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Thayer J Hill Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 924 students

 
 

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Posted May 19, 2014

Thayer J. Hill is an excellent Middle School. Dr. Echols is an excellent Principal. The school has great teachers and I have been very happy with the curriculum! My son has really enjoyed 6th grade and is looking forward to 7th.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

I am a single mother of a current Hill Middle School Student. My daughter is a Type 1 diabetic. My daughter went from Kindergarden thru 6th grade in School District 204 and we moved out of the area only to return 1 year later. She was so happy to return to a new school where she did not know anyone and they did not make her feel like a stranger. I took a tour of the school with the Guidance Counselor. Everyone I have encountered thus far has been wonderful. Thank You Hill for your Excellance to Education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2012

I am divorced and my son came to live with me a year ago in Naperville. He was being abused by his mother and finally had enough and was ready to "start over" by living with me in Naperville. He was a little worried at first, going to a new school for 7th grade where he didn't know anybody. I am GLAD that he went to HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL!!! He was able to discuss the abuse issues with his mother with the school counselor. The other kids were nice to him and he made friends quickly. The teachers were OUTSTANDING and really cared about each and every student and knew their learning capabilities and how best to teach them. The Principal has probably the hardest job, but I SWEAR he knows EVERY SINGLE STUDENT'S name!! He is very structured and beleives in discipline, yet is also very friendly and outgoing. I always see him at the school sporting events and is always welcoming to the parents with a smile and a handshake. My son has THRIVED in this school. He has more confidence, better grades and lots of friends. He is currently on Naperville Football and Hill Football and he has an A- average in all of his classes!!! Hill is the place where your kids can get the BEST education!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

the best school in the district is none other than hill middle =D we have tradition, spirit, and strength. hill middle school is a place where you can be sure your child will love and also get a great education


Posted January 6, 2009

First of all, support comes from home as much as it does from school. If you take the time to look into twhat is offred at Hill, you will find so much to help your student. We have an 8th grader at home who struggles frequently...but as we have discovered, with the different groups he participates in at school, that he has done immensely better when he is involved in additional school groups. Our 6th & 7th graders both excel at Hill...they get more support here than they did in a 203 school where all those teachers care about is money. (have you seen how often they strike & when they choose to do it?) Hill and IPSD# 204 is one of the best districts in this country...proven year after year by test results. I will never remove my children from this amazing, educational, supportive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

This school has been a big disappointment. I feel my child has not recieved the support she needs and purhaps there is a program that the school offers that I have yet to be informed of. In the past I had experienced very good communication in terms of updated events and up and coming assignments, I feel that the school is currently lacking in this area overall. I simply don't feel that this particular school has shown the type of over all quality that I have received from other schools in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

Excellent School, my son loves it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2006

As a student at Hill Middle School, I couldn't think of any other middle shcool in the area that I'd want to go to instead of Hill. I'm president of the student council at Hill and I absolutely love it! Hill is a great school and I think that any student would feel right at home here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 15, 2006

My twin daughters love going to Hill. They are identical down to the last freckle, and people always get them mixed up. But not at Hill. The teachers and students at Hill took the time to get to know my daughters personalities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2006

My son loves Hill Middle! The principal is energetic and committed, and the teachers we've had for 6th grade have been engaging. I feel Hill has an excellent curriculum that includes health, industrial arts (with AutoCAD), music, home economics and technology. The PTSA is also very involved and offers additional club activities for kids. We have not experienced any sports as they are restricted to grades 7-8.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

Hill Middle School has received the State of Illinois Horizon Award which is only given to 10 schools in the entire state. Mr. Raczak the principal is extremely dedicated to the school and to making each student a success.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2005

The Principal knows each student by name (as well as most parents). His genuine emotions about the welfare of each child is apparent in his animated tone. Along with this great ability to connect on a personal level with students, the Principal leads by developing programs to include not just parents, but the whole community. These programs challange us to take an active role in insuring the success of every students future. The team of teachers follow this leader by creating an environment of innovative and creative thinking, allowing students to reach new levels of learning. To give one example, the principal, along with the PTA, honors students for character qualities such as respect and leadership, not just athletic or academic abilities, reinforcing to students their interaction with others and how others percieve their positive participation is equally important. My son gained a clear advantage for his success after attending Hill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

Im a Student at Thayer J Hill Middle School and I have to say the teachers are amazing, and so caring about each indavidual student that attends to Hill. I want to thank Mr. Razak, Mr. Davenport, Mrs. Kelly, and all the hardworking teachers and students aids that are applied there. You do a Great Job. Keep on it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2004

I grew up on the NW side of Chicago so my family has been through many tough times in the Chicago Public School System. I must say Hill's entire staff work's extremely hard and long hours to make sure each and every child get's the chance to succeed in life. Thank you Hill. Olga Ruiz.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

They care about each and every child's personal as well as academic development.
—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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

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 Students75%
Female74%
Male77%
Black30%
Asian98%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income51%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
Black35%
Asian89%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial69%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income47%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students76%
Female78%
Male74%
Black35%
Asian85%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income47%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male75%
Black53%
Asian86%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial84%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income61%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Black70%
Asian92%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial89%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income79%
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners55%
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 Students76%
Female75%
Male76%
Black43%
Asian92%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income53%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male76%
Black52%
Asian88%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income68%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
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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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 51% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 4%
Black 15% 18%
Hispanic 9% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1836 Brookdale Road
Naperville, IL 60563
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