HUBBARD WOODS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1110 CHATFIELD RD
WINNETKA, IL 60093
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Phone: 847-446-0920
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 4th Grade
  • District: Winnetka Sd 36
  • Students/Teacher: 12:1
  • Students/Grade: 49
  • Number Students: 245
  • Number Teachers: 35
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 11614
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Daniel Ryan
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (26 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (23 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-11
    "Hubbard Woods School is one of the best schools I have ever worked with and am fortunate enough to send my children to. Mr. Daniel Ryan, by far, is the most outstanding principal I know, and my review is based on working with hundreds of schools' administrators as a previous Director in Education at Discovery Channel and working with him in various capacities on projects for the PTO. The implementation of innovative programs, the consensus building, the strong sense of community, the parent involvement, and the love of learning every child has at HW are just a few of the qualities that the principal and staff bring to the table. What I love most: the strong partnership between school and home with it's continued communication and problem solving between teacher and parent - you'll be impressed with how well your child's teacher knows him/her. The teachers are passionate: they also put together fabulous before-and-after school programs like our daily WGST news broadcast put together by the children, after school sports, after school movie making, and more. And we as parents are welcomed into the school! Note, this is a progressive education school - request a tour to find out more."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-08-17
    "I stumbled upon this and feel compelled to add a rating in an attempt to tip the average back up. I'm a parent at this school, one who is deeply invested in my childrens' educations, and extremely satisfied with HWE. I'm sorry to those of you below who feel the need to air your spite against a former principal or your deep personal grievance in a public forum, but to give Hubbard Woods a "1" on a scale of 1 to 5 is ludicrous. You immediately lose any credibility with anyone educated. A "1" rating would be appropriate for a school with 4th graders who can't read, or in danger of being taken over by the State for chronic failure on achievement tests. I understand there are differing opinions on progressive education, both in re: the philosophy and the practical, everyday application of that philosophy, and whether or not it's so at odds with where most modern quantifiable output elementary education has moved as to be outmoded. Say you're not a fan, give it a "3" as adequate but not outstanding for whatever reason, and move on. HWE is a fabulous school with amazing resources, the most talented elem. school teachers I've ever met, and a great dedication to students."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-05-01
    "Thank goodness change has come to Hubbard Woods. Perhaps now trust can be restored between teachers, administration and parents. And, perhaps also the community can heal the wounds that left parents on all sides fearing that their children's needs would not be properly addressed. This is great news."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-04-30
    "Some families prefer to have their children enrolled in smaller, private schools. To say "many families have moved" is not at all accurate. It sounds as if this parent has little understanding of progressive education - to cite a couple of examples of school practice out of context and to label them the "Winnetka Way, is not at all accurate. Has this parent read any of the district's literature on the tenets of progressive education or for that matter, any literature on progressive education? Progressive educators are reflective practitioners and are continually examining their pedagogy and adapting it based upon the needs of the children and current research findings. I beg this parent to spend a day in the school, talk to children, teachers and administrators, and see first hand how wonderfully child-centered and creative this school really is. Look at the test scores as well. As these numbers, another way to get to know a school, also tell a great story. It saddens me that some members of the community will jump on a bandwagon of attack and criticism, before acquiring the information they need to form an informed opinion."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-09-05
    "Winnetka's long and well deserved reputation for strong schools is being systematically undermined by the uneven quality of curriculum, teachers, and leadership at Hubbard Woods. Many families have moved their children to private schools to escape "The Winnetka Way," a once useful but now terribly outdated approach to K-4 education. So-called Progressive Education (one classroom for all kindergarten and 1st grade students, 45 minutes of yoga each day, frequent faculty offsite meetings) is now just a slogan to justify out of touch practices and total stonewalling of parents and their input. This is a classic example of a school run for the benefit of teachers and staff, not for the community. It is hoped that a new district 36 superintendent and a new school board will finally wake up to this travesty of taxpayer expenditure and education with swift and thorough changes. It cannot happen soon enough."
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