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Edgewood Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 573 students

 
 

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Posted August 24, 2014

My daughter attend 8 th grade only. Then she moved to other school in Great Chicago area and since then she is whiling to go back to Highland Park Schools. Teachers are very polite. They have a lot of after school activities. Even I emailed a teacher with questions about hw on Saturday evening and I received e-mail from teacher on Sunday morning. PTO is great, working together with parents and school administration to provide extra activities for students. I had experience with schools in Houston, TX, Des Plaines and Buffalo Grove IL. Cannot compere at all. Thank you to all stuff at Edgewood Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

Hi I am going to be a new student at this school. I am entering eight grade is it really that bad? Are kids mean there? Thanks


Posted August 2, 2011

The main weakness I saw in this school, which my daughter attended for two years, was the bullying. The students were unusually mean to fellow students. I know of 2 parents who moved their children because of the lack leadership in the school, in regards to the mean character of some students. It is my experience that the parents don't believe their kids could be so mean. Most people in the area are very nice, individually, but collectively they don't include new people in their groups. The children are the same. Except the kids have an air of superiority that is not challenged my teacher, principal or parent. Your child would need a very strong sense of self to be a new student in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

As with all of my experiences at Highland Park schools, my experience here was unpleasant and marked by ostracism, inept administrators, lack of compassion or protection from bullying, and mixed academics (at best). None of the so-called "disability services" staff and faculty understood the needs of different learning disabilities, nor do they seek to. They are glorified babysitters and during my required "study skills" class that I was required to take due to my ADD diagnosis, I spent the majority of the time teaching math to my struggling classmates and the teacher. I had a few very good and encouraging teachers, but almost all of them retired from the system and were very bitter about the state of the school. I was not provided useful help with schoolwork in the special education class I was forced to take, but was denied access to advanced classes on the grounds that I could not handle them intellectually, due to my disability, despite having some of the highest test scores in the district. I saw bullying ignored, those who complained were either pressured into silence or punished academically if they spoke out. The school seems lovely on the surface, but is rotten at the core


Posted January 18, 2011

My child was a student at Edgewood and it was a very mixed experience. My child is both gifted and has a learning disability (expressive language). Unfortunately neither the mainstream nor the special education teachers understand the problem or how to teach alternative learning/coping skills. As one reviewer said Edgewood can be very difficult school socially. To couple that with a few teachers who attempt to shame a student into learning, being organized etc is an outright travesty. There are both good and bad things that happen at any school. Hopefully in the years that have passed since our experience at Edgewood the casemanagers have become both more educated and more strength based. Hopefully they now help mainstream teachers understand why a bright, verbal kid could have great difficulty writing a paper; and after being shamed and berated, would stop trying. Perhaps watching "Fat City" would be a good start. To the wonderful and encouraging teachers I say thank you!! To the others, remember, we parents hand you our most precious commodity - our children. Please treat them as your own and handle with care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

I went to school at Edgewood and so did my siblings. It was excellent and it fully prepared us for high school and college. Academics were way ahead at Edgewood and allowed me to start more advanced courses in high school. Great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2010

I loved going to Edgewood! This is currently my 2nd year there. Although a bit cliquey, I love the students. The staff is outstanding! They have a lot of advanced classes tailored to your needs. I am in advanced English and the highest math class. Apparently, I am learning freshman year high school material. This is an advanced and great school!


Posted August 1, 2010

Ok, so I moved to Illinois this year, and the school acdemically is great! socially terrible. I was one of the WORST schools i have been to, and I move a lot. The school hides all the things so it would be called " the best middle school in the district". But really it's not. There is many name calling, rasicm, and bullying throgh out the school. All I have to say is parents check on your kids at the school. The prinicpal doesnt care about the kids they just care about being naames he best schools..they just care about themselves. so if anything I mean ANYTHING happens to your child and the prinicpal doesn't do anything (which they probably wont) go to the BOARD. I would not recommend this school.


Posted May 14, 2010

School is fine-District officials are liars, cowards and do not care about the students-only themselves. If you can avoid-Do it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

I started at this school in sixth grade and am currently an eighth grader in the class of '09. I have had both amazing and horrible teachers, and the academics overall are pretty good. I would give this school an average review if it wasn't for the vibe of the school itself. Most kids swear a lot and are extremely 'cliquey'. There is a defined popular group, nerd group, and ugly group. Most people don't talk to 2/3 of the other students in the school. My experience at Edgewood was certainly less than satisfactory.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2005

excellent school with great academic program
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 16, 2004

This is one of the best schools in the district, if not the best. I have had four children go though Edgewwod, and I cannot be happier of the way they turned out. They learned so much, both academically as well as socially, from being at Edgewwod. I love this great school. Edgewood Pride!
—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.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income60%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income40%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities89%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income40%
Not low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income50%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income60%
Not low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low incomen/a
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low incomen/a
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities92%
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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28%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 87% 51%
Hispanic 5% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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929 Edgewood Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-3858

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