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Morris Community High School

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Posted September 27, 2013

I like the school for the teachers and the wonderful superintendant we have and great board members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Led by caring, involved administrators with many smart, hard working teachers. The school environment seems safe. The school acknowledges some areas that need to improve and works at solutions. Solid communication from school to parent. Areas that could improve include more diverse offerings such as clubs/intramurals for students not involved in FOOTBALL or other traditional sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

The teachers, students, administration and all the other people that help the school to run smoothly everyday are like family. When I sent my children to school I didn't have to worry about bullys, gang members, or a poor academic level. I knew they were getting the best academic and social skills in the area. They were preparing for college and life as an adult. I would recommend MCHS to anyone looking for a place to send their child to school. Kudos to MCHS for a lifetime of wonderful memories for my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

This was my high school. I had a wonderful time here--we had a football state championship in 2005, and our poms have had state championshiips for many years. We also have a good music program, and I hear that the band is growing! Our classroom work gave me all I needed to know to continue on to college as well! The teachers are extremely nice there, and I am grateful for their example. They don't just teach us academically, but they also teach us how to treat others through their example. Their kindness goes above and beyond what is required of them.


Posted September 12, 2010

I am a senior at MCHS and love it. The four block system is totally awesome. It has so many perks, one being the option to be P.E. exempt. This allows you to take other classes instead of P.E., as long as it is a core class. The teachers, staff, and administration here is great. They work for the good of the students. I really love all our sports. I know football is kind of over-dominating, but that is just part of being in a small town. I feel MCHS is lacking in something and that is the involvement of parents. I've talked to some parents and they have no idea what their student is taking as far as classes. They have the ability and option of looking online for their student's grades or classes. They can even call the counselors if they have questions.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 14, 2010

The four block is not appropriate for all classes. Ninety minutes of P.E. every day is too much. I would prefer to see my child in a math, science, or language arts class during this time. Students need to have homework in the evening. I am needing to give my children extra math or reading in the evening because they are not being challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

I am a sophomore at Morris right now. The classes are great and some of the teachers are too! I am an honor student but the classes need to be a bit shorter. The clubs are great but no one cares about volleyball, basketball, or anything else. It is football and Morris needs to get it in their head football isn't everything. Maybe if they understood that we will make the psae and act standards! Imagine That!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2008

I'm currently a junior at MCHS. It's an okay school... but I wish it had so much more. It's nice because you are constantly surrounded by a small-town feeling yet Morris isn't that small of a town. Everyone is friendly and we're probably one of the most competative schools when it comes to football. I agree with working on the science programs though. I bit more diversity in sports would be great. They're also canceling the French program after this year. I love the sceduale, I only have 4 classes a day and since the classes are so long, teachers are able to go over more and explain things better. It's really helpful for the honors and AP classes. Each teacher has a really unique fun personality. I've yet to be bored by any of them. The principal has been really rude to my parents though (and I'm an honors student).
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2008

Mediocre academically, with particularly poor results in mathematics and science, and inconsistent quality in other fields. The staff and administration are helpful and well-intentioned. The building is beautifully maintained. The school suffers from the lingering aftereffects of a sports-dominant, long-term previous administration, but there are signs that the new admin might have a clue about the importance of academics. Parent involvement is actually considerably above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2008

I attended this high school from my sophomore year until graduation, and in comparison with another high school I attended as a freshman, MCHS is exceptional. Do not take the two star review seriously; obviously the writer of said review could not be bothered to use appropriate capitilization and spelling, so it says little of their output. As with all schools, you get back what you put in. A sub-par student with little drive and little responsibility will not thrive in a school where hand-holding is at a minimum. The building is older, but is also fairly well-maintained, and I found most of the teachers to be competent and relatively helpful.


Posted July 23, 2007

i went here and it is a school with appalling educational standards i really hope they step it up otherwise i would not want to send my kids here because even if they graduat at the top of their class they still would not be ready for college


Posted February 23, 2005

I found this school well run. The building is older, but very well cared for, and the same can be said for much of the school's property and equipment. The teachers are generally involved with the students' needs, and overall the school atmosphere is very good.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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68%

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59%

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58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students65%
Female63%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Low income33%
Not low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female72%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income43%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income33%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

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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46%
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28%
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Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

88.7%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 51%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Kelly Hussey

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1000 Union Street
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: (815) 941-5329

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