Dirksen Elementary School

8601 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60656
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
7/
10
Top 50%
Dirksen Elementary School serves 919 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
Dirksen Elementary School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Illinois for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 31% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 28%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 28% (which is lower than the Illinois state average of 32%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the Illinois state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is lower than the Illinois state average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 919 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 16:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 31%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50% in IL
  • Math Proficiency
    : 31% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 28% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IL Dept. of Education

School Overview

Dirksen Elementary School's student population of 919 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 58 teachers has grown by 18% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students
919 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
58 teachers
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School Rankings

Dirksen Elementary School is ranked within the top 50% of all 3,663 schools in Illinois (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Dirksen Elementary School is 0.49, 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 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (IL)
Overall Testing Rank
#1356 out of 3663 schools
(Top 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
31%
28%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
28%
32%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
14%
5%
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Hispanic
12%
27%
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Black
4%
17%
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White
69%
47%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
1%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in IL.
Diversity Score
0.49
This chart display the diversity score of Dirksen Elementary School and the public school average diversity score of Illinois by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
75%
43%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
17%
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Dirksen Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Illinois by year, with the latest 2013-14 school year data.
Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IL Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dirksen Elementary School's ranking?
Dirksen Elementary School is ranked #1356 out of 3,663 schools, which ranks it among the top 50% of public schools in Illinois.
What schools are Dirksen Elementary School often compared to?
Dirksen Elementary Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Beard Elementary School, Oriole Park Elementary School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
31% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 28% IL state average), while 28% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 32% IL state average).
How many students attend Dirksen Elementary School?
919 students attend Dirksen Elementary School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
69% of Dirksen Elementary School students are White, 14% of students are Asian, 12% of students are Hispanic, 4% of students are Black, and 1% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Dirksen Elementary School?
Dirksen Elementary School has a student ration of 16:1, which is higher than the Illinois state average of 14:1.
What grades does Dirksen Elementary School offer ?
Dirksen Elementary School offers enrollment in grades Prekindergarten-8
What school district is Dirksen Elementary School part of?
Dirksen Elementary School is part of City Of Chicago SD 299 School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 919 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 16:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 31%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 31% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 28% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IL Dept. of Education

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