School Details

South Elementary School

601 Golf Road, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-1143
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 458 students 15 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

61%
67%
55%
67%
70%
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
  • Crystal Lake Central Consolidated School District 47 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
75%
60%
72%
72%
59%
87%
87%
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
  • Crystal Lake Central Consolidated School District 47 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
76%
59%
77%
72%
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
  • Crystal Lake Central Consolidated School District 47 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Elementary School is a public elementary school in Crystal Lake. The principal of South Elementary School is Mrs. Lisa Gott. 458 children attend South Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the South Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 5% of the 458 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 22% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at South Elementary School is 15:1. St Thomas The Apostle School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 76%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 12% 16%
Asian 0.9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 24%
Limited English proficiency 2% 7%
Economically disadvantaged 5% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    We couldnt have chosen a better school! The principle teachers extended programs and counselors are truly helpful and more than accomodating. Full time Kindergarten was an awesome choice and much less expensive than the park districts or private preschools. The quality of education is not found too often and the teachers willingness to help our children during a few tough months exceeded our expectations. Thanks South!

  • (4 months ago)

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  • (4 months ago)

    The school has a great anti bullying policy. Its too bad the principal is the biggest bully I've ever met. She has a cookie cutter mold she believes all children should be and if they're not she makes their lives hard. Also if you don't fork over the $$$ for full time kindergarten your child will be behind and the teachers don't believe its their job to catch them up. They will also blame this on the parents. Its also really hit or miss with teacher quality. And if you find that your teacher isn't a good match for your child the principal will have the teachers back and quickly blame your child instead or you. Over all I'm less happy with this elementary school and it's politics then I hopped I would have been.

  • (10 months ago)

    I am very happy with South! There is a lot of parent involvement and a real sense of school pride. My son looks forward to going to school and is learning a lot; they're clearly doing something right. I'm looking forward to enrolling my second son when the time comes!

  • (11 months ago)

    South Elementary has a great team of teachers and staff. My kids have great pride in their school and so do I. The teachers and staff went to great lengths to help my son when he was going through separation anxiety in first grade going from a half day of school to a full day. They worked hard to get to know him and buddied him up with kids who had a similar personality which are his best friends to date! I am extremely thankful to South Elementary for helping turn school into a fun place that my boys look forward to going to all school year long! I wish I could give this school a10 star rating!

  • (11 months ago)

    Employs extremely sick teachers. Those willing to pay for children because they do not have their own. Id be careful. Who is your child's teacher?

  • (1 year ago)

    South is a great school. It is small enough for the kids to feel 'at home' and not just a 'number.' We have had great experiences with teachers and staff over the years.

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal and teachers are not helful at all a specialy 5th graders - Mrs. S (

  • (5 years ago)

    They have great teachers!!

  • (9 years ago)

    South is a fine school unless you have a problem with a teacher. Most of the teachers are very good and dedicated. Ive had several wonderful teachers. If my child had not pulled one of the few bad teachers last year I too would rave about South. But last year one of the teachers was just really bad. The principal always backs the teacher no matter what. So if the teacher is having a problem no real solution is provided. I know several parents who have pulled their children out of South when they encountered problems with a teacher because the principal says 'too bad'. She will not change a child's classroom ever. The principal says she will help but the options she offers last about two or three days. The common consensus among parents is as long as you don't get one of these bad teachers South is fine.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have been extremely satisified with South. My boys are 9 and 10 now and have been going since kindergarten. The teachers are outstanding when it comes to communicating either learning or discipline issues and are always there to help as is the principal. They have a great 'bully proofing' program and are always willing to step in when a child is being picked on. They return parent phone calls promptly and seem to take a great interest in every child as an individual. We're moving out of district and my greatest sadness is that my kids will need to leave South!! I only hope the communication values and learning that takes place at their new school can compare to South!

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