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Everett F Kerr Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 400 students

 

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Posted February 3, 2011

No u have got my school wrong. I go to kerr and im in 7th grade! They remodeled the whole school. It is amazing! Even though we hav uniforms we do get 2 dress down days! The teachers are amzaing, well some. We have tons of after school activites for example, double dutch, basketball, dance/cheer, cooking club etc.. There are some parents that are just lazy and dont come to the meeting but thats there lose. Kerr is amazing i give it a 10!


Posted December 26, 2010

Great staff for the most part. Always offer to stay after for extra tutoring for my niece. The only downside to the school is the vice principal. She sometimes acts unprofessional and I've heard her talking about personal things she has done the night before while walking my niece to her first class!


Posted August 10, 2010

I have never gone to Kerr before. I'm going into 6th grade, and i am concerned about the dress code. I am overweight and don't think they have my size, so i am not to thrilled about the uniforms. So, next year i believe that students should dress freely and express themselves in their own way.For example, one young lady might want to wear her favorite color, and on boy may want to let his pants hang below his waist, and that would express his individuality. So i believe all children should be able to dress themselves the way they want to.


Posted April 22, 2010

well this school is okay but not really all that i think they should do better but the teachers are nice well some . i think we need mrs.vacca back !
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2010

love the school. I learned a lot and I found math, the subject i disliked the most last year, very interesting and challenging. I also love the varietives of after school activities but still think there could be more. I am in 6th grade which makes me a new comer. I found it hard at first, but with the help of my teachers I am now looking forward to 7th grade and what the school has to offer. Thank you for reading this 6th grade student's review.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2009

I'm attending Kerr Middle school right now and I think there awsome the teachers & the principals i think they try to do there best for the our education i have learned alot from there!! my favorite teachers are Mrs.Baker, Mr. Mirecki, Mrs.Buntin, Mrs. Venhizuen, Mr. Canan!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2008

i believe Kerr Middle is an average school in the fact that they do indeed offer after school programs but they were not always there. When i attended KMS from 2007-2008 we didn't have the programs students now are recieving. I complained to our principal Mr. Gmazel about the lack of technology and other useful things that other middle schools in the district offered. And he got insulted, it was only a thinking booster not an insult. The administration isn't that great. I encountered many teachers that would give grades abd not let the student earn them. I enjoyed my years at Kerr Middle but i would've enjoyed them more with the help of more friendly administration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

The administration, staff and the school are terrific. My daughter happily attends school every day. She enjoys her classes and teachers. She is in the seventh grade gifted class and seems challenged by the teachers and her standardized test scores were outstanding. To me that means she is being taught comparatively the material taught at other districts. The school offers many programs after school theater, choir, bowling, volleyball, basketball, student council, chess club, intramurals are a few I can think of. It takes a village to raise a child so if your child is not succeeding at the school it may not be because of the school. Parents could be more involved with the school & encourage their children to be involved at school. Administration could do better by sending newsletters or information home about what is going on at school. As for the school and programs, thought they are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

Kerr Middle School is amazing. Motivation? Yes they do give us lots of motivation, I believe the problem is that the students dont like listening becuase they think its retarded, but really if the parents hurt the children in anyway (emotionally or physicly) they the sudents wont care about school. I went to Kerr Middle school and really, they teached me so many things. Mrs.Philapello, Ms.Kikta, Mrs.Ghallager && Mrs.Wajda are amazing teachers! No lie! They teach you so well. I love it. We have lots of clubs, fun activities, help for homework, sports, everything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

My daughter is a student at Kerr and loves it. She participates in the gifted program there and has found it to be challenging and rewarding. My wife and I have found the principal and vice principal to be engaged and constantly looking for new programs and solutions to problems. The teachers we've met seem genuinely interested in the success of our daughter. The school has many clubs, sports teams, a music program and as of this year a theatre program. When I've visited the school it has been clean and orderly and this last year there has been an emphasis on improving the exterior of the building. I'm certain there are opportunities for improvement, but when I tell parents from other communities about our daughter's experience they are generally surprised at how willing the school is to assist us in contrast to their experience at that their children's school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

I am very disappointed in the lack of teacher involvement with the parents. I believe if the school initiated more parent awareness it would allow students to be more successful. I am alarmed with the number of students that are being punished for the poor communication of the teaching staff and their inability to involve the parents. The principal offers no real solutions to problems and no one at this school is accountable. Our children are the only ones to suffer consequences. This schools has no real solution for children that may struggle in problem areas. Eventually they will have tutoring that is supported by the state, but when your child plays games on the computer and is still not getting the help needed-there is a problem. When the school tries to save the children with summer school and only about 39 students pass out of about 103-thats a real problem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

I agree this school lacks things. The people employed at this school dont give much motivation to the students, giving us no reason whatsoever to work hard or even try. Our teachers..well..could be a lot better. And in my opinion are not the people who should be running the school. The principal doesnt fit our school either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2007

I feel that this school lacks the qualities and tools needed to help a child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

They are awesome!!! It is fun and safe. i love the sports they have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2006

This school is a wonderful school it has great teachers who care and are all about education the principal is very nice and cival. the work they give students are very challanging which is awesome. they are split in groups of their ability like in high school which is also wonder full because they are preparing for it anyway they have a great source of extracurricular activivties. this is just an awesome school.
—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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%
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

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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%
Female49%
Male50%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income46%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female49%
Male44%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income43%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities57%
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 Students42%
Female46%
Male37%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income41%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female45%
Male34%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income39%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income78%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners88%
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 Students29%
Female22%
Male36%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income30%
Non-low income26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Female36%
Male40%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income39%
Non-low income30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners17%
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%
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

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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 79% 24%
Black 14% 18%
White 6% 51%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Robert Hildreth

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12915 Maple Avenue
Blue Island, IL 60406
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