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Ames Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 581 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2014

I really loves this school until they turned it into a military academy. I wish I could go back. I loved being an 8th grader. Now I am on my way to being a freshman at Roosevelt high school. And I really just miss Ames so much even though I live really close to it, I am still going to miss being in it, and for me, it was the best middle school that someone could ever go to. All the friends I made and all the cool stuff we all did together. I never really wanted to leave Ames. But I had to, in order to get a better education in life. I still will remember Ames, and all the fun I had in it. The worst day that I had from Ames was the last day of 8th grade. I knew I was going to miss all my friends because they all are going to different high schools. But I will try to remember Ames for the rest of my life. Go lions!


Posted August 24, 2013

I absolutely love this school , I met people who I still talk to now . I just. Finish high school and going into college , I must say 7th&8th grade were the best , I made such great bonds with lots of teacher nd lots of friends . I played in the soccer team & it was amazing with a great coach that really supported us (:


Posted November 28, 2012

I absolutely loved my experience as an 8th grader. I am now a sophomore, but this school has changed A LOT. I wish it was still as great as before. I wish I could go back, it was so much fun!


Posted March 5, 2012

I do have to give credit to Ames. It prepared me with the tools necessary to succeed in high school. The only aspect of the school that I can ridicule would have to be the math department. In my opinion, it was geometry based. Because of that, I had a slight step back in freshmen algebra. But now, I am taking AP Calculus. There are many rumors that Ames's students turn out bad or they aren't up to par with other CPS counterparts. That is not true. I am a living example. Keep doing what you're doing Ames middle school! Team 5!


Posted August 24, 2011

I Am a Graduate Of Ames middle school '11 and i can say that school is Good , the teachers a cool (85% of the time) , the security is Great! they become like friends to us students , i can't say that Ames is a FANTASTIC school because no school is like that , ofcourse theres fights/drama you will never find a school that is fight/drama free but besides that Ames middle school is Good and it has made me a better student


Posted February 17, 2011

ms. fritz is a mean teacher but teachers like ms. sapa and ms. briones are cool(:


Posted April 30, 2010

I like this school and it's great.I am a student of Ames and I plan to stay in this school untill I graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2009

well for me i think personally the teachers are great! like mr.saporito and mr.debaz those teachers both teach really good i am a student in ames and i really like this school the security is great and they have really good diciplence this year is the best year of my life and i thinkthat i am getting smarter because before i wasnt all that smart .
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2009

Ames is the best school ever!!!!! i am a graduated student from ames i was there both 7th and 8th grade and they were the best two years of my life the teachers are awsome they are persons who realy use to care about their students.To bad some of the best teachers are gone,like, Mr. bullie he was the best math teacher and Mr. Bernthal he was just great.By the way the blue house class of 2009 was the best ever ames was lucky to have the blue house students in their school. Overall ames rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2005

I believe this is a pretty good school, they have good security and have great teachers. Mr, Paycheck is a good understanding person. He helps out the kids and listen when they have a problem. A big sister!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

I am a child that wants to go to this school and I am about to transfer and over all I think that Ames was a fantastic school. I can learn and have fun doing it. -7th Grader Speaks Out-
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2004

I agree with theparent before my posting.My also suffered from deppression when he went to school there and no one cared. I am glad a new principal has taken over and I am glad my son is out of that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

Well my child goes to this school. And she has never had a problem. The students help her with her work and if she needs extra help on the homework that they assign she goes up earlier in the mornings and get's help on what she needs. Over all this is a great school. Better than most that she's been in.
—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.

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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

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41%

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73%

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66%

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74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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42%

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60%

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63%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
57%
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 Students41%
Female49%
Male33%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income41%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners2%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female47%
Male38%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities45%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female70%
Male57%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income63%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners11%
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 Students38%
Female34%
Male42%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income38%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students32%
Female30%
Male34%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income32%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners0%
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

Below 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 92% 24%
Black 5% 18%
White 2% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Turon Marcel Ivy

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry
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1920 North Hamlin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
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