James R Doolittle Academy

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James R Doolittle Academy is an elementary school located in Chicago, Illinois, serving grades PK-8 with a student population of 255. The school is part of the City of Chicago School District 299, which is ranked 711 out of 823 districts in Illinois and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

James R Doolittle Academy has an overwhelmingly African American student population, with 99.61% of students identifying as African American in the 2022-2023 school year. This is significantly higher than the racial diversity seen in the nearby schools, such as Fuller Elementary School, Bronzeville Classical Elementary School, and McClellan Elementary School. The school consistently ranks among the lowest-performing elementary schools in Illinois, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics significantly lower than the district and state averages across all grade levels. Additionally, James R Doolittle Academy has struggled with high chronic absenteeism rates, reaching as high as 49% in the 2021-2022 school year, and has an extremely high percentage of students (over 99%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

While the nearby schools serving predominantly African American and economically disadvantaged student populations generally outperform James R Doolittle Academy in academic achievement and other key metrics, the school's performance has remained consistently low over the past several years, with little to no improvement in its statewide ranking or proficiency rates. This suggests that factors beyond just racial and socioeconomic composition may be contributing to the school's poor performance, and addressing the underlying challenges will likely require a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach from the school district, community stakeholders, and policymakers.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 535 E 35th St
       Chicago, IL  60616-4111


(773) 535-1040

District: Chicago Public Schools District 299

SchoolDigger Rank:
2071st of 2,077 Illinois Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,897 Help


Students who attend James R Doolittle Academy usually attend:

High:    Phillips Academy High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.7 Help
Number of students:  255

Racial breakdown:

African American:
99.6%
Two or more races:
0.4%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  99.2% Help


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Compare Details James R Doolittle Academy ranks worse than 99.7% of elementary schools in Illinois. It also ranks 449th among 452 ranked elementary schools in the Chicago Public Schools District 299. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 8.82. (See more...)
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Compare Details James R Doolittle Academy ranks worse than 98.5% of middle schools in Illinois. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 9.54. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (99.6%), two or more races (0.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 99.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at James R Doolittle Academy is 12.7, which is the 178th best among 452 elementary schools in the Chicago Public Schools District 299. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at James R Doolittle Academy is $19,897, which is the 187th highest among 452 elementary schools in the Chicago Public Schools District 299.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

James R Doolittle Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks James R Doolittle Academy 2071st of 2077 Illinois public elementary schools. (See James R Doolittle Academy in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks James R Doolittle Academy 1346th of 1367 Illinois public middle schools. (See James R Doolittle Academy in the ranking list.)

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Chicago Public Schools District 299:

SchoolDigger ranks Chicago Public Schools District 299 711th of 823 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for James R Doolittle Academy

