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Nathan Hale Middle School

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Posted September 12, 2013

I went to this school and now my daughter is in 6th grade. I love this school! I think she is getting an excellent education. The teachers have high expectations for the students and they are academic powerhouses. They teach tirelessly and care about my child like she was their own. And that principal and new assistant prinicpal are exceptional! I hope they never leave!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

Nathan Hale Middle School is a great school to send your kids. All the staff members are great and keeps the parents informed on everything. Mrs. McNeal is a great asset to this school also. She never fails to report whatever is going on with my child. Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2012

This is a great school. Great staff, great environment. I transfered my two older kids into this school and right away were welcomed and started to perform better. Now i transfered my youngest into 6th grade and already has great friends and great motivation to come to school everyday. The parents have always showed alot of involvement and interest for the this school. There are 3 middle schools and i am glad Hale is one of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I love NHM school because the teachers there care about their students. Some of the teachers have seen multiple generations of my family and they exp. teachers who make a difference
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

This is my child second year at nathan hale and i do see a lot of potential for the kids that do not need the additional attention and help. If your child is already bright and need no help in any area, then he/she will acheive all goals. However i feel this school lacks the help for children that does not already have great attention span or is not a quick learner. Smaller classes make smarter kids. Too many kids to a class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

i happen to go to hale middle and i think the teachers are great, the curriculum amazing and overall its a great school to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2006

I am actually surprised at some of the parents reviews that I read. I currently have a daughter at Nathan Hale Middle School in the 6th grade. This is her first year at Nathan Hale and it also her first year at a public school. I am aware of my daughters weak academic areas and I have taken steps to communicate to her teachers that I need constant communication and updates on my child's status. It has only been a few weeks and I have spoken with her teachers and received progress academic reports on my child's status. I think it is all about communication with your child's teacher and staying on top of child making sure he or she is doing what they are suppose to do. However, I do agree about email. They do need to have that available for communication between parent and student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2006

This school is severely lacking in all areas! These teachers are letting the kids 'slide by.' There is no communication and the school is behind the times as far as having an updated website & use of e:mail. I was told last year that the teachers don't use e:mail because the 'system has a lot of bugs.' Poor excuse. This school needs to get with the times -- how about using powerschool like many of the other schools in the area?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

newly remodeled school but lack substance
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2006

I think the teachers need to inform the parents a little more regarding the childs academic profile. I'm also dissappointed in the school regarding summer school. My step son has failed 3 courses all year and they didn't send him to summer school or offer tuttoring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

I think this school lacks teachers who go above and beyond when they see students who are struggling, they don't step up to the plate. These teachers will allow students to just get by and I believe a teacher should never allow a student to just get by. I am beyond disappointed in this school and would not recommend it. I feel as if I have let my child down by giving her the education this school provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2004

Nathan is great school with some of the better teachers in the school industry. Mrs. Vanheel, the whole eight grade staff Mrs. Parham, Mrs. Shinsky, Mr. Harsen Mr.Frederick and everyone else. They really help me to continue persuing my dream in the technology field. So to everyone there thanks. They really provided me with skill I may carry with me through life. Especailly organizational skills and my spelling skills. Chris Pace
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 24, 2004

Nathan Hale is A great school to go to.I loved my two years of being there for 7th and 8th. My 8th grade year for the year 2003-2004 was so great I wanted to stay again. My teachers Mrs.Parham, Mr.Harasen, Mr.Fred, Ms.Barajaz, Mrs.Castaneda, Mr.Applegate and the rest Mr.mcLaughlin and Mrs.Battles I will miss them all dearly.
—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

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
81%
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%
Female36%
Male45%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Low income39%
Not low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female48%
Male44%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income43%
Not low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities56%
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 Students49%
Female55%
Male42%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income48%
Not low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female51%
Male52%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income49%
Not low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income88%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)61%
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students61%
Female62%
Male61%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income51%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female56%
Male54%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income45%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities60%
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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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

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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 37% 18%
White 35% 51%
Hispanic 24% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5220 135th Street
Crestwood, IL 60445
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