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Heritage Middle School

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Posted April 19, 2014

heritage DLP is the best. My daughter has made so many gains. The staff is super and communicate with us regularly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

We moved my son to Heritage from a city school due to bullying and are so happy that we made this move. My son has special needs and everyone of them so far have been met. The teachers and kids are great with him and he is making great strides here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My daughter loves Heritage! She is in 6th grade and I was concerned about bullying, but we have had no problem. She has had wonderful teachers and we are looking forward to the next two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

I will always remember Heritage. I'm a student who is about to graduate. Bullying wasn't a problem in the school, and the teachers were the best! They made me feel safe around them. Our principal is a bit energetic, but it's ok. One thing though is the horrible lunch. The only good thing in the menu (which isn't always there) are the sandwiches. Lastly, having computers to support our education was a great choice. Of course students sometimes forget their homework at school, but now that all your homework is in an laptop you wont have to worry.


Posted February 26, 2014

I have a daughter that graduated from this school 2010. I currently have my youngest daughter attending Heritage. I was happy with the school then. I am happy with the principal and some of the teacher's now. Unfortunately, the bullying is getting out of hand in sports. I am a parent that likes to participate in everything my child does in school and i have seen the coach watch some of the team mates be bullied by other girls in the same team and ignore it. This type of situations need to be addressed. Luckily my daughter is not one of the victims. Advice for parents that are considering sending there child here. If your child wants to be involved with there school and is shy and are looking to make new friends. This is not the type of school you want your child to enter. If the coach cant stand up for the children in a game. what can you expect in a everyday classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

My School is very awesome because this group of Sandoval's are There! Best Moment of my life! <3
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

I am graduating this year and I don't want to leave this school. I have grown to love this school a lot. I just hate to see my best friend go to a different school than I am. Once a falcon always a falcon


Posted November 29, 2012

I love my school, I am graduating this year I have seen 2 principals and many teachers come and go. My time at HMS will be unforgettable. To that person that posted on Oct. 11, 2010, Principal Hodes was a great person and served HMS for 14 years. She might just be the most dedicated persons you've ever come in contact with! Even if 3 or 4 kids messed around. You are a class as a whole. So what if you go to Morton, the school will be what you make of it!


Posted August 24, 2012

To the person who was class of 09, my daughter attending there when that was said and remember that, that is not the way you encourage children. The standards are very low, everything was put on a sliding scale so it did make it look like you were doing well. I moved right after she graduated I sent 3 children there and I have to say I regret not moving sooner, my 4th child is in another district in another county now and is doing work in 7th grade that Morton west freshman would be doing. Also I don't miss that principal she had no business dealing with kids with her I am better then you snobby attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

I was class of 09 and I have to say that my three years at HMS was a complete joke! The standards were very low and they tricked us into thinking we were doing very good, that is until I took my Fenwick entrance exam (recieved a score of 39% and needed an 80%). I felt sooooo cheated out of my education. Also, they punished the whole class of 09 for what a few dumb students did. They (the staff) brushed us off and auto passed us and made us morton wests problem. Thats pathetic. I will never forget that trashy racist low remark our principal said on the day we were rehearsing for our graduation. "you're rehearsing for your graduation in order to recieve your diploma and for some of you this may be the ONLY one you will EVER recieve". What a joke!


Posted January 21, 2010

I have a son who will graduating from 8th grade this year and am happy that he has gone to this school. Every year that he has attended Heritage, he has made a lot of progress. He is a straight A student now and is looking forward to going to high school. He loves school and is involved in extracurricular activities in and out of school. Parents need to be involved in their child's eduation. Don't rely only on the teachers to challenge the kids. The parents also need to challenge them as well. I look forward to sending my two younger children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

My son is attending heritage middle school I have decided to move because I don't want my son attending this school anymore he never has homwork he was doing harder work in 5th grade and the way they handle problems with the students is crazy I feel sorry for me and all the other parents that have to send there kids to this school Just read all the bad reviews
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

My child is a smart kid in the advanced classes that are available. My biggest complaint is that she isn't challenged and she rarely has homework. I feel as if she won't be prepared for high school. On the plus side the staff is very positive and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

I have agree they need to challenge the students. The principal seems to be good as well as the teachers. They just need to challenge these children. I like the communication between students and teachers and parent and teachers and the availability of the staff when needed. My girls are receiving excellent grades, but I am afraid that it is not challenging enough. Extracurricular activites are there. But I do believe they need to include the 6th grade in sports as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2007

I just graduated from Heritage and I am not in high school. I was in the honor classes and I was not prepared for high school at all. The only class that I actually got something from was English.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2007

I have multiple children at Heritage School. Whereas my children receive excellent grades, I feel that they are receiving a poor curriculum. I do not believe that the school is challenging these children. The school needs to set higher standards and the school needs to have these other children raise up and tap into what their potential could be, and not accept anything less. Furthermore, after numerous conversations with teachers, I personally believe that they require additional training to meet the ever increasing needs of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2006

The experience that I had a t Heritage school was an excellent. The teacher and the school social worker were a pleasure to work with. I especially liked the communication established between all parties involved and the availability of the staff when needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

I graduated from Heritage this year, and it was not the greatest of experiences. They disciplined us in a very poor manner, by punishing everyone for somthing few people do. Most of the staff at Heritage is poorly qualified, I hardly learned anything in the subjects of language arts, and math. I do not feel well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 7, 2004

I graduated from Heritage and I can tell you it was a wonderful experiences. 2 me heritage had everything a teen would want. Sports, good teachers, good education. I will miss Heritage.
—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.

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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students44%
Female46%
Male43%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Low income41%
Not low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female63%
Male53%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income55%
Not low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities62%
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 Students49%
Female49%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Low income44%
Not low income59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female57%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income46%
Not low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female73%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income68%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners31%
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 Students54%
Female59%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income50%
Not low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female62%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income48%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners8%
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

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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
Hispanic 76% 24%
White 17% 51%
Black 4% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Berwyn, IL 60402
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