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Carl Sandburg Middle School

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Posted October 7, 2011

I have always had positive experiences with Carl Sandburg Middle School. My children have gone through there and now my grandkids are there. They have always had great teachers and really enjoyed the whole school in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

This school is not organized, the teachers seem to not care about their students but only putting in a days work and leaving it at that. It seems that there is little to no effort put into thes children which are our future of this community. There is a lack of caring how the students end up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

Worst school in Freeport? On its worst day, Carl Sandburg is better than FJHS on its best. Great teachers, outstanding administration and a positive, supportive discipline structure aren't enough to overcome the myriad problems of the students whom District 145 serves, but I challenge anyone else to do better. The interweaving of discipline with counseling and social work, intended to help students make better choices day to day, is a model that other schools should follow. My guess is that the lack of windows was a tornado safety feature. But it does make the interior classrooms pretty awful to be in. In a couple of years, both Sandburg and FJHS will become 5-8 middle schools serving their respective parts of town. I'll bet that the cultures of the two schools will remain exactly the same, and that Sandburg will unavoidably become the 'good middle school' and FJHS the 'bad middle school.'


Posted May 23, 2006

Great School better then christian school because lets kids be them self instead of what people want them to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

i think this school is an ok school but behavior is not the best and disipline is horrible teachers are nice but the school is crowded and is un organized so if you don't like the stuff i listed above it's not he school for your kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2005

I had some good memores at this school. I miss every one of my teachers. It is one of the best schools in Freeport.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 21, 2005

This is the worst school in Freeport. All of the K-4 elementary schools funnel into Carl Sandburg for 5th and 6th grade making it too crowded. There is also an architectural feature that makes the school horrible, half of the class rooms have no windows. The rooms are in 'pods' of four with the two class rooms getting windows and two going without windows.
—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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students43%
Female49%
Male37%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial25%
Native Americann/a
White56%
Low income26%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female62%
Male52%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income41%
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities66%
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 Students48%
Female52%
Male44%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracial47%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income32%
Not low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female64%
Male56%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial59%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income46%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities63%
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%
Female50%
Male44%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial35%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income30%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female64%
Male48%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial29%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income43%
Not low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female75%
Male68%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income64%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities79%
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 Students38%
Female48%
Male32%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial42%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Low income26%
Not low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female70%
Male57%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income49%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities67%
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

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
White 60% 51%
Black 20% 18%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1717 West Eby Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: (815) 232-0340

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