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Francis Granger Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 960 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 27, 2014

I went to Granger Middle for one year before I moved.. I was very upset when I did cause I loved this school... If I could go to school anywhere in the world I would go to granger... This is the best school...


Posted January 11, 2013

We moved our daughter here from another school in 6th grade to take advantage of the school's accelerated program (Project Arrow). We met with a counselor before enrolling her who assured us that our daughter would likely qualify. Upon enrollment, our daughter was assigned to a different counselor who refused to place her in this program. We continued to fight for our daughter's placement on several occasions but we were consistently turned away with one excuse after another. Early in eighth grade the principal (reluctantly) said she could move to the Project Arrow program but advised against it based on social reasons. She got all A's and one B+ during her entire time at this school and her teachers described her very favorably. When she took the Explore test in 8th grade and was ranked against her peers at the school and the nation, she scored at the top 15% versus other students at the school and in the top 2% nationwide, yet she was denied into a program that accepted 30% of the student body. As for the teacher quality, only one teacher (her science and social studies teacher in 7th and 8th grade) deserves 5+ stars and the rest of them were pretty mediocre.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

Excellent school. Good Staff. The school has lived upto expectations. I wish to see more focus on curriculum to core standards.


Posted August 22, 2012

This school is excellent. Mrs. Kelly and her staff are nothing short of amazing. She is at every event, organized, caring, respectful and much more. I am privileged my kids are able to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

The administration and nursing staff here are not very good. My daughter is a diabetic and we have had more issues than I care to share. But know this, the teachers are great, it is the administration and nurses that we had the issues with. If you have a child that needs medical attention throughout the day, please take your time in choosing a school. This one may not be for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

We moved to this area from another state a year ago. My two kids have adjusted remarkably well to the new scool, making new friends easily. No bullying in the school, my kids assured me. Great teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

This school would be fine for a child who can take a heavy work load and can handle unruly peers. The teachers at this school are not flexible and do not have proper teaching skills, they cannot comprehend how to help a student who is struggling with their work. They will look the other way when a child is in need of help with school work or having issues with other students. And the students are not properly watched so they can easily bully other children. This school has crowded classrooms and students get little guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2010

Caring and energetic staff. Disagree with other comment about racial strige -- school really bends over backwards for minorities and is diverse. Awesome gifted program. One complaint is that class size is too large.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

School is great if you have a child that has no trouble learning but if they have one that has trouble learning it seems like they dont want to bother with it. I have two children in the school, one child that is like a sponge and the other that needs help and you can see the difference the way they are treated. Also the school seems to allow racism without consequences, if your child is minority I would be hesitant since your child may fall victim to racial slurs and there seems to be no authority figure there that wants to stop it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

This School is amazing, I am a 7th grade student here, and there is something for everyone! the only bad thing here is the teacher student ratio, especially in physical education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2006

I love this school. I think it is one of the better middle schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2005

There are great teachers at Granger, we moved to Oswego and my daughter was one step ahead of everyone, she was put in honnors classes. But there isn't much diversity in the school, it is at a low levle of ethnicty.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
Black39%
Asian91%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income47%
Not low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black59%
Asian89%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income52%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities80%
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 Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
Black42%
Asian86%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income49%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female72%
Male62%
Black58%
Asian79%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income46%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female91%
Male84%
Black79%
Asian94%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income74%
Not low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners55%
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 Students67%
Female67%
Male68%
Black38%
Asian96%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income29%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
Black55%
Asian98%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial81%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income49%
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities82%
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%
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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

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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 55% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 4%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Black 11% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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