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Old Quarry Middle School

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Posted July 20, 2014

I am a going to be seventh grade student at OQMS the majority of the teachers are nice and very smart. The other few teachers aren't good with kids! Almost all the teachers are very friendly and fun. Truthfully my favorite teacher is Mr. Dennis Kennedy(the gym teacher) . He always boosts a sad kids mood and makes them much happier! He plays with all the kids and is always smiling. He is full of jokes and even makes the other teachers happy. He is a BLAST! The rules at this school are clear and enforced at all times. Are schools were used to seeing bomb threats! The school made sure that the Lemont police came in and taught the kids what was happening and what would happen if this continued. After that talk one more bomb threat was found. The school was at this time frustrated like never before. They finally had found the child and what the sheriff and school said was enforced. Our school has many people to talk to you if you are struggling and aren't to happy. This is a plus because most schools don't have as many as our school does. If you are struggling in classes our teachers will make sure you are doing better and will help in any way that you need. That is why OQMS is great !!


Posted September 24, 2013

It truly is a great and educationally enriching environment for your child, and the majority of the teachers have advanced degrees and come highly recommended in many areas of study. We do have large class sizes, but since this is a top priority to decrease of the new board I do believe a positive change in this regard will come along too. The public school system in our community needs the support of the people in that community. Regardless of whether you choose to send your children to public schools or not. Fostering our public schools instills a sense of community instead of rivalry, and shows our children how to grow with respect for their peers, teachers, and the people of their community. Old Quarry is a school with high academic standards that is growing with the youth of today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

This school is amazing! And so are the teachers! It now has fifth graders in it too. i <3 this school and always will!


Posted October 28, 2010

Old Quarry & the District as a whole is in trouble. Going out for referendum is not going to help. They are very poor stewards of our tax dollars. Unemployment in Lemont is at 11%, not to mention the members of the community who are underemployed. I don't know where they think we are going to get the money for a tax increase. Not worth it. Superintendent should take a 20% pay decrease and knock off the stipends. The childrend are not going to see a penny of the referendum money. It's going for teacher & staff salaries.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

My daughter graduated last year and i was very happy! discipline they dont! There is a lot of bullying going on in that school with nothing being done i was a permanent fixture in that school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2010

3When the school was built, it was one of the best schools for introducing technology to young students and at recruiting and retaining the best teachers. Since the school opened, the community has refused to offer support to the school and its teachers by denying all referendums that would bring in better teachers, updated technology, and offer the children more specialized options for learning or for participating in extracurricular activities. This problem has recently been exacerbated by the lack of funding from the state, and a resulting layoff of almost 40 teachers; which will increase class sizes to almost 40 students. Many extracurricular activities have been cancelled, further denying the student s opportunities to learn and be active outside the classroom. Even with state funding, if the community cannot begin to stand behind their school and its teachers, the school will never be what it once was and the students will suffer.


Posted December 26, 2009

i am currently in 8th grade at old quarry, and i honestly cant wait to graduate. the majority of the teachers here dont understand what they are teaching themselves, dont explain things good, and give an incredible amount of homework on things we didnt even learn. the kids here are bad, they get away with pretty much anything. i would not recommend oq to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2009

My child just Graduated from this school and I am so glad they are out being my last of 3 each had the same opinion. The teachers are young and inexperienced they are all trying to out do each other as if they are having their own little popularity contest. Mid range students are lost behind the favored A+ Student and the trouble makers that need seem to get rewarded by sitting with the principle during lunch! Children are labeled early on in District 113A! They are on their 3rd Principle in 6 years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Old quarry is a terrible place for students as well as teachers! this school is unfair and mean and when the punish you it does not fit the crime but there are alot of incompitent teachers and there are also some great people running the school and teaching in it although i do not recommend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Old Quarry Middle School is a great place to learn and overall a nice environment. I am currently a student here and my grades have only gone up, because of OQ I am now a straight A student. Like another student said if your kid/kids are not getting good grades it is most probably because they are not paying attention or taking advantage of some extra credit opportunities. Any way I think OQMS is great place and I really like it
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2009

They have an outstanding disciplinary anit/ bullying policy, and as an outsider looking in you would feel safe sending your kids to this school. But do they folow it? No! Punishment never fits the crime.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

Old Quarry is a great school. I graduated from here last year, and it is a great place to get an education. All those parents complaning don't know the whole story. If your child is failing, they are most likely not paying attention. Send your kids here, it's a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2009

Im not liking the school so much. Its extremely complicated, and grades have dropped. Im not impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2009

This school definately lacks good leadership. The principal does not respond to parents concerns via phone nor email. I have 2 children now attending, both doing well, but the only concern at the school is discipline. The teachers barely teach and send home work that was not even gone over in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2008

This school. Some of the teachers care, but the reality is that most do not. The administrators are inept. The academics are not challenging enough, everyone gets to be on the honor roll. If you intend to attend a school other than lemont high school you will not be adequately prepared.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2008

There are great teachers and an wonderful place
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2008

This school is great. I am currently attending in the 7th grade and all I want to say is that children in Old Quarry, as I read in previous reviews, don't get enough of the teachers and principal's attention. That is false. If your children are failing a class, 90% of the reason is that the child does not pay attention. P.S There are sometimes over 30 kids in a class. Its hard to get to every student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2007

I have a child at Old Quarry and have had two other children that previously attended and I have serious concerns. The principals act like they don't know what they are doing and the teachers don't care. I don't feel that my other two children were prepared for high school at all and I am worried about my other child still attending. Homework is given, often without explanation and a child is expected to keep up or they fail. There are a few teachers that are skilled and care but they can't make-up for all the poor ones. Administrators ignore my concerns. What's going on?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

I have two children in this school and have had a really hard time. The leadership is below standards when compared to the other schools in the district. The principals are not involved with the students until there is a disciplinary problem. The quality of the curriculum and instruction are well below average. The teachers I have encountered do not have effective instructional strategies and techniques needed to address the diversity of our classrooms. Also, parent-teacher communication is inconsistent and below average and in my opinion, teachers don't care if their students fail. After this past year, my son feels like a failure....and that is just unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

I am going into 8th grade at OQMS. I really like this school. We have great teachers, staff, and the parental involvment is wonderful. Parents are constanlly involoved in things such as the dinner dance, field trips ext. I love going here and Go Warriors!
—Submitted by a 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 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

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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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students70%
Female71%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income47%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female75%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income65%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities75%
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 Students70%
Female77%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income55%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female83%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income63%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities77%
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 Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income63%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian94%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income62%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income77%
Non-low income93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students72%
Female73%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income57%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female78%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income39%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities76%
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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Reading growth at this school

Above 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 84% 51%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Lemont, IL 60439
Phone: (630) 257-2286

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