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Gemini Jr High School

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Posted September 10, 2014

My children love this school and their teachers. They are well prepared for high school and had a great jr. high experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

Good communication teachers-students-parents. Computer access to homework, grades...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2009

This is a great school. The teachers are great and they have good humor and enthusiasm which helps students learn even more. Gemini is a definite school that every student will enjoy being in. I would totally recommend this school to parents for their kids to be in. No Doubt!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2009

great school. the best middle school you could possible go to. The teachers are very helpful. the school has a lot of technolgy for us. great school. i recommed this school to everyone in illinois. I Love it!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2009

Very Good School!! My Child Enjoys it, good amount of hw it takes my child only half-an hour, to finish hw. Also teachers are very nice and helpful. GOOD JOB GEMINI!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

Gemini is amazing!The teachers are great and they are soo helpful. This is a really, really fun school to attend. Not only that, but the education is great too.This is the best Junior High you could go to.no lie!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2009

Great School! We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I am a graduate from Gemini jr. High, and it was a great experience for me, a kid from they city just trying to fit in. The teachers were wonderful in every way possible, they were tough in a loving way, just like you parents, the faculty is very caring for every student. I love this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2008

Gemini is the best! They really care about kids and they have helped my child who has been accepted to a very high powered high school Thanks Gemini!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

The teachers and the principal go out of their way to make sure you understand what is going on. We moved from out of state, and they gave me a personal tour. My daughter feels welcome and loves this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

in the last 3 months my son has had less then an hours work of homework after school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2008

Great school great teachers Go Mustangs!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

Gemini has been a great place to work. The only negative comment is that administration tends to demand as opposed to discuss. If you stay on the right side of certain people it is a great school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 5, 2008

What a great school! My daughter loves it. The principal is friendly and helpful, and the teachers are caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

I love going to Gemini! It's really fun and the teachers are great. Go Mustangs!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2007

Moving from Chicago Public Schools, we were surprised and impressed with the quality of education we recieved at Gemini Junior High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2007

Wow! I am currently attening Gemini Jr. High and this school is so much fun. The teachers make it fun to learn. I noticed a dramatic change in my grades and Im on the honor roll. (Honor Students) I never get bored of going and I love all the teachers. They make me feel so safe and comfortable. Gemini is like a second home. Go mustangs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2006

Our son had a great experience at Gemini. The principal is outstanding, and the teachers are very cooperative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2006

The teachers at this school are incredible! my daughter loves all of her teachers. Every student gets individual attention. The sports are a very good addition to the school and most of the students and teachers are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

The TLC program is incredible. Many sports and great successful staff. Many class choices available like art, computer applications, music, band, choir, and orchestra. the PTO is a great way for parents to get active.
—Submitted by a 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 59% in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students61%
Female66%
Male56%
Black53%
Asian71%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income53%
Not low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners21%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female76%
Male57%
Black53%
Asian79%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income57%
Not low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners18%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Black68%
Asian89%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income74%
Not low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners48%
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%
Female66%
Male60%
Black50%
Asian73%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income54%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female72%
Male55%
Black53%
Asian67%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income58%
Not low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners13%
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%
of schools in the state are Below average
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

Average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


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 38% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 36% 4%
Hispanic 20% 24%
Black 5% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Richard Groeling

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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8955 North Greenwood Avenue
Niles, IL 60714
Phone: (847) 827-1181

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