2701 S Shields Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
9/
10
Top 20%
Ward J Elementary School serves 587 students in grades Prekindergarten-8.
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 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 57% (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 47% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 38%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the Illinois state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 94% of the student body (majority Asian), which is higher than the Illinois state average of 52% (majority Hispanic and Black).

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

Ward J Elementary School's student population of 587 students has grown by 8% over five school years.
The teacher population of 28 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Total Students
587 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
28 teachers
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School Rankings

Ward J 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 Ward J Elementary School is 0.51, 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
#608 out of 3655 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
57%
33%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
47%
38%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
21:1
15:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
68%
5%
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Hispanic
11%
26%
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Black
14%
17%
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White
6%
48%
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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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Diversity Score
0.51
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Eligible for Free Lunch
83%
47%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
8%
3%
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Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, IL Dept. of Education

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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 587 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 21:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 94%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 20% in IL
  • Math Proficiency
    : 57% (Top 10%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 47% (Top 30%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.51 (Top 50%)

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