Decatur SD 61 School District

101 W Cerro Gordo St
Decatur, IL 62523-1001
(District boundaries shown in map)
Rating
1/
10
Bottom 50%

Top Rankings

Decatur SD 61 School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in Illinois for:

Category
Attribute
Diversity
Most diverse schools (Top 1%)
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 18 public schools serving 8,260 students in Decatur SD 61 School District. This district's average testing ranking is 1/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Illinois.
Public Schools in Decatur SD 61 School District have an average math proficiency score of 4% (versus the Illinois public school average of 26%), and reading proficiency score of 6% (versus the 31% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 69% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the Illinois public school average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

2021-2022 School Year Data
This School District
This State (IL)
# Schools
18 Schools
4,386 Schools
# Students
8,260 Students
1,867,247 Students
# Teachers
484 Teachers
134,644 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
18:1

District Rank

Decatur SD 61 School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 918 school districts in Illinois (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-2021 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 76% has increased from 66% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (IL)
Overall District Rank
#920 out of 926 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Decatur SD 61  School District, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
3%
28%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Decatur SD 61  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
6%
32%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Decatur SD 61  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Graduation Rate
(17-18)
76%
87%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Decatur SD 61  School District and public school graduation rate of IL by year, with the latest 2017-18 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

Diversity Score
0.65
0.68
# American Indian Students
19 Students
4,748 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
n/a
# Asian Students
84 Students
100,579 Students
% Asian Students
1%
5%
# Hispanic Students
401 Students
506,853 Students
% Hispanic Students
5%
27%
# Black Students
4,060 Students
308,140 Students
% Black Students
49%
17%
# White Students
2,554 Students
868,645 Students
% White Students
31%
47%
# Hawaiian Students
9 Students
1,861 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
1,133 Students
76,347 Students
% of Two or more races Students
14%
4%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
553
71,078
# Students in K Grade:
664
124,988
# Students in 1st Grade:
637
127,117
# Students in 2nd Grade:
653
127,748
# Students in 3rd Grade:
610
127,544
# Students in 4th Grade:
587
129,636
# Students in 5th Grade:
592
133,910
# Students in 6th Grade:
593
135,734
# Students in 7th Grade:
562
141,129
# Students in 8th Grade:
573
145,775
# Students in 9th Grade:
562
157,172
# Students in 10th Grade:
572
149,262
# Students in 11th Grade:
523
146,253
# Students in 12th Grade:
579
149,901
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $16,073 in this school district is less than the state median of $22,162. The school district revenue/student has grown by 11% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $19,666 is less than the state median of $21,409. The school district spending/student has grown by 34% over four school years.
This School District
This State (IL)
Total Revenue
$133 MM
$41,381 MM
This chart display total revenue of Decatur SD 61  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending
$162 MM
$39,976 MM
This chart display total spending of Decatur SD 61  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$16,073
$22,162
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Decatur SD 61  School District and median value from average revenue per public school student of all school districts in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student
$19,666
$21,409
This chart display average spending per public school student in Decatur SD 61  School District and median value from average spending per public school student of all school districts in IL by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Decatur SD 61 School District Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
William Harris Learning Academy
Alternative School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
620 E Garfield Ave, Kelley Mor
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 362-3361
Grades: K-12
| 0 students
Rank: #22.
Johns Hill Magnet School
Math: 8% | Reading: 12%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1025 E Johns Ave
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3350
Grades: K-8
| 576 students
Rank: #33.
Macarthur High School
Math: 6% | Reading: 12%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1499 W Grand Ave
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 362-3152
Grades: 9-12
| 1,184 students
Rank: #44.
Montessori For Peace
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 8%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
4735 E Cantrell St
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3390
Grades: PK-8
| 683 students
Rank: #55.
Eisenhower High School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 6-9%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1200 S 16th St
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3100
Grades: 9-12
| 1,046 students
Rank: #6 - 106. - 10.
Franklin Grove Elementary School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: ≤5%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2440 N Summit Ave
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 362-3561
Grades: K-6
| 469 students
Rank: #6 - 106. - 10.
Michael E Baum Elementary School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: ≤5%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
801 S Lake Ridge Ave
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3521
Grades: K-6
| 334 students
Rank: #6 - 106. - 10.
Muffley Elementary School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: ≤5%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
88 S Country Club Rd
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3341
Grades: K-6
| 384 students
Rank: #6 - 106. - 10.
Parsons Accelerated School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: ≤5%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3591 N Macarthur Rd
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 362-3330
Grades: K-6
| 527 students
Rank: #6 - 106. - 10.
South Shores Elementary School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: ≤5%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2500 S Franklin Street Rd
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3321
Grades: K-6
| 334 students
Rank: #1111.
Dennis Lab School
Math: 4% | Reading: 7%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1499 W Main St, Dennis Lab Sch
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 362-3511
Grades: PK-8
| 545 students
Rank: #1212.
Stephen Decatur Middle School
Math: ≤1% | Reading: 5%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1 Educational Park
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 362-3251
Grades: 7-8
| 485 students
Rank: #1313.
American Dreamer Stem Academy
Math: 2% | Reading: 2%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2115 S Taylor Rd
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3380
Grades: K-8
| 401 students
Rank: #1414.
Robertson Charter School
Charter School
Math: ≤1% | Reading: 3%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2240 E Geddes Ave
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 428-7072
Grades: PK-8
| 348 students
Rank: #1515.
Hope Academy
Math: ≤1% | Reading: 2%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
955 N Illinois St
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3280
Grades: K-8
| 550 students
Rank: n/an/a
300 Meadow Terrace Pl
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 362-3275
Grades: PK
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
2912 N University Ave
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 362-3301
Grades: PK
| 394 students
Rank: n/an/a
620 E Garfield Ave
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 362-3310
Grades: PK-12
| 0 students

Frequently Asked Questions

How many schools belong to Decatur SD 61 School District?
Decatur SD 61 School District manages 18 public schools serving 8,260 students.
What is the rank of Decatur SD 61 School District?
Decatur SD 61 School District is ranked #914 out of 918 school districts in Illinois (bottom 50%) based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data for the 2020-2021 school year. This district ranks in the top 20% of Illinois school districts for: Most diverse schools (Top 1%) and Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
What is the racial composition of students in Decatur SD 61 School District?
49% of Decatur SD 61 School District students are Black, 31% of students are White, 14% of students are Two or more races, 5% of students are Hispanic, and 1% of students are Asian.
What is the student/teacher ratio of Decatur SD 61 School District?
Decatur SD 61 School District has a student/teacher ratio of 18:1, which is higher than the Illinois state average of 14:1.
What is Decatur SD 61 School District's spending/student ratio?
The school district's spending/student of $19,666 is less than the state median of $21,409. The school district spending/student has grown by 34% over four school years.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 18 schools
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Enrollment: 8,260 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 69%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 76% (Btm 50% in IL)
  • Overall District Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 3% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 6% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), IL Dept. of Education

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