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2721 Ridge Road
Lansing, IL 60438

(708) 474-2383
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December 26, 2013
As far as the parents that said Memorial is awful and run far, far away I don't know what they are talking about. I currently have a student at Memorial and two other children at T. F. South, a Senior and a Freshman. two girls and one boy. All three of my children went to Memorial, loved it and excelled there. My children were never bullied or harassed. The teachers there are caring and they are not "scared". I have three well behaved, straight A students. (It is not because the curriculum is "dumbed down", I went to Lansing Public Schools in the seventies and eighties and what they are learning is harder than anything I had to learn) I hate to see reviews such as the two previous 2011 ones by parents. In my experience what happened to their student is definitely not the culture of this school. All reviews such as this serve to do is scare away quality people.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2013
This school is the best you could take your child to I am actually going to memorial jr high and so far I have had the best time and about those negative reviews back off just because you Don't enjoy the school doesn't mean that the other kids don't in fact going to memorial has helped me and my friends know who our true selves really are and helped show us that we can do anything if we work hard it has also shown us that we have tons and tons of talent and personality traits that people love this is a few good things about memorial -from a student-

- submitted by a community member

January 31, 2011
Had to transfer my daughter out of this GHETTO school!! The poor teachers in this school are not equipped to deal with the bullying, cussing and just plain disrespect of the students. My child had to WAIT 10 min after the bell rang EACH DAY for their teachers to get control of the class in order for it to begin...this was in most of her classes on the daily basis. Kids get "jumped" and harrassed because the parents or caregivers of these kids to NOT care about their kids, it is TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL...the school may look nice on the outside and the teachers sure put on a brave face during openhouse but DO NOT be fooled...all of the good kids are being shipped to area private schools, I ended up driving my child daily because they were AFRAID to take the bus. RUN AWAY....FAR AWAY...the police have to be are at designated areas like the library when school is dismissed because the kids get so out of control...check it out yourself at 3:15 m-f...I am NOT KIDDING!!

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2011
I only went to this school two years and it was living torture. The teachers are nice but even they are scared. The students have taken over the school and cuss and talk back to the teachers. Even when I got straight A's, it wasn't challenging. This could probably be from the students not letting the teachers be able to move on. All the students try and over do each other in rudeness. All they care about is looks and popularity. I feel terribly sorry for the teachers. They have no control over the classes. They don't get a chance. No matter how many students get detentions, referals, and even suspension, it doesn't stop them. The teachers are so afraid to look up, that some don't even notice a fight until five minutes after. There is pretty much at least five fights a month. There is just so many horrors to this school that I can't even remember them all. This school is the son of saten!

- submitted by a community member

September 06, 2009
I am a student at memorial junior high school. This school was recently remodeled and is state of the art. The teachers are very willing to help out, with homework, tests, and any problems you may have with other students. The school is very organized and activites are well planned and executed. This school is a fantastic school and parents should be happy to send their kids there.

- submitted by a student

June 13, 2009
My daughter went to this school with no problems-- and loved it! the teachers respect the students and parents and don't act like they're any better! the new building is beautiful! one of the best middle schools out there!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2009
I love this schoo li am a 7th grader that moved here from chicago about 5 years ago and this is the greatest school ever. The teachers are all really nice when they can be and if they have to be mean they really stick it to you; even though this doesnt really happen much. The teahcers also help a lot, say you dont understand the simplest question ever theystop there class time and help you understand it. And the kids at my school really behave because of the monthly goals like being fight free for a month and when team a and team b make the goals we get a reward like an ice cream social or a free gym period. I highly recommened this school because it is great

- submitted by a student

February 05, 2009
I am a parent new to Lansing. I have a child at Memorial Junior High. Memorial's teachers and administration are very understanding and attentive anytime I have sent an email or phone call they have all been returned. All conference requests were honored and the children behave pretty much as you expect them to they are children. The staff and administration are very patient, understanding and genuine. I have had nothing but a positive exoierience dealing with the school and would recommend Memorial to anyone. Mrs. Blomquist the 7th grade assistant principal is awesome. She has infromed me of things that help me to better understand my 7th graders behavior.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 19, 2008
This school is one of the worst schools my children have been to and I am putting 6 kids through school. The teachers are so willing to share any of your childrens imformation with anyone they choose. I could go on and on but believe me dont send your children there you will be sorry

