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Central Middle School

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Posted September 23, 2013

central middle school, Both my sons went through the entire CCSD#146 school system, sports,music programs! Both graduated 4 year colleges , privite /public institutions, one is currently a pilot with Southwest Airlines, the other works downtown with the sales media firm!! Sounds like a great education system to me!!!


Posted April 12, 2013

I'm a student at Central Middle School, I'm in 8th grade. I hate this school. Now dont get me wrong this school is good sometimes but as a student here i feel like we are getting a bad education. my dad in responce has been homeschooling me in some areas such as memorizing the 50 states capitols. or making me read biographys. this school doesn't teach us much over my 3 years at central i think i've retained 15%of the infromation they "teach us". also the sports teams, i made the soccer team, i started as a starter for the team and now im not, they dont put extra people in the game you are left to sit on the bench, which is not fair, i do the work to be on the team but it feels like im not. they do that for all sports.. The encore clases like technology; construction; sowing; and music, they are teaching us how to do physical labor, it shows that this is what they expect for us when we are older. i want a job that makes me use my brain not my body. i feel that with the money resorces we have in tinley park we could do so much with the education and make it better then what they are giving us. btw MR.SMITH is the best teacher ever!


Posted October 27, 2012

I wish I could give it a 3 but the school lacks discipline. They act like they care if children are getting bullied but really they could care less. They just threaten them with a detention and that's it. The learning curriculum could be better but they don't prepare you for high school like ever middle school should. The teachers are probably as bad as the students. They let the students run wild, and the gym teachers show favoritism towards athletes. The school does encourage kids to get involved though.


Posted April 29, 2010

I'm a parent of an 8th grader. Yes, I consider Central to be up tp date in tech stuff and educational tools for teachers to teach their students. I think they have fine teachers in general and your kid will get a solid education. However, there is a growing problem in regards to discipline that is getting worse every year and at this point the school administration does not have it under control. Drup use, public displays of affection and other behavior that warrants suspensions etc. is pretty high for the so called 'best place to raise a family' town of TInley Park. Just this week I was told that their will be random times were police dogs are brought into the school to sniff the lockers for drugs. I guess this is a positive step in trying to get a hold on the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

Im a student there and i like the school. they year has started like 2 months ago and i think its fun. most of the teachers are nice and the honors classes are great. (im in honors so thats how i know). I likke the encores classes too. although some of them are repetitive and boring. mainly family and consumer science. overall, cms is a great school with advanced technology and great academics, and extracurricular activities. they even have guitair hero on the wii and you get to play it everu other friday at lunch on the stage in the cafe/auditorium!!! i recommend this school to any student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2008

im a 6th grader at central and so far i like it a lot. im in band and i plan on trying out for basketball. im in all honors, and i enjoy this school. they have great teachers and extra curricular activities are pretty good. The encore classes, such as P.E., art, and music are extra fun. Now i'm not the best kid, i've had had my share of fights and all, but trust me this is a great school. Most of the teachers are nice and experienced, the bus is fun, and its ust all good. Except this one kid is annoying Mohammad Nofal if you read this i'm talking about you. Anyway trust me Central is the school for you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2008

I have read each comment listed, i personally feel that Centtal is a great school. The teachers and administration staff are very responsive. I think that most of the problems begin because parents have all of the expectations and don't allow the children to look for their own challenges. I make sure that I consistently check with my sons teachers for my sons progress and he is doing greeat. We are new to the area, and you need to respect and appreciate Central. Reach out and help make them better, get involved or be involved with your children. You help teach them, and give them challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2007

I transferred my child from a private school to the public it was a MAJOR difference but he has learning problems so we had no choice It gets some getting used to but the LD staff was a lot of help the school was ok not the best but not the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

I am a former student and I was in all honors classes while I was attending Central Middle School. Like all schools, there are teachers that I liked better than others, but overall, all the teachers were great. I was also in band and that was a great way to get involved in school. All the extracurricular activities are a great way to organize your time, weather its band, softball, basketball, or cheerleading. Every teen that I know loves this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2007

Central Middle School is a joke of a school! The teachers are terrible, most of them anyways. When teachers don't feel like teaching, they use the excuse of, 'you're getting older now', 'you're in 7th grade, 8th grade, 6th grade, ect.' Beside of the terrible teaching, the education is just ok. The honors teachers & curriculum is ridiculous. Going on to the next bad part of this school, the sports and sports coaches are definitly not taken seriously. My eldest son played on the boys softball team and lost every game except one. He told his little sister who was going into 6th grade next year, not to bother even trying out. What a great tip for your family, don't waste your time. The admistation is the worst. Not helpful at all! This school is just a mess. Don't torture your children by putting them in this 'school'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2007

Wow i highly disagree with that last statement this school is wonderful it is fully equipt with high tech ideas and state of the art programs. I would highly recomend any school in the district.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2006

I feel that this school is not a great school at all. My daughter is in an advanced class, and she still doesn't feel challenged. Do anything to keep your child from coming here.
—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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
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

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income57%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income49%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities73%
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 Students55%
Female60%
Male49%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income55%
Non-low income55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female66%
Male57%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income58%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female83%
Male79%
Black83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income79%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)51%
Students without disabilities86%
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 Students57%
Female55%
Male58%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income39%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female68%
Male63%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income51%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learners15%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 51%
Hispanic 12% 23%
Black 5% 18%
Asian 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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18146 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: (708) 614-4510

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