School Details

South Loop Elementary School

1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60605
(773) 534-8690
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 743 students 17 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

64%
42%
55%
79%
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

82%
51%
60%
81%
46%
59%
93%
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

82%
50%
59%
84%
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

78%
52%
60%
76%
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

77%
53%
59%
84%
52%
59%
89%
73%
79%

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

79%
54%
59%
83%
53%
60%

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

South Loop Elementary School is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of South Loop Elementary School is Tara Safonia Shelton, whose e-mail is TSShelton@cps.k12.il.us. 743 children attend South Loop Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.2% of the South Loop Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 28% of the 743 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 33% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at South Loop Elementary School is 17:1. National Teachers Elementary Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 41%
Asian 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 50% 47%
Multiracial 4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 26% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 73%
Limited English proficiency 0.2% 14%
Economically disadvantaged 28% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I live in the neighborhood and have children in both the Gifted and Neighborhood programs. The teachers and atmosphere in both programs throughout the school are excellent and individualized for students' needs. The parent community is involved and the administration is helpful. As the school transitions to an all neighborhood school South Loop will continue to improve as the caliber of parents and students attending is very education-minded high-acheiving and engaged.

  • (9 months ago)

    My experience as well as my child's experience at this school has consistently been sub-par. The Administration needs an intervention asap. Smiles to your face but can be rude and has poor follow-up. Huge bullying problem amongst students and staff. I have witnessed Administration yelling at children. Academic and social enrichment is important amongst this age group. Unfortunately this school is greatly lacking social/emotional support of the students.

  • (9 months ago)

    We have a child in Kindergarten. Teacher is pleasant friendly. Administration not pleasant dare I say rude? Defensive? Kid has fun but there is no challenge -- homework seems preschool level and uninspired -- all workbook pages no differentiation...cookie cutter. Kid is not challenged to exceed normal Kindergarten levels which we feel is a waste of time kid has much more potential than this. Having to supplement from home. Disappointed. We expected a better experience and better academics.

  • (1 year ago)

    Where do the graduates from this school attend high school? im just wondering before i enroll my kiddos. Thanks!

  • (1 year ago)

    South Loop is a wonderful school. From the parents most teachers programs and after school options - all wonderful. As a working mom I appreciate that my child is able to participate in many activities such as drama Choir dance band piano yoga and even cooking classes. South Loop has something for everyone. Rather than feeling guilty about leaving her in after-school I'm grateful that she is gaining exposure to experiences( cultural academic and extracurricular) that will help shape her in to a responsible independent and open minded adult. I'm confident that my child is receiving a quality education while being exposed to real life diversity and cultural differences. As for the negative comments on Ms. Shelton I don't get it. She is always approachable knows my daughters name grades and has taken an interest to make sure she is challenged. I'm really not sure what more could be expected.

  • (1 year ago)

    I believe this is one of the best all around school in the city because of its academic and after school programs. They have something for everyone. The teaches really cares about the children and each other. When I was in school it was not like this I believe my children can be what they want to be.

  • (1 year ago)

    There are so many outstanding qualities to expound on about SL. The principal has an open door policy and is visibly present on a daily basis. Parental involvement is superb. The diversity is a major plus especially in the city of Chicago. Teachers are engaged enthused and supportive. DNA Info Chicago recently featured the 5th grade Science teacher Mr. Kacena in a Teacher of the Week article. (My son absolutely loves Mr. Kacena's Science class.) I could go on; but instead I'll just point folks to a recent Chicago Magazine article that ranked SL among the top schools in Chicago. Enough said.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is currently in Kindergarten at South Loop and our family has been very impressed with this school so far. The curriculum is very challenging and the school has great resources to make sure that all students can keep up. Our teacher plans her lessons around themes and really makes learning fun. The parents readily volunteer for special classroom activities and field trips. There are an abundance of after school activities and clubs available at the school. The after care program offers drama music and dancing programs that are all excellent. We plan to send our pre-K student to this school in the next couple of years and would highly recommend it to other members of the community.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in 1st grade at South Loop now (neighborhood program). The review reflects his kindergarten year. He received a wonderful academic start! The curriculum included reading phonics math science social studies art music PE. The teachers did a fantastic job. I liked that early drop off was available and that for a reasonable fee after school care/activities were available. I expect the same for this year. Class size is an issue. Parental involvement is great. There is room for improvement but given the challenges the school and community are showing very good results.

