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Thompson Jr High School

Public | 6-8 | 890 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 16, 2012

One star is even too many stars to give this school. There is absolutly nothing good to say about this school. I will not send my son here again. they stick their nose in where it doesn't belong. I have never hated something like I hate this school. PLEASE, PLEASE reconsider if you are thinking of sending your child here you will regreat it!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2012

this school is great! thompson excels mostly in the fine arts, such as band, choir, theater, and art. i've been on high honor roll all year, and the teachers are great! thompson deals with bullying way better than my elementary school did.


Posted May 30, 2010

Not one of the better Jr Highs in the school district. Teachers are at best, uncaring and unmotivated. Parents have been discouraged from taking an active role in their child's education. It takes more than a phone call to the principal to get a return phone call from the teachers. There are some very GOOD teachers who clearly enjoy what they do, however, they teach the electives (band and choir). Principal takes a "hand off" approach to education leaving the majority of the work to the assistant principals. Assistant principals rotate out every year, so very little consistency/continuity. Front office staff extremely rude to parents and guests, can only imagine how they would treat the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Many incoming 5th graders are scared ,but there are 8th and/or 7th graders who will and do prtoect each other from the 'bullies'. Also there are so many awsome classes to choose from the 8th graders always cry when they have to for high school! Have fun at Thompson while you still can! The best is always still to come!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2008

This school has a great program and has many classes that you can choose from. A very good school to go to. I am an 8th grader there and it is the best school in the district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

My son started going here in the middle of 6th grade. We have lived in southwest Florida and also in Colorado which in both states the schools were very good. This school however has turned him around to where he loves his classes. The teachers and been so nice to him and to us. They have always gotten back to us very quickly. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2008

When I went here so many teachers were rude and didn't care. My grades suffered severly for it. Teachers didn't even try to help me and I was almost even held back! Luckly, I was able to switch schools, I went to Plank my grades went way up, I was on honor roll. I really didn't like this school teachers were unfair they would even tell me they had all authority over me more than my parents. This schools athletics are great though they really push kids as far as they can go. I just really wish it was a better learning envoriment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2007

I went to this school between 2002-2005, and although I had a good time, it was definately below average. There were a few awesome teachers, but there were atleast twenty I experienced who were awful and rude! The building has had so many additions, it simply doesn't fuction. There is a main hallway between the two sides of the school that is so narrow, students are being jammed into lockers to get by. I feel that I didn't get the help I needed in this school. I felt ready to be in honors courses, and no teachers helped. I had to wait until high school when new teachers noticed my academic abilities and placed me in advanced courses.


Posted February 3, 2005

The teachers are substandard - the best teachers are treated horribly by the administration - the worst teachers (who are verbally abusive to parents or ignore parents completely) are retained. Too many kids at this school (35+ per class), no real learning or caring going on. Old-time community families are favored with no discipline (just as minorities) and 'A' grades for doing no work, as are the athletes. This is the worst school my children have ever attended and we are moving before it gets worse.
—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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
90%

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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students74%
Female76%
Male73%
Black41%
Asian80%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income57%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female73%
Male61%
Black37%
Asian60%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial59%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income47%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities75%
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 Students69%
Female76%
Male64%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income51%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female71%
Male55%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial72%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income45%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income75%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income52%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female71%
Male58%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income46%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities70%
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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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

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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 69% 51%
Hispanic 19% 24%
Black 5% 18%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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