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Haven Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 701 students

 
 

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Posted May 13, 2013

It seems like a lot of the ratings for this school are out-of-date. Haven seems to have been through some rough times a few years ago, but it has definitely turned a corner. My son, who is in 7th grade, has had wonderful teachers. The principal seems extremely competent and on top of things. The only problem is the fact that the school is currently over-subscribed and that this problem will get worse in the next few years because of lack of funds by district 65.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

This is my sons first year. I have two major complaints, about this school. Since the begining of the school year, I have had a very hard time, in the "Parent to Staff" relations department. Often, teachers/staff do not inform parents, that their child is having problems, until too late. I have also found it difficult, with communicating successfully, with the principle. Plus, the chain of command is choppy. There's a huge gap in communication between staff and parents. I find that, if you do not persistantly ask about your childs progress, then you will never know. Pop up visits to the school are highly recommend. Secondly, I believe the school should spend more time, with helping students to properly intergrate and adjust socially. There are various problems with bullying, and many students stay segregated into groups, from their home schools. Problems like these have become a major issue for my child. He feels the environment is not a possitive or encouraging. Out of concern, that his grades may start to suffer; I am now looking at another school, for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

This is my child's first year at Haven, she's a 7th grader and came from a tiny school. During our move I have reached out the principal several times and never heard back. I am not happy with the leadership at the school at all. My daughter comments that she never sees the principals. The music program is excellent and she is loving Spanish and math is challenging. I believe she has excellent teachers. Her English teacher told us, at conferences, that she scored so high on the MAP test that she worries that they'll be nothing left to teach her. I took it as a compliment, but her father got worried - what are they going to do about that, was his question. With this lackluster leadership, I'm really worried myself. Thank God Evanston has been improving it's partnership with Northwestern, so she'll still be challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This is my daughter's first year at Haven and she loves it. I, on the other hand, am not impressed. I feel the teachers are afraid to step in and control the students. The students who are well-behaved and do the work are looked over. I have already had to contact a teacher about questions. I think the it is fortunate for us our daughter is interested in utting in the effort to learn. We have to put in a lot of time to encourage her. The school does nothing. Even she has said that she doesn't feel like she is challenged. I am sorry we enrolled her here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2007

There is a great music program at Haven, sports, and arts. Most importantly, we need to teach our kids what it means to be responsible students, that it is ok to go to study hall after school or find time with their teacher to ask for the help they need, because there are some very good ones at Haven willing give an extra hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

I dont like Haven at all. My childreen went there and they said that hey hated it. I dont think you should recamend this school to anybody. It is bad and you shouldnt go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

I went to Haven back in the mid 70's and turned out awesome because of the teaching staff and principal!They were extremely awesome then, especially the then principal Lorraine Morton. I owe alot to the staff there for teaching and guiding me the way they did and what they did! I'm very proud to say I went to school there!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 27, 2006

I think there is a divide between what the parents think of Haven and what the students/former students think. I had an exceptional experience at Haven. There were a few principle changes in the past, but Mr. Michelin, the current principle has been teaching for over 25 years and has been with Haven as the Asst. Principle for about 10 years or so. He is retiring this year and a long time teacher there will be the new principal. All of the same teachers that were employed when I was there 8 years ago, are still there. There are a myriad of extracurriculars for students to become involved in and the level of education and ultimate achievement is excellent. I, like many of my former Haven counterparts have gone on to be complete successes. I am a graduate of Northwestern University, and Haven has helped make me who I am today!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 4, 2005

Of Evanston's 3 middle schools, Haven has struggled the most. Staff turnover, inconsistent leadership. Now a solid asst princ. w/ teaching bkgrnd and strong understanding of curriculum, teaching needs, learning styles. Building wide emphasis on vocabulary, cross-discipline learning. Good math instruction at 6th gr level. 6th/7th gr Eng/L.A. is good. 8th gr was so-so and not such a good preparation for the rigors of the high school, but improvements are being made. Very diverse population; you will get behavioral issues in every class because they have to spread out the pain. Extra curricular offerings abysmal. Parent involvement aver-good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

As an alumnus, I can honestly say that Haven is a good school. Those who are giving bad reviews don't know the whole story. There have been quite a few principles in the past 10 years, I think 3 or 4, including the current principle Mr. Michelin. He has been with Haven School for a very long time at least 15 years as the Assistant principle and he basically ran the school the whole time, so now that he is the principle he is doing a great job and the position he has now, was well warranted. The teachers are good and the school is very diverse and includes many extracurricular activities and clubs for students to participate in. I was very happy with the education that I received at Haven and I believe that it did a great job in helping prepare me for high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 9, 2005

There is much to say about this school. We had such a difficult time with the quality of teachers. There are a few good ones who really care about the students education. However, few is not many. It seems as though everyone on staff, from the principal to the teachers, are all overwhelmed by the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

As a new parent I have great concerns about this school. It is very unstable - 5 or 6 principals in the last 12 years (I think I heard). Many teachers need to be released because they do not put the needs of 'all' students first. Children of color have an especially hard time because of the lack of diversity sensitivity of the staff. The prinicipal (although new) can be inflexible - which of course is not a good thing. The new asst principal is a former 7th grade teacher (at Haven), which concerns parents wondering if she will be able to hold teachers accountable for their misdoings and put the needs of students first over her relationship with former peers (and thoughts) as a teacher.
—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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

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 Students79%
Female82%
Male77%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial81%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Low income36%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female80%
Male77%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracial88%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income37%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities85%
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

Math

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black42%
Asian100%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income51%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
Black48%
Asian80%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial89%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income50%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black74%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income82%
Non-low income98%
Students with disabilities (IEP)72%
Students without disabilities96%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male69%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income41%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male67%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income40%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities82%
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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46%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above 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
White 58% 51%
Black 20% 18%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2417 Prairie Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
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