  • (2 years ago)

    One of the best schools in the city! Some people have complained about the Principal but do NOT let those negative remarks taint this wonderful school. You will find at many schools that parents complain about Principals teachers curriculum etc. No school is ever perfect but the Principal is responsible for taking this school to the TOP 20 Schools in the city (Chgo. Mag. 2012). If the school was failing (like a number of schools in the city) many would blame the Principal. Why not give the Principal some credit for growing and making this school what it has become...a talented and great school! Ms. Shelton loves her teachers students and has a genuine interest in doing what's best for SL School. Many parents are disgruntled bec. she doesn't give in to what "they" want her to do and when. They have never been Principals Teachers etc and think they are experts on what's best for the school! There are alot of unpleasing parents out there and always will. Don't fall prey to the negativity.

  • (2 years ago)

    Wonderful families and parents. Diverse kind and invested in their children. Some teachers are much better than others which is to be expected at any school. Major space shortage problems. The biggest drawback is the principal. A number of good families have complained about her and have left the school because of her. She is disorganized unprofessional and mean. With more space and a new principal this would be one of the best schools in the city.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a school that has diverse fun and talented students. As of right now I am enrolled in the school. I love it. I think there are things that can be better but all schools need change right? So just cause we have a few weird things in our school doesn't mean we are a 'bad' school. We are a perfectly good school. -Student

  • (3 years ago)

    My child attended this school in the gifted program for 5 years. ... And she loved it! The communication education performing arts and all around experience was great. The school is extremely diverse and that in itself taught my child a valuable lesson ! She graduated this past year and misses all of her teachers faculty principal and of course friends.... Thank you South loop for providing my child with such a positive stepping stone.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent who has a student at SLE I can honestly say that the person that submitted their "review" on April 8th is completely out of their mind and most likely trying to poison the waters. His/her claims of "many parents" sending their kids to other schools is completely baseless. Most likely it was this person and perhaps one of their friends which to them means "many". Any parent of a child in SLE would challenge this person to back up their wild accusations of safety diversity and academic "stimulation" issues. My child is thriving at SLE as are the other children in his class. The soon to be released SLE 2010 test scores will be near the top of the CPS rankings. Right now the only issue I have with this school is the over-crowding due to so many people trying to get into it.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child graduated this year from SLS and thanks to the wonderful teachers and principal...she was accepted to Walter Payton College Prep

  • (3 years ago)

    As a new parent on this website who is researching schools for next year I really value the input provided by parents. I would like to know from the parent who submitted a review on 4/8/2011 if they can give specific reasons as to why they believe the South Loop school is changing. As information I submitted a rating because I was required to in order to post this. I am basing my rating on the tour and research I've conducted.

  • (3 years ago)

    Many parents who live in this neighborhood have opted to send their kids to private schools CPS magnet schools (like LaSalle Andrew Jackson or Sheridan) or CPS gifted/classical programs (like Bell Lincoln or Skinner). Take the time to learn about the different schools and what their admissions requirements are. Although South Loop school is changing I do not see it as an option for my son. Other schools offer a more stimulating safe and diverse environment. Good luck.

  • (4 years ago)

    Over the years this school has made a Tremendous change. I remember at one time many in the neighboorhod would not send their children to the School. I have had many family and friends attend the school. That was one of the reason's my children attended the school. I vote them the upmost Improved in Education After school learning Programs due to my children has advanced so much from the studies the music classes art sports my daughter never thought of playing and the after school activities. Their are some teachers an after care staff I give high five too as well as the Principle Ms Shelton!!

  • (4 years ago)

    South Loop is a wonderful learning environment for my child. It's diverse and reflects the real world. The teachers are good educators and the Principal is great!

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids are graduating 8th grade this year and South Loop has done an excellent job preparing them for high school. They got into the schools they wanted (selective enrollment & charter) because of the education they received in the best school of the city!! )

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