School Details

Neil Armstrong Elementary School

5030 Imperial Drive, Richton Park, IL 60471
(708) 481-7424
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 304 students 18 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

31%
38%
55%
58%
61%
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
  • Esd 159 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
54%
60%
47%
54%
59%
83%
78%
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
  • Esd 159 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
53%
59%
48%
58%
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
  • Esd 159 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Neil Armstrong Elementary School is a public elementary school in Richton Park. The principal of Neil Armstrong Elementary School is Pamela Woods. 304 children attend Neil Armstrong Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0% of the Neil Armstrong Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 29% of the 304 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 64% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Neil Armstrong Elementary School is 18:1. Immanuel Crossroads School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 91% 90%
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 1% 3%
Asian 1% %
White, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 46%
Limited English proficiency 0% 1%
Economically disadvantaged 29% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Neil Armstrong School is an Ok school. I am a student there and I am in 5th grade and we are in our last moth of school for this year. i'v been at this school since the last quarter of 4th grade but it was alright the teachers are somtimes funny but i LOVE my 5th grade teacher mrs.carlton. so heres my review of the school its alright the student council gets to do alot of things and is very supportive of makeing donations and things like that the food should DEFINETLY be healthier instead of fattening things that are most of the time cold there are not enough sports except like 2 and it only lasts about 2 weeks or 3 weeks theres not enough play equitment outside and not enough time to play inside and outside the teachers are ok but every single day theres yelling or something bad happens of both there have been lots of fight but not ALOT and that is my rewiew of neil a. arstrong school thannks!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been a student at Armstrong since Kindergarten and I am finishing up fifth grade. I couldn't be happier to leave. The food there was only warm one day a week even when my class was served first. They just started giving us warm food everyday a few months ago. Ants made their way into classrooms and made nests. That was the nastiest thing that had ever seen. The school playground has old run down equipment from the late 90's and it attracts bees and yellow jackets. (The equipment is bright yellow) There is a pond and a few houses near the playground and one time a loose dog ran up to someone. There aren't special extracurricular activities except for band which is for fifth grade only and basketball teams. The only inconvenience about band is that they teach it in the morning and last year it was held in the room closest to my classroom. That was really inconvenient. The staff is generally ok with a few teachers that get on people's nerves. There aren't many fights but when one happened a teacher looked straight at the fighting kids and looked away. This school is small and cramped. Not enough room for everyone. No programs for smarter kids. Really bad school.

  • (5 years ago)

    i have a grandson that is going to second grade. ms.just and ms phillips are two of the greatest teacheers .they both have done an excellent job. ms just kdg. and ms.phillips first grade. great job''.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two children at Neil Armstrong and I am pleased with their delevelopment and I think it is a great school. It is a good environment and I feel the teachers work hard to educate the children. I have also saw the hard work the current PTO committee has been doing and it nothing but great things for the children of Armstrong. I look forward to getting a first hand look at the great things in store at Armstrong in the 2009-2010 school year

  • (6 years ago)

    My husband and I have seven children six which attended armstrong. Range from the age 20yrs-4 months.Our view on the school is that the staff is very outstanding. Three of the kids had Mrs Kuhn for kindergarten which is the best kindergarten teacher a person could ever find. But not taking anything from the other teachers which are aslo great. Yes there has been some change in the extracurricular activities but to all that is degrading the school and staff my question is did you all do everything in your power to help the school and staff save any of the extracurricular activities that was dropped? By voting and lending a helping hand overall? Keep up the good work Neil Armstrong!!!!!LOL

  • (6 years ago)

    Neil Armstrong is truly one of the worst schools in District 159. It is destroying our youth. It is disorderly and the most poorly run school I have ever seen. The children are terribly disrepectful and are clearly out of control even to someone outside looking in. I have to admit that I am not happy with a once outstanding school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 children at Armstrong. Unfortunately many programs have been cut or decreased (i.e. art is only offered during the 4th quarter) because a referendum requesting additional property tax money didn't pass. This has affected all the schools in district 159. Last year we lost our phenomenal principal to the newly-built Middle School and the current principal isn't as strong as she was. There is little parent involvement the PTO has to struggle financially and volunteer-wise to provide fun activities for the students. Many activities like the school fair had to be dropped and parents either can't or won't pay their PTO dues. The children seem to be more disrespectful and have no problem cursing in front of other parents. There are some wonderful teachers at Armstrong but they don't have the necessary parental support or materials to do what's needed for the students. Very little homework is given.

