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Prairie Jr High School

Public | 7-8 | 357 students

 

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Posted June 12, 2014

I have been very pleased with PJH. The teaching staff has been helpful and pleasant. The principal shows a genuine interest in wanting to make the school a great learning institution while also encouraging an atmosphere of fun and bonding for all students. There are also many opportunities available for students to become involved with extra-curricular activities such as band, art, sports, etc. It's a great way for students to grow in character!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

This junior high school has an excellent principal. She has wonderful leadership qualities that can be seen throughout the school. She has an excellent rapport with her teachers and students. The teachers go above and beyond their duties. I am very pleased with our junior high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

Prairie is a very excellent school. It does not only serve you an right to an education, but also has you learn and teaches the importance of school, lessons of life, and it urges you to go on with your life and aducation. I was a student with a hard life but Prairie did not only keep me going to realize the importance of your education, but also the teachers were phanominal to show me that they cared and were there. As Prairie you feel like that is your family, and you feel very comforatble.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2009

I am currently an eight grader and would like to say that PJH is, what I would call, the best Junior High in the state. First of all, the teachers are great, though I would like to point a few out. Rita McDermott (7th and 8th grade reading teacher) is amazing. She makes you want to come to school just for that class. She is nice, fun and a great teacher overall. Nancy Mayfield (7th and 8th grade social studies teacher) is also quite fantastic. She has an awesome attitude and teaching style and is a very fun teacher to have. Besides teachers, another great thing Prairie has to offer is all of the clubs. One of the best is band. 5 years in a row, we have won the band confrence competition, which is very good since we practice 3 days less per week than other bands. Overall, Prairie=Awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2008

I am currently a 7th grader going into 8th grade and i would like to say that every child will not be left out of the fun! everyday we have many funs things to do! I for one was a very shy person coming into prarie...now im an outstanding High Honor A student who talks to every new person...I have made many friends this way. If you have just moved to the Alsip/OakLawn area I engourage you to vist praire. Like Mr. Birminham says 'Make good Choices and Ask Good Questons.' =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

Praire is a wonderful school. They make you feel like you're part of a family. Every day they start it off with an assembly and you really feel like you're a part of something. There are tons of clubs and the classes are really fun.


Posted March 14, 2008

PJHis a excellent school to go to every day. All of the teachers are nice here, we all get too do really cool projects here. We have lots of things to sing up for at PJH. If you are looking for and nice and safe school come to PJH.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2008

Prairie Junior High is a good school I was in the advanced art class which was a good club we made a mirul that was soooo big the mayor of Alsip came to see it the school is all around good but not easy there gonna challenge you because thats what learning is they prepare you for highschool so go to Prairie for a good education
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2008

I love Priarie im graduating this year 2008 and i dont want to graduate my kool school its fun being in it clubs,sports teachers and finally nice administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

I am a eighth grader right now and I very much enjoy everything we do at PJH. All of the teachers have this great connection with the students. If I had a choice I would not be leaving this wonderful school but I go knowing that I have had a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2007

I'm a 7 grade student at prairie J. high.I really like it here.even though I got transferred to it late and didn't have the chance to get involved in any of the clubs, but I still have next year. I really like the students, and the Administration is so caring to everyone.this school will teach you a lot of things.the best of them is 'make good choices, and ask good questions' as what Mr. Birmingham (assistant principal) always say.I really can't believe that next year I will get out of the school, but anyway I would've had a lot of good times.the teachers and administration and students are so nice and respectful. I wish everyone would get to see the school and how good it is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2007

I am a student here right now and we are always told to join clubs, we are also told we are a family, we have about 60 clubs, its great, we are always given help while needed, the teachers are great!As Mr. B says to us every day, 'make good choices and ask good questions' Eighth grade student class of 07
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 10, 2007

My daughter graduated from Prairie in 2005. She enjoyed her time there and made great friends and loved the teachers. The teacher's there really work with the kids and welcome feedback from parents. I have only good things to say about Prairie, it really is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2005

This school was dirty. Most teachers are just here for the money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

I am not a parent, but the grandmother of an eighth grade student who will graduate June 2, 2004. Recently I had the honor of attending, the play 'The Music Man'. It was 'awesome'. I really enjoyed it. A special thanks to the performing arts teacher, you did a fantastic job. You deserve a thousand standing ovation's. My grandson fear's no storm, for he has learned to sail his ship on his own. Thank you again to all Prairie Jr High Teachers and Administrators. -A student's Grandmother
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

I think that prairie jr. high is a great school. My child has learned so much. He really likes it there also he plays there sports which they are very good at. Prairie has excellant teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

I am not a parent, but I am a student. I love Prairie it is the best school. We get to have a lot of fun and thats because our teachers and principal are very cool. If you moved here go to Pairie because it is the best school around. I am enjoying my 7th grade year and I had a lot of fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2004

I'm not a parent, but I am a student who goes to the school. I love Prairie Jr. High. It is the best school I have been at. Teachers go above and beyond their teaching skills and help students out. I am an eigth grader now, about to graduate, and I have never been happier. The kids here are great, and I haven't really seen any bullying. Everyone gets a fiar and equal chance in learning. I couldn't even count how many clubs I was in, in 7th grade. Tech Club, Science Club, Love Letters, Academic Bowl, Service Club, the list goes on and on. If you move here, you really have to go to this school, fun feild trips, everything is great. Please come here. I am not a parent, but I am inside the school and my eyes see everything. There band is extremly good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2003

I'm not a parent here at Prairie, however I am a student. I love this school so much and I am very involved. In my 7th grade year i was in cheerleading, track, peer-mediation, yearbook, and love letters and those are only a couple of clubs. There are so many ways to get involoved at this school. And the teachers are so awesome and cool. The parents are also very involoved with the kids. This school is safe and some segragated. Most students who go here are white but we do have many Hispanics, African-Americans and a few Asians. All in all i love this school and if you are choosing to move to Alsip or Oak Lawn really consider Prairie Junior High School.


Posted August 25, 2003

My daughter graduated from Prairie Jr. High in June of 2003. I was really impressed at how the teachers go out above & beyond the call of just being teachers, and not only get the students involved with school activities, but really get involved themselves. They made the transition from grade school to jr. high less tramatic for my daughter, by encouraging her participation in some of the many clubs that are available. As far as academically, I know that she had the best education that is possible to have. The teachers are very 'kid friendly', funny, enthusiastic, & very approachable if a student needs help with a subject or just a friend, thus making school an environment that makes kids want to go to school. My daughter looked forward to going to school because the teachers make learning fun, encourage participation in school activities & events, are very approachable, and treat each child as an individual...the then vice principal, currently the new principal is young & actively participates in school events. He is firm but really 'kid friendly'!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

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87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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85%

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81%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

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89%

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87%

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80%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female63%
Male66%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income51%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female68%
Male61%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income42%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income86%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students51%
Female49%
Male52%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income40%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female56%
Male61%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income47%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
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Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 51%
Hispanic 23% 24%
Black 15% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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11910 South Kostner Avenue
Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: (708) 371-3080

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