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Cass Jr High School

Public | 5-8 | 383 students

 
 

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Posted June 26, 2014

Cass is a top shelf Jr. High School. Excellent faculty, administration and a stable and caring school board which is focused on the child. They are focused on spending money wisely and the District is in good shape financially after making some tough decisions a few years ago. We have had 3 children go through Cass and without a doubt feel this is the best district in Darien. This can be seen by tracking the progress of Cass kids vs. the others at Hinsdale South High School. The parent groups are very active in supporting the educational values of the district as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

This school really switched its gears these past few year and this year shocked me the most. The school board had a meeting with parents about some of our kids classes where the teacher would make a video for the children to watch at home and in class they would have work to do based on the video uploaded. To me this was very disappointing because their was no point in the student going to class if they already learned it on their own time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

Older comments about this school, are from a very rocky period its history. Unable to pass a referendum, the distict had to make some very hard decisions. The current financial picture is excellent compared to 5 years ago resulting in solid financial reserves. Many programs have been brought back as a result, There are gifted programs and amazingly brilliant children attending this school. Attendance at the rewards program will demonstrate to any parent that this district is truly special. An emphasis on character building results in many wonderful community service projects. Cass Jr. High has met AYP every year. Cass Jr. High students are usually the academic leaders when they arrive at Hinsdale South High School. The school has an accelerated math program and advanced literature courses. Argonne National Laboratories resides in the neighborhood and is a draw for many intelligent and involved parents to the community. The teachers are proven, especially in the core curriculum. The building is well maintained. Student discipline is consistent and effective. Decisions by the Bd. of Ed. are even-handed and do not favor one parent group or another. A very well-run district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2011

I love being at this school! The teachers pay individual attention to each and every student. All questions are answered without a doubt. Teachers are very well educated and definitely know what they're talking about.


Posted April 21, 2010

It gave my 3 kids a very good preparation for High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Cass Jr H.S. has awarded me with three children that consider education as a lifetime journey. The teachers challenge their students, promote citizenship and reward good behavior. My oldest son is 24 and went to Cass. My youngest son is 13 and will be graduating this year. I am saddened that I will not have an in school association with such a great teaching team after the end of this school year. If you are looking for a great junior high school, take it from someone that has had a child in this school district for the last fifteen years, you found one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It supports art and its halls are full of childrens art
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

The atmosphere at Cass Jr. High is so nice! The teachers do such a nice job with the children and with their students different learning needs. Keep up the wonderful job!


Posted August 22, 2008

I have been going to this school for two years, one with buses and one without it. This school offered me more than my old school I have been brought to advanced math and have given numerous letters to take classes for talented youth. The education here is beyond levels and it has much more to offer, you should attend the school, you won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2008

I absolutely love my school, and everything it offers for me. And for all of u parents, we do have busses.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2008

Avoid this school at all costs! There is no school bus provided, some kids have to walk 3 dangerous miles away. Tuition has reached $285 dollars a year called fees charged to the parents for each student. Kids' program have been cut. School Board has consistently mismanaged school finances and despite spending an average of $10,500 per pupil (30% above state average) there are still disillusioned, not very smart parents that think the community is not supporting the kids financially. Poor leadership, poor parental oversight of Board and Finances has resulted in a trainwreck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

The overall experience was good prior to last year. Budget cuts, shortened school days, loss of extracurriculars and some elective courses, loss of the MOD program - which was designed to help those students who need it the most, loss of buses and now larger classes for next year. We'd rather pay for a private school or move our daughter of this district. Very disappointed at the turn this has taken.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2007

Our experience with this school has been above average. However, recent budget cuts threaten the quality of education. Extracurriculars are being cut, as well as class sizes getting bigger. There is no gifted program nor an accelerated reading track. The community does not seem to support education and I'm very disappointed in the future for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

The overall level of instruction at Cass Junior High seems fine. I would like to see more of an emphasis placed on reading proficiency. I think there should be more time spent on reading outload as well as silently. Students should be required to read out loud everyday. Writing workshops and more writing assignments would also be a good thing.
—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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
97%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students65%
Female69%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income33%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female80%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income47%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities84%
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 Students82%
Female89%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income50%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female91%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income50%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female78%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female93%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
Students without disabilities99%
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 Students76%
Female72%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income57%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female76%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income50%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities84%
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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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
White 65% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 4%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8502 Bailey Road
Darien, IL 60561
Phone: (630) 985-1900

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