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Abraham Lincoln Middle School

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Posted September 16, 2009

This school is horrible, and it's not just this school, it's the whole district. The kids are unruly and no one does much to stop it. The letters from the teachers that went out at the beginning of the year clearly stated that homework was basically optional and it was no big deal if it wasn't done. Text books would not be given out, because the person you have to share your locker with would steal it. You can get a lock for your locker but don't put anything in it because the kids can pick locks quicker than they can open the door. I was appalled to say the least. I wish I would have homeschooled. The whole district map is unfair and lots of good kids are getting a very poor education. If moving to Rockford, stay north of Guilford Rd, or your kids will not be educated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

Lincoln isn't very strict with any of the rules, mostly the uniform policy, and the kids notice that, which makes them more unruly. The always punish the entire class for one students wrong doing, and most of the students don't behave that well. The lessons are mostly boring and not interesting at all. It's just not that great of a 'learning environment.' I wouldn't have chose a different school to go to though, all the other middle schools in district 205 seem quite strict.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2008

I have had 2 students attend Lincoln and have nothing but great things to say about the school. The teaching staff is outstanding. I was a little worried when I heard Mr. Valentine, the Principal, was leaving, with another child about to start. I was glad to hear though that his assistant, Mr. Grey, was taking over. In my dealings with Mr. Valentine and Mr. Grey I have always felt that while they are strict and hold the student to a very high standard, they also exhibit the type of caring and understanding towards the students that is evident in the respect that they recieve from the students. My daughter said that while she never wanted to get in trouble and have to deal with the two of them, she knew that they would help her if she was having a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

Lincoln is an excellent middle school! I am an Alumnus and now as a sophomore in college I reflect back on Lincoln fondly and feel that it prepared me very excellently for high school and beyond. The staff is amazing and the building is gorgeous and well kept. The new library is absolutely stunning. I've also met some of my life long friends while attending Lincoln. The extracurricular s are very well balanced between the arts and physical sports. When I attended Lincoln I always felt as if the teachers and staff in general were very willing to help each individual student and took great care of the students. I highly recommend Lincoln for all future students.


Posted May 31, 2008

Good School, I like the fact that the student where uniforms and I think the staff cares about the students.
—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

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
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

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%
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

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students28%
Female32%
Male24%
Black14%
Asian24%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American31%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander50%
White34%
Low income22%
Not low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities31%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students26%
Female31%
Male22%
Black18%
Asian16%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American15%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander56%
White31%
Low income22%
Not low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities31%
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

Math

All Students24%
Female34%
Male14%
Black15%
Asian21%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander14%
White30%
Low income22%
Not low income33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students22%
Female30%
Male14%
Black11%
Asian23%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander29%
White27%
Low income20%
Not low income37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities26%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female61%
Male44%
Black33%
Asian32%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander57%
White70%
Low income49%
Not low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners17%
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 Students29%
Female29%
Male30%
Black16%
Asian15%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Low income25%
Not low income52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female34%
Male31%
Black19%
Asian7%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income27%
Not low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities36%
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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26%
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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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below 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 35% 51%
Black 30% 18%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jason Grey

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
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1500 Charles Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Phone: (815) 229-2400

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