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Brooks Middle School

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Posted April 19, 2014

Great school!! Lots of different activities for the students. Honors classes are available for those who need to be challenged. Teaching staff is overall excellent. Deans and counselors are very helpful. This school is a very successful example of a large, diverse school with students of many different background and income levels, and the staff students and parents should be proud.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2013

Brooks middle school is the best school in the 365U district in Bolingbrook. They have great teachers, a good discipline system, and decent students. The fights in the past years have stopped-- and that is great. Brooks' marching band is huge, of about 230 students that march in it. There is also many extra curricular activities, from sports to drama to jazz band. Brooks is by far the best middle school in Bolingbrook, but many other schools will beat it out. I'm a student of 2013, and it is by far the best school I can think of.


Posted May 20, 2012

This School is not all that great. The Only thing is that there is a lot of fights and drama. The teachers are not all that great. Some of the teachers are quiet not organized. The one thing i really dislike is some of the students. Some of the students distract the whole class i know because im a student for 2011-2012


Posted January 29, 2012

I love the way teachers keep the parents up to date on edline and through weekly newsletters. My son came into the district last year from the Yorkville district. I was a bit concerned, took him a while to adjust. He went to middle school at Brooks Fall 2011 and he enjoys it. Now if some of the students could stop some of the silly fights that go on and focus more on education and their future it would be great. My son has nothing but A's and B's so far and is participating in the band program which he enjoys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

I LOVE this school my child attend Brooks and LOVE it as well, the staff is AWESOME especially the deans.....I think the deans really do a GOOD job by keeping the kids in line and standing out of trouble and the TEACHER....... WOW LOVE them!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

Ummm ... Alot of drama ! I like the school thouqh ! :) just besides all the drama .... At least one person gets sent to deans office a daily basis . I am also in 7th grade ... Teachers are very concerned about homework and keep parents up too date !
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2008

Brooks staff represents the true team spirit of education. They share ideas and assist students in every area even outside of school sports and academics. The only problem - students need to meet expectations of parents and teachers and GET THE WORK DONE! Overall - Brooks is one of the strongest schools in our district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

In response to the last post, the library was remodeled over the summer and has all new bookshelves, chairs, the works! The parents volunteered, too. Brooks band will be marching in Chicago for Columbus Day, so on October 13 at 12:30 tune in to WGN channel 9 and watch for the bulldogs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2007

Excellent school. I have a son attending his second year at Brooks. I don't understand the rating here because I feel the staff is superior and the students have great learning opportunities. Many classes have team teaching and there are 2-3 teachers/aides/students. Classes are small, and teachers communicate with parents all the time about progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

I loved/do love Brooks Middle School when i attended there. It has the best teachers/staff/principals I have ever had. I truly miss it and want to visit there soon!


Posted June 23, 2007

I am about to be a sophomore (class of '10), and I have attended Brooks Middle School in Bolingbrook for two years. The teachers here are in fact very qualified. Yes, they teach well, but what's more important is being able to connect with the students, and a great percentage of teachers here have that ability. As a teacher, being able to connect with students is necessary in order to maintain discipline. There are plenty of clubs, each teaching a student who they are and having them take their place in the world. I enjoyed me years here, and I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

The princpal at Brooks is a very creative individual. He has been principal at Brooks for 2 years and prior to that he was with another school in the district. He has proven that leadership is the key to a school's success. As a parent I was given the tools to help my child succeed. My daughter flourished at Brooks Middle School. I am very please with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

Good program overall, although I think the work could have been more challenging for those students that were excelling.
—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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%
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

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

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

All Students49%
Female49%
Male49%
Black36%
Asian68%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial52%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income37%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners2%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female62%
Male49%
Black43%
Asian72%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial52%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income45%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities63%
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

Math

All Students51%
Female54%
Male47%
Black44%
Asian68%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial78%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income37%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female57%
Male50%
Black43%
Asian60%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income43%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female77%
Male71%
Black65%
Asian100%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income64%
Non-low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners34%
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 Students45%
Female44%
Male46%
Black25%
Asian74%
Hispanic41%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income35%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learners16%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female60%
Male51%
Black46%
Asian63%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income43%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities61%
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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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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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
Hispanic 34% 24%
Black 29% 18%
White 23% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
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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Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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