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Northbrook School

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Posted November 5, 2011

I feel communication is average, they are middle schoolers. They do not advance children who are gifted and spend more funds on sports than academics. My child feels safe but has had difficulty with a teacher calling him a "cheater". I don't feel the school admin were on the children's side at all, it is more about saving the workplace moral than the children. parents can volunteer for many events, staff is friendly.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2008

In the past year the school has improved on their communication with the parents. I've found the 7th grade team very willing to participate in meetings and emails regarding my child. I did not get this kind of help from the 6th grade team. I find the online grade book a big help also, last year we couldnt track anything our children were or werent doing and now we can just pull it up online. I was very disappointed to hear parent reviews scolding parents for not being involved. Our family tried endlessly to stay involved with our childrens education throughout the years and were constantly shut out by this school system. As i've said though I have seen some positive changes and hope they continue.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2008

We have had 3 children go through Northbrook School and have been nothing but pleased. I don't know where the criticism of the 6th grade team comes from. We found them to be most helpful and always ready to help our children whenever they needed help. We have a special needs child and they bent over backwards to help him and keep us up to date. If the parent is involved they are more than willing to help work with the family. The principal can be a bit aloof, but she is very involved with the students. We are very, very pleased with the education our children have recieved and continue to receive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 25, 2008

I could not agree anymore my chils was an A B student until we moved here from out of state. Her work load is rediculous and hardly any communication with teachers. The curriculum and set up is to say the least poposterous!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 12, 2008

I have had two children go through the Mendota School District and have been nothing but pleased with the education they have received. I have made my children be accountable for their educations, which includes seeking out a teacher for assistance when needed and I feel the teachers have been more than available to help. I also do my part as a parent to help my children be successful. I randomly check the homework hotline and I make sure that my children are doing their homework on a daily basis. I feel that if more parents would do their part and not always point the finger at the teachers that more students would be successful. I always remember that I have two children to worry about and teachers have approximately 150 students to oversee.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 12, 2008

Like all schools, it has its problems but my kid is pretty happy and learning most of the time.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 6, 2007

I feel that the teachers and the principal are not involved with the wellbeing of the students. There is a major problem with bulling and that causes a major issue with safety. there is a major lack of discipline with in the school system also. I also feel that no matter how much a parent is involved the school is not taking their part in keeping my children safe from being bullied. I am very disappointed in this school system, pricipal and teachers!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 6, 2007

I have 2 children that attend this school. I find the teaching methods completely ridiculous. The 6th grade team is a joke and aren't willing to help the children succeed. The principal is an uncaring and uninvolved individual. One of my kids is bullied so bad she is segregated from the rest of her peers. She is punished not the bullys? I wouldn't recommend this school to any newcomers. It's overcrowded and run by junior high kids. My son is getting 3 F's on his report card and he's never had these grades in the past...If you want your kid fail this is the school for you
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2007

I do not believe the principal or teachers are very fair at this school. They are only interested in the kids whom they don't have to work with as much. Needless to say, My kids no longer attend Northbrook School and if I can help it, No one in my family will ever attend this school as long as the Principal remains there. Northbrook is going downhill by extending her authority.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2007

All of my children 3 girls 1 son (with autism) attended Northbrook School and I think they are wonderful, The teachers, The teacher helpers and the Principal's. Having a son with Autism is not a fun thing, But having the help to get through it is wonderful. I really think they do an outstanding Job..... Now my grandchildren have a excellent school to go to..Thank you Northbrook School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2006

I have nothing but good things to say about Northbrook School and I belive that I am receiving a quality education. The sixth grade teachers are really helping us kids reach our full potential. They make everything clear and easy to understand. They always find easy ways to help us remember important information. All teachers have excellent control over the students, but we are no longer treated like kindergartners and given a much needed sense of freedom while still getting work done. Also this year I have better understood science than ever before because of our thoughtful hands-on activities.(
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 27, 2006

We have 3 children this year, that will attend. I agree with the lack of Principality. Both SR. and Vice. The school needs better guidance in order to maintain control. We'll see what this year brings-Good Luck to newcomers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2005

We have had 2 children go through Northbrook School and 1 child currently there. We have had wonderful experiences there. All of our children were given every opportunity for a quality education and very positive encouragement. The administration is very helpful at every level. There has never been a time that we did not feel welcome to ask for help with whatever situation our child may be going through at the time. We give Northbrook the highest ratings.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 20, 2005

We had high expectations of this school, however our brief experience has revealed a school that severely elevated our child's anxiety level. They refuse to work with ADHD/Asperger's Syndrome children and instead blame and punish the child over and over while allowing playground bullying and physical intimidation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2005

I believe that my daughter (7th grade) has received a great education here. The teachers here are fantastic.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 9, 2005

My daughter moved to this school this year, and we have been pleased with the quality of the school. The 8th grade teachers are excellent and have inspired her. My only complaint would be that they did not have chorus this year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2005

We have removed our chlid from this school, reason it is a Zoo. I personal spent time in the school and class rooms and nobody is in charge.Simply no leadership on the principals part.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2003

I do not believe this school is producing college ready students. Very poor behavior by student body including. Very little is done by administrators.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 51%
Hispanic 35% 24%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1804 Guiles Avenue
Mendota, IL 61342
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