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Memorial Jr High School

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Posted 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


Posted 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-


Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted September 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted December 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted January 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted January 4, 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


Posted December 8, 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


Posted 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 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.

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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.

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50%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

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

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

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 Students50%
Female56%
Male44%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income45%
Non-low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female56%
Male39%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial43%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income40%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities54%
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 Students47%
Female50%
Male44%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income43%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female56%
Male44%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income44%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female81%
Male73%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income73%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities84%
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 Students39%
Female36%
Male43%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income36%
Non-low income47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female50%
Male47%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income47%
Non-low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities55%
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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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
Black 51% 18%
White 25% 51%
Hispanic 17% 24%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2721 Ridge Road
Lansing, IL 60438
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