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A B Shepard High School (Campus)

Public | 9-12

 

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Posted July 12, 2012

Not a big fan. The school itself, in my opinion, is poorly designed. The colors (brown and orange) are also very unappealing, and painted all over. Insufficient restrooms. The hallways are extremely crowded, and students just tend to stand there, instead of going to class or let other people through. THAT is not right. Additionally ( And I don't want to be "that guy"), the place smells weird.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

I graduated from this school in 2007. I easily breezed by on sub par work. I managed to be in the top 10% of my class with minimal effort. Many teachers assigned "busy work" to avoid actualy having to teach, although many of the specifc teachers I am referring to have since retired. Even still, the support these teachers received from administration is a clear sign administration is more concerned about national rankings on tests than on actually educating. The school is not entirely without merit however. The music and speech programs are great. Some teachers actually inspire students to learn. These wonderful teachers go unrecognized due to the overwhelming amount of mediocrity overhwelming the school. Students attending Universities who come out of this school may struggle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Within the first two months of teaching in this school, I have already met professionally with my fellow colleagues more than I did ALL YEAR in the last school I worked in. This school really respects the teaching profession.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 15, 2009

Because the students, staff, faculty, administrative team and parents of ABS grt it, it's all about kids achieving excellence, meeting their goals and beliving in their dreams.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 15, 2007

Programs are good, availably of activities is good. However the level of parent involvement is not as good as it should be.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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39%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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38%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female38%
Male39%
Black19%
Asian38%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Low income30%
Not low income46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female51%
Male44%
Black27%
Asian48%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income37%
Not low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students38%
Female38%
Male39%
Black19%
Asian38%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income29%
Not low income46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

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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Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

72.5%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 51%
Black 26% 18%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Josh Barron

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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13049 South Ridgeland Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Phone: (708) 371-1111

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