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Mt Zion High School

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Posted May 18, 2014

After attending a school board meeting where a parent said Mount Zion failed to educate her son as deemed medically necessary by a doctor then would not let her son walk through graduation with his class. I feel sorry for the poor leadership of this school. What would it have really hurt for a student with a Traumatic Brain injury to have walked though graduation with his class? It's sad the mother has to ask why her son was not allowed to walk through graduation with his class. After all doesn't everyone look forward to graduation?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

As a graduate of this school 30 years ago with the principal as a classmate I can say the school has not changed much except through exterior building changes. It is still narrow minded individuals feeling superior to others in the community. Education is okay but the attitude it breeds is unbecoming. Even the teachers pick it up after so many years. Not much has changed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

As a graduate of Mt. Zion High School who now has kids in the district, I would say that this is a great place to send your kids. In terms of personal safety and quality of education, your children are much better off going to Mt. Zion than any other school in the area. However, the school administration is pretty conservative, and the district is definitely known for preferential treatment, favoring the children of influential families. As far as coursework goes, the standards are very high, and the classes do an excellent job of preparing kids for college. However, there is not a lot of diversity regarding extracurricular activities. You will not find the variety of choices offered at, say, suburban Chicago schools. No tennis team, swim team, debate team, etc. Just show choir. God help you if you don't love show choir.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

In opposition to the last comment, I just had to stay silent no longer. I realize you are a child (student); but to say the comments post by the parent last year are 'ignorant' are less than mature. I totally agree with the February parents remarks. I removed my student after just one year in the school and placed my student into private school because I found the teacher's grading to be biased (I had proof and brought this to the attention of both the administration and asst superintendant which finally backed me up), and the students to be very clickish. I will agree with you about the football season; however. The school loves their football for boys and music/dancing for girls. Any other opportunities are pretty slim. To sum it up, very unfriendly atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

In opposition to the first comment, Mount Zion does relate their academics to real-life situations. Athletics is also taken serious in other senses. If one goes to a football game, the stands are not empty but full of roaring fans and students. I just wrote this comment to be in great opposition to the first person's ignorant comment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2007

Academics seem to focus more on rote memorization rather than analyzing and applying learning to real life experiences. If your student doesn't sing or dance, extracurricular activities aren't taken seriously. Parental involvement is not encouraged. I felt very uncomfortable every time I entered the school. It had a very unwelcoming feeling. This school has a reputation in the community as being somewhat 'clickish' and difficult to fit in if one is new to the community. Students are treated much like middle schoolers rather than high school students (ie. very few options regarding their own learning, only several minutes between class changes). Administration is not parent nor student friendly. Administration believes every student should be treated the same in all circumstances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2006

The academic programs were sufficient for my schildren to attend the colleges of their choice with accumulated credit. The band program was wonderful and the vocal music program one of the best in the nation. The sports program is well-run and respected in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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74%

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68%

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71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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81%

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69%

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67%

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74%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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76%

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74%

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71%

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75%
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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 Students74%
Female73%
Male74%
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White73%
Low income58%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities78%
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Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male75%
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Asiann/a
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Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income69%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female78%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Low income62%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities80%
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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28%
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Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

90.8%


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 94% 51%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 18%
Hispanic 1% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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305 South Henderson Street
Mount Zion, IL 62549
Phone: (217) 864-2363

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