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Forest Park Middle School

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Posted August 25, 2014

Forest Park Middle School is fantastic! The principal and assistant principal show good leadership and truly care for the students. Also, my daughter's teachers challenge her academically and show a lot of respect towards students. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

My school is Forest Park Middle School and I think we have great staff and students.!!


Posted February 23, 2014

The Forest Park schools are very good. The faculty and Admin. Are very dedicated to the community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

My son's art teacher is the best! And Mr. Weinstein the Band teacher is WONDERFUL!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

I am student at Forest Trail Middle School. I think it is a very good school in terms of academics. Other things such as behavior..its not good. To me i think my school is high in decipline also. Teachers are constantly giving after school detentions and referals , But im graduating this year so im happy. My advise to people who are reading this is that Forest Trail is a very good school, but prepare for your child to come home everyday talking about the school, or a teacher.. etc.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2008

I think it is a great schol some students do have issues but the teachers and kids are great ant the principals are wonderfull
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

I loved the teachers and I think that my son could not have had a better experience with academics and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

If you don't mind your kid going to school in a chaotic enviroment - the middle school will work for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2007

I had a great experiance at FPMS. The teachers are amazing and I have learned so much. Many students have behavior problems, but good students don't usually get affected by the mistakes of others. One thing about the school is that there is high dicipline. The principal of the school is quite strict. Overall, I love this school. The best part are the fantastic teachers. I am very proud to say that I attended FPMS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2007

I really like school here. I admit some students have behavior problems, but other are really kind and helpful. There are a large number of sports, clubs, and plays, etc. to be involved in. Most of the teachers are amazing . I really love FPMS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2007

I went to this school and this is one of the best schools in the state!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2006

The academic environment of the school is ok if your child excells. The principal has done a wonderful job of trying to keep things orderly. She has her work cut out for her though. Overall though, I think the school is good and the kids have a good time while learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

Forest Park Middle School has faced some changes over the last several years,but it has a dedicated staff that is working very hard to meet those challenges. The ISAT scores aren't where they need to be, particularly in math, but they've increased the number of instructional minuted and are working with parents to try and raise the scores. FPMS has a ton of extra curricular activites, a bunch of sports and several non-sports teams like speech team, drama club, and computer club. Some parents are, of course, really involed. Others haven't seen the inside of the school since registration. It's getting better with edline (an online reporting program for grades and important info) but it's still not one hundred percent.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted December 22, 2005

I really like what they are trying to do. However, there is so many different levels of kids and so many that are poorly behaved. The teachers are great. I wish something can be done to get parents more involved with their kids. Most top kids parents are involved. It seems the standard is that problem kids have less parental involvement period.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2004

Forest Park Middle School really cares about its students and their education! We have friends in Naperville and they brag about it. Well Naperville doesn't give Weekly progress reports. As a parent I love this! You get to check on progress way before midquarter or report card time. The teachers are in teams and they really do put in the extra effort. Many have been there a long time and the new ones not only bring fresh ideas, they are dedicated! I had my child in private school and did not know that this school was so great. His academics as well as behavior has excelled as well as his self-esteem. These things are priceless to me. I really think they are doing a great job. When we considered moving we discovered that none of the far suburbs offered as much as we have right here in Forest Park!
—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

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
70%
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

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
62%

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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students33%
Female43%
Male23%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White59%
Low income24%
Not low income38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female55%
Male41%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income52%
Not low income47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities52%
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%
Female55%
Male43%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income35%
Not low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Male58%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income52%
Not low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female88%
Male69%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income81%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities86%
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 Students47%
Female55%
Male40%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income39%
Not low income51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female58%
Male44%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income42%
Not low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities55%
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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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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Math growth at this school

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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 56% 18%
White 19% 51%
Hispanic 16% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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925 Beloit Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: (708) 366-5703

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