School Details

Walt Disney Magnet School

4140 N Marine Dr, Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 534-5840
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 1575 students 18 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

79%
48%
56%
76%
43%
55%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
55%
64%
65%
45%
56%
86%
68%
76%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
58%
64%
72%
45%
58%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
52%
60%
67%
47%
57%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
51%
58%
74%
53%
59%
88%
74%
80%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
54%
60%
70%
46%
56%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • City Of Chicago School District 299 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Walt Disney Magnet School is a public middle school in Chicago. The principal of Walt Disney Magnet School is Kathleen Hagstrom. 1,575 children attend Walt Disney Magnet School and are mostly Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 14% of the Walt Disney Magnet School students are "limited in English proficiency." 70% of the 1,575 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 64% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Walt Disney Magnet School is 18:1. Brennemann Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 37% 42%
Hispanic 23% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Asian 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.06% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 86%
Limited English proficiency 14% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 70% 85%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My kids are no longer at this school and I am very happy about that. One of my kids needed an IEP and the other was gifted. Getting help for the one who has been behind in speech since he was two was difficult. They made me feel like it was my fault or like I was being ridiculous. His new school offered all of the services I had requested at Disney within the first few months of school. It wasn't in my head and he has absolutely flourished. My other kid was in the gifted program and boy I thought it was really challenging and she was ahead of her peers only to move to another district in the suburbs and have her NOT be above everyone else. However it is a good option compared to other city schools. If your child does not score well on testing they will be placed accordingly and my kid was bullied horribly because he was placed in the low performing class. They did respond to this but the bullying continued. He hated school and cried every day here. I will always regret not pulling him out sooner. He now loves school and has friends. Look beyond the rating. Many teachers and staff will tell you this school is purely focused on getting high test scores.

  • (5 months ago)

    I have been at Disney for 9 years (finally graduating this year) and I must say these 9 years of my life have been absolute torture. First of all No Walls. It is so hard to concentrate and to hear instruction from teachers and thats how I often do poorly on my tests/quizes. Second most of the teachers are horrible and dont know what they're doing 99% of the time. It's ridiculous. And if you're gonna come to this school at least come to the Gifted program because the regular classes are not challenged and are all dumb and are all misbehaved kids. This is expierence from me a student in the gifted program and having a sister who is in a regular class and gets no homework and isnt motivated at all. Third of all the rules are RIDICULOUS. We have to stay in a single file line and be quiet everywhere we go and im sick of it. We are told to be quiet every second even recess! Also during recess we have to walk laps around the hallway which is absolutely irritating. I use recess as a time to read or interact with my friends but they take this privilege away from me and everyone else.

  • (8 months ago)

    This is my daughter's first quarter at Walt Disney and so far the school has been absolutely great! She is on the Honor Roll and loves going to school every day. The student body is diverse and representative of the city. As a parent I've had only positive interactions with her teachers as well as the administration. My daughter is being challenged on a daily basis; which is what a great school should do. She attended a small school beforehand and we found no problem with her transition. Good job Disney!

  • (9 months ago)

    School is very cruel Principal is a drill sergeant docent let kids go out front too Get picked up from the inside schools have many problems some teachers are very rude

  • (9 months ago)

    Principal is a drill sargent she has no business working with children. Principal will not work with parents or teachers. It is her way or the highway. Principal has no understanding of children and early childhood development. Principal has a representation that proceeds her when I bring up Disney Magnet School on Marine Drive I have had CPS teachers speech therapists social workers special education teachers all complain about the Disney Magnet School principal. Teachers who work at Disney are under allot of stress due to the principal. That is no way to work. If teachers are stressed and treated poorly by the principal how do you expect them to have patience with children?

  • (9 months ago)

    Fell out of love with Disney. Tremendous emphasis on testing and not much in the way of enrichment programs even though the school is well-funded. Other schools offer a diversity of before- and after-school activities. Now that school starts at 7 30 a.m. the students walk around in a haze. It's unfair to expect the same level of performance when kids are fatigued.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have one graduate student and one upcoming 5th grader . About the teachers they are all gifted very hard working and helpful except for a few (new) The principal knows how to run the school .I'm very impressed. 8 years have been awesome. The school offers lot of activities and I've been happy and looking forward for the coming years. Good luck Disney I gave you a child and you gave me a star back!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am disappointed with how this school has gone down hill. Had a child there who graduated and was considering enrolling our other child. Convinced my sister to transfer their children out of there. The principal is a drill sargent and only cares about money. If parents dont agree with her she will not work with you. If you are one of her puppets then she is your best friend! I am sorry I let my child stay there so long but glad they are done. This school is not challenging the students to their fullest. There are some good teachers but the principal is the same way with her staff do what she says and play by her rules or your out. Just ask some of the teachers who have challenged her. Good luck to future parents who enroll their children there for this school year.

