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About This School

Central Elementary School is a public elementary school in Plainfield. The principal of Central Elementary School is Linda DiLeo. 853 children attend Central Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 12% of the Central Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 853 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 18% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Central Elementary School is 21:1. Mary Sears Preschool is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 62%
Asian 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 9%
Hispanic 22% 19%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18% 8%
Limited English proficiency 12% 7%
Economically disadvantaged 3% 6%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff and the teachers are very good and talented and care so much for the kids. Teachers go out of their way so the children are happy and have a great school experience.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school with the best Principal and teachers. Really like parent involvement and works together with the parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    Central Elementary in Plainfield IL is a great school. Both of my kids go there and the staff and administration is incredible. The principal cares deeply and communicates with parents which is great.

  • (6 years ago)

    My twins went through Central Elementary recenty for their whole elementary school experience. The staff and administration are amazing caring people. My children were more than prepared for middle school

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had 3 years of experience with Central School and I believe they are above excellent. My child was struggling and they caught the situation put her in the programs that she needs to help her not only gain academically but in her confidence also. They worked with her several times a week and still are. All of this and she has never felt like she was separate from the other kids. The teachers never embarrassed her and were always there to support her. I can not tell you how much I love this school and support it. They might not have the best test scores but they give the extra attention to the children and are not letting them fall through the cracks. Excellent school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Excellent school. The staff is the greatest they really care about the students.

  • (8 years ago)

    My experience with the schools has been tragic! There is lots of hoopla about Plainfield schools and how great they are but reality proves different. My son is a first grader at Central. Guided reading is used to teach students how to read.Phonics and phonemic awareness are not incorporated in the reading lesson.Therefore my son has memorized stories but can't read words in isolation or any other text.He can't read or write and he has no strategies for doing so. No other strategies or remediation are incorporated in the teaching. It's the parents responsibility to teach their children to read! Hey! Whose getting paid for this? The math program isn't any better!Once again the programs is vague. There are no afterschool tutoring programs or sports programs. Furthermore classrooms are overcroweded and students who need individual attention are left behind! What happened to NCLB?

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter is in am kinder. I love her teacher. I am invovled w/ the pta and every meeting is very informative. All of the staff at this school is very invovled.

  • (9 years ago)

    Bullying at Central Elementary School is out of control! The parents of children who are bullied are patronized by the school staff who are supposed to be there to protect and guide our children. The school makes the parents feel as if it is our fault our children are being bullied and turns the situation into our problem. Our children as well as the parents feel helpless because the school doesn't want to discipline the bullies. I suggest saving all the money you can to try and send your kids to a private school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Central school is an old school with a lot of seasoned teachers. I think they do very well on test scores in math but need to push the children a little more in writing and reading. If you were living on the North Shore parents would be furious that the scores were not in the 90s. I think there needs to be a balance. I would recommend Central but I also would tell Plainfield school district not to slip anymore in scores to keep up their 'acclaimed Plainfield schools'.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter went to a few different schools before we moved to Central. Central has been the best in a few ways. Central teachers are great. The know how to modivate your child to be their best. If your child is having a problem the staff will work with you to help your child overcome the problem. The staff treat the children with respect and expect respect in return.

  • (11 years ago)

    Plainfield is not what it's cracked up to be. Kids go for three weeks doing nothing in math but preparing for the state tests thats why scores are high. I worked with second graders last year in reading. The majority of them could barely read and they are encouraged to look at pictures and guess the words rather than sound them out. If your considering moving to Plainfield for their Excelent school system Don't!

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