School Details

Pleasantdale Elementary School

8100 School Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 246-4700
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-4 468 students 15 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

82%
82%
56%
82%
82%
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
  • Pleasantdale School District 107 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
88%
64%
85%
85%
56%
90%
90%
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
  • Pleasantdale School District 107 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pleasantdale Elementary School is a public elementary school in Burr Ridge. The principal of Pleasantdale Elementary School is Mr. Matt Vandercar, who can be contacted at mvandercar@d107.org. 468 students go to Pleasantdale Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Pleasantdale Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 2% of the 468 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 10% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Pleasantdale Elementary School is 15:1. Trinity Lutheran School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 81% 82%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Multiracial 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 10%
Limited English proficiency 4% 5%
Economically disadvantaged 2% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My husband I moved our two boys to District 107 in January of 2014. My older son is attending First Grade at Pleasantdale Elementary and he has grown leaps and bounds and has greatly accelerated in all areas of academics. My son was in need of an IEP Program and the staff and team of educators have done a tremendous job creating a learning environment that helps my son learn in a way that works for him and his learning disability needs he never feels different from the other children in class and his confidence and self esteem have also greatly improved. Pleasantdale Elementary is a top notch school and deserves a 20 on a scale of 1-10.....we are very thankful and blessed to be part of a great school as well as a fantastic community that District 107 provides to the families and residents in the surrounding area!

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with a previous review in that this school only cares about isat test scores and district assessments. If your child does not test well they will be thrown in to the special education black hole. I really like the principal he truly cares about the children. Most teachers are very caring and attentive. The PTA is very helpful as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    This truly is one of the better schools in the area. The curriculum is geared towards teaching the children in a structured system while keeping them engaged in the learning process. Staff is fantastic with all children and has the experience to back it up. They go out of their way to make sure children who are behind get extra attention they have teachers who will work with children that need the extra help. You definately see the tax dollars at work. Parents are expected to be actively engaged in their child's learning process. I am amazed at the amount of preparation and work that goes into teaching these children and the care the staff takes to ensure a solid learing environment. This folks is in my opinion one of the best schools in the area.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school amazing teachers great principal!

  • (5 years ago)

    The May poster has not been in this district long enough to really see what goes on here. The superintendent does not care about special needs children. The focus on the brightest of the bright because they are what will keep the test scores high. Yeah the elementary school principal is nice enough if you like puppets. And forget about the middle school principal. She is asleep at the wheel. If you want the best for your kids look into Western Springs because you won't find it at Pleasantdale.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is an excellent school great school principal excellent staff and an extremely supporting and caring superintendent. We are fortunate to have such a great staff to take care of our children. I can not say enough good things about Mr. VanderCar (the principal). Teachers of our kids (KG and 1st grade) are excellent too. I am sure your kids will thrive in this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is so over rated. It is all about the isat test scores. If your kid is not a brainiac forget it

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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