Illinois Report Cards

District 95 Illinois Report Cards

On October 29, 2021, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the annual Illinois Report Card, which provides a detailed look at each school’s progress on academics, student success, school culture and climate, and financial investments.

Due to the pandemic, the state of Illinois has applied and received a waiver concerning summative designations for the 2020 and 2021 school years.  A summative designation is a requirement in Illinois under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A school’s rating is based upon a wide variety of data including student achievement, attendance, and graduation rates.

In 2019, four Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 schools earned an Exemplary designation, while the other four were designated Commendable.  Those designations remain in place for the 2020 and 2021 school years. 

An Exemplary designation means that a school is performing in the top 10% of schools statewide, with no under-performing student groups. Lake Zurich High School, May Whitney Elementary School, Sarah Adams Elementary School, and Seth Paine Elementary School all received this designation.

A Commendable designation means that the school is meeting the current benchmarks set by the state and has no under-performing student groups.  Lake Zurich Middle School North, Lake Zurich Middle School South, Isaac Fox Elementary School, and Spencer Loomis Elementary School all received this designation.

While measures such as the Illinois Report Card measure certain aspects of schools, District 95 is proud of the progress and direction set by Forward 95, a stakeholder created strategic plan that guides the work of the district. The Forward 95 strategic plan identifies the district’s mission, vision, and values, as well as over twenty Action Plans that define the initiatives of the district on a daily basis. Information about the Forward 95 strategic planning process and resulting plan can be found on our district website (at under the District menu). As part of Forward 95, the community overwhelmingly supported a $77.6 million referendum for capital building projects. The district is providing regular updates on the referendum projects, financing, and timeline on our website. The Forward 95 Action Plans, including the referendum updates, are yet another way to measure the success of Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95.

View the complete Report Card Data for each of Lake Zurich CUSD 95 schools at