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Simmons Middle School

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Posted January 29, 2013

I have found Simmons to be an excellent school with fabulous teachers and a well organized and supportive administrative team. The teachers are very dedicated and in addition to rich classroom instruction, most of them provide additional after school enhancements, such as clubs, sports teams and after school outreach assistance for those who need it. The principal and Assistant Principal are wonderful and understand the intricate layers of working with the various students under their care especially the special needs students along with the Dean who is a complete team player and really works to know just what the kids need most to support best behavior and an increased sense of self and responsibility. I couldn't be happier with all of our interactions. Another remarkable person connected to Simmons is the Superintendent, she is brilliant, quick, efficient and , does everything for the benefit of the children. She has never lost sight of children coming first. The school has worked so hard to provide so much more than could be expected given the resources at hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

I am the father of Mohammad Alrafati we was at the open house on Aug 29 2012 I would like to thank the teachers and staff of the 6 garad for the great work they are doing thank you .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

Excellent teachers and highly challenging academic programs. Three of my kids went there and were well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Teachers here only notify parents of missed school work when the quarter is over, not when it would have made a difference
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2010

It is my 2nd year as a student in Simmons Middle School. I went there for 7th and curently attending 8th. Its true that the office is unorganized because they would send mail to our house and it would never get there. Next year i will be attending Oak Lawn highschool and im happy to be leaving Simmons. There are many people that dont like this school, i thnk its alright.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

This is my first year at Simmons and this school is the best you can ever see. My priciple is the best you can see she always helps people who are in need. I say Go Knights!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2008

My daughter went here for two years, and she hated it,the office are very unorginized,the priciple dosn't know what she is doing,my child was picked on for two years and i complained to them all the time and the problem was never corrected,i happy my child dosent have to go here anymore.Instead of spending all the money to redo the school, they should get people who know how to run the school, the teachers were ok.She liked some of them,
—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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Low income41%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities56%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female65%
Male46%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income49%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities63%
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

Math

All Students65%
Female64%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income56%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female56%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income46%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female78%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income73%
Non-low income92%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners25%
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 Students52%
Female53%
Male51%
Black6%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Low income42%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners32%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female66%
Male50%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income49%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners6%
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

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Reading growth at this school

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 68% 51%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Black 6% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
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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  • Ms. Tracy Flood

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6450 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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