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Pontiac Jr High School

Public | 6-8 | 213 students

 

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Posted May 12, 2013

some teachers seem to really like to teach and help the kids, while others we have had nightmares with; example: Every week a teacher would misplace an assignment my child turned it, teachers would confid to me they got them but misplaced them, then they would give him a 0% - 50% credit (which is not a passing grade & dropped his gpa) even though they lost it after it was turned in & they would report it as not turned in at all in his gradebook, & when I would complain about this to the principal they would lie and say they never got it from him or even spoke to me... every week, and several teachers. One teacher even told me not to talk about him to the principal! A nightmare. So much stress to deal with we are not sending our child back! Lots of bullies too and nothing done to them in way of punishment. This past year 6 umbrellas stole while on bus, 3 times hurt by others, 2 books thrown off the bus, and many books and other personal items were damaged by bullies on school property yet we had to pay for them and even when there were witnesses they got in no trouble. My son did get detentions for being "involved" even though he was victim & others even said so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

As a Military transplant, I have seen my share of schools. This is our third year in the Pontiac William Holiday School district, and i have few complaints. Students and parents get out of it what they put into it. The Science program is one of the best in the state for Junior High. The school has engaged leadership who are approachable and listen to and address concerns. The student body is diverse and the school has very good parental involvement. Teachers that care and take extra time to help struggling students, both before or after school. The school want to see their students excel and have programs to help those that need extra help. I am pleased with the Pontiac experience thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

I am a current 7th grader at this school! I love this because you can always go to a teacher when you are down or getting messed with. Most of the kids here are friendly, and there's a program called Character Crew that I am in. Character Crew is always doing charity work and volunteering for the less fortunate. I love this school and will be sad when I graduate!


Posted May 3, 2011

Wow-Issues here. I may need to look around other schools and see if it is rampant in the area or just this school. Clean cut does not fit in here. We are military transplants and no owo schools are the same, but by the same token I have a lot to compare this two. My daughter has been thrown onto the ground by another student, ridiculed for getting good grades...etc These things happen, but there doesn't seem to be an expectation of better behavior from the school leadership. It's a survival education environment more than an environment for preping for higher learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

This school is not helping my son, who is currently in 7th excel at all!!! He is doing terribly bad academically and the only thing the school is telling me is to put him on medication!! They don't communicate with me what I can do to help him. They have an after school program but that's still doesn't help him. I have asked if he can get tutoring but they don't have programs like that at this school. They are friendly when a parent goes up there but I always get the feeling like they don't want parents to be at the school. I would suggest anybody considering sending there child to this school if there child is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD to find another school. This school won't help your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I am a current 8th grade student at PJHS. This school is the best! Like: All the teachers respect you and treat you like an individual. The teachers also always do their best to help us (the students) and they go out of their way to help us as well by coming before school and staying late after school. Pontiac is a clean, safe, and friendly place to be! The classes are also very amazing. Ex. Depco is a class they offer where you can create your own shirt, make your own carton on the computer, photographing, a pilot simulator, and much more. The school has gotten even better since they added the new addition! (6th-8th grade) Dislikes: We can't carry totes around to every class, but I asked the principal about it and its pending!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2007

Like: Small school with easier parent/teacher interaction; safe and no known drugs/thugs. Dislikes: Limited class opportunities (such as language, lib arts, etc); curriculum is very basic. The teachers push out more homework than any school I've ever been affiliated with. My daughter averages 3 hrs of homework a night. Makes me wonder what they're doing in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

Pontiac is a good school to make friends. Everybody is really friendly and the food is great.Although the physical education department is in need of a few adjustments.
—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

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

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 Students54%
Female54%
Male54%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income46%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female80%
Male54%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income71%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities69%
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 Students62%
Female68%
Male58%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income58%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female80%
Male63%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income46%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female92%
Male90%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Low income83%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities93%
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 Students56%
Female65%
Male51%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income44%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female68%
Male53%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income55%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities68%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 49% 18%
White 35% 51%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 4% 23%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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