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Hamlin Upper Grade Center

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Posted March 20, 2010

Teachers here get results, their connection to students is awesome! The Principal goes above and beyond her duties to maintain the high standards it is known to have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

I believe this school develops the WHOLE student/child. Staff is serious about academics but there is also a lot of attention paid to social development, athletics, and discipline. I have truly never seen teachers OR a student body that is more compassionate to the teachers, students, and each other. The teachers and administration are determined not to let anyone slip through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2009

Hamlin is were you can find your true self. The staff is great at what they do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2008

Well, i think that Hamlin is a excellent school for any child to attend. Also the teachers are so involed with the kids this includes sports of any kind, the students learning and safety. The princpal is awesome! there is nothing that any parent/student can't go to her about. She is very experienced in what she does. She also loves her job bad or good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

My daughter is new to Hamlin and already I can see a positive change in her. She transferred from another area school and is adjusting quite well. You can tell that the teachers genuinely care about the students. The school is diverse and the academics are top notch. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to become involved and there are extracurricular activities. It is a small school and has a family like atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

this school is a school that will take the time out from there day (even after school) and help a student... they help me every day .,. they make me feel like im there own kid.. -chris jackson
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2008

I used to like hamlin when my daughter went there. But now,the principal that they have I do not think is experienced enough and I also do not think she really cares about the kids. I have seen her be very callous when it comes to the kids in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

Hamlin is a school that cares about kids. You can sense this the very moment you enter the building. The teachers at Hamlin keep you updated with everything -- good or bad. The principal is firm but fair and is always available to talk to about any concern. I know that my children are safe and getting a quality education at Hamlin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

I am a former student from Hamlin. I sadly had to graduate Hamlin yesterday night. I'll miss the school and the teachers next year. The teachers actually cared about all of us. They would treat us like we were there own kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2006

Good quality school, many updates new gym, great location, nice area, though 10% kids attending seem to be very abnoctious and or ignorant in terms of respecting other kids and adults.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

I am a student here at hamlin and I think it is a really great place to go to school! Pretty much all of the teachers do an awesome job, we have a lot of really nice extra curricular activites now that we got our addition, and our new principal is doing an awesome job! I think what really helps this school is that the students and the teachers are really enthusiastic about everything. The only thing is that there are some people that just don't get it when it comes to things like being quiet when a teacher asks you to or being nice to other students, but overall Hamlin is the best school i've gone to so far.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2005

Hamlin Upper Grade Center is a great place to receive an education. The students are diverse, the teachers are caring and dedicated, and the activities are numerous. The teachers all have their own unique teaching methods which benefits the students by exposing them to different classroom management styles. I would like to see more parental involvement. The teachers at Hamlin always keep the lines of communication open for parents. I would like to see more parents making contact with their child/childrens teachers. Overall, the students at Hamlin have many benefits. The school is semi-small which fosters a sense of community. The activities are getting better and more numerous every year. The field tips are great! Students will enjoy their experience at Hamlin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2005

This is school is Okay i guess... but the teachers can use favoritism a lot! One teacher I know and love is Miss Kuropas, she refuses to participate in favoritism! I love that about her, not to mention she started a great drama club!I'm a 7th grade student at HUGC, and this is my first year here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2005

I have been involed in Hamlin for almost 5 years and I love the school. My son graduated in 2003 and my daughter graduates in June. I have the most respect for Ms Wills and Ms Keller. These two ladies go out of their way to take care of these kids. I can't say enough about them. They deserve so much credit!There are other teachers that do a great job as well and one or two that I think don't understand kids at all.But don't let them ruin it for the rest. Hamlin is #1 in my book, for the best in education. I do wish there were more clubs for the kids to get involed in. Overall, Hamlin is a great school. Thanks to all the staff for making an impact on my childrens lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2005

I am a student at hamlin upper grade center, Hamlin is a great place for all of us students to learn! There are some teachers (not saying who) who kinda dont understand how to teach or to take care of there students but there new and by next year i guarentee that those teachers will have dignity and power over there students! The music program is great! i am part of the band but one thing they need to correct is waking up at 6:30 for morning band! And there is a great level of parent involvement~ the parents help our school so much! thanks parents for volenteering in hot lunch and feild trips and market day and all sorts of thingS! The acedemic programs are ok but some teachers are really mean and are too strict but some times thats good to have power!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2004

I am not a parent but I am a student and I am writing this review because I believe that Hamlin Junior High is a great school and the teachers go above and beyond their abilities to teach their students. I am an eigth grader and I know how it feels to be in this school. Alot of great teachers and alot of great students. The Staff is nice and the school is nice. With all the new improvements including a new gym, classrooms, and sports. I am glad to be a part of this school. I recommend this school more than Prairie because we have a better education. I am glad to write this review because I am glad to be a part of this school. The school goes way beyond your expectation!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students49%
Female57%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income46%
Not low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female53%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income46%
Not low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities60%
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 Students64%
Female69%
Male59%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income63%
Not low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female75%
Male53%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income56%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income83%
Not low income96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students42%
Female37%
Male48%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income40%
Not low income47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female41%
Male43%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income43%
Not low income40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities47%
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

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26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

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 38% 51%
Hispanic 30% 24%
Black 21% 18%
Two or more races 9% 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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12150 South Hamlin Avenue
Alsip, IL 60803
Phone: (708) 597-1550

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