Ward J Elementary School

  • Ward J Elementary School serves 587 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 59% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 32%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 47% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Ward J Elementary School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Illinois for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 30%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the Illinois state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 95% of the student body (majority Asian), which is higher than the Illinois state average of 52%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • Ward J Elementary School's student population of 587 students has grown by 14% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 28 teachers has declined by 6% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students587 students
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Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Ward J Elementary School is ranked within the top 20% of all 3,679 schools in Illinois (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has increased from 17:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Ward J 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 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (IL)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#576 out of 3679 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
59%
32%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
47%
38%
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Student : Teacher Ratio21:115:1
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Asian
69%
5%
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Hispanic
12%
26%
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Black
14%
17%
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White
5%
48%
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Two or more races
n/a
3%
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Diversity Score0.490.68
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Eligible for Free Lunch
83%
47%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/a
2%
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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

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School Reviews

5  
Despite the school being the oldest educational facilty in Chicago, Ward carries a good reputation for limited crime, residing itself on the safe boundries of Chinatown. The population mostly consists of Asians, most repectively, Chinese. Most of the faculty offers an intense learning experience. The school is somewhat small compared to others (500+), but the school offers various opportunities and activities. It is how one considers his choices that stands in the matter of his success. Talented students in the academic or physical areas have their choices. Academic competitions (i.e. Academic Bowl, Math Team, etc.) have placed good marks in Area and City competitions, while the athletic teams have beaten down many of its stronger opponents. Level of parent involvement is pretty good, as there are Meet the Teachers Night's, Family Reading Night, etc.; however, there are still space for improvement on updating the school's website more often. Overall, I love this school. It has given me memories and nourishment of which I will never grow out. I now think of school as not only a development for life but life itself. I strongly recommend going to this school, especially because of the fact that it offers Spanish enrichment in its curriculum. I will never have any regret of choosing this school instead of Haines. ~ Yongming Deng, Class of 2010 :)
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