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Whiteside Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 584 students

 
 

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Posted September 20, 2013

I applaud this school, I pay my property taxes like anyone else... My kids have attended Whiteside their entire school career. My son "seemed" to struggle with A's, B's and C's the last couple years... But read on ... He is now in his first semester at Belleville High School East ... And He's Flying !!! He has Straight A's and one B+ ... Whiteside prepared him for High School for sure ... Remember the predicament the State of Illinois put Whiteside a few years ago... Just like all other schools... The Whiteside Administration adjusted and dealt with it accordingly & effectively. If you are moving and want a great school for your kids ... Buy a home in this school district... Whiteside is Very Worthwhile. And the Belleville East High School system is very worthwhile too when they get to that age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

the faculty is very nice and bullying is not tolerated and the students are on there way to greatness. there is also a great variety of clubs and sports to try out for.


Posted February 24, 2013

Our daughter attended Whiteside several years ago. I am sad to read some of the same complaints we had are still an issue. Bullying was a major problem that was not handled well by the school staff and administrators. We relocated to Edwardsville and have been pleased with the school district. Our daughtet will graduate this May with honors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

I am very frustrated. My son is has been bulllied 4 times since the school year began and it is only February. We have gone to the principal all 4 times and receive the same generic speech but nothing seems to be done about it. How are children supposed to feel safe to go to school when the school isn't taking the steps to protect them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2013

I love this school and it starts with the principle. He has a ZERO tolerance for bullying or any behavior that will disrupt learning. Bullying exists at all schools and the schools way of handling the problem in my opinion is excellent. We have encountered a bullying problem with our oldest. We approached the principle with the problem and he took care of it that day. Next is the teachers. All of the teachers are approachable and kind. Their one on one approach is by far the reason my children are doing well and loving school. Finally, I love how we can keep an eye on their progress with Skyward. We can check everything school related and customize it as well. We are emailed for low lunch balance(a dollar amount that we determine) and any messages that the teachers send out for either what is coming up or concerns for your child. We recommend this school highly and in fact we are planning on moving and will not move out of the schools district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

Teachers have too much on their plates, the principal is rude, it's difficult to get a call back from any administration at the school, they don't notify me that my son is low on his lunch account until he is $10-$20 overdrawn. Communication with his teachers is awful. There is no accountability on the teachers part. I have a learning delayed child on an IEP. His teachers know they have to remind him about writing in his planner and bringing home books, yet his planner is empty and he often leaves books at school for doing homework. We do have punishments for forgetting, WE hold him accountable in some way. The teachers don't care. We don't find out he is late on assignments until he is missing 4 or 5 assignments which makes for a very long night or weekend for us as his parents to make him get caught up. There are NO security or safety measures in place. You can just walk right in the building. When I expressed my concern today, I was told, "well, anyone who comes in has to walk right past the office" I responded with "yeah, and the GYM where kids are at any given time". Then I was transferred to the superintendents voicemail. I don't expect to get a call back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

When our older children attended the middle school, things were good. Within a 6 year timeframe, the school went downhill fast. Teachers are overworked, students are more disrespectful, and bullying is a problem that isn't addressed. Our youngest was bullied several times, and the principal brushed it off. We finally pulled him out and moved to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2011

The principal here is innapropriatw, and highly cruel to some children. He told m son to go get some crisco, so when he shoved his books up his @$$ he could get them out, and then went on to call my son a jack@$$ and more. After all of this, and after being suspended for 2 weeks, the video of what really happened was watched, and the super-intendent apologized for our troubles. But yet, the principal remains in power, to do this to more children. My child is still being harrassed to this day
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2009

This school is awesome. It has great teachers and it makes learning feel fun and easy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

im a new student and i just love it there. it is so cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2007

Teachers are an excellent mix of retired military (who have become certified teachers) and non-military. The teachers really work with you and since many of the teachers have either military exposure via the local base (or from enlistment), were raised in the military, or have retired, they do they're best to accommodate military families. This school really cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

I have found the principal of this school to be very dominant and on a power trip . His example and leadership skills are unprofessional and out of balance. I would not recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

I am a former student of Whiteside Middle School. Whiteside School has alot to offer, including, great teachers, great extra curricular activites, ect.. Whiteside is a great place to learn new things and meet new people. I would HIGHLY reccomend this school to anyone who would like to achieve new goals in life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 21, 2005

I am a former student who graduated in 2005. I have enjoyed my experience at Whiteside. i came to Whiteside when I was in the 6th grade. When I first came I automatically felt at home. I am not going to say my experience was perfect because it was times when I felt like giving up, but i pushed my way through. I will recomend this school to anybody. This school showed no favortism to any child. This school had a lot of great programs such as band, volleyball, basketball, track, scholar bowl, chess club, etc... This school has a countless number of activities and it is a activity there for everyone. The teachers ther are great. The school was one of the most cleanest schools i have ever really been in and i have attended may nice schools. Come by and check it out. Kellen E. Hill
—Submitted by a former 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.

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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.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students50%
Female53%
Male47%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income32%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income38%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities71%
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 Students44%
Female49%
Male40%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income23%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female57%
Male45%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income26%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities63%
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 Students37%
Female39%
Male35%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Low income25%
Non-low income51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female46%
Male43%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income32%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female80%
Male73%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income64%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities89%
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 Students56%
Female62%
Male50%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income34%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female69%
Male46%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income37%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities69%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

Below 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
Black 47% 18%
White 41% 51%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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