  • (1 year ago)

    Both of our children graduated from Walt Disney Magnet School. Our experience was positive; the teachers were great and the administrative team was tough but fair. Our children thrived in the POD environment and loved having classmates from all over the world. Our children were recommended to the gifted program but we turned down the offers (We did not see the need for the extra work.) Our son was accepted to North Side College Prep and our daughter was accepted to Lane Tech. They are doing very well and have great memories about their grade school years.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is big and frantic but I think it prepares children for what big city life workforce is all about. The priniciple although super tough really does care about the kids. I guess you can't be too soft when you are running such a large school or it would probably be a disaster. They need to make improvements on how to properly and efficiently get the kids out to recess and anything else that involves free time. Also like anywhere else there are a few teachers who can use an attitude adjustment. One in particular the art teacher. Very good school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is too noisy and too large. Not enough none in fact attention is given to processes involved in solving complicated math problems. Teachers have too much to do in a short amount of time. More teacher training is especially needed with language classes and math. Inexperienced instructors need more guidance. Parents are working overtime to make up for the deficiencies.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has gone down the tubes. We've been there for 5 years and it used to be excellent. It just isn't the same this year. No recess silent lunches no running allowed on playground. I'm just sick of it. We have to move I think. It's such a shame.

  • (1 year ago)

    At Walt Disney Magnet School I have no problems with the teachers but lower grade administration is not helpful at all. Loved this school last year but extremely disappointed this year. It is very disheartening and I'm definitely going to try for different school for my kids next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    WEI enrolled my daughter for Walt Disney I in 2008/2009 year.The classroom teacher was nice unfortunately the specials teachers were not.I witnessed the art teacher the tall in her late 50s who wears a lot of accessories and long red nails asking kindergarten children hold their hands up my assumption was " she must be putting stamps or stickers of some kind.No she slapped each 5 year olds hands with her gigantic accessorised hand.I held back my tears and upon pick up told a couple of parents of that pod. I tried to write this review but the site hadn't let it post was kept blocking.I pulled out my child the next year.I still regret having sent my child through the traumatizing long experience. Also saw sub.teacher yelling at kindergartners to walk down the stairs in soldier style making corners. The pod layout as my friend said it " worse than a third world country"

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter attended Walt Disney and was very happy with it. We care about her education and she transferred from a renowned private school. We were thrilled when she was chosen. She attended from third to sixth grade. She was 'placed' just below the gifted level. She was inspired by her teachers. She was on the Disney track team. In sixth grade with the recommendations of her teachers she was accepted into the gifted program for sixth grade and learned Chinese. She took the Academic Center tests along with other Disney Students. As a result she was accepted to Whitney Young's Academic Center. We regret that the current Mayor is diverting funding from good Chicago Public Schools. This may put more stress on educators and impact the quality. However enough about my opinion on the poor oversight of Chicago Charter Schools. Each grade is broken down into home rooms where the students are taught. Some home rooms focus on those to whom English is a second language while another may work with more challenged students. We were very satisfied with Disney. Our daughter is now a Freshman in high school. No regrets. We'd do it again if we had the chance.

  • (1 year ago)

    I thought when I my child got into Disney that this was going to be a great experience and opportunity for him. It has not been. Kindergarten was fine. But I must say once the kids get to second grade the teachers openly admit that they yell at kids! The kids coming here majority seem to have discipline problems and the kids who really count and the school cares about are the gifted students. I am sure the positive views are from gifted parents. I also had a teacher openly admit that she does not do guided reading had not heard my child read nor could even tell me about my child's comprehension level. The students are also in a very tense environment with many rules in a chaotic environment. The technology is sub par having a smart board and iPads is not special it is normal to be in every classroom now. The school does not pay for any special websites for kids to do extra learning. It is also very hard to contact teachers and to communicate with floor directors. I have once called everyday for three weeks before I finally got a hold of a floor director. Save your time and energy to invest in a school that really cares about kids and makes learning fun with high test scores.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child had a negative experience there that hurt his confidence and his love of learning. He started in 1th and I had to pull him out at the end of 7 th. yes! Very late and he was upset. There are so many kids like any other CPS school but teachers are pushed to do miracles they do what they can. And communication with most of them is impossible. They will just tell you "the kid has to study mam" they have no tutoring or any help (except if the child is in the gifted program ) . Kids fall in alternative programs when they can't catch up but there are not meetings w parents to solve the problem. I noticed my son was behind but I couldn't send him out of the school to get help like many of us. Kids than end up with IEP are considered lazy and treated as such. I looked for help for 2 years until finally one person heard me out but still i wonder about others who are struggling. teachers are not allowed to be them and grow and that same feeling is share with the students who are yelled at all times. Communication and involvement and genuine love of teaching plus lets just say appreciation for teachers is needed.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's a good school the teachers are great and my daughter she's learning a lot and she's happy to go to school every day.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughters school is Walt Disney Magnet School. this school is one of the best schools in Chicago. they interact with the children and the parents and teachers involved in their learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love ...love ...love Walt Disney Magnet School!!! The teachers challenge the students in a fun way... My daughter absolutely loves waking up every morning and going to school. The principal is strict but hey that's what the kids need and it works! GREAT JOB to the staff and Dr. Hagstrom.

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