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Viking School

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Posted September 18, 2013

My wife and I attribute a large part of the success of our three children to the school system. Viking was on the path of their education from 2001-2009. We currently know children of relatives and friends who are currently attending and they report very good experiences. So nothing has changed. As a general observation of the comment ratings here it is plainly obvious that there are very two kinds of people; the very satisfied and the disgruntled (one star ratings). Curious there is not real in-between. This reminds me of the two kinds of parents we met while our kids attended grade school; Parents who were always engaged in their child's education, and the parents who expected the school to do the parenting for them. I expect this is no different in surbana public schools. You get out of it what you put into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

Too negative for words. This school is staffed by arrogant, incompetent teachers who are too lazy to keep children under control or enforce any educational standards. The administration was powerless to stop the chaotic mess of teacher disobedience and student misbehavior. The educational standards consisted of coloring between the lines and other such busywork. Children were rewarded with candy for basic compliance of flushing toilets and doing their homework. Money was spent in all the wrong places. Lots of technology, but no books. Poorly behaved students were rarely punished. Overall, a mismanaged school that lacks basic dignity for both teacher and student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Words can not describe my contempt for this school and the district. It is truly disheartening how a school with so much wealth, resources, and opportunities could fail so much.


Posted June 22, 2010

Overall this school is a quality school. There is temendous diversity (racial and socioeconomical) which aids social exposure but can bring problems as well. Overall, the smaller size (compaired to woodland) aids individual growth. There are many things for students to get involved in with sports, music, arts, clubs and intramurals. Since the school is smaller there is less competition so most kids that tryout or want to participate in an activity can. The band program is fantastic. Teachers are great for the most part. There are a good amount of absolutly wonderful teachers that every kid gets at least one while there. I am going into my senior year at warren and I can honestly say Viking kids are just as prepared for high school as woodland kids. Often times, Viking kids liked Viking better than Woodland kids liked Woodland because of the oppourtunities that were available.


Posted January 15, 2009

Viking Middle has a very clean friendly and atmosphere. The teachers are hardworking and there is a wealth of extracurricular activities. My child has been there for three years and has seen very little fighting. He may remember four in that time, which I consider normal for any middle school. The school is very strong in the arts and has one of the best middle school drama programs in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

I went to this school for 3 years and now i am a freshman in highschool. It was the best school because 6th grade has the nicest teachers 7th has the funnest and 8th are smart exept the Composition teacher on 8 white because she had no patients. But overall its the second best school my 1st is Spaulding!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2008

This school is absolutely horrible. I went here all three years and every other week there would be a fight. The teachers are all right. If you are thinking of coming here then don't because your child won't like it. It isn't really safe either. For the past two years including this year, there has been graffiti tags all over the school especially where they have the skate park. It is not a safe school. If you are moving here in this area than make sure you go to Woodland middle school. Academic standards are very low especially in the isat scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

seriously, my favorite school ever. The teachers are very nice, and the band program is amazing. I like it much better than the high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2007

My son transferred to Viking from a school much smaller. The quality of academics at Viking are high. The teachers are very organized and very easy to communicate with. I have also had the opportunity to meet the assistant principal who seems very involved with the daily activities at the school. 2006-2007
—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.

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50%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%

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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

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 Students50%
Female51%
Male50%
Black28%
Asian47%
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income36%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female59%
Male48%
Black34%
Asian53%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income41%
Non-low income59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners0%
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 Students57%
Female63%
Male52%
Black35%
Asian67%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial77%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income44%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female66%
Male54%
Black38%
Asian58%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial69%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income44%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female80%
Male69%
Black55%
Asian92%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income58%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners58%
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 Students51%
Female52%
Male49%
Black40%
Asian92%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income28%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female66%
Male53%
Black43%
Asian83%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income40%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners12%
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

Above 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
Hispanic 36% 24%
White 32% 51%
Black 20% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4460 Old Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: (847) 336-2108

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