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Timber Ridge Middle School

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Posted October 15, 2013

My two children went to this school and we had great experiences with their teachers. I always believe you get out of it what you put into it! We were very happy with the education at Timber Ridge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

The school is great i have had two kids going here and both had an exceptional experience, their are many after school activities the school is a little crowded so if you want a one-on-one teaching this wouldn't be the place but over all a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

Now, I am going to start off by saying that I have just graduated from this school. I will start off with teachers. They are very professional and know a lot about what they are teaching. All three years, my science teachers were actually well trained, with my 8th grade science teacher actually being a scientist (She worked in labs, etc.). All teachers went to college for what they are teaching. I would like to say that my 8th grade teachers really helped me develop both in maturity and emotionally. Some teachers are very strict. Next, classes- The classes are pretty simple, with tests making up most of your grade, so if you don't study or pay attention, you will not do well. The reason most students don't do well is because they don't care. They don't put in any effort. But I will say that it was very easy for me to get straight A's. Textbooks are pretty new, but they need to replace Social Studies books (Really bad condition) Clubs- There are many, such as a array of different bands, sports, drama, environmental, book clubs, etc. Students are why I only gave this school 4 stars. They are rude and only care about themselves.. Bullying is a huge problem here.


Posted April 26, 2012

Love the school. They have accelerated classes available and try hard to meet each child's individual needs. The teachers are attentive and do not hesitate to call me if there is a concern. There have been no problems at all and the children all have different friends, sports or clubs they are involved with. My children have flourished here and I am very happy with the teachers, classes and extracurricular activities offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

I love this school. The staff are great! They really make an effort to address each child's individual learning needs.


Posted April 20, 2010

Thid will be my third child to go to timber ridge I like the staff and the fun activities they put on for the kids to make going to school fun and the teachers go out of their way to help kids achieve their goals
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

My son is a 7th grade student at Timber Ridge. I have been extremely happy with his education and all of his teachers thus far. While he knows kids that get into trouble and have not excelled at this school, I do believe each child can only make that decision for themselves. And we as parents need to keep them on track and be involved in their lives. My husband has talked about moving but I have two younger children and will want to wait to move until they go thru this school as with their excellent elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

im also a student here and i must say that the teachers are very high quilty and helpful :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2008

I am actully a student here at Timber Ridge and soon to graduate. I must say, there are alot of pros and cons witht his school. Teachers do yes, pick 'favorites' and some will not let children turn in late work. I have one of those teachers. There are definetly alot of fights and drug busts at this school! We already had 3 fights in the first semiester! aAnd now currently have a regular dog patrol. The teaching methods though are quite easy to understand. I personally understand everything my teacher teaches me. After school activities are provivded and are quite exilerating! Dances are definetly fun. A child has much to look forward to. Band and Choir go to 6 Flags, 6th Graders got to Medveil Times, 7th Graders go to Navy Pier and Outdoor Ed, 8th Graders have a Lock-in, Splash Station, and Graduation. This school is good and bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2007

There is somewhat a lot of fighting and there are teachers that have 'favorites'. But they teachers are nice and the school is neat.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

man the scool is ok.nice people very friendly and are very neat and clean
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2007

I am a parent of a current 8th grade student at Timber Ridge. We came from the Plainfield Elementary Schools into TR. While entering 6th grade was a bit of a change, once you acclimated yourself to the group teaching method, things smoothed out. My son has excelled at this school because of the teachers and teaching methods. He is an Honor student in advanced classes and will go on to Plainfield Central High School to continue his education. I have found the administration, Principal, Assistant Principal and Dean all to be helpful and encouraging when I needed to address and concerns or questions. As a parent, we need to be more involved with our students and their schools. Only then can we have a clear understanding of the system. Good Luck To Ms. Adams as this is her last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

I am EXTREMELY disappointed that we moved to this school district, especially into this middle school in particular. I am quite angry about the teacher quality and lack of academic care. This school has completely failed my family, we must move out of our new home, just to get out of this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2006

As a former Timber Ridge Middle School student, i belive this school is great! The teachers are very nice and would do anything to help us kids! The school offers something called a learning lab where if teachers belive a student is having trouble, they request that the child be brought to the learning lab in which the learning lab staff will help the student excel. The principal, Mrs. Adams, is a great listener and loves being with the kids. Overall the school was a great school! Ryan
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 12, 2006

This is a wonderful school that has great expectations for their students!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 11, 2005

This school is very good. its teaching staff is amazing. they work with the child on everything. their not just someone who teaches you, they are also people who your child would love to look up to. The school kind of does this thing called no child left behind. they make sure every child accomplishes every goal that they set for themselves. I mean if it was only i want ot get at least a B on my next math test, you best believe that student will get that B. Also at the school they let the children take band or chour instead of a regular study hall. they band is amazing, they have won alot of competions in the past and i am sure that they will win more. their chour has won alot of competions also. with art they have that as an encore,the school is great.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 3, 2005

I disagree with the last 2 statements and as a former student of principal Adams I can formally say that she is a fine principal and is there to hear what any student or parent like wise has to say about any stiuation and take it for what it really is whether good or bad, and Mrs. Adams will treat it as such. Yes, I agree that this school is behind however you shouldn't be looking at the middle schools you should be looking at the grade schools because you have to go through there to get here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 15, 2005

I agree w/May 2004 review about Principal Adams This dist is 3 yrs behind our other dist (same state too) in Math classes and she ignores you when you point out that your child had these clases 3 yrs ago! Teachers on avg have only been teaching 3 or less yrs This can be good and bad. Country 'hick' school great for rednecks! Your child can learn to cook and sew (requirements for all children) but no foreign language - Oh boy cooking and sewing that'll help my child get into a good college!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2004

I have found just the opposite of what the last parent said. The principal, will listen to what you say & appear concerned. However, once you leave the issue is swept under the rug & disreguarded. I have found the school to pick favorites. Your child will do well in this school as long as you do not question them. If you find something that does not appear right with any of the teachers do not expect them to find you to be correct. They will find a way to twist it around & find your child at fault.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

My son started in Timber Ridge 7th grade the last 3 months of last year. When he enrolled he was doing F grade work. By the time the end of the school year came he was up to C & B work. The teachers were very concerned and gave him all the help he needed to better his grades. They also encouraged him & boosted his confidence which made him want to learn. I am very happy we moved into the district. They are very helpful.
—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.

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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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
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

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

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

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students69%
Female73%
Male66%
Black50%
Asian73%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income50%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners24%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female65%
Male59%
Black54%
Asian67%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income45%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners6%
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 Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income65%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female76%
Male65%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income53%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income74%
Non-low income90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learners12%
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%
Female78%
Male70%
Black71%
Asian92%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income67%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female72%
Male59%
Black71%
Asian85%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income62%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities72%
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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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 63% 51%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Black 7% 18%
Two or more races 3% 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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2101 South Bronk Road
Plainfield, IL 60586
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