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Gavin South Jr High School

Public | PK-1, 6-8 | 532 students

 

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Posted August 25, 2010

My child is in "kindergarten" at Gavin and was "stuck" back in the early childhood (preschool) program for his whole kindergarten year. At his IEP going from preschool to kindergarten, the kindergarten teacher who attended told me to my face that she thought my child would hold back the rest of her class from learning if my child was in her class. Love the OT they have there that works with my child though. We are hoping to move out of the district soon. Maybe my child will have half a chance to catch up with his peers in another district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

gavin is a great school. i went there from 6th grade to eighth grade and the memories are irreplacable. its a small school, everyone knows everyone and its just like one big family. the teachers are great and everything is just fun. gavin doesnt have much money but it doesnt stop anything. they teach us the best they can and everyone that goes there or has loves it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2007

I went to Gavin South for the past 4 years, and now as a highschool student I realized we could have had a better school along the lines of behavioral issues though it was a great school in terms of education and friendliness. It was as if we were one gigantic family. The teachers are amazing. They are understanding and fun. They do their jobs well. They kids got out of control a lot but there was always the school counsiler there to help. Over all, Gavin is one of the best schools around. Go Gavin!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2006

Gavin south jr High is the best school I have ever gone to. The teachers are awsome and the closeness of all the students is the best. Of coarse theres bad things... Like any other school does, but the students at gavin seem to over come that and work together. I love this school and if your thinking to put you child in this school dont hesitate. They will love this school as much ad I Have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2006

I love this school! And i hear my daughter talking to her friends on the phone saying she can't wait till school starts. So she can see all her friends. And saying what her teachers are gonna be like. And i aprove of these teachers and people that are going to this school the school is fun. Not to rich though but everyone gets along and still learns. And you get rewards for doing good things that make the students wanna do good things! So if your looking for a good school here is a great school! where everyone gets along and the teacher communicate with the parents and the children have a great time!It truely is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2005

I personally love this school. Most if not all of my precious memories lie within those walls. Gavin South may be poor economically but it is not poor in fun. We have fun but still learn. How many schools can say that? Well I am now an 8th grader and this year will be my last in Gavin South! ever since the first day I walked in that building I felt that was where I belonged. I am not the only one who felt that way....many of my friends felt that way.Our school may not have alot of priveleges as other rich school do but we all have one privilege many other schools don't. We have the privilege of knowing everybody and getting along. Our school may have arguments but we all have one thing in common and that is WE LOVE GAVIN SOUTH!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2005

The quality of the academic programs are impressive, I am very impressed with the high level of parent - teacher communication.I have been very happy with all the Teaching staff through out my childs academic career. However I am very disappointed about the current statis of the district. Next school year there will be no art, music, or gym classes! I feel that these classes are just as important as reading, or math. As a parent the involvement was more evident in the early years (Kinder thru about fourth grade) I feel that there is very little parent involvement in the junior high school. We moved into this district when my daughter was at the school age, because of the outstanding programs, I even attended the Gavin Schools as a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2004

I moved to this area 15 years ago because of the schools. They have helped all my children ( with speech and reading w/ gavin central ) But the school's are starting to get to full. There isn't enough indivisual attention like there used to be. We need bigger schools and more teachers,With all the new homes going in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

My child goes to Gavin and she loves it. She enjoys the classes and teachers. Though this school may not be the biggest or the richest my child loves it because of the closeness of all the students. In this school you are not judged upon what you wear but upon your personality. My child looks forward to school because she gets to learn at her own rate and at the same time be with her friends! Out of 10 I give this school an 8/10. I hope you choose this school because it is a wonderful school!
—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

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
76%
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

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students43%
Female47%
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income41%
Non-low income46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female60%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income49%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities63%
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 Students31%
Female33%
Male30%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White37%
Low income30%
Non-low income33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students45%
Female49%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income38%
Non-low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female78%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income68%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities78%
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%
Female48%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income42%
Non-low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female64%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income61%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities74%
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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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

Below 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 68% 51%
Hispanic 23% 24%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 3% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. John Mark Ahlemeyer

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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25775 Illinois 134
Ingleside, IL 60041
Phone: (847) 546-9336

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