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Morgan Park High School

Public | 7-12 | 1571 students

 

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Posted February 20, 2012

Teachers: In Morgan Park, there is a wide range of teachers with varying intelligence levels. Some teachers work hard to ensure that every student understands the material, while some only teach for a paycheck. Unfortunately, the number of poor teachers far outweighs the number of excellent teachers. For the most part, teachers spend more time trying to get the class to quiet down than actually teaching. Students: Generally speaking, the students here are very ignorant, arrogant, and loud. Most are more concerned about their social lives and their appearances than learning. Students are also extremely rude. A lot of them talk back to teachers and curse openly. Expect random arguments or loud outbursts in class. General: The school has gained a bad reputation over the past few years. It is now filled with underachievers and students who seem to be more concerned about their social lives than school work. The classes are often overcrowded. Currently, there is no administration governing the school. There is always a fight or some drama. Some teachers do not care enough about students. Counselors are also awful. Some, not all, counselors will talk down on you.


Posted October 26, 2011

As a sophomore in MP's IB program, I love it. In IB I met students like me, who I can connect to, who think it's cool to be intelligent and succeed. Also the teachers are great, they guide you the best they can, and the rest falls on your shoulders. IB is a challenge, and if you can't take the heat then transfer, but you'll regret it later, because it prepares you for what's out there. As for the environment, it could be better, but if the students were responsible enough they'd share some of the responsibility of making the environment better. MP is a great school, and as an IB student I love it.


Posted August 4, 2011

i am a new parent of a ac student at mp i have very mixed emotions about this school its a great opportunity for my daughter to be choosen for this type of eduction however im having much regret not insisting my child go goes to on of the other ac programs in chicago public schools socially the eviroment is horrible and the staff and administion does not seem to try to care to make it a safer or appealling to students to want to learn or retain students of higher standards i have an older family memeber in attendance of the school so i was encourage from her and trying to keep my child at mp but unless i see major impovements in the new year which is her 8th grade year i will be looking for other places for her to attend high school and encouraging no one else to send their child to mp for any program they have to offer
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

I am about to be a freshman in the IB program and I already regret it. I went through the AC and chose to stay here. I now regret it after seing my future classmates. I plan on doing extremely well so I can transfer sophmore year. I don't fit in at all. If you do not like baggy pants and rap music you will have a hard time. It is not diverse. Any originality is made fun of. I was walking down the hallways talking to a friend and some random person just pushed me; and I didn't even know him. Don't send your kids here. If your son can't fight don't send him here.


Posted October 10, 2010

Taught Russian and Computer Science there for a long time. Great teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 24, 2010

I am a student here. If you put your child in Academic Center or IB they will have a very challenging and rigourous education that will prep them for colleges. AC/IB students at MPHS go to the top colleges in the country... However there are a few fights, fire alarms pulls, students that are out of the neighborhood, a lot of ditching, police presence, and if you are not in AC or IB or even taking AP classes, the Honors and Regulars classes are a joke. This school gets a C- as far as I'm concerned.


Posted June 19, 2009

I am a student at mp. I am in the IB program. The school is okay, some fights, but the kids are very loud and ignorant. Ms Brown, the IB coordinator, will make this school seem like the best school in the world, but all reality it is not. She barely talks to us and is a very mean lady. Do not let her sweet talk fool you when you first meet her like it did me. The lunch is not all that good and lunch servers are rude. Mr. Hall is annoying. The security guards are cool but not mario ugh! But bascially the school is not all that great and I am trying to get out of there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

My childern went to Morgan Park High School IB Program and are during well in college one is enroll at UIC and the other enrolled at SIU both are still great students with no problems. Staff and Teachers are just Great.!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

I am a sophomore at morgan park now. I came here through the academic program in 7th grade, which was trully beneficial to me. Not only did it prepared me for high school, it also got me ahead in high school. I like the fact that we have many classes(a.P. Mostly)to chose from that will be beneficial to us.The curriculum leads us to college.Like all schools, we have some great teachers and some not so great. I have to admit that the student behavior in our school is way worse than when i came.We have more than a couple of bad apples at our school.The administration is slipping too.With the new disciplinary actions that they are using now, the good students are being punished also. Almost everyone i know has had a detention at least this year alone. That definitely need to be fixed, but this is a cps school,so....
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2007

