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Carl Sandburg Middle School

Public | PK, 6-8

 

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Posted September 9, 2013

I agree with the above. My son was in the same IEP classes, when he fell behind, the teachers said "we have other students, we cant stop to hand hold him" I had to take him out of the school to his dad's district. The state funds the schools through the IEP to help the child and school to allow for more support, its like they like collecting the funding but are schocked when you ask them to take an extra minute with your kid. Horrendous behavior. You should all be ashamed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2009

Our daughter is a seventh grader. She has an IEP for learning disabilities. Although the teachers make an effort to accommodate her educational needs, the resources aren't available to provide as much support as she needs; too many kids with IEP's are in specific classes, so kids without behavioral issues tend to 'get lost'. Although we believe the staff makes a good effort, there is not enough follow through. The principal is generally uninvolved/unavailable unless problems become severe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

Our 8th grader has an IEP and has been at CSMS since 6th grade. School district U-46 in Bartlett told me to never expect him to be in a regular classroom! What a different attitude we found in Mundelein! Teachers are involved and interested in every student's academic success. Almost all are available to contact through e-mail, and I have never had teachers or administrators not respond to concerns. Many classes such as Language Arts and Math are 'team tought' with two teachers insuring students get adequate attention. Teachers have at least some time each week that they are available during the day (before school, after, or during lunch) for students to ask questions or recieve help outside of class. The band program is top notch. This is a school environment where teachers and students are expected to work hard, and parents to be informed and involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

i think the academic program is very rigorous. the teachers are very involved with the students and very caring. they have a great choir, show choir and the best bands i have ever heard in a middle school. there is a great sports program and very many clubs and after school activities to choose from. the parents are very invovled and provide many extras for the kids. my kids were in a catholic school in the city where i was paying ove4 $5,000 to send them to school each year...and what they offered wasn't even close to what carl sandburg offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2006

The fine arts programs at CSMS (band, art, music courses, choir) are top-notch, and anyone can join. The teachers are all really good. They strive to make school a challenge for everyone; there are gifted programs of varying levels in both Language Arts and Math. The teachers seem to care about everyone, and have a great personal connection with their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

Very little assistance is available for the students. The school is very slow with implementing an IEP plan. They rely highly on the parents to be 100% involved and do not notify of problems until they are to the extreme. The teachers seem too overwhelmed and don't seem to care much about their individual students. There dress code is very strict and there lunch plan is extremely expensive. Bullies are a problem. I have 2 students currently enrolled and have started looking into private schools recently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

My daughter just finished her 8th grade year here. The quality of the teachers is mixed. Some are top notch; others not so great, but isn't it like that everywhere? She was able to take the ACT this year, pretty good for an 8th grader, so apparently she learned something. Her younger brother has learned a lot, but emphasis on ADHD and even following the law as it pertains to 504 plans is very weak.
—Submitted by a parent


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

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

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

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students55%
Female61%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asian67%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income33%
Not low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities62%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female72%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian53%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income45%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities70%
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 Students63%
Female65%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income42%
Not low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female64%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income38%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income70%
Not low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners42%
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 Students62%
Female69%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income40%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female75%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian70%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income54%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)34%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learners7%
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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46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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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
Hispanic 49% 24%
White 43% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Black 2% 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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855 West Hawley Street
Mundelein, IL 60060
Phone: (847) 949-2707

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