SEES 1st grade test results spring 2020

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    • #10820 Reply


      Got the test results today:

      Math 99

      Reading 99

      RGC score 122

      Tier 4

      Didn’t get into Decatur, Edison, Beaubien or Bell in the first round

      Anyone have an idea if we stand a chance for any of these in the 2nd round??

      Thank you!


    • #10825 Reply

      RGC: 140

      Offered Kelley for 1st grade. Any Kelley parents that can provide feedback? My son is coming from a Classical school.

      • #10876 Reply

        My son is a current 1st grader at Keller, and he transferred from a classical school. The 1st grade teacher is GREAT! She keeps an open door policy when it comes to discussing your child. My son also participated in soccer, and she even showed up to some of the games.

        The only small thing I miss is that the classical school my son attended for kindergarten had Computer Science and music twice/week (even though Keller has after school Computer coding and band/choir activities). If your child came from a classical school, he’ll do fine at Keller.

        • #11090 Reply

          Thanks so much for the information.
          How would you say the amount of homework changed from the classical school to Keller? Did you ever feel like your child was stressed out by the amount of work.
          My son never felt this way at the classical school so I just don’t want him to be stressed out. I want him to be in a place where he is challenged but not over worked. Does that make sense?

          Also, can you share anything about the building itself. We didn’t get to tour the school in the fall and even though I’ve done online research, I can’t seem to have a good feel for what and how the building feels.

    • #10830 Reply

      Decatur provided they have attrition. They just don’t know yet if anyone is leaving this early in the game, hence can’t make an offer.

      Possibly, Beaubien…


    • #10834 Reply

      Thnaks! A friend’s who’s child is currently in Decatur said they are opening a whole new 1st grade class for the 2020/2021 school year so we are really hoping for a spot there as it’s our first choice.

    • #10873 Reply

      Reading: 99

      Math: 99

      RGC: 136

      Applied for Skinner North, Skinner West, Pritzker (offered), Bronzeville, NTA

      Anyone have opinions/experience with Pritzker? Should I accept or wait for later rounds and hope a spot opens up at SN?


    • #10944 Reply

      Offered Pritzker RGC for 2nd grade. any suggestions or advice on the Pritzker would be highly appreciated? Should we accept it or not?

    • #10946 Reply

      May I ask what did you get offered? With those scores I am certain you must have been offered something

    • #10949 Reply
      Chicago Born

      @Momof2 and @MrDad what classical schools did your child attend?

    • #11034 Reply

      Anyone know if Keller offers foreign language in First grade? My daughter received an offer and I would like more information on what enrichment is offered at the school. More information on the school overall would be great, we unfortunately weren’t able to make it to any of the open houses last fall. Also anyone offered Bronzeville for First Grade care to share their scores?

    • #11038 Reply

      Entering 2nd grade:

      rgc: 141, 99/98 reading/math, tier 3

      offered Beaubien, still didn’t decide if we should accept it or decline, we were hoping for Edison or Bell. Any suggestions?

    • #11039 Reply
      Magnet v SEES

      Would you mind sharing the rgc score necessary for tier 4 second grade at Pritzker?

    • #11041 Reply

      Just so everyone knows, Tiers don’t matter after the entry year.

    • #11042 Reply

      Keller offers Spanish at all levels.  I had 2 at Keller, 1 current, other graduated. Students are offered a variety of activities like chess, soccer, math team, volleyball, basketball, running club, yearbook, You Be the Chemist, Journalism, Mad Science, Art Club, Golf, Stellar Girls (science), Chicago Children’s Choir, Band, Dance team??, Color Guard, recycling club and more.  I’m sure I have not mentioned it all.  All clubs and/or activities aren’t available at all levels.  Sports clubs are run by the Keller Athletic Association (KAA), a parent group.  They also host family fun nights and other activities during the year.  PTA runs monthly activities like the Best Lunch Bunch, where students get to pre-order and pay for lunch from a local restaurant.  The kids love it.  They also host the Father-Daughter dance and a mother-son event, to name a few.

      • #11043 Reply

        Thank you so much!

    • #11091 Reply

      Can someone please confirm if 150 is the highest possible score when applying for 1st grade? Thank you.

    • #11092 Reply

      For RGC

    • #11099 Reply

      @Momof2 The amount of homework actually hasn’t changed between my son’s kindergarten classical school and Keller. The only difference is that last year for K, he received a homework packet at the beginning of the week. My wife and I then split it up so he did a little everyday. Keller gives homework everyday, but it ends up being the same amount of homework (if that makes sense). If your son isn’t overwhelmed by the homework now, he should be fine at Keller.

      As for the building itself, its a pretty clean building. Its a small school, with only one class per grade. First and second grade, the Media Center/Library, the Cafeteria and the gym are on the 1st floor. Third through Eighth are on the second floor. First and second grade classes are self-contained throughout the school day.

      As for activities, my son was on the 1st grade/2nd grade soccer team in the fall. In addition, 1st graders can participate in Computer Coding, chess, Mad Science, art, Sports Spectacular, gardening, etc. I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something, but you can let me know if you have anymore questions.

      • #11103 Reply

        This is very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing this information. I really appreciate it.

    • #11101 Reply

      Yes, 150 is the highest score from 1st grade on per OAE letter.


