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Virgil I Grissom Middle School

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Posted June 25, 2011

I just graduated this year. The staff is great, in the office and the class room. Teaches, even the new ones, put so much effort into the curriculum and care so much for us once you show your interest in academics. The chorus is great, but the focus on athletics is excessive. If your child is in G.A.T.E (Gifted And Talented Enrichment) the curriculum really is a lot harder. More new clubs and activities are starting to sprout, but not enough to balance athletics. Snowflake is fun, which is a day when 7/8 come to school on Sat. and learn to make good choices. Over all good, not amazing. Just that they need more clubs. The ones we have now are excellent though, they just need MORE!!


Posted October 3, 2009

It is a very good school with great teachers and great students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

This school is very nice.Alot of teachers have been there a long time.And say all the students are very nice.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 2, 2006

Last year was my daughter's first year attending Grissom. Since transferring to Grissom she has a very high positive attitude towards going to school. The principals and teachers are absolutely wonderful and are very encouraging to the students. Not only is the curriculum top notch, but the student body as a whole get along and respect one another. We are very happy that she is attending Grissom and highly recommend it to anyone. Each child has their own identity and with the positive learning environment at Grissom and parental encouragement and involvement your child should excel there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

I am very pleased with Grissom. The curriculum is exceptional and my son was always eager to come home and tell me the new and exciting things he learned. If I ever had an issue or concern about my son I would write a note in his binder and a teacher would call me within hours of my sons arrival that day and anything that needed corrected or a solution to the problem was in effect that day. Because of the great communication between teachers they were all upto date on what needed to be at attention and it was handeled. My son did not get involved with band or sports but there were always papers coming home to have the students aware of the opportunity. That also included dances or other events. The few times I was at the school I noticed a high number of parents volunteering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2005

hi i am a student from grissom middle school (aka gms)gilbert P. broderick 7th grade green team i really do think this is a good school homework wise they dont give alot out test wise 1 ever month quize every 2 weeks the teachers they are all cool and fun if u think about enrolling your child in this middle school u are making a good choice so please come 2 this school were always looking for new people to meet and new things to do
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2005

Grissom is all about quality education. The classes and teachers are excellent. I have had experiences with 4 of the kirby school district 140 schools and have no complaints.
—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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

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

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

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

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students65%
Female65%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female68%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners20%
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 Students72%
Female75%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners50%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learners50%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female97%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learners90%
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%
Female73%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners29%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female76%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low incomen/a
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners50%
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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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above 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 83% 51%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Black 3% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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