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Rank History for all elementary school students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 1.40 2060th 2086 1.2%
2007 0.88 2081st 2095 0.7%
2008 1.76 2076th 2092 0.8%
2009 1.36 2108th 2120 0.6%
2010 1.31 2127th 2139 0.6%
2011 1.59 2138th 2147 0.4%
2012 0.91 2159th 2166 0.3%
2013 11.28 1999th 2167 7.8%
2014 9.77 1954th 2093 6.6%
2015 12.46 1925th 2052 6.2%
2016 7.68 2027th 2046 0.9%
2017 7.41 2024th 2044 1.0%
2018 7.45 2026th 2037 0.5%
2019 6.13 2083rd 2086 0.1%
2021 11.31 1931st 1948 0.9%
2022 11.92 2004th 2082 3.7%
2023 8.82 2071st 2077 0.3%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.50 1751st 1765 0.8%
2019 8.36 1813th 1816 0.2%
2021 15.53 1491st 1514 1.5%
2022 15.86 1699th 1763 3.6%
2023 11.59 1800th 1808 0.4%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.21 1952nd 1964 0.6%
2019 5.19 2019th 2019 0.0%
2022 10.39 1950th 1970 1.0%
2023 9.71 1933rd 1957 1.2%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.64 1938th 1972 1.7%
2019 8.20 2005th 2019 0.7%
2022 9.96 1974th 1977 0.2%
2023 8.31 1979th 1984 0.3%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.55 657th 698 5.9%
2019 15.60 703rd 711 1.1%
2021 24.55 410th 428 4.2%
2022 28.34 547th 684 20.0%
2023 20.96 660th 692 4.6%
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Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for James R Doolittle Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 9.62 1150th 1272 9.6%
2007 8.20 1187th 1287 7.8%
2008 7.00 1212th 1293 6.3%
2009 7.31 1236th 1318 6.2%
2010 4.81 1280th 1327 3.5%
2011 3.22 1318th 1344 1.9%
2012 2.87 1345th 1365 1.5%
2013 7.19 1307th 1367 4.4%
2014 10.10 1226th 1322 7.3%
2015 7.04 1297th 1302 0.4%
2016 7.39 1284th 1294 0.8%
2017 10.95 1235th 1293 4.5%
2018 12.02 1212th 1293 6.3%
2019 7.44 1351st 1356 0.4%
2021 10.58 1224th 1241 1.4%
2022 10.87 1350th 1369 1.4%
2023 9.54 1346th 1367 1.5%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.66 1066th 1161 8.2%
2019 9.23 1208th 1217 0.7%
2021 14.12 1001st 1019 1.8%
2022 12.61 1212th 1221 0.7%
2023 12.21 1212th 1234 1.8%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 11.89 1235th 1286 4.0%
2023 7.20 1273rd 1275 0.2%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.81 951st 1223 22.2%
2019 9.79 1275th 1296 1.6%
2022 9.74 1283rd 1286 0.2%
2023 9.32 1286th 1292 0.5%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at James R Doolittle Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.80 468th 511 8.4%
2019 17.53 552nd 565 2.3%
2021 23.27 362nd 385 6.0%
2022 22.66 536th 573 6.5%
2023 20.22 538th 569 5.4%
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Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for James R Doolittle Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2005 0 813 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 813
2006 0 674 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1 675
2007 0 627 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 627
2008 0 451 1 0 1 n/a n/a 2 455
2009 0 441 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 446
2010 0 341 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 341
2011 0 316 0 4 0 0 2 0 322
2012 0 299 0 4 0 0 1 0 304
2013 0 280 0 3 0 0 1 0 284
2014 0 297 0 5 0 0 1 0 303
2015 0 298 0 2 0 0 1 0 301
2016 0 297 0 3 0 0 1 0 301
2017 0 280 0 2 0 0 1 0 283
2018 0 274 0 2 0 0 1 0 277
2019 0 246 0 4 0 2 0 0 252
2020 0 205 0 4 0 0 0 0 209
2021 0 232 0 2 0 0 1 0 235
2022 0 257 0 0 0 0 1 0 258
2023 0 254 0 0 0 0 1 0 255

