School Details

Ray Elementary School

5631 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 535-0970
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 536 students 17 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

68%
42%
55%
71%
45%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
51%
60%
64%
46%
59%
77%
74%
81%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
50%
59%
71%
44%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
52%
60%
64%
49%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ray Elementary School is a public elementary school in Chicago. The principal of Ray Elementary School is Ms. Tatia L Beckwith. 536 students attend Ray Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Ray Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 536 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 41% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ray Elementary School is 17:1. Childrens House Of Miss Tammie is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 51% 47%
Multiracial 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 19% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 4%
Asian 13% %
Hispanic 11% 41%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 73%
Limited English proficiency 5% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 41% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is the worst school since 2010. The principal do not care less about the special education students. Please think again about sending your child to this school

  • (1 year ago)

    I cannot believe that more parents have not posted poor ratings for this school. My child never felt that any of the adults at the school cared about the children.. My child suffered greatly academically but received high grades possibly because there was such little expectation for the students in terms of growh and capabilities. There were practically NO hands on projects material in language class was too advanced for younger children and the librarian showed too many movies. The new leadership's plan to crack the whip academically does not include a plan for nurturing children fostering a love for learning and creating an environment where children will feel that they have a voice. I think the school is a disgrace. As in most schools it's possible to luck up and get a good teacher here and there but even they are stressed and barely able to focus on reaching each child in the class. If you have other choices definitely try them before Ray. Also NOT a nurturing environment for black children...boys in particular.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is currently in the 6th grade and has been at Ray school since she was in 1st grade. Her first 4 years at the school were excellent - not perfect - but on par with any strong elementary school in the country. This exprience significantly changed when a new principal was hired for the 2011-2012 school year. The administration initially appeared to be energetic visionary and intelligent. However it was clear that her "visionary" goals for the school lacked planning funds and overall competency. The principal has become a divisive figure in the school and the now defunct Ray University has nearly exhausted all school funds. Teachers report significant discontent to LSC and CPS board members and parents feel unwelcomed in the school. My strong hope is that a new administration will be able to lead the school back to previous strength and parents and students who left because of the poor leadership will consider returning to the school. Otherwise I do believe that the school will continue to decline

  • (1 year ago)

    The new administration is completely incompetent. There are so many problems allover but especially in the higher grades. The new measures of security are laughable because there only recently has been action to make sure the students are supervised at ALL times. Many parents do not feel welcome. much work needs to be done or this school will absolutely end up on probation.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school suffers academically and many of the teachers lack professionalism and character and are bad role models for students. The 2012 test scores for the most part went down considerably which is a reflection of the teachers ability to teach the children. Perhaps more focus should be on the classroom and not so much on recess.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ray School has had stagnant scores in the ISAT and NWEA for the past year. It is due to the majority of students that transfer out at the 3rd 4th grades. And as for the ESL population Ray School has a very small number of these students. It is a known fact within the department of Language and Culture. I wish parents would look ay data before posting such uninformed remarks

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two kids at Ray and I've been pleasantly surprised with the school despite my initial reservations. The new principal Dr. Tatia Beckwith is wonderful an exceptional leader. I really think she's moving this school in a great direction. As for those who don't understand why it's rated a 5 the school has a large population of ESL students which I think affects the scores but the principal has been implementing great programs to address so many needs and issues I think we'll be seeing some great improvements in the coming years.

  • (3 years ago)

    Ray is a school with a diverse (racially ethnically and socioeconomically) student population a dedicated professional staff and a determined new Principal. Class sizes can be big but somehow the amazing teachers make it work. Ray has always had recess because the teachers have supported a longer school day which includes recess -- the new Principal has renamed recess "Brain Boost" because she understands the importance of recess for student learning. There is strong parent involvement at Ray. If you want a democratic and diverse school and you can deal with the challenges Chicago Public schools face consider Ray. Ray families are great!

  • (3 years ago)

    I don't really understand how do parents rank a school with 5/5 stars when the test scores are so average.... Ray school is on the campus of Univ. of Chicago. It should be doing at least a 8/10. I don't think some of the parents are aware or they are just fake reviews. There is a new principal so we will see. THe review I am giving is for 2010-2011 school year. THis is a new year so we will see.

  • (3 years ago)

    A great school has cooperation collaboration and a strong sense of community. From the outside Ray looks like it does but it doesn't. The discipline problems in the upper grades are persistent. The staff has a few outstanding teachers but the remaining are extremely rude and unprofessional. This new principal does have great challenges ahead of her.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been a parent in this school for the last 4 years and I am convinced that this school is far away above the average. If the class size is not small (30 children average) classrooms are big enough to hold the actual groups. Teachers are really good professionals from a wide ethnical and cultural diversity as well as the students. This school is located into the University of Chicago Campus and try to attend children from student parents at uchicago but most of the university buildings for families are located outside the boundaries of Ray school district this is something to be taken in count. Children Behavior at the school is very good few disruptive events are well controlled.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been so impressed by Ray Elementary. I couldn't ask for more in a neighborhood school. I love that my daughters go to school with kids in their own neighborhood. The classes are incredibly diverse with children from all over the world. Their teachers are excellent I can't imagine they could be better at a private school. Discipline is positive and the teachers have independently chosen to stay longer in order to allow the children to have recess. Field trips are just often enough and not only fun but very educational and various. The administration is friendly and open to parental input. We've never had an issue abuot safety either. We love Ray!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter went to Ray School from the 2nd to the 5th grade. She had great teachers while she was there and her social system revolved around smart kids who were working hard in school. In sixth grade we moved to the western suburbs (Glenbard) and my daughter started middle school. Teachers seemed less motivated and social groups revolved more around appearance and popularity than academics. I can highly recommend Ray School. You can get a great education there. Also Ray is one of the few schools left in the city with recess! Kids can go out on to the playground and play instead of just sitting in their classrooms during their breaks.

  • (3 years ago)

    BTW Ray used to go up to 8th grade for the person who did not know that.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am very familiar with Ray though no longer a parent. The quality of teaching in all grades is very high. The atmosphere of the school is outstanding with little commotion in the halls and very little fighting. Students play together well an have the opportunity to do so because the school still has recesses. My son went there from 1st through 8th grades. That was long ago but I would be happy to have a grandson there today. The principal is certainly good. I have never figured out why many parents do not like her. Their experiences must be very different from mine.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are good upt to about 3rd grade. Then a lot of things seem to fall off. There are a lot of cliques and parents who seem to be "in the know." If they do not consider you a part of the crowd you and the child will have a lonely existence outside of the "neighborhood" school. The administration has been terrible the 4 years we have been there. If you have a child who has any challenges or concerns send them elsewhere! A big disappointment!

  • (4 years ago)

    My child just finished the tuition based pre-school program at Ray and he loved the program and learned a lot. The teachers of the program are very caring and innovative and really make the concepts that they are teaching come to life for the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our son attended the school. The teachers and the principal were interested in the students and created an enviornment conducive for learning.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter just started Kindergarten at Ray and my wife and brother-in-law attended Ray as kids. So far Ray has exceeded my expectations. My daughter enjoys attending school and has made friends quickly and easily in spite of being shy by nature. My wife wishes things at Ray were a little better organized but is satisfied with the academics and learning environment. So far I'm very happy with Ray. Even if I could afford to send my daughter to lab I'd save the money for college. The combination of good academics with a uniquely rich multicultural environment make Ray a better choice than many of Chicago's homogeneous private schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    I find the teachers at Ray innovative and caring and they welcome parent involvement. We loved the diversity at Ray and found the school and parents very welcoming.

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