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Holmes Jr High School

Public | 6-8 | 511 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted November 1, 2011

I was nervous that my daughter is going to Holmes, a lot of parents told me horrible things about this school that made me think of moving to avoid it. But my daughter is having the best time of her life, she really enjoys sixth grade, and the teachers she got so far are really good and friendly!! I checked the school's scores for last year and Holmes has the best scores in the district. I volunteered few times at the school and never seen any horrible kids the reviews were talking about. Holmes is a good school, and I would like to thank the school staff and the PTO members for everything they are doing for our kids!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

We love Holmes Junior High School, it's a great school and the teachers are wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

The experiences I have had with this school have been great. My daughter just started 8th grade and is in the TDP program. The teachers are dedicated and fair, the curriculum is challenging, and the after school/extra curricular activities are plentiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2010

This has good and bad qualities. Some teachers are really motivating and give challenging work. Others are restless and do nothing. So it depends on which teacher you get. There are limited oppurtunities for kids in TDP as I experienced, and they tend to focus more on getting the below average kids caught up. The team teaching structure helps,as the teachers really understand you But overall, there are better schools in the area.


Posted March 11, 2009

This is a great school. Teachers are wonderful. They are respectful and they help out. You learn and have fun all the time. I recommend the choir. Its so much fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2009

This school has some good and bad qualities. It is nothing above average, but they do strive to get better each year.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 17, 2007

Although the average test scores of this school are not that great, the school has an excellent accelerated academic program for talented kids. The teachers are very good and the kids in this program excellently in test scores and in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

I think this school has some wonderful aspects: there is zero tolerance for those who pose discipline problems; the library is very good; the teachers are good; the principal and vice principals I found to be responsive, attentive and very much involved. I think it VERY incorrect to say that there are a lot of 'horrible kids and very few good ones'. My child made many new friends her first year, did well in her studies and enjoyed the many extracurricular activities that are available. True, there do seem to be many parents who do not get involved, BUT! the opportunities are certainly there if a parent makes the effort to get involved. I myself am on the PTO, Music Boosters as well as volunteering time in the school library.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

This a great school. But of course, there is a room for improvement. I wish they concentrate more on AG PROGRAMS and give opportunity to all studunts who wish to tryout for that. My both kids love this school. Teachers are great, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

This school has excellent teachers. There are many wonderful programs that kids can be invovled in such as many after school clubs. There is also a hearing impared program that help the hearing impared can have a good education. I recommend this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 25, 2005

There are a lot of horrible kids, very few good ones. I would NOT reccomend sending your child here. The teachers are mediocre. The academic programs are good but nothing amazing. The parents are not involved at all.
—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.

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 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students60%
Female61%
Male58%
Black33%
Asian91%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income40%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female63%
Male57%
Black47%
Asian82%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income41%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners0%
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 Students60%
Female64%
Male56%
Black30%
Asian89%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income36%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female63%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income36%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners3%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female78%
Male69%
Black40%
Asian85%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income53%
Non-low income94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners24%
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 Students64%
Female75%
Male53%
Black65%
Asian91%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income45%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female73%
Male51%
Black65%
Asian81%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income40%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners9%
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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
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46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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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
White 40% 51%
Hispanic 37% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 4%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Mt Prospect, IL 60056
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