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Plank Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 856 students

 

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Posted August 13, 2013

This is a very beautiful , friendly school. I hope this school is number 1 in the middle school district


Posted May 29, 2012

I enjoy attending this school for many reasons. As far as education goes, I am aware that the teachers do not give up easily; they are very motivationial, aspiring, and unique in their own ways. They share their experiences to make the classes more fun. I love the community, because there is little or no bullying that happens. There is a wide range of diversity, both from the students and teachers. The only negative is the counselors. I have gone to most of them, and their advice is neither helpful, nor is it encouraging. I suggest not seeking advice from these counselors. Otherwise, this is a great school. I look forward to my two years to come.


Posted May 18, 2010

Both of my children have gone to Plank and we have had a wonderful experience there. Sad to leave the school and go on to high school. Great teachers and staff!! Love them!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

Our son has enjoyed his time at Plank. He has experienced many wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Our school has excellent teachers and staff that care very much about the students!! I feel very comfortable contacting anyone at Plank Jr. High about any concern I have and I know that my concern will be addressed quickly and completely! My son has excelled at everything he has tried since becoming a student at Plank and I hope that he can continue to have the opportunities not only in the classroom but also in his extra curricular activities to enjoy his Jr. High School years and to be able to spend them with this wonderful staff of Principal, Teachers, Coaches and volunteers!!! Go Plank Pirates!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The teachers seem interested in helping the children understand their lessons...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The principal is the greatest and has the best teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The school is always committed in creating activities to enhance parents and kids relationship. Working together keep them (kids) far from problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

The teachers, administration and support staff are great! They care about the overall well-being of each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Plank Junior High has a great education environment. The teachers really support the children and their ability to grow and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I love Plank Jr. High because of the wonderful families and staff. It is a very close community that supports one another. The staff at Plank are easy to talk to and the communication lines are always open. The quality of education these children receive is among the best I have seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

First of all the staff and principal are fantastic! Also what I love about this school is the communaication School to home is wonderful......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Plank is a wonderful junior high school! The staff works well together and really cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

The reason I love Plank Junior High is becuase they have a great support Staff, especially when it comes to their Special Ed Dept. I can truely say that without the support of the Special Ed Dept, my son wouldn't have been able to be as sucessful as he is today. My son and I have many special memories with Plank Junior High, and I am going to miss all of the staff that has made such a difference in my son's life when he graduates this year. My family is so blessed to have had the opportunity to come in contact with such a great school. Go Plank!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

We moved from Iowa 3 years ago when my son was in 7th grade and he was overwhelmed with how welcome he felt the very first day. The staff was great! The students were great! I just can't say enough about the effort made to make everyone fit in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

Plank has many course offerings to challenge kids who advance a little faster, and some amazing individuals amongst the teaching staff to implement great things. They also have an amazing band program, outstanding sports coaches, and a caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

The teachers are incredibly talented and are very caring...they do an excellent job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

Plank is a great school. It goes beyond a just a school with staff and students, it is more like one big family; a place where you would want your child to be every day.


Posted April 16, 2010

I like the interventions - the school is kept very CLEAN. Many teachers are great communicating with me via email
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Plank Junior High School is filled with a group of teachers, administrators, assistants that provide a very caring, comfortable, fun and teachable environment.
—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

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%

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

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

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

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

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 Students68%
Female71%
Male66%
Black60%
Asian69%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial65%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income53%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female71%
Male61%
Black65%
Asian69%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial41%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income51%
Not low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities71%
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 Students65%
Female72%
Male60%
Black35%
Asian83%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial69%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income46%
Not low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female66%
Male48%
Black35%
Asian67%
Hispanic37%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income35%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female89%
Male75%
Black65%
Asian92%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income68%
Not low income89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male61%
Black27%
Asian75%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income38%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learners18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female63%
Male51%
Black41%
Asian42%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income34%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners0%
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 54% 51%
Hispanic 26% 24%
Black 9% 18%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jamie Max

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country

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Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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