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Burr Ridge Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 298 students

 

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Posted July 8, 2014

This has to be the absolute worst example of a school I've ever seen. My son went to Burr Ridge Middle school for the '13-'14 school year. He went from being a straight A student and winner of the Presidential Award for Academic Achievement to having to go to summer school just to advance to the next grade level. They don't educate the students they teach them what they need to pass the standardized tests they take through the year. On top of his grades falling, my child also became the frequent target of bullying both in the school and on the school bus. There's no real control in this school. I told my child we'd find him a different school for next year and he was so happy. It's a training ground for gangbangers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

This school is a mess! There is no teamwork throughout the faculty, the students are always undisciplined, and the administration is a friends only mentality. I have seen some great teachers go through that school and come out wishing they had never become a teacher, which is sad. The faculty look down on those who do not share their mentality toward the students, which is give them hope. Many teachers believe the students there will never amount to anything in their life. My children will NOT attend this school.


Posted January 22, 2014

Horrible. This school has been nothing but a nightmare for my child. Bullying is rampant and the staff do nothing unless you make a big stink. Their special education program is a joke. Avoid this school at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

District 180 is a place that I have called home for over twenty years! It was my first job after graduating from the University of Illinois. 2013 2014 marks my fourth year as principal of the Middle School. This is a place where I know students come first and staff are dedicated to increase student growth. How else could I have stayed so long? Like anywhere else, we have our share of challenges. However, what overshadows that? THE STUDENTS! They come to school every day, participate in learning, join clubs/ teams, cheer us on, pick us up, challenge us, have a great sense of humor, and make us smile. We are serious about academics and avoid any disruption to student learning. The Board and Superintendent support professional development and provide resources needed to promote academic and social emotional success. I hold a master s in Curriculum and Instruction from National Lewis University and in Administration from Governor s State University, however, the students still provide me with the best education. I learn something from them every day. Consider a visit to our schools. Once you meet our students, you will continue to come back.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 16, 2013

Burr Ridge Middle School is the worst my experience here at this school has been nothing but a nightmare not only for me but my son, the bullying has been the worse and the more you report it the more they sweep it under the rug..I am just patiently awaiting until the school year is over so that I can remove my son from that school and not allow my daughter to attend the school my son is terrified to go to school 90% of the time because of the children and the enviornment. It has come to the point where I have to have the police meet my son at school and on the way home just to insure his safety the pricipal is the worse she tries to justify the antics of the staff and the students, several ocassions I have had to go over her head in order to get something done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

This schools environment isn't the best but the teachers do try to do their best and try to do what they can to improve the school. The schools classrooms are very interactive with various different projects that students have and homework assignments. The level of education is perfect at Burr Ridge
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2013

This school will forever be a nightmare to me and my family, there is no discipline at all at this school. The children argue say bad words and play right in front of the teachers and the teachers act as if it is normal or o.k, it will transform your child in a negative way. The good reviews are possibly staff, because it is common knowledge that the behaviors by the students is horrible and the staff is worse the staff say inappropriate things to the students and do not have a clue how to handle the enviornment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

This school looks good outside and nice inside to kids learn here really fast you even get your owen locker yah this a good school kids and peronts let your kids came here we kids need to learn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

It's a great looking school on the outside. Once you're inside, the reality is frightening. Students are walking around the halls throughout the day. Teachers allow disrespectful behaviors and mediocrity. The students get away with murder. Students are not disciplined and they know it. Many parents are not involved in THEIR children's education. Administration tries to cover this all up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

The teachers try to help you to improve your grade and keep in touch with the parent(s) as much as possible. There is variety of activities here and it is clean. Although there is too many fights and not enough disciplinary action for it. And they try to help you succeed. Trust me i know as a student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2007

This school is great. The teachers really help the kids improve there education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

I went to Burr Ridge Middle School, or better know as BRMS. When I first got there, I thought it was a very amazing school. With all it's good academic value and sports, but all the pointless drama and fights over come that. The teachers never really listen and are blind sighted most of the time.Sometimes you forget all the bad points of the school, and enjoy the fun moments with the students and teachers. The teachers are the best, and the memoirs you will never forget. The school may have it's problems, but over all you will experience so much at BRMS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2007

People are disrespecting teachers. The teachers givge out punishment that is innapropriate for the situation and the students don't learn a lesson. They continue to disrupt the classes and not follow directions properly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2007

I must totally agree with the second parent's comment.The school is trying to deal with the burden of the heavy diversity and the consequent problems in a no sense way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2006

Thought the ranking was a 7 I must admit Burr Ridge is a great middle school. My 2 sons whom attend have totally did a 360 in academics. I has made the honor roll and continues to roll in the A's. They really work with your student and the interaction via email is outstanding for me. Parents are able to review the kids grades online on every subject. This allows you to keep up with there work ethic and find any missing assignments. I personally think the rating should be higher though a good number of parents aren't participating in there child future success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2004

The principal is completely incompetent and doles out punishment in a totally arbitrary manner. Then, to make matters worse, you have a 'rubber stamp' school board that couldn't create an original thought if their lives depended on it. This school is Highly overrated. A beautiful school on the outside but an abysmal failure on the inside. We've been in this school system for 7 years and it just gets worse as time goes on. Thank goodness this will be our final year.
—Submitted by a parent


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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
90%

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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
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

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students43%
Female25%
Male60%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Low income41%
Not low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female36%
Male59%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Low income50%
Not low income39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities61%
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 Students41%
Female37%
Male44%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Low income35%
Not low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female47%
Male39%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Low income40%
Not low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities49%
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 Students59%
Female63%
Male56%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income57%
Not low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female53%
Male38%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income45%
Not low income47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female73%
Male74%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income71%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities85%
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 Students55%
Female59%
Male50%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income53%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female46%
Male40%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income39%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities53%
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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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 71% 18%
White 11% 51%
Hispanic 10% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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15W451 91st Street
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 325-5454

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