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Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School

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Posted December 9, 2013

I love Brooks and all of the teachers and staff TRULY care about ALL students. There are no favorites, they are all treated equally and provide an environment that is diverse, fun and extremely challenging to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The diversity of the curriculum and the exposure the school provides our students from home economics to robotics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

My son James .D went whittier had some touble in wasnt doing so well. Than he went over to Brooks middle in did great honor roll student. Brooks has a wonder prinicpal and great teachers!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2008

We teachers differentiate in many different ways and students do not have to feel overwhelmed or under-challenged. There are many extra-curricular opportunities and we have made AYP several years in a row. The biggest problem is that the school board and district administrators tend to submit to a small group of vocal parents, some of who will aggressively push their personal agendas regardless of the effects on the majority of other students. Many teachers at Brooks live in town and their kids attend. I don't know how long this will continue with property as expensive as it is.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 30, 2008

My children aren't here yet, but it should be noted that there was a new principal put in place in 2007.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

I have been going to this school all the three years and I really like it. They have a nice principal and great teachers that listen to all the students problems. I recommend any child to come to Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. '08!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2007

I am a parent that has a son in seventh grade and was a product of Chicago public school systems. I was so disappointed in that system that I home schooled with A-Beka curriculum until I was able to move to the present school district 97 in Oak Park Illinois. The quality of academic programs is almost college level. For some, that could be discouraging, for me it's great because I am committed to helping him when needed. Brooks school does send you to Academic Support if you are having difficulty in a class, so your child is not left hanging on a limb.Teachers do communicate heavily with you if needed. I recommend this school if you want to see a difference in your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

I am an African American parent and I love this school. The teachers are great and the principal is also. I wish the 6th grade assistant principal could loosen up a little and have sincere smile. This will make it more easier to approach her with concerns. My son made the honor roll and I am proud of him and the wonderful school he attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2007

Hey. GBMS is a pretty good school. They challenge us, and they have classes for kids with special needs. The teachers are pretty personal and interactive and pay attention to us individually. They ask moms and dads to be active and do stuff with us in school activities. We have TONS of extra curriculars, and the principal is awesome with hosting and leading assemblies.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2006

My son (and his parents) love this school. The principal is very involved, the teachers are excellent, and the BRAVO Band/Repertoire/Art/Voice/Orchestra)program is the greatest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2005

This is a great place with great teachers. The 7/3-8/3 core is by far the hardest working core I have seen at the school. I am confident my child will be prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

All 4 of my children attended this school. Contrary to the other review, I found this school to be excellent. The teachers must do a lot of disciplining because the administrators at the district level are incompetent about following school administrators suggestions. I found that some of the parents in this building think that they and their children can do whatever they feel like doing. The parents go against school rules and policies more than their children.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 20, 2005

Both my son and daughter attended this school. Teachers spend excessive time disciplining, the teaching suffers. When I meet with teachers, they don't seem concerned about performance. Overall, the school suffers from a lack of leadership that filters down to teachers performance.
—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

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

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 Students67%
Female72%
Male63%
Black41%
Asian79%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial72%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income40%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Black58%
Asian69%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income55%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
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

Math

All Students70%
Female75%
Male64%
Black38%
Asian71%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial68%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income36%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female82%
Male66%
Black46%
Asian82%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income39%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
Black64%
Asian88%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial72%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Low income57%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Black42%
Asian81%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income41%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Black56%
Asian88%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income53%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities81%
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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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 56% 51%
Black 24% 18%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 7% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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325 South Kenilworth Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
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