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Thompson Middle School

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4 stars

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Posted July 2, 2014

All of my kids have attended this school and loved it. The curriculum is challenging and the teachers are really involved. The only complaint I have is that they have really long time lines on when assignments can be turned in which isn't the best way to prepare them for high school. However on a positive note, they do emphasize learning the material rather than cramming it in their head and regurgitating it which is how it was done when I was in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2014

My son loved his recent 3 yrs at Thompson. We were new to St Charles when he entered 6th grade and he had no problems fitting in and making friends right away. The teachers at this school are very quick to respond to email and phone calls. They follow up the same day and are truly concerned about your child. My son was in advance Math and on honor roll but really struggled with keeping his focus on grades his 8th grade year. All of his teachers made a point to contact me if they saw his work sliding or not getting turned in before it became a huge problem. I'm looking forward to his freshman year at East High School because the teachers there have been just as attentive to my requests on coursework and help identifying which classes he would be successful in since he is eligible for most of the Honors courses they offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

This school has the best choir director in the state Michelle Toms Rybski/ nures/ doctor/mother well you get it she is kind and caring.


Posted July 1, 2009

This is the best school ever the teachers actually care and have a sense of humor unlike most teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2009

This school is awesome the teachers awsome mostly the ones the rhym with dorm and music
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2009

Our family has had the great fortune of having children attend all 3 middle schools in St. Charles and we can sadly report that the attitudes and tension evident at this school makes me feel sad for the staff that have to work under the demands of the principal who is clearly 'in charge'. There is no comparison with the other 2 schools that are amazing and have wonderful leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

All of my children are going to Thompson and I love the curriculum there. my daughter loves school and all the teachers are caring and nice
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

I have not been too happy about the fairness of discipline at the school. It seems that when there is an incident, all parties involved are not confronted and disciplined.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

Thompson is how my daughter would say is an awesome school. The moment she stepped in she enjoyed it. The teachers are caring to all their students. I belive that you can have an option at this school. It is a fun school for all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

This was the greatest expearence of my life!I went here for 2 years and they were the best of my life I learned about friends and careing about people this is the pace for your child!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 30, 2005

Thompson is an OK school. We have had a difficult time finding out where to go for help. Some teachers do seem to really care about their students, others do not. We feel that we have not had the support or commuincation from teachers or staff when our child has fallen behind. Progress reports arrive week(s) after the date on the report. Some being created only after questions from us as parents. We are expected to let our child become self sufficient but are still held accoutable for their actions withtout knowing what is going on until it is late in the game. Extracurricular activities are great for all areas. Parent involvement seems to be givien lip service. We, as parents are encouraged to be involved but when it comes down to it there seems to be restraint from staff and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2005

I think that this is a school with an okay curriculum. The learning seems hard for some of the students, but the educators seem somewhat oblivious to this matter. I am currently a student, and although I do not have learning disabilities, I have noticed other students who have, and who aren't being treated. Another downside would be the over reaction to the christian faith. I for one would rather have religion in school than what the do. Now for the possitive asspects. They have good teachers who will inform you the parent if a student is behind. this school also promotes student participation in activities after school. I'll recommend Thompson. ThE gReAt RuMpUs-CaT
—Submitted by a student


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

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
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

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income47%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)34%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female85%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income54%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners8%
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 Students65%
Female65%
Male65%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income31%
Non-low income77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female84%
Male70%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income50%
Non-low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners27%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female90%
Male82%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income79%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners64%
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 Students71%
Female71%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income46%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female78%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income57%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities80%
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%
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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

Average

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 82% 51%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Black 3% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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705 West Main Street
St Charles, IL 60174
Phone: (630) 377-4872

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