  • (8 years ago)

    Initially I was impressed with the school. However until my family moved into a different district/school I realized how unprepared we and my son were for first grade. The other district is far more advanced than Neil Armstrong/District 159. My son is now playing catch up by getting additional help (tutor reading programs etc.)

  • (8 years ago)

    The quality of academic programs compared to 10 years ago is terrible. The scores are barely meeting state standards and the availability of Music and Art will be minimal due to the recent referendum not passing. There is barely any parent involvement at this school and the administration is very unprofessional. The curriculum is very lax and I feel that the children are not getting the best and equal education that they deserve.

  • (8 years ago)

    The test scores are not acceptable and have declined for the past three years. There have been numerous changes within the Music Dept. the school promotes safety however picks and chooses what to address. My child is in Kindergarten and has not retained what he learned through his pre-school experience because he was placed in a KG class that was beginning at a primary level..there was no screening process to ascertain what level he was at or any child for that matter. I am extremely disappointed in the quality of education my child has received.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is not a very good school academically or parentally. They treat the parents with as much disrespect as the kids and they don't listen or guide the parents or students toward success. They allow bullying and do not adhere to the no tolerance rules. Their comments are 'if I don't see it there is nothing that can be done. My 10 year old has been beat up and harrassed daily since the beginning of the year. His grades are slipping and his self-esteem is down the toilet. The academics are moderate at best. If you want your child to have a safe environment to learn do not send them here if possible. My kindergartener is even being harrassed daily. And they give detentions for every little transgression possible. Parental involvement is not encouraged by the new principle. They don't listen to the students or the parents.

  • (9 years ago)

    I love this school! The teachers are dedicated professionals who truly care about thier students! The prinicpal is award winning and first rate. Parents are involve. Extra curricular activities include sports music and art activites. Their test scores go up each year.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son and I just moved to the area. He started 2nd grade at Armstrong in February. His teacher Mrs.Singeltary is an excellent teacher. She showed so much concern and helped my son adjust to his new surroundings. This is one dedicated teacher and I look forward to next year at Neil Armstrong.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have to say that Neil Armstrong is a wonderful school. I recently moved from A small town in Minnesota and was very worried about my five year old going to a big public school. Mrs. Just is a wonderful teacher! All the staff there are great. They all was very open with me and both my children will stay intil finished. Mrs. Just is the best KDG teacher there is. I have decided to buy in richton park to keep my child there intil 8th grade.Keep up the good work Armstong superstars!1

  • (10 years ago)

    I was a student at Neil Armstrong and I thought the school was great! I attended Armstrong Kindergarden through 8th grade and I think I got the best education I could get. The teachers were always offering their help! Not only were they just teachers they were people that you could talk to about anything. I had so much fun going there! I know I am only a junior in high school but if I had a say to where some kids should go to elementary school I would strongly recommend Neil A. Armstrong Elementary!

  • (10 years ago)

    We found Neil Armstrong to have poor leadership and no direction. Our children would do better staying home and watching the discovery channel. With only 6.5 hours in a school day how could the school allow TWO recesses in one day for our future leaders how our are children expected the run the world if they can not even read. Well I guess they be in good shape. The school leaders have said the area has changed We would say they have changed. You can tell when people have a true LOVE for children and you can tell when they have a TRUE LOVE FOR THEIR POCKETS.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter started Neil Armstrong last year as a kindergartener. She was in Mrs. Kuhns class. I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful experience it was for her. Being an only child I was concerned about my daughter's interaction with the other children. Mrs. Kuhn did an excellent job of making her feel welcome and helping her enjoy going to school. She is now is the 1st grade in Mrs. Wuske's class. She is having an excellent time. She really enjoys Mrs. Wuske's class and thinks she's a great teacher. I think Neil Armstrong has some 'great' teachers. They seem very passionate about educating our children. I think having a great attitude and strong passion about teaching is definitely conveyed by Neil Armstrong's principal. Mrs. Woods is extremely dedicated to the education of our children. Great job Neil Armstrong. Keep up the 'great' work.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have two children that attend Neil Armstrong and will have a third going there soon. The principal is a wonderful leader and person. Her staff is very good as well. This school is orderly and comfortable and I feel very safe with my children attend Armstrong. Mrs. Kuhn is the best teacher I've ever seen or experienced she is the Kindergarten teacher and has changed both of my children's view on education for the best. My oldest now wants to be everything and my youngest who once hated school is looking for to school daily. The work and projects given are productive and the moral and incentives for the kid are great. Great job Neil Armstrong.

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