School Details

Irving Elementary School

1125 South Cuyler Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 524-3090
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 456 students 12 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

70%
77%
56%
69%
79%
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
  • Oak Park Esd 97 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
81%
64%
80%
78%
56%
93%
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
  • Oak Park Esd 97 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
84%
64%
74%
83%
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
  • Oak Park Esd 97 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Irving Elementary School is a public elementary school in Oak Park. The principal of Irving Elementary School is John Hodge. 456 students attend Irving Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 1% of the Irving Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 26% of the 456 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 28% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Irving Elementary School is 12:1. Longfellow Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 50% 57%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Asian 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 23%
Multiracial 13% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 19%
Limited English proficiency 1% 2%
Economically disadvantaged 26% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Washington Irving is a 5 star school. Our child is now entering 1st grade and there isn't one bad thing to say about this school. The teachers are top notch the principal is wonderful caring & focused the parent involvement & community feeling is fantastic. I give this public school higher marks than our very expensive Oak Park private preschool.

  • (2 years ago)

    Irving is a true hidden gem. Don't let the outside fool you. The staff are among the most dedicated I've seen. They really go out of their way to meet the needs of individual students. The principal has the well earned respect of both staff and families which is hard to accomplish. He's turned around the school's test scores and he makes sure the school enrichment programs meet the needs of the kids not the test scores. I know a few parents who have had to address complicated issues with their kids and they've always felt like the principal and staff heard their concerns and worked positively with them to address them. Highly recommend Irving School.

  • (4 years ago)

    Was skeptical about Irving for no reason at all other than the fact that it's not in the wealthiest part of time. Well our son is just finishing Kndergarten at Irving and has had a great year. What an awesome school! We love Ms. Gullo. Our son's learning has skyrocketed since starting at Irving. He's reading like a champ and is so excited to go to school everyday. Really really impressed with the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids love this school. Yhe school offers alot of activites in which all kids in differect grades can enjoy. The school staff is wonderful and they keep us the parents inform with our kids daily activites.I could go on and on about this wonderful school but I want. all and all the school is great.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is very close to my house and there are lots of nice children there. The principal is very involved and they have lots of opportunities for the kids to learn foreign languages.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has a very diverse student and staff population. Mr. Sak a 2nd grade teacher is open-minded to parents' ideas about their child and his/her learning. He allows altering assignments based on the student's learning style and level. He runs a before-school reading program for students who need extra help. He goes out of his way for his students. The principal is amazing and has made significant changes in the school. The overall atmosphere is very welcoming and happy and is more like a community.

  • (7 years ago)

    Irving is more than a school it's a community. I feel like my kids are challenged and supported. Principal Hodge is warm friendly intellegent and effective. The teaching and volunteer staff are committed. Parents and families are welcomed and involved. It is a wonderful school in a great community. I wouldn't want my kids to go anywhere else.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son's in his first year and he loves it...and so do we. His teacher Mrs. Cole is amazing and has made smooth the transition for him and us to public school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is in his second year at Irving. This is a really wonderful school with a very active and involved parent community. The principal is excellent and has a real gift for choosing staff and getting everyone working together. Irving also currently is a pilot for a healthy low fat fresh lunch program which my son loves. They have art music recess gym and spanish. But mostly I love the community here- we felt welcome from the start and I remain impressed with the school and its staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    I've had two children at Irving School over the past nine years. Irving has a warm nurturing environment. Teachers and administrators are very attentive to the needs of individual children wherever they fall on the academic spectrum. The principal is caring and effective and always has a twinkle in his eye. This is easily the most diverse school in Oak Park not only racially but socioeconomically and it provides students with the kind of understanding and appreciation of diversity that no amount of preaching ever can. I can't recommend this school highly enough for parents who want their children to have this kind of positive experience of live in a diverse community.

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 15 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools