Dirksen Elementary School

8601 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60656
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
8/
10
Top 30%
Dirksen Elementary School serves 944 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
Dirksen Elementary School placed in the top 30% of all schools in Illinois for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 30%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 47% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 32%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 51% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 37%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the Illinois state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is lower than the Illinois state average of 52% (majority Hispanic).

Top Placements

Dirksen Elementary School places among the top 20% of public schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

Dirksen Elementary School's student population of 944 students has grown by 10% over five school years.
The teacher population of 38 teachers has declined by 9% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students944 students
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Total Classroom Teachers38 teachers
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School Comparison

Dirksen Elementary School is ranked within the top 30% of all 3,672 schools in Illinois (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of Dirksen Elementary School is 0.43, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (IL)
Overall Testing Rank
#741 out of 3672 schools
(Top 30%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
47%
32%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
51%
37%
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Student : Teacher Ratio25:115:1
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American Indian
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Asian
13%
5%
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Hispanic
11%
26%
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Black
2%
17%
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White
74%
48%
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Hawaiian
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n/a
Two or more races
n/a
4%
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Diversity Score
0.430.68
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Eligible for Free Lunch
78%
47%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
17%
3%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameCity Of Chicago 299 School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, IL Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to Dirksen Elementary School is Ridgewood Community High School (1.7 miles away)
The nearest middle school and elementary school is Pennoyer Elementary School (0.2 miles away)
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  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Harwood Heights Pennoyer Elementary School Math: 40% | Reading: 47%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    Grades: PK-8 | 428 students
    0.2 miles
    5200 N Cumberland
    Harwood Heights, IL 60706
    (708) 456-9094
    0.2 PK-8 428
  • Harwood Heights J Leigh Elementary School Math: 37% | Reading: 55%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    Grades: PK-4 | 614 students
    0.7 miles
    8151 W Lawrence Ave
    Harwood Heights, IL 60706
    (708) 456-8848
    0.7 PK-4 614
  • Schiller Park Washington Elementary School Math: 21% | Reading: 45%
    Rank
    6/
    10
    Top 50%
    Grades: 4-5 | 289 students
    1.5 miles
    4835 Michigan Ave
    Schiller Park, IL 60176
    (847) 671-1816
    1.5 4-5 289
  • Chicago Oriole Park Elementary School Math: 60% | Reading: 62%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 10%
    Grades: PK-8 | 751 students
    1.6 miles
    5424 N Oketo Ave
    Chicago, IL 60656
    (773) 534-1201
    1.6 PK-8 751
  • Harwood Heights J Giles Elementary School Math: 33% | Reading: 53%
    Rank
    8/
    10
    Top 30%
    Grades: 5-8 | 478 students
    1.7 miles
    4251 N Oriole Ave
    Harwood Heights, IL 60706
    (708) 583-2068
    1.7 5-8 478

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