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Hickory Creek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 804 students

 
 

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Posted September 26, 2013

This school, coming from another district, is wonderful. Instead of only giving lectures on bullying and proper ways to conduct themselves, the teachers and principle make the kids live up to the standards by reinforcement and discipline. My son was and is a target of bullies not being a star athlete or scholar but he has thrived in this environment because he feels protected and knows if someone hurts him he can go to teacher/ principle and get reinforcement. The principle is readily seen throughout the school and doesn't just sit behind his office doors. The standards of this school is why I am glad to live in this community. School is about learning. I know for some it may be "too strict" but only if you are looking for trouble. I think the education and environment is just what kids need to learn and feel safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

I am a current student at HCMS and I have to say I hate this school. They constantly stuff the Character Counts program and the anti bullying program down our throats, there is a camera around every corner, and there are to many rules and guidelines. I definitely think the school is like prison, with no exaggeration. The lunch periods are way to short and the lunch room is extremely strict. We have to sit with the same people all year long? We cant at least change table seating charts every quarter? That's pathetic. And we have to ASK a "grownup" to go to the bathroom that's literally IN the lunchroom?? And once we ask to go to the bathroom we have to sign a paper saying that we went to the bathroom during that lunch period. The homework we get every night is a good amount. I dread having to go to school every morning. School leaves me very stressed and angry a lot of times. They treat us like we are in 3rd grade. The school doesn't even feel like a middle school. I am not able to experience things that others do during Junior High at different schools. I do not recommend this school.


Posted March 31, 2013

I agree with many other reviews. To sum it up, almost every student you meet here will say they the coming to school. I am very academic and used to love coming to school, but now that has dwindled and I absolutely dread mornings. Between Character Counts, constant yelling from staff, cameras in almost every corner you look, (it's funny that they are very small and hidden in the ceiling...) and the fact that the whole enviroment just has a bad mood to it. Honestly, the current principal has his doctorate, and since then, this school has become a 6 hour, 5 day a week prison sentence. I won't deny that I believe that I'm getting a good education, but the enviroment in which my education is coming from is horrid.


Posted April 5, 2012

This school is STUPENDOUS! My name`s Dana Co, and my younger brother and I go there. I like it because the teachers are smart and nice, and the students are really nice, too.


Posted June 13, 2011

Excellent teachers, challenging curriculum, and a safe, friendly environment make this a wonderful choice for middle school. Not a lot of bullying or social problems. This school does a great job of preparing students for the challenges of high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

My two children attended the Frankfort schools and both did well in them and have done well in college. Outstanding teachers made all of the difference!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2009

I have no idea who the idealist writing some of these comments is, but they haven't seen this school on the inside. We have become desensitized to the constant surveillance, and the platitudes they constantly stuff down our throats. They try to tell us that there is a right way to think with their 'Character Counts' program. Very few students actually give a crap about this stuff, and in general, we tune it out. Not to say that their isn't good stuff going on in this school: student-teacher relations are, I have found, excellent. But I have met several teachers, not just students, who have expressed frustration at the general atmosphere present and leadership in this institution-like place of learning. That is not the kind of thing you want, disrupting communication from the teachers to the principal. Major problems going on here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2008

I am in hickory creek and am a 7th grader right now and i happen to LOVE this school, i think it is so much fun like with the pep rallys and cool fundraisers along with some of the coolest teachers ever imagined like mr. Smit( a.k.a Smitty) my tech teacher, is so cool i am writing this letter in tech class right now with my free time because i saw somebody posted someting bad about this school and thought it wasvery incorrect. well yes there are cameras but they have thhem so students, parents and teachers alike can have a sense of security. GO HCMS TIGERS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2008

This school is awful. The atmosphere inside makes you feel like you are in a jail cell. There are cameras everywhere and it freaks everyone out. We hardly ever do anything fun. Do not move to Frankfort!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2008

I love the atmosphere here. I feel like it's the best learning enviroment I could have. The teachers are awesome, the activities and after school programs are complely fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2007

I have gone to Hickory Creek for two years now. So far I have enjoyed the extra-cirrucular activites that they have. To name some: band, basketball, choir, stage crew, volleyball, baseball, mathletes, and the musical production. Encore, which consists of P.E., health, music, technology, art, and foreign language, is very fun and extremely informing. The staff at this amazing school have many great qualities. The teachers are basically your friends here. Nearly every student in H.C.M.S. isn't afraid to ask their teach for help. The teachers also have a way of weaving the information into a fun game. They also use current events as examples which keeps kids informed about whats happening in the world today. When we talk about current events many debates occur. Ninety-nine percent of the time the teachers are splendid with our little arguments about what's happening. This school's amazing! There are many more qualities!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2006

I think this school has a great quality of academic programs. Ever since my child has started at this school she has told me so much about how she loves music and gym.She even tried out for the cheerleading team and made it! I am happy that i can be involved in such great academic and extracurricula activities.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2006

This school earns high scores in academics! My daughter has had the opportunity to take classes that are not offered at many other middle schools. It has a wonderful music program and offers many extracurricular activites. There is a bulling program and an advisory class that helps them to learn and cope with problems related to their age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2005

We the parents are really concerned with the society that they are trying to build with our children at this school! We are not raising soldiers, we are raising children and we need to start treating our children like children. This school is absolutely out of control their power and lack of responsibility. As far as I am concerned most of the children is Frankfort are being deprived of a normal education. Your children are suppose to look back on their childhood school years and smile or laugh and wish to be a child again, not sigh with relief and thank god it s over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2005

Both of our children have recently graduated from the schools here in Frnakfort. We feel they were provided a great education and offered many opportunities to learn and grow. While some teachers are certainly better at explaining concepts better than others, on the whole it was a very positive experience. Parent participation is like nothing we've ever seen before!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

I loved my time at Hickory Creek and feel that it well prepared me for high school. I found that students from Hickory Creek performed better in high school than other students who came from the neighboring communities. I am grateful for the education I was given.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 19, 2004

We are new to the area, our children have attended private school in the past. Professional teaching staff for my sixth grader, enthusiasm and boundless energy is impressive. Feasible guidelines from teachers keep us updated as to expected outcomes. Communication between school and home is solid. Kudos to the math, science and history teachers...our child enjoys those subject areas again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

High level of parent involvement enables strong extracurricular activities. No discipline problems at school.
—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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income83%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female82%
Male64%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income58%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
Students without disabilities76%
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 Students78%
Female76%
Male79%
Black77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income65%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income71%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Black92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Low income94%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)82%
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students63%
Female57%
Male68%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income53%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income63%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities78%
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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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
White 85% 51%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Black 4% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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22150 South Owens Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
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