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Macarthur Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 486 students

 

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Posted October 25, 2013

Have had 4 children through Mac and think District 23 as a whole (of which Mac is a part) it is one of the best around. Most other Districts effected by the economic downturn have consolidated, eliminated, shortened and watched as their District slips further into debt. This District is a diamond in the rough. It exercised financial responsibility BEFORE the crisis and took steps to maintain during the past 5 years. At this point the District is in a healthy SURPLUS (reserve) of funds, which in turn has seen the school improve conditions. Mac now enjoys full air conditioning, all programs remain strong and staffing is excellent. It seems that people are eager to complain, but seldom take time to appreciate success. Mac in a nutshell: Great leadership in Mr. Lee and Mr. Lupo with great conditions for the kids to grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Mac Arthur Middle School is a great school. It starts at the top with Mr. Lee, the pricipal, he leads by example and the entire staff follows. Beginning with the office personnel to the teachers and volunteer help. All five of our children gave gone there and the last one is attending 7th grade. We are extremely pleased with the academics and leadership skill instill in the students by all the staff. Go Mac!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2011

I just graduated last year from Mac and I think its great. The band program is exellent and the teachers are too.


Posted April 14, 2011

MacArthur is ranked by Chicago Magazine 2010 as one of the top ranked Middle Schools in IL. It shows with our test scores, extra curricular activities, and excellent teachers. It is a school to be proud of!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

I had a good experience when I was at Mac, but I noticed that many of the teachers I had either retired, quit, or left the school for various reasons after I was there. Now, Mac is worse than it used to be.


Posted January 1, 2008

I currently have an 8thh grader at Mac. My husband and I have been very pleased w/ the teachers, the curriculum and all the extra activities available. They have so many wonderful electives if they don't do band or orchestra. Woodshop. tech clubs, art clubs, ipod video making. its' awesome. We highly recommend this school and district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

The one problem I have with MacArthur is the fact that there are not enough textbooks for each child. My son brings home a lot of homework and when he struggles with something (usually math) there isn't a textbook to refer to that will help him. Math is not the only class where this applies. It causes much anxiety on us the parents not to mention our son. I was told that textbooks can be used in the classrooms, but there are not enough for each student to bring one home. It always seems to come down to money-but yet there are 4 gym teachers?!
—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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income61%
Non-low income87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners27%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income43%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners18%
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 Students75%
Female77%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian91%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income45%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners39%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female80%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income52%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners23%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Low income68%
Non-low income95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learners54%
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 Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income47%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Low income47%
Non-low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities77%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 51%
Hispanic 15% 23%
Asian 7% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mr. Steven Lee

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700 North Schoenbeck Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Phone: (847) 870-5190

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