    • #11104 Reply

      @Momof2 and @MrDad what classical schools did your children attend?

      • #11110 Reply

        He’s at Bronzeville.

        If we do decide for Keller, that will open up a spot for 1st grade.

    • #11107 Reply
      Southloop dad

      Offered Pritzker for 2nd grade. RGC is 143. Need reviews for Pritzker? Should I accept or wait for Bell/Edison in the next rounds?

    • #11108 Reply

      @southloop dad

      Got 143 on RGC out of 150 and didnt get a offer at Edison in the first round?

    • #11109 Reply
      Southloop dad

      No, we didn’t get it! I have listed them in the wrong order after Pritzker. How are the chances for the next round? If I accept Pritzker then I will be out of the active pool.

    • #11111 Reply

      @ChicagoBorn My child went to Poe.

      @Momof2 What is making you considering transferring your child from Bronzeville? We were actually considering ranking Bronzeville pretty high on the list for our child who will test for kindergarten this year.

      • #11115 Reply

        @MrDad Keller is much closer to us. We really enjoyed Bronzeville but I think my son can be challenged a bit more. Those two are the main reasons.
        I highly suggest you consider Bronzeville for your child who will test this year. I have no complaints, the teachers are great, administrators very involved, great after school programs, building brand new with the most up-to date technology in the classroom. Hope this helps.

    • #11112 Reply

      That could be not the reason. It is non-entry year, there may be simply no spots.


    • #11113 Reply

      That is good to know.  Our child got accepted to Poe for K this year.  I was curious if kids moved from Classical to RGC

    • #11114 Reply

      146 for Grade 1, offered Keller. Currently in Skinner North.

    • #11155 Reply

      Going to be 1st

      R 99

      M 96

      Rgc 134


      Offered at beubien(2nd choice)

      I’m not sure if I should accept the offer.

      If i decline, is there any chance for Decatur (4th choice)?


      Going to be 3rd grade

      R 99

      M 96

      Rgc 132

      No offer at bell, beaubien,  coonley, Pritzker and Decatur

      Any chance for Decatur??

    • #11160 Reply
      Southloop dad

      Any chance for Bell/Edison for 2 nd grade in next round with 143 RGC. Suggestions would be highly appreciated?

      • #11164 Reply

        It all depends on whether any spots will open up in second grade and how many others have applied for 2nd grade. If I were you, I would contact the principals of these two schools and inquire about the spots and current offers out.

        I don’t want to discourage you but it’s possible that you have jeopardized potential offers from Bell/Edison because you listed them lower than Pritzker in the 1st round (I saw you mentioned that in an earlier message). Even if your kid had the highest score for 2nd grade, kids with lower scores could have gotten the open Bell/Edison spots if they listed them as their #1 preference in Round 1. That said, there is always a component of luck in these offers based on circumstances beyond your control (e.g., how many kids leave Edison and where other prospective kids decide to go), so the possibility of getting an offer from these schools is not completely out of the question.

      • #11165 Reply

        In an alternative scenario, if Bell/Edison open spots in July/August (because that’s when parents may decide to alert them about leaving the school) and if your kid has the highest score out of all going into 2nd grade, then your chances are very good. That’s two big ifs. I think another factor to consider is how your current school compares to Pritzker. If you are fairly happy with your current school and you like it as a backup option, I don’t see why not risk it and apply for Bell/Edison in Round 2. But if Pritzker is much better than your current school, then the risk you are taking is higher.

      • #11166 Reply

        btw there is a separate thread for 2nd grade, you may get more replies there:

    • #11167 Reply
      Southloop dad

      Thank you so much. I am also thinking the same to take a chance and see if we get into Edison which is next in the line. Today, Pritzker School organized virtual zoom meet for upcoming students. I had a good impression with all over. I am also happy with current school STEM.  I am only going about RGC program! Does anyone can give some Pritzker reviews? Many thanks!

    • #11416 Reply

      Any first grade NTA offers? And if so, do you mind sharing your child’s score?

    • #11421 Reply

      Declined NTA at 145.

    • #11532 Reply
      Patrick L McGowan

      1st grader is at Lenart. Went there for Kindergarten, liked it. Jut got a late offer to Keller (we moved from Hyde Park to Beverly and I had him take the test since Keller was now closer). Didn’t expect an offer this late. Any reason to move him? are they basically the same?

    • #11537 Reply

      Go with Keller its closer and has a better program I have known several parents to leave Lenart and go to Keller and are very pleased.

    • #11573 Reply


      I hope your child got an offer from Decatur. May I ask some questions about test? I’ve heard that if children applying for 1st grade are tested in groups and also will fill in the bubble answer. Is that right? We are preparing tests for classical and RGC programs for 1st grade and I would be appreciated any advice here.

      Thank you!

    • #11574 Reply

      yes that is correct do it as a group and they do have to do fill in bubble questions so make sure they are comfortable doing that and staying on that line of possible bubble answers. No penalties for wrong answers so guessing is encouraged if they dont know the answer.

    • #11833 Reply

      How did you not get into Decatur with 99/99? Man, what else can you ask from these kids?

      • #11834 Reply

        Unless it is kindergarten, spots in other grades only become available if someone leaves. While you can have top scores, if there are no spots, there are no spots.


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