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U S Grant Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 583 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted May 7, 2014

If I could give this school a 0 star as an option I would. If you live in the area and can afford to send your children to private school do so. My son has never had a miserable school experience till he went here. Makes me feel so helpless for him that it brings tears to my eyes typing this because he is so unhappy here. The principle is a horrible human being which is no talking to her . There is no compromising with her, its her way and thought of mine or no way. When I had a problem, after hanging up with me she laughed at our discussion in front of my son. How inappropriate and unprofessional. If your child has no choice but to go to this school I'm sorry and good luck to your children or child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2014

Grant Middle School History Dept is a disgrace. Rather than discourse and teaching kids how to think for themselves, they get left wing liberal, historically incorrect, indoctrination. Example, the workbook used in the Constitution, 2ND Amendment regarding the individual's right to bear and keep arms. Recognized by the US Supremem Court years ago but not taught here. DISGRACEFUL. a WHOLE 2 OUT OF 10 GET WITH IT PEOPLE. tHIS IS OUR FUTURE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

Interesting this is a "2". I went to this school, and my mother taught here, too. I loved my experience. I felt I was prepared very well for high school. We had AP track courses, mandatory exposure to languages, and I even remember taking a home econ class (1990's). I turned out fine, I have a clinical doctorate and I'm a member of the US Air Force. I went to Dubois Elementary, and Springfield High, as well. Fine teachers, and programs. The only thing I would fault Springfield schools for, is facilities. I wonder if they still play Longball at recess?


Posted October 1, 2008

I love this school because every child is treated equally. Smart, athletic, studious or boisterous, it doesn't matter, all kids are loved, valued and respected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

I am a former student at grant and i have to say that the school is amazing! I admit that as soon as i hit 8th grade I was ready to get out of there, but that was only because I was ready for highschool. So far I can honestly say that being at grant was the best three years of my life! All of my teachers were amazing and very nice. The only way you wouldn't like this school os of you aren't doing what you are supposed to do. As long as you stay out of the drama there should be nothing to worry about. I would recommend GMS for anyone who wants to go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2008

We switched our child from Franklin to Grant and couldn't be happier. Same 6 track classes as Franklin's 'Gifted Program' and same text books. Much kinder environment and no head games. Just decent teachers and staff who truly love and care about kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

This school is not good, there is only a limited number of teachers who actually want to help you, and there are many teachers that do not want to help you.The staff is descent but not the greatest they seem to single certian students out. The extracurricular activities are jam packed so you usually don't get what you picked. fights often break out every week,the students want and like to be in fights usually for no good reason.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 11, 2007

I go to the school and I love it a lot!I couldn't ask for a better school.Thank you to all the teachers.I love how I learn at that school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2006

Hello ppl! I am sry but I really hate this school because of the kids r so mean to each other. I hate this school so much!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2006

Grant has a poor quality of academic programs. The teachers do not offer help to struggling students. Teachers cannot handle the discipline problems at the school. Fights occur often. Students cannot be placed in their preferred elective classes because these classes are too few and fill up quickly. I would not recommend this school to any parent.
—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

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

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

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
62%

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

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students34%
Female33%
Male34%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White43%
Low income27%
Not low income46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female38%
Male30%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial47%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Low income25%
Not low income49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities40%
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

Math

All Students30%
Female28%
Male32%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial23%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Low income26%
Not low income38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female32%
Male33%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial32%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White40%
Low income25%
Not low income48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female59%
Male57%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income55%
Not low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
Students without disabilities63%
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

Math

All Students25%
Female32%
Male19%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White32%
Low income21%
Not low income31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students33%
Female38%
Male29%
Black16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial47%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White49%
Low income27%
Not low income45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities39%
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

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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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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 45% 51%
Black 42% 18%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1800 West Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 525-3170

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