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Parker Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 923 students

 

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Posted December 6, 2012

The educational opportunities at Parker Junior High School are now first rate. All students are appropriately placed in classes to meet their needs from the students requiring special needs to the high performing children. The communication with the parents via Skyward email is stellar and a parent is never waiting long for a response to a question. Also, the new website is outstanding and provides a venue for teachers to post assignments, calendars, teaching sites, etc. Further, while many schools have cut their art programs, PJH has a strong band, orchestra and art program. They also have academic competition activities, such as Science Olympiads. While in every school, especially during the difficult growing years of junior high, there are students that need behavioral attention, Parker does an excellent job of mentoring these students and guiding them in a positive direction. I thrilled iwth the experience we are having at PJH.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2012

This school has severely declined since my first daughter attended 7 years ago.The staff are just "phoning it in" at this point. They are overwhelmed with disciplinary actions and are unable to educate those that are there for an education and not for babysitting. I expect to see further decline from this school. The few talented staff are frustrated and looking for other jobs. Need I say more?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

My Grandson attended a christian school from age two through sixth grade. He is currently in seventh grade. I was convinced public schools were a complete waste of time and a child could not and would not received a quality education. He is in his first year at Parker and is excelling as usual. I'm impressed with the qulity of education he is still receiving. Park seems to strive for excellence and passes the message on to it's students. This was one of the best moves my daughter-in-law ever made. Sandra Bynum-Holmes


Posted March 23, 2010

Parker Junior High School (PJHS) Is the best! We have school dances to meet new people and to help our verbal skills, we have team meetings to ensure that all students and staff members are happy with the learning criteria, and, we have plenty of after school activities for children to participate in. For Example, There are inter-murals, Band, Orchestra, and Poetry Club! The teachers are Fantastic. The deans are especially nice because they help to resolve school problems and they listen to what people have to say without interfering! I am In 6th grade... so, This is my first year at Parker. Parker consists of 3 grades; 6th, 7th, and 8th. Then you either move to Homewood Flossmoor (HF), or, Bloom Trail. (Unless you move away.) Everyone is excepted at Parker and no one is left behind!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

Parker is PHENOMINAL. The teachers, the quality of education, and also the discipline is..alot at times but it's all for a reason.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2009

My fourth child is at Parker this year and I can't say enough about the quality of her education. The teachers care and are always willing to give extra help if needed. I feel that the district truly prepares them for H-F's rigorous curriculum. Very satisfied!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

We currently have our 3rd child attending PJH and it is a terrific school in a great area of the south suburbs. When discipline was not addressed during our oldest childs time there, the adminstration jumped on it and set in place corrective actions. PJH is a winner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

This is my daughter's first year and I am very pleased. The children adjust well to the rotating schedule. All teachers are accessible by email which is great. The curriculum and faculty are good. The only thing I am dissatisifed with is the behavior of some of some of the other students. But the faculty addresses any issues immediately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

This is my girls first year at Parker and the teachers and principal is excellent. I could not have moved to a better district. I am very pleased with all my girls accomplisments at Parker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Parker has excellent teachers who seem to really care about their students. There are a variety of extracurricular activities. Parents send their children to this school because they care about their children's education and they show it through their involvement. There are some disciplinary issues but teachers and other facility members appear to have their pulse on the situation which isn't an easy task. I'm not so sure about the rotation schedule this year. It is a bit confusing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

Has many program for students, sports teams, art (gifted program als), music, choir, Student council. guidance counselors, and good media center
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2005

I believe that PJH is not designed for all students. The teachers are not accessible at all, and there is a weird rotating class schedule that they implemented this year. Very confusing to the average person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2004

Parker jr high school is a very good school but the students aren't the best ever. But most students are nice. Parker rules.
—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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

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

All Students60%
Female64%
Male58%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income43%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female74%
Male53%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income51%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
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

Math

All Students49%
Female51%
Male47%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income34%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female65%
Male46%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income42%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income67%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities83%
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%
Female57%
Male54%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income40%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female63%
Male48%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income40%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities59%
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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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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
Black 69% 18%
White 17% 51%
Hispanic 10% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
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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2810 School Street
Flossmoor, IL 60422
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