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Macarthur High School

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Posted April 17, 2014

I'm looking forward to being a parent of a General in the fall. I'm hoping the orientation we attended last week was not a sign of things to come.


Posted September 22, 2010

Mr Dean Schultz is the key to MacArthur success. He is a leader who cares about students. Schultz is a hands on principal who is always visible tp students and staff.


Posted April 25, 2010

need more metal detectors security is alright test the kids for drugs and wepons it will be more safer mr shultz does his job dr wallace is a very good person mrs parish is so genorous
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

Great academic programs and challenging as well. Teachers do not accept medial work from students. There are a lot of extracurricular activities, like the plays, which my daughter is helping with at the moment. I think it is a great opportunity for her. I think there could be more parental involvement but I do see a good level of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

MacArthur has its share of problems like any school. If I could have chosen any high school in the city, I still would have gone to MacArthur. The extracurriculars are great. Scholastic Bowl has been consistently successful for 15-20 years, the Drama Club is consistently among the tops in the state, Jazz Band does well at their competitions every year, and there are others. Of course, they are successful due to the hardworking students AND teachers involved in these. If you think that any student can waltz in and be involved, then you'd be wrong. If you are ready, willing and able to contribute to the success of whatever you're involved in, then go for it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2005

This school is terrible. Definitely the worst school I've ever been to. I'm now currently being homeschooled, and am pretty happy with it. Well, I could go on, but I've reached the word count minimum.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 18, 2005

The music and drama programs are very good. Mr. C and Schepp are very good band teachers. Mrs. Barnabe is a wonderful choir teacher. And most of all Mr. Waller is an outstanding drama teacher. I am glad that I had the chance to expierence what the Mac can offer. I thank all of you.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 24, 2004

Our family was a second generation MacArthur family. Unfortunately many things have changed. There were many thefts and fights. Safety for your student was not guaranteed. Although there are some very good teachers there, there were more that were not. When going in to express a concern over teacher quality, the administration's answer was they knew about the problem but not to worry your student wouldn't have to have them again. They are working to get their graduation rate up but the drop out rate is unacceptably high. They do offer a good Tech program and many extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2004

My daughter graduated from MacArthur as a third generation student. The faculty is top notch. As with any school it has its share of problems, but the hard working teachers, parents and students make MacArthur a school to be proud of. I am looking forward to my younger children growing up and going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My children had been in parochial schools until the tuition got so high as a single mom I couldn't afford it. I'm very pleased with Macarthur. I have two children there, both have received excellent treatment there. Their teachers, principals, counselors, and other staff all care about the students and helping the students achieve their goals. after school activities and extra curriculars are many and available to all. The tech academy is associated with the H.S. wonderful program there also. Great people, great school and great for my children. Thank you Macarthur!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

MacArthur is a great school with great teachers, but it takes hard working students to make a school really great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Diversity is the key to Mac Arthur's success. There are classes and extracurricular activities for all students. Drama Club, tops in the state, Scholastic Bowl tops in the state, Sports teams qualify for state yearly, and the Jazz Band is tops in the Nation! The staff is energetic,caring and constantly working to improve students academic scores and life skills.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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27%

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28%

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37%

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46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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32%

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39%

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47%

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53%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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24%

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35%

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39%

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43%
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

All Students27%
Female27%
Male28%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial35%
Native Americann/a
White44%
Low income25%
Non-low income31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students32%
Female34%
Male30%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial39%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income26%
Non-low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students24%
Female21%
Male28%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial35%
Native Americann/a
White39%
Low income20%
Non-low income31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
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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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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Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

69.7%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 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 46% 18%
White 43% 51%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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