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2008
It's nice looking now with the new building, but it is not run very well. The kids are un-informed, because the teachers are unwilling to help. Some of the teachers are nice, but shouldn't be teaching 7th graders.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 25, 2008
I admit Memorial is not the best school, but you can't be too picky in Lansing. Im in high school now and looking back, im glad I moved from Cal City and went to memorial. I think parents are too harsh. Mr. Zimbleman is a great principal. Yea, there may be a lot of detentions and suspensions, but when i was there, everyone who got one, deserved one. I saw someone say something about racial tension. Theres racial tension at every school! Im at a Catholic college prep school and theres still racial tension. School is supposed to prepare you for the real world, the real world has racial tension, stop trying to shelter your kids! The teachers are great. You have a couple that arent so great, like at every school, but they care and they prepare you well for high school. BTW, the band is awesome! fantastic band director.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
January 08, 2008
This is one of the worst public schools my child has ever attended, which is one of the main reasons I have decided to homeschool my child. The administration exhibits poor leadership skills, communication, and disrespect to students and parents. Faculty does not take the time to address the students issues; and there resolution to any problem is suspension or detention no matter whose at fault. As a parent I find it difficult to communicate with faculty because they take the avoidance approach when you simply want clarity on a situation. If you are moving into this school district I would recommend finding another school.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2007
I was part of the 2005 class. For me it was a bad but tolerable experience.Everyone understood that the school had a very low budget.There wasn't enough supplies to suffice everyone and we would have to share papers and stuff but nothing crucial.But now it's even worse. There's an overcrowding problem and alot of people have to share lockers.There isn't enough space in the cafeteria which is called the 'Multi-purpose Room' becuse they hold just about every event in there.The school is also very small contrary to the 'renevations' they've done.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 28, 2007
This is my son 2nd year at this school and he graduates this year. I can say the teachers and principal is involved with the students progress.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2007
memorial is the bestschool in the world it is fun and the teachers thats there are nice including the principal but the dress code is ok

- submitted by a teacher

June 05, 2007
This is my daughters second year there and I think the school is terrible. The principal has no control over children. They focus on detention and suspension rather than dealing with the problems.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2007
There is no communication. It gets worse every year. My youngest will not be going there. We wiil have to place him in a private school.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2007
This is my daughter's 2nd year attending MJH. From my point of view MJH teachers range from not too good to excellent. I am an concerned and involved parent, but I must state that I have seen very little involvement from the Principal of the school - what's his name??

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2006
Memorial Junior High has been going down the drain in the last couple of years. The teachers do not keep the lines of communication open with the parents and do not seem to take a personal interest in the children. The school also has a lot of racial tension and it shows from the classroom to the athletic department.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2005
I went to Memorial Jr. High as a child and have my own realitives now going there. I love this school and it is refreshing that there are still schools that care about dicipline and dress code. The teachers are very caring and the school has great extracurricular activities. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a student

February 26, 2005
MJHS is a great school.I used to go to a worse school and now i know how a real school unlike the old school i used to go to. I certenly agree that the girls don't get treated like the boys that is the only thing i hate. I am a 7th grader at MJHS right now and there are teachers that care about you. Ms.Podgorski is the 7th grade science teacher on them 7b and is a very great teacher she is also like my friend and she is always there for all her students when thay need help. Certinley all the other teachers are there for there students also but my favorite teacher is Ms.Pod and i would like to thank her for everthing she has helped me with. thank you. So MJHS is a pretty good school. That is what i have to say about MJHS. -Celia Medina

- submitted by a student

September 30, 2004
I was a student at memorial last year. I loved it including the teachers and students. Memorial has impacted my life towards better education in a huge way. I am proud to have been a part of memorial and hope to keep in contact with. Out of the 7 schools I've been a part of memorial has been my favorite and probably always will be. I only wish I could still be a part of it!

- submitted by a student

July 26, 2004
Memorial is a good school, but the dress code is not all that.The gym teachers dont seen to treat the boys and the girls the same. The girls have to write and play field games while the boys have free time. The boys never wear their gym suits but if a girls doesnt wear her gym suit she will get in trouble and have to wear a ugly dirty green loaner. Their discipline level is high too. ALso notice in the year book that there might be only 1 or 2 african american girl on basketball,and cheerleading.Also there is only 2 African american teachers in the whole 3 grades. All i have to say iis things have to change aroung there.

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2004
Both of my children goes to Memorial Junior high, and personally it is a good school. I don't agree with the gym teachers for the girls. The boys can do anything they want while the girls have to do the things that don't have anything to do with gym, the same thing everyday for the same grade that the boys recieve. Also I disagree 100% with the dress code. The student come to school to learn, not be chastized by the teachers about what they have on. I think that Memorial should hurry up and get it's act together, because sooner or later, there won't be a Memorial Junior High!

- submitted by a parent
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Memorial Jr High School
2721 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL  60438
(708) 474-2383
Last modified Memorial Jr High School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Memorial Jr High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top