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Oliver Mccracken Middle School5
Posted April 08, 2015
- a parent
This is the BEST school I have went to. I love it here. There are so many activities here. My kids love it here too. This school has been here for a long time. So I went here too. I have no idea about the other school's in skokie bit I know this is THE BEST SCHOOL EVER. It is safe and fun here. I bet YOU will like it here. CHOOSE THIS SCHOOL.
As an educator myself, I know that training for school personnel usually includes information on how to guide adolescents, including meeting them at their own developmental level, and by treating their adolescent issues, no matter how they seem to adults, respectfully. Somehow, though, McCracken's staff seems not to understand that. Their only desire seems to be to control thoughtlessly, and they do so with threats and by inducing fear. Ignoring the needs of adolescents to act like and be adolescents can, we know, cause trauma. It is not fair to expect adolescents to not be adolescents, and one would hope that schools recognize that. Since McCracken seems recalcitrant to change, we should all hope that the children damaged there will heal, and that those who were not damaged will learn from better role models in the future, and learn to treat others better than what they have seen.
This school is one amazing school. Everyone here is so nice. All the other comments in the past are saying this is not a great school. BUT BELIEVE ME, MCCRACKEN IS THE BEST. The teachers are amazing and what's great about this school is that it's only 3 grades and its not a lot of grades. Everyone here understands each other and cares for each other. No matter what other people have said in the past, but Mccracken Middle School is the best middle school. Every parent will want to send their kids here. Plus, there isn't anything like popular and unpopular everyone here is treated equally. So if your a new "new kid" you will fit in to this school very fast. Everyone here will give you a very warm welcome. So keep the students coming please!
After a great 5 years at Middleton Elementary, I expected a great 3 years for my child at McCracken. The first year was not so great. The "Academy Level" students are favored. The music and band programs are excellent, but if not involved in these, you are invisible. The state test scores, as important as they are, take precedence over invidiual performance and success. An A student, doesn't get the opportunity to get into advance classes, because she didn't score high enough on tests. No opportunity to improve. The majority of the teachers are good, and a few go above and beyond. However, bullying and inappropriate PDA happens in the halls and the classrooms without notice. The parent rating is the lowest, since if parents kept involved, perhaps the school wouldtake better notice.
I am a current student here an trust me you DO NOT want to send your kids here the kids dont take well to newcomers these kids made my middle school experience awful the school doesnt care bout anything other then band and singers bullying is an ongoing problem an girls dress provacitively AT ALL TIMES the teachers give som kids special treatment an dont care when they yell or curse EVERYONE is fake in this school
This school has failed to meet guidelines for adequate yearly progress. Over the past six years that I have had minority children in this school, they and I have been very aware of the often unkind, exclusivity to which "outsiders"(anyone with any kind of different background) are subjected. A recent survey published in the local paper states that over 50 percent of the students consider bullying or teasing to be issues here. The leadership to address these academic and social issues just does not seem to exist at this school. Communications about these types of problems go unanswered, and they are not addressed.
The curriculum is amazing here. The music class once got invited to go out of the country and the teachers will actually help students get into better placements in high school. However, the only flaw in this program is the limited level of classes. I had to take a bus everyday to go to high school and back, and it gets tiring after awhile.