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at James R Doolittle Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 813 36.5 22.3 68.6
2006 675 5.5 122.7 n/a
2007 627 32.0 19.6 n/a
2008 455 30.0 15.2 n/a
2009 446 23.0 19.4 n/a
2010 341 19.0 17.9 98.5
2011 322 16.0 20.1 99.1
2012 304 15.0 20.2 97
2013 284 17.0 16.6 97.9
2014 303 17.5 17.3 98.3
2015 301 17.0 17.7 99
2016 301 16.0 18.8 99
2017 283 13.5 20.9 98.9
2018 277 15.3 18.0 100
2019 252 19.0 13.2 98.8
2020 209 16.0 13.0 97.6
2021 235 n/a n/a n/a
2022 258 17.0 15.1 98.1
2023 255 20.0 12.7 99.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio James R Doolittle Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2005 813 36.5 22.3 68.6
2006 675 5.5 122.7 n/a
2007 627 32.0 19.6 n/a
2008 455 30.0 15.2 n/a
2009 446 23.0 19.4 n/a
2010 341 19.0 17.9 98.5
2011 322 16.0 20.1 99.1
2012 304 15.0 20.2 97
2013 284 17.0 16.6 97.9
2014 303 17.5 17.3 98.3
2015 301 17.0 17.7 99
2016 301 16.0 18.8 99
2017 283 13.5 20.9 98.9
2018 277 15.3 18.0 100
2019 252 19.0 13.2 98.8
2020 209 16.0 13.0 97.6
2021 235 n/a n/a n/a
2022 258 17.0 15.1 98.1
2023 255 20.0 12.7 99.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaHepatitis BVaricellaDTPPneumococcal Meningococcal
201595.0%95.7%96.3%96.3%35.0%98.0%93.7%8.7%
201693.8%96.7%96.4%96.4%35.5%98.4%71.1%12.2%7.2%
201793.7%96.1%95.8%95.8%38.6%96.1%95.8%11.2%13.7%
201895.7%97.5%97.5%97.5%37.0%97.1%97.5%12.0%21.4%
201997.7%98.1%98.1%98.1%37.1%97.7%98.1%13.3%21.2%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for James R Doolittle Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,961 (16.0%) $10,300 (84.0%) $12,260
2020 $1,593 (10.6%) $13,400 (89.4%) $14,993
2021 $3,932 (23.3%) $12,970 (76.7%) $16,903
2022 $3,932 (23.3%) $12,970 (76.7%) $16,903
2023 $4,089 (20.6%) $15,808 (79.4%) $19,897

Data source: Illinois Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on James R Doolittle Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 2083rd of 2086 Elementary schoolsRanks 2071st of 2077 Elementary schools
 0.1%
Ranks 1351st of 1356 Middle schoolsRanks 1346th of 1367 Middle schools
 1.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (James R Doolittle Academy)8.80
 8.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Chicago Public Schools District 299)39.419.7
 19.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)36.428.8
 7.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (James R Doolittle Academy)00
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Chicago Public Schools District 299)32.920.9
 12%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Illinois)40.633
 7.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (James R Doolittle Academy)3.83.7
 0.1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Chicago Public Schools District 299)23.225
 1.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)36.735.4
 1.3%
4th Grade Mathematics (James R Doolittle Academy)00
   4th Grade Mathematics (Chicago Public Schools District 299)24.116.4
 7.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)33.527.7
 5.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (James R Doolittle Academy)00
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Chicago Public Schools District 299)24.124.1
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)37.935.2
 2.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (James R Doolittle Academy)00
   5th Grade Mathematics (Chicago Public Schools District 299)20.715
 5.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.825.6
 4.2%
5th Grade Science (James R Doolittle Academy)016.7
 16.7%
   5th Grade Science (Chicago Public Schools District 299)40.739.2
 1.5%
   5th Grade Science (Illinois)54.452.4
 2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (James R Doolittle Academy)00
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Chicago Public Schools District 299)22.824.7
 1.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)3534.2
 0.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (James R Doolittle Academy)00
   6th Grade Mathematics (Chicago Public Schools District 299)17.714.6
 3.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)25.323.4
 1.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (James R Doolittle Academy)5.59.5
 4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Chicago Public Schools District 299)28.229.7
 1.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)41.237.9
 3.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (James R Doolittle Academy)00
   7th Grade Mathematics (Chicago Public Schools District 299)21.818.7
 3.1%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.926.9
 3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (James R Doolittle Academy)04.3
 4.3%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Chicago Public Schools District 299)26.231.3
 5.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)39.640.5
 0.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (James R Doolittle Academy)4.20
 4.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Chicago Public Schools District 299)24.319.5
 4.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)32.625.7
 6.9%
8th Grade Science (James R Doolittle Academy)8.312.5
 4.2%
   8th Grade Science (Chicago Public Schools District 299)40.340.3
   8th Grade Science (Illinois)5552
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students252255
 1.2%
African American246254
 3.3%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic40
 100%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White00
Two or More Races01
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients98.8%99.2%
 0.4%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 255 students attended James R Doolittle Academy.

Students who attend James R Doolittle Academy usually go on to attend:

High : Phillips Academy High School

James R Doolittle Academy ranks in the bottom 0.3% of Illinois elementary schools.

Students at James R Doolittle Academy are 100% African American.


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