8601 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60656
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
9/
10
Top 20%
Dirksen Elementary School serves 944 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
Dirksen Elementary School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Illinois for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 30%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 49% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 33%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 51% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 38%) for the 2018-19 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 Rankings

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

School Overview

Dirksen Elementary School's student population of 944 students has grown by 8% over five school years.
The teacher population of 38 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students
944 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
38 teachers
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School Rankings

Dirksen Elementary School is ranked within the top 20% of all 3,655 schools in Illinois (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 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 Data
This School
State Level (IL)
Overall Testing Rank
#678 out of 3655 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
49%
33%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
51%
38%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
25:1
15:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
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
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
n/a
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.43
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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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Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, IL Dept. of Education

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 944 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 25:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 26%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 20% in IL
  • Math Proficiency
    : 49% (Top 20%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 51% (Top 30%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.43 (Top 50%)

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