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Chute Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 556 students

 

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Posted July 1, 2014

We were extremely and happily surprised that our son's years in Middle School were the happiest in his school career thus far! Chute Middle School provides all students with the structure and support they need to succeed. The teachers and staff are accessible and approachable to both parents and students. The plain exterior of the school belies what is inside, especially the beautiful garden courtyard in the center of the building. This school is a testament to what can happen with good leadership: the principal, Mr. Mac, tells everyone at the beginning of the year "everything is my business." He follows up to make sure all students feel safe and cared for. We are so grateful that our son wound up here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

Chute students come from three elementary feeder school in District 65: Dawes, Oakton and Walker. They enjoy a host of extra curriculars from competitive after-school athletic opportunities to art clubs, high quality drama, orchestra, chorus and band performances, recycling clubs, Math Olympiad, student council and much more.


Posted June 4, 2013

Chute is a Title 1 school that has not met its school grade in the years that our child has attended Chute. The District has raised the maximum class size from 25 students per class to 30. this affected our child's math and english class size - two core subjects for student success. Our child's teachers have been extremely uncommunicative and my husband and I have substaintial concerns regarding the quality of education our child is receiving. We have been very disappointed with the response of principal and vice principal in addressing our concerns, and communications with teachers did not improve over the course of the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

This is a fantastic school. My son started this year and I have been very impressed with the Principal and teachers. They keep intouch with parents, respond to emails and are helping prepare the kids for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

I go to this school, and am only in 6th grade, but from what i heard at my old school, Oakton, it is great. Good lunch food, good school setup, and finally all the "bad" student behavior is our life and examples. In response to parent one star may 5 2007s dislike of the school, i'd say the the disrespect of adults is just us being more independent than private school zombies. We're poor, yet we get on. Horrifying isnt it. single-minded students. We are just not impressionable little obedience bags, we're people. About special needs kids, we treat them as equals, not different people.


Posted May 22, 2011

My daughter is about to complete her 3rd and final year at Chute. I can say that there is no other school I would rather she would have gone to. I wish my son had gone to Chute as well. The principal, Mr. Mac is as good as it gets! I wish he could come over to ETHS and help straighten out some of their problems! Excellent school, dedicated staff and they prepare the students (if the students try) for college prep high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Because of their dedication to providing excellent education opportunies for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2009

Great teachers, superb principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2008

My daughter is in her second year at Chute. She loves it. Yes, the school may be a bit of an eye sore on the outside, but it is what goes on inside the school that counts. The principal and asst. principal, Mr. McHolland and Mr. Brown operate a tight ship, but yet have the respect of the students. The teachers really challenge the children and expect/demand a lot from them. Many teachers offer extended hours for assistance with homewok if needed. Unfortunately, because of budget restrictions, Chute may not have a wide range of after-school activties as other local private schools offer, but what they do offer is sufficient. There is a year book club, fitness club, technology type club, etc...I believe most are lead by teachers. They also offer various sporting activities such as lacrosse, volleyball. We are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2007

My son loves Chute and is doing wonderful. His teachers are great and really know him. They all go the extra mile for the kids. My son is very bright and his teachers really challenge him. He is involved with several activities after school and enjoys them all. Communication with teachers is great. Mr. McHolland and Mr. Brown are on top of things. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

I had two children who graduated from Chute and both received a good education. The older one was a National Merit Scholar and the younger one is still in high school in all honors classes. They particularly liked the math and music programs. Mr. McHolland is a wonderful principal who truly cares about the students. Yes, there are some problem kids, but the school is trying to deal with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2007

The students don't receive enough extra activities like other schools do. Such as an own school team. The school is poor, the school is unclean. My child complains constantly about the school.The school has kids that are violent and direspect against adults. And now those teast scores are very low. The teachers volunteer their time to help kids with needs. Although I feel me child does not get enough help. I am seeking to remove my child from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Well I'm a student here and I'd have to say Chute is a good school with smart and fun teachers. The kids on the other hand are close to driving me and others to insanity. I feel many kids are dragged down due to the other student's attitudes. I also feel there is a lack of advanced classes. I am in honors geometry, the only advanced class. Overall I would give an A for the quality of teaching, and a C for the student attitude.
—Submitted by a 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

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

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

All Students55%
Female58%
Male52%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income41%
Not low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners19%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female58%
Male49%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income38%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners12%
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 Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income55%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners60%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female66%
Male55%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income44%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female93%
Male84%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income84%
Not low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners86%
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 Students69%
Female75%
Male63%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income59%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners30%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female81%
Male57%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income58%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners10%
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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46%
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28%
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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 42% 18%
Hispanic 27% 24%
White 20% 51%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Evanston, IL 60202
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