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Frankfort District 157-C schools ranked among Top 67 in State of Illinois

Frankfort School District 157-C is proud to announce that all three of its schools were ranked among the Top 67 in the State of Illinois for student growth in 2018.

Grand Prairie Elementary School, Chelsea Intermediate School and Hickory Creek Middle School received Exemplary Designations on the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2018 Illinois School Report Cards.

Designations are new to Report Cards this year, and this system places an emphasis on student growth during the school year.

For K-8 schools to receive an Exemplary Designation, they must rank in the Top 10 percent of schools in the state for student growth.

ISBE officials announced this change to School Report Cards to more equally measure school effectiveness, as student growth occurs in all schools, regardless of student, teacher or school demographics.

In English, roughly 70 percent of students at Chelsea and 75 percent of students at Hickory Creek experienced significant growth, compared with the state average of 50 percent. The district’s average was 72.9 percent.

In math, roughly 64 percent of students at Chelsea and 76 percent of students at Hickory Creek experienced significant growth, compared with the state average of 50 percent. The district’s average was 71.6 percent.

Additionally, the district devotes part of each school day to health and wellness instruction and activities for students, compared with a state average of three days per week.

The district’s School Report Card scores are attributable to the quality of teachers and support staff the district employs who work collaboratively to implement innovative, creative instruction, as the district embraces one-to-one technology for fifth- through eighth-graders and an increase in the use of new technologies in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Janet McClarence and Director of Special Services Jennifer Bajda spearhead efforts to design and implement rigorous curriculum that is tightly aligned to state standards, and school leadership teams and teachers support her in these efforts.

The success of the district’s students is equally attributable to the responsible management of financial resources by district administration and the School Board, as well as the investment of Frankfort 157-C families and community members into student growth.

In addition to celebrating its successes, the district uses School Report Card data to evaluate where there is room for improvement, and it makes adjustments in response to growth rates.

To view full versions of the district’s Illinois School Report Cards, visit, and search for the schools by name.

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