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Spring Wood Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 572 students

 

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Posted October 20, 2010

We have great teachers that CARE about their students. We are in a financial crunch--programs eliminated, staff downsized, students' choices limited; however, we are still providing a quality education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 15, 2010

Because as with all other schools, this is a struggling underfunded school that has cut all after school sports activites. There is not even enough money to produce a yearbook, and yet the staff and principal continue to give 110% to ensure that safety of each student is paramount. There is respect in the hallways, and the principal and Vice-principal walk the children home every single day after school doewn a tough street in the neigbhorhood. Mr Bouchen, and Ballinger deserve our respect and praise. We need the money to provide after school curriculum and reinstate the technology class that was eliminated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

I have worked in several school districts during my career. I can honestly say that the teachers here are hard-working and want to help students succeed. This has been a challenge with a very tight budget and, sadly, little relief in sight thanks to the poor job performance of Illinois politicians. That being said, the staff is very creative and still manages to connect with the students in really positive ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The staff is very friendly to everyone...I have heard this said by subs, visitors and new students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Spring Wood MS has so many parents and teachers that want what is best for the children. Recently our district has gone through a budget crisis. All afterschool activites have been canceled. Our children are missing out on their future and they are not the cause. Please help restore our activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

Spring Wood is wonderfully diverse. I have had the privilege of being its principal for 15 years and love the caring atmosphere that exists here. Our yearly parent surveys indicate that parents feel their children are safe and that they enjoy coming to school. The staff works very hard to continually improve communication and the image of the school.


Posted October 4, 2010

Spring Wood has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff are very enthusiastic and truly care about the welfare of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

i am now an 8th grader at springwood, and its pretty good there! the food is ok. but the teachers are pretty nice/ and helpful. i like this school. i just wished there were more 'extra' activities!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2009

I am Now a 8th grader at springwood middle school. Since i been there i have loved it. It is Very Clean, They Have Great Food, I love It that the teachers are so nice and they have toaught me alot, I love that they have people that cares about the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I am a student at spring wood middle school and this school is so great your kids will have fun going to this school sincerely trevor
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2007

Spring Wood Middle School is a great school. I am very impressed with the academic level. They have a great athletics program. Going to the fitness center is something they do two times a week and they have two gyms. Their girls basketball team took second this year. The staff is always trying to improve their school. The teens there have many chances to improve their electronic knowledge because of the two computer labs and many laptops. This is is one of the best. The teachers know what they are doing and the principals are great. They have a great knowledge of how to deal with kids. This is the school that everyone's kids should be going to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2005

As a graduate of Springwood I have to say that I loved going to the school. And the fact that some of the teachers are still there after over 15 years is great to see. It's great to see my kids going through the same schools I went through, and loved when I was in them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2004

Hey Spring Wood is the best school! I loved going there! I wish I could have stayed there but no I had to go to high school! Anyway I loved going there!
—Submitted by a former student


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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
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%
Female56%
Male44%
Black37%
Asian65%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income41%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female63%
Male37%
Black47%
Asian60%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income49%
Non-low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities56%
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 Students50%
Female49%
Male51%
Black25%
Asian83%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income31%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female56%
Male52%
Black31%
Asian79%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income39%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
Black56%
Asian100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income65%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners50%
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 Students53%
Female55%
Male51%
Black19%
Asian73%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income27%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female74%
Male52%
Black39%
Asian82%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income50%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities68%
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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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

Average

Reading growth at this school

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 43% 51%
Hispanic 29% 24%
Black 14% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Craig Barringer

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
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  • Chaperone school trips
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5540 Arlington Drive East
Hanover Park, IL 60133
Phone: (630) 893-8900

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