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Neal Math Science Academy

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Posted January 29, 2014

I'm in this school right now. And I really love it and I wish I could stay But I'm a military child and I have to go to another country and i have to say good bye to my friends. But the teachers there are super caring. I rember I cried during 1 through 3 period that's more than 3 hours and all the students asked me what was wrong and the teachers help me go through it. It a good school. And with the gifted class I am in it is quite fast, I really love this school. They have so many clubs and there are so many people its hard not to make friends.


Posted July 1, 2013

I REMEMBER THIS SCHOOL LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. ONE OF THE BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS I ATTENDED IN THE NORTH CHICAGO SCHOOL DISTRICT BACK IN 1992. MY PATENTS WERE IN THE MILITARY AND OUR LONGEST STAY WAS IN NORTH CHICAGO. I HSTE I HAD TO MOVE I LEFT SOME GREAT FRIENDS BEHIND THAT I BEEN HOPING TO RECONNECT WITH FROM THIS VERY SCHOOL. I REMEMBER MS. GUNN ONE OF THE BEST TEACHERS. NOT REALLY SURE HOW MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN IM NOW 30 YEARS OLD AND I HOLD ON TO EVERY MEMORY FROM THUS SCHOOL.


Posted June 15, 2013

I went here during my eighth grade year, not a whole lot different than my experience at Woodland which I attended the previous year. I am 24 years old now, and I can still remember that awful mildew smell in the basement of Neal where I attended music class with an strange teacher who had yellow tinted eyes... "Mr. Russel". I remembered a student spitting his phlegm out on the staircase, not caring who saw. The only teachers I liked were my English teacher, my math teacher, and my main teacher Mr.Chudik. Principle at the time was very aloof, I remember she wore a wig and people disrespected her and Coach JJ. It was... The school was a sitting stereotype... A ghetto school. Terribly ghetto.


Posted August 12, 2012

Military families....... Think before you move into "housing" first of all it is not military housing because anyone can live here. The schools from elementary to high school is horrible your kids will be behind in everything and the personnel are very unprofessional. This school is the most unorganized place on the planet. Just be warned when you move here there are better places to live in so please do your research!!!! --Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

MILITARY FAMILY do not put your child in a North Chicago school, the schools are TERRIBLE! It's sad that out husband and wives have to go and fight in a war, and our children have to go to school and fight a war. My daughter went to Neal, it is one of the worst school's in the district, unfortunantly this is the school in our district if you live in Housing in Great Lakes, the children are EXTREMLY BAD, their is gang activity in the school, girls are always getting pregnant, most of the teachers forgot why they became teachers, The school smell like mildew, I am suprised that this school is open for all the things that go on there. I HAVE TO BE HONEST, Mr. Grenda the Principle is doing the best that he can, with what he have, I believe that he is not getting the support that he need to make this school a success, he cares about the children, and he dosent hide behind a desk to just receive a pay check. He first need to get rid of all the horrible teachers that are their, children need positive teachers in their lives. MILITARY FAMILY move to Gurnee, Libertyville, Forest Park,Lakeville and all other area around areas mentioned. The schools are excellent in those areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

i am former studet and i loved the school the teachers were always kind and caring they wer always there for you when you need them one thing i would change is the unifom policy


Posted October 25, 2010

This is the very worst school you could ever have your child end up at, we are a military family and have had nothing but problems from this school, even with the teachers. Honestly I am suprised it is still open for all the things that go on there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

I think this school was very very good when Mr.Novak was here the new principal seams like if he don't care wat us students do they don't solve nothing when it's need too. but I think the uniform is reallly cool jajaja.!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2007

I love this school and every one in it I have only gone there for four months and I love it
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2007

I was totally shocked with the changes at Neal. The school has been cleaned up. The new principal seems very interested in the children that attend in preparing them to move forward to the next step in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

Please note: This school has a new principal with new ideas for the new school year 2007-2008. There is great enthusiasm in the air from both, teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2007

the teachers, nor principal try to help you when it come to your child education. They are not concern their key role is discipline not education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2006

This school is the worst I think in the school district.My daughter attended this school and has had bad grades all while she was there.I thought it was all her until i went to the school to talk to the teachers about my child.She showed me all the grades that my child has gotten in the last two weeks,which was low,but I also notice all the other kids(but three)grades were very low too.I also notice how the children disrespect the staff and received no discipline.Unless your child is super stong will I suggest that if you could help it you send your child elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

I am a 8th grade graduate at neal this year and I think neal is a good school. We have teachers that care about us and try to work with us. But of course you have those abd students that dont care. Anyways overall Neal is a good school and I wanna thank my teachers in 8-B for helping us this year and not making anything easier, to show us how its going to be in high school! T.R.Scott
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 16, 2005

As in every school there are always good things and bad things about it. You cannot judge this school by it appearance but by its academic achievements. A schools success is only attributed by its students and the students success is only achieved through parent involvement. North Chicago is not the safest area to live in, nor is it a great place to raise your children, but this year, I have been happy to have my child at this school. What we learn only builds character and makes us stronger. The principle is very intelligent and knows how to run her school. The teachers are well educated and controlling children, and they are children, is not their responsibility, its the parents. When your child is being uncontrollable, don't expect the teacher to do the work of the parent. Thats not what they are there for. Its not a day-care center.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

Teacher have a hard time controling students. Students have no respect for teachers. If your child is strong and can learn under very difficult and loud atomsphere then this school is ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

Don't send your children to this school.This school supports no further educational benefits.Most of all the children attending Neal have focused their energy on meaningless things such as the opposite sex gangs and the reproduction of babies.Do not support this school in the last ten years they have raised money and have not increased the environment inside and outside the school.This school like a sweatshop but has differences.Higher pay for teachers low education for students.The ISAT Test scores are unbelievably low.If you want your children to make something of their lives,become a role model.Make a step by preventing your children from attending Neal Middle School district #187
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 7, 2005

the schools exterior needs work. there should be more funds for the school to better the exterior, interior, and a lot of these funds should go towards new books and better school supplies to help the teachers make learning easier. the childrens'pride of their school. teachers need better programs for themselves for their involvment with one on one involvment with the students. overall the community should be more involved with providing the students with an good sense of pride of their school and their education by becoming apart of the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

this school is ok i think that the students should have better security.
—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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16%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
55%
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

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students16%
Female13%
Male18%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income15%
Not low income20%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities18%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students20%
Female17%
Male22%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income18%
Not low income40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities23%
English language learners3%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female48%
Male47%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income47%
Not low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities55%
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

Math

All Students17%
Female17%
Male17%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Low income16%
Not low income29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities21%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students26%
Female29%
Male25%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Low income23%
Not low income52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities31%
English language learners8%
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

Below 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
Hispanic 51% 24%
Black 42% 18%
White 4% 51%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1905 Argonne Drive
North Chicago, IL 60064
Phone: (847) 689-6313

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