%
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

Math

All Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income55%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female80%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income60%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities87%
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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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 54% 51%
Hispanic 22% 24%
Black 11% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2901 Jackson Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517
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