I am a parent who has sent 3 of my children to Morgan Park. The oldest has since had a successful learning experience at NIU, graduated, and is gainfully employed. The second one is a freshman at Northwestern University and fairing quite well in this highly competitive environment. The third is a junior at MP in the IB program and doing well. I am pleased with the successes that I have experienced with MP. I think Dr. Shingles is doing a commendable job. The progress that my children are experiencing is as a result of the solid foundation they received from the teachers at MP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2007

What more can you say about Morgan Park other that: it has gone extremly downhill. I have been attending Morgan Park since the 7th grade as apart of the academic center and may I say the school has certainly changed. We have had several vice-principals leave and become principals of other schools, some of which would have made an excellent principal at Morgan Park. The administration is not the same as it once was. The school is in dissary and we need some serious help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2007

Hi, I'm currently a junior in the IB diploma programme at Morgan Park. I've been through the IB Middle Years Programme and now am in the Diploma. I have amazing teachers. I'm always astounded at how much free time my private-schooled friends have, because IB's tough stuff (especially when they've got you in AP stuff, too). I can't wait for college because I feel like I'll be exceptionally prepared, but I'll sure miss it here!!! ps the only thing that lags is parental involvement...
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2006

Morgan Park High is a tale of two schools: the IB, World Language and AP classes seem to be performing very well and the few kids that are involved in those seem to benefit greatly. However, Lord help you if your child is not in those programs. The quality of the general population education is atrocious. Teachers just don't seem to care about the general population. The administration is disorganized. I sent two children to Morgan Park and I regret it tremendously. I think their futures were severely hampered by the terrible education they received at MPHS. Don't make the same mistake we did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

This middle school program appropriately trains students for high school coursework at an earlier age. Moreover, providing ample opportunities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 5, 2006

Morgan Park like any big inner city school has its challeges. However, it is a place that your child can be safe, nurtured and developed academically and develomentally. I found the staff to be caring and supportive. Academic programs are available on all levels from remedial to AP. There are a wide range of extracurricular activiities for all types of interest. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Morgan Park remains a jewel on the south side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

Personally my child was in the IB program and we were very dissatisfied. When we transfered to a different school we needed tutors to bring her up to speed at the other school since their cirriculium was so far superior to Morgan Park. I was appalled to know I was dupped into believing that the IB MYP program was so fantastic when in actuality my childs education suffered tremendously
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

Academic Program- good investment if you are in Academic Center, IB, or World Language Art is excellent in IB - not sure otherwise. I am concerened about decreased quality and safety since several longterm instructors retired at end on 2005. I also heard that support for AP classes is going away. Parent involvement is strongest in specialized programs. I am concerned that school is sliding downward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

I am a student at MPHS and i like the school. Except that it is too overcrowded given that the school is a llowung too many incoming freshmen. Like for example, the incoming class of 2008 had almost, if not over, 700 students enrolled.The teachers are great, the new administration is great because they have instituted more rules and there is more security, but the school needs to monitor who goes off-campus more closely because many freshmen and sophmores who are not supposed to be going off-campus are leaving campus. The school also has a wide variey off sports from which to join. there ois also a lot of parent involvement within the school. Overall MPHS is one of the best schools in the city.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2005

Hello, I am a former student of Morgan Park Highscool (1999) and I know that Morgan Park is fantastic school to learn. My Sister Ebony is currently attending Morgan Park and she loves it. Morgan Park definetly prepared me for the college experience. The teachers care about your well being, your education, and how they can help you. I am surprised and impressed with the fact that Mr. Alexander is still making Morgan Park one of the top schools in Chicago.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 23, 2004

As a former student of Morgan Park High School, I believe that the education I received their was equivelant and at times exceeded that of the suburban school that I previously attended. Morgan Park is definitely on par with the best schools in the state of Illinois.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.
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The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

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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.

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The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

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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

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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

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Low income94%
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Students without disabilities90%
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Reading

All Students97%
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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

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

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Female35%
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Students without disabilities38%
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Reading

All Students50%
Female53%
Male45%
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Students without disabilities28%
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

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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Reading growth at this school

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Graduation rate

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2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 96% 18%
Hispanic 2% 24%
Two or more races 1% 3%
White 1% 51%
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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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Dr. Everett L Edwards II

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
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  • Dance
  • Drama
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