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Lincoln Middle School

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Posted April 16, 2014

Lincoln Middle School is average. They don't give enough homework and they need to really have more challenging programs for advanced learners. My child used to be very motivated to learn. My child was also challenged a lot by teachers to do more in the past but since coming to Lincoln that has died a bit. I hope they are giving more challenging tasks to those students who excel. I also believe they should give more homework. My child got all A's and B's and barely had any home work all year! I think they should challenge the students more to do more and not just the minimum to pass.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

I love this school since Mr.Zarco took over. He keeps parents informed and i know that he loves the kids and would do anything for the. My daughter is ADD and has always struggled in school. Mr. Zarco talks to her not at her. So she really looks up to him and goes to him for anything. I think when teacher take time out to talk with the kids and push them to do their best. I feel a part of the school cause the principle cares enough to make changes that make u a part of the school....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

My daughter was always a motivated learner she loved leraning, good student, good grades. Since she enter this school, her grades are not as good as they use too. She has become lazy at studying and in her 3 years that she has been in this schoo,l I have seen more reporcards than homework. I don't understand why the teachers are not giving out homework, why is my child not being motivated to learn? Why do they have such an irresponsible teacher (Goldman) who cares more about being popular with the kids than actually teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

The teachers here were amazing! I love Lincoln Class of '11 right here! They helped me through so much. They challenged me all throughout my three years at lincoln! Thankss! :)


Posted November 11, 2009

I graduated class of '09, and I'll admit, I had my problems at Lincoln, be it grades or behavior, but all in all it was a beyond amazing school. I learned so much educationally and about myself. The teachers are great and so are the clubs. Class of '09 rules! Thank you, and goodbye.


Posted January 14, 2009

I love going to school here! I always have a great day and learn a lot! My teachers are so cool and they are very good teachers! I love all the clubs and activities
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

I think that school is a good school it'll make your kids want to do better in school! Well this school is a great school for your child to make good friends I have three Kayla, Jessica, & Janessa!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2008

I love my teachers because they have so much knowledge to give us that we just take for granted! It is truly a school of excellence
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2008

The teachers in the school really care about the students. There are many barriers to communication and involving the community. The school does it's best and offers many opportunities for students both in and out of school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 22, 2007

Lincoln middle school is a great school they would say it is 1 of the best but they do need to work on the discipline and punishments for students and kick out all the gang members which are few.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2006

I went to this school since 6th grade and to me it was an excellent school. Overall depending on the student's behavior the teacher's respect for students was well. This school is the best and I miss it...
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2006

Lincoln Middle is a great school for students to attend. The only problem is they need more staircases because when you're walking to class they can get pretty crowded but other than that i think its a great place to send ur children . The teachers are great including Mrs. Crook, Ms. Goldman, Mrs.Burton, Ms. Cline, and many others.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 9, 2006

I sent my gold honor roll son to this school for the first time last year and was very dissapointed. They have a growing gang problem and continuing over crowding problem as well. The teachers have an overall very low regard for the students and treat many of them with little to no respect. The principle has many years of experience and is very professional. However, she seems to back the teachers. The teachers seem to have a very low morale, as do the students. This school needs a very serious overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2006

I think that the school's academic programs are doing great. I also think that there should be more extracurricular activities involving music and art. They should have a club where students can learn a musical instrument, besides band. Sort of like a rock thing where they could learn the drums or guitar or something. I would love that. I think the sports teams are good enough. I dont think parents are invovled as much as they should be though. There needs to be MUCH more of that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2005

My daughter attended Linclon Middle School for 7th grade. I was very unhappy with the lack of Academic programs offered. Linclon also needs to work on the growing gang problem within their school. The staff is unwilling to cooperate with parents so there is very little parent involvement. Overall Lincoln needs changes - chages that will better its students and not its staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2005

I just went back to Lincoln for the first time in 7 years. Graduated from Lincoln back in 1998. I must say that its still a great school. Very spacious and still has some great teachers there. Some teachers that were there when I was there are still there. Mr. Kwit is still there. He has been teaching for 25 years. Great teacher he is.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 24, 2005

This school was a great community of children and teachers when I attended in 1998-2001. I felt safe, and I felt that the English dept. was the best out of all depts. I did have issues with the Math dept., however, though in particular Mrs. Crook and Miss Jacobsma were lovely. As with many schools, Lincoln is not perfect, but I thoughroughly enjoyed my years at this school and felt that it was stong in most areas, though some more funding would be nice.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 19, 2005

This school is the best! Teachers really work with their students. It's a great place to learn!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2004

This school is awesome it has helped me very much it also helped me be more active and communicate more. I also participate in many of the activites availble which is very good. So to wrap this all up this is a great school for 6-8th graders!
—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

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

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 Students45%
Female47%
Male43%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income42%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female58%
Male43%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income47%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners5%
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 Students50%
Female52%
Male48%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income49%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female57%
Male53%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income53%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female75%
Male74%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income73%
Non-low income96%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners27%
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 Students46%
Female48%
Male45%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income44%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female53%
Male45%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income47%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners6%
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

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
Hispanic 77% 24%
Black 13% 18%
White 8% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mike Zarco

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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6432 16th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402
Phone: (708) 795-2475

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