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Grayslake Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 799 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted March 5, 2014

Excellent school. Every issue that has come up for my child has been handled with empathy and speed. Emails and calls are returned quickly. The staff is generally outstanding in both handling issues that may come up and in academics, encouraging my child to do well. The only reason I have not given five stars is that they divide the students into three teams that have no interaction with each other, and has unfortunately impacted my child by dispersing existing friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

This school is amazing. The enviorment is just perfect. Your surrounded by nice friends and teachers. Some people think low of public schools, but i have been to both catholic and public and i absolutly hated catholic school. I LOVE gms. There are also awesome sports opportunities, like trying out for softball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, track, and cross country. Don't forget about the acedemic clubs like science olympiad and the scalastic bowl.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2008

I will admit being somewhat apprehensive to sending my children to this school several years ago, but I have seen great strides in the past two or three years. All fine arts and music programs were reinstated in 2005 and I felt this year, more than ever, that I was free to communicate with any teacher or administrator at any time and receive a prompt, honest response, whether I liked it or not. My son recently graduated 8th grade and commented it was his best year of school, specifically mentioning an inspirational math teacher who has changed his life! He's the only male math teacher there I believe, he is wonderful! He and I had great experiences with all of the teachers and staff at the school and I am happy to see the direction it is heading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

This school has an exceptional fine arts progarm the school's music teacher, Mrs. Novack, really knows what she's doing. The winter musical and spring play are taken care of professinaly and seriously. Alhough, that seems to be the only perk about this school. The students are very rude to each other, but then again you would find that in any middle school in the contry. The disapline is also very poor.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2006

The curriculum is all about student-orientated learning. This could be bad or good, depending upon how well your child can focus and learn on his or her own. There are some great teachers but overall I'm not very impressed. I'm a substitute teacher so I have worked with many of the teachers in many of the classrooms. The school does have art, music, etc programs but they don't seem to be worth much. You do have to pay ($120+) for ALL extracurricular activities, field trips and registration. Look elsewhere if you want a good academic program for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2005

Academic programs seem ok, not great, just ok. I'm amazed at how much parents have to pay for things like field trips and special events. I am also disconcerted about the fact that at school sponsored events (Friday Night Out) music that is played contains 'bleeped' out words. Also in my view the choice of reading material that is promoted in my child's seventh grade class is questionable. The top 50 books for young readers in 6th to 12th grades deal with such dark issues and little or none deal with positive values development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

This school has no creative arts program to speak of! Art, music and foreign language are no longer a part of the core curriculum--that is unless you pay for it. These classes have been outsourced to private EDU. groups. Do I want some stranger teaching my child, who's gone after 6-8 weeks, heck no! What happened to the concept of teachers building relationships with students? The cost of these classes, try $350-$500 per class on for size! This does not include the extra material that you'll have to purchase additionally for the class! Is 'The Arts' just for the privileged!? The curriculum is okay. Scores in math, reading and science are above the states average, however these scores seem to be decreasing over the years. Could it be there's all work and no play. Oh by the way if you're African-American, no need to appy--need I say more?
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students70%
Female73%
Male66%
Black33%
Asian80%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income57%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female77%
Male60%
Black42%
Asian70%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income56%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Black67%
Asian95%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income82%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
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 Students60%
Female64%
Male57%
Black24%
Asian77%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income38%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female79%
Male61%
Black35%
Asian86%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income49%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities77%
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
White 68% 51%
Hispanic 20% 23%
Asian 6% 4%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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440 Barron Boulevard
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: (847) 223-3680

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