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4460 Old Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031

(847) 336-2108
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November 11, 2015
My daughter attended this school in 7th and 8th grade after attending several schools that didn't quite work for us. Their drama and fine arts afforded her experiences that she would have never had anywhere else. She was able to travel with her drama club to The Grand Ole Opry to perform in a theater festival. Additionally, she was placed in many advanced classes and completed freshmen algebra. She was well prepared for high school. Additionally, the communication from the superintendent and faculty are superior to any other we've experienced!

- submitted by a parent
Grateful to: Teacher
November 11, 2015
Raquel Harris is an exceptional teacher and emotionally connected role model for her students. She truly cares about the whole student and makes them feel valued and important.

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August 04, 2015
Viking is a great school with incredible technology and opportunities for our kids. Every student gets an ipad to do their work and they take them home!

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 04, 2015
This school has a program called TEAM Lead that helps students develop these characteristics. The children become strong leaders through this program.

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May 20, 2015
Fantastic band program. Drama and sports are both excellent, as well. When I attended this school, our sports teams consistently beat Woodland's even though Viking is a much smaller school. I learned a lot and was well prepared for high school. As with any school, teachers can be a mixed bag ranging from dedicated and talented to somewhat dishonest, but overall I felt that I experienced some amazing teachers. My one complaint would be the handling of students who harass others. Some teachers and administration would step in and report it, effectively dealing with the harassment, but others seemed afraid of the students themselves and would turn a blind eye to what was going on. 2004-07

- submitted by a student

October 01, 2014
As a parent, I am so pleased with the opportunities available to my daughter at Viking. She attended 7th and 8th grade here. We have moved many times and have experience in many different schools; private and public. Viking simply exceeded all of our expectations. The teachers were supportive, encouraging, involved, and communicative. Their drama and musical programs are exceptional. I would recommend Viking with full confidence. My daughter received a great foundation during a critical period of adolescence.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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

January 05, 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

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Viking School
4460 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL  60031
(847) 336-2108
Last modified Viking School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Viking School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top