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Traughber Jr High School

Public | 6-8 | 1010 students

 
 

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Posted March 15, 2012

All in all we have been pleased with this middle school. The teachers seem very motivated and committed and are always available if my son has questions before or after school. Lots of extracurricular options to chose from. The band program is phenomenal! The band instructor can be tough but always gives 110% when it comes to her commitment to the program. I always look forward to my son's concerts. There has been some theft but certainly nothing unusual for that age group, and the suspects have always been reprimanded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2011

I don't know who posted the comment on August 23, 2006, but when I first moved to this school district, I got mediocre grades and thought the same thing until I actually started trying. Also, I don't know who posted the comment about the band teacher, but I never had that problem with any teachers nor did I hear anything about any of the teachers doing something like that. While it may or may not be true, the band teacher throwing things at students or throwing a tantrum and storming out of the room is probably just a rumor. When I went to this school, there was only one teacher at this school that acted unprofessionally, but she never threw anything did anything like that, she just yelled at students for every little thing and last I heard, she is no longer at this school. Other than that teacher, I had an excellent experience at this school and would've loved to remain at this school if I could have!


Posted September 19, 2011

GREAT school. MARVOULOUS teachers. Great band and school to excced or meet 90% in all subjects on I-Sats. Grealt sattisfied. I am a parent who checks the school out for myslef. It really is a very very VERY good school. Yes there may be somethings life "theft historys" but teacher try hard to keep this off and it really isnt a thing that should influence your choice on this school.It is not like you have to lock everything up because of theifs it occurs because of misplacements and and yes people take things oftenly wrongly. The students are under good supervision and supervisors. What a great year my son has had. It has the best learning enviorment, technology, and a strict rule seetup to teach their students to make the right choice and to plan out a future that will effect you in a good way for the rest of your life. I say...GO FOR IT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

Traughber Jr. High is a GREAT school. It is actually 308's best middle school. 308 is one of the best districts in America. Oswego's district 308 is considered #58 in all of America compared to the thousands there are. The teachers are Great, and a very good learning enviorment. Mrs.Maxwell is just a FABOULOUS teacher she is highly respected and knows how to interact with the kids. There have been complaints from new parents, but my son goes there and tells me that she is one funny teahcer,respectful, and caring. She does say that she will throw a rubber chicken or a shoe, which she just says to kid around. She sometimes does as a joke but NEVER directly at a student or in any way to harm or hurt them. Her teaching skills are great. Traughber is a very good learning system and works to keep their students safe and educated, and to teach them the reponsiblities they need to make, and alsways give them the reminder to take the right choices. I am GREATLY immpressed with this school, not just the school but the District, no matter the other reviews, check it out for yourself. We ARE TRAUGHBER.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

Good teachers but has a horrible, horrible history of theft. I know 18 people, including my child, who have had things stolen with no recovery, everything from gym clothing to books to other items such as electronics. There have also been numerous accounts of fights as a result of bullying. Whose monitoring the hallways, gym locker room, etc.??? And it's only middle school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

This school has it all - academic programs tailored to each student's level, a caring and involved staff, and many extracurricular programs to keep your pre-teen/teen positively involved. I truly feel that there is a real partnership between the parents and staff for the good of the students. They don't put up with any disciplinary issues whatsoever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

All 4 of my kids went to this school, then on to OHS. The teachers here are fantastic. It isn't easy dealing with pre-teens/teens - I think this is the hardest age for everyone. But there are many activities for the kids to get involved in and the teachers, administrators, and (most) parents are very involved and don't allow any monkey-business. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

Traughber has been outstanding academically and socially for my 3 kids. The curriculum is challenging; there are many opportunities for outside activities, be it sports or clubs, and the staff and student population is very caring. The new school bldg is beautiful. 3 of my kids have been in Traughber's band program and the director is the most hard working and dedicated teacher most of our kids will ever experience. She is a teacher your kids will fondly remember 30 years from now. How she manages 200 students and all their noisy instruments is amazing! She takes kids from beginners with no musical skills to accomplished musical scholars by the time they are 8th graders, She instills high standards of behavior and expectations regarding practicing their instruments and being part of a group. Thank goodness she has a sense of humor that connects with the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

My child has been in band for 3 years with this band instructor. She makes learning fun. Her methods aren't always the most conventional, but she is always professional. I went on 2 field trips this year with the 8th grade band, including one that was overnight. She is highly respected as are the bands at Traughber Jr High. The 8th grade band was invited to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago which is a real honor. This teacher holds the kids to a high standard and it's evident in their performance, especially when a guest conductor steps in to conduct and teach. The difference even in the first few months in 6th grade is amazing. I have seen patience, kindness, encouragement and fun from this teacher. If a parent has a problem, especially with this teacher, I would strongly suggest discussing it with the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

Do you really believe the band teacher is outstanding? A teacher who swears, screams and walks out of class because she is having a tantrum does not get an outstanding mark in my book! She degrades the students with negative, biting sarcasm, has thrown her shoe and a rubber chicken at students, but still is allowed to work amongst these students. I have two students in band at TJHS and this is our first year in District #308. Never before have I encountered such a lack of professionalism and disrespect toward students. The emotionally charged behavior (extreme) would never be tolerated in the district that I work in. I truly believe an Anger Management course should be incorporated into SIP days for the staff at TJHS. Quite a few of them would benefit and it could lessen their stress, creating a more cohesive environment throughout the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

Our daughter is just finishing up her 2nd year at Traughber and we have been extremely happy with the envioronment, teachers, principal and programs. She is in band and the band program and teacher is outstanding. We are moving to Minnesota and we just pray that the school she attends is every bit as good as Traughber!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

While gifted is considered special ed, I think the parents complaining are the ones whose children need extra support. Your son is lucky he is one that end of the special ed spectrum. For those of us with children who have challenges, Traughber drops the ball in a big way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

I have no idea what these people are talking about. My son has always had a great experience. He has read at an 11th grade level since 5th grade and is very advanced in everything. I can say that genetics have played a role in that but, so have the wonderful teachers in Oswego 308!I do agree about the out for blood competition in sports, though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2006

Academic integrity is low. Kids getting sub-standard grades are pushed along through the system. Almost everyone is on the honor roll! Makes it less meaningful for those who work hard to make good grades. I moved here several years ago from district 204 where kids had to work hard. This school leaves much to be desired. Only shining star in the school is the band program. Best band program in the area. The teacher is exceptional!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2003

Excellent, caring, professional staff resulting in a caring, nurturing school climate. There is a pervasive atmosphere of 'good feeling' among all in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

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 Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income56%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male57%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial35%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income45%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
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

Math

All Students69%
Female71%
Male68%
Black58%
Asian73%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income47%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female71%
Male58%
Black67%
Asian64%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial68%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income47%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female86%
Male77%
Black67%
Asian82%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial88%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income63%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities84%
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%
Female73%
Male68%
Black32%
Asian83%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial55%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income52%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male56%
Black47%
Asian75%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income51%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 51%
Hispanic 19% 23%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Oswego, IL 60543
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