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Victor J Andrew High School

Public | 9-12 | 2182 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 2, 2013

Great stuff! It's quite self explanatory, but you should just check it out yourself, just to be on the safe side.


Posted June 19, 2013

This school was really horrible. I hated so much. The teachers were horrible. Thank God my child graduated safely. Never ever go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2012

Victor J Andrew great School Academically, great parent involvment in a great community, Totally recommend if your thinking of moving , and its based on schools, VJA HS is terrific place.


Posted January 22, 2012

We as parents have been blessed to be financially able to send our three children to any private school. They completed their elementary school years in private school. Our decision to send all three of them to Andrew has been the best decision we have made. Andrew is wonderful school - from the superintendent down to the cafeteria ladies - It is a top notch school and if your children want to learn they will get an outstanding education here! We love Andrew High Scool!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2011

it's a awesome school and it has awesome food there too but they are to strict about the dress code and the deans is way to mean
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2011

I graduated from Victor J Andrew High school last year and had horrible experiences with the staff. I feel they are too arrogant and disrespectful to the students. I have had many encounters with racism and harassment from teachers and deans as well my counselor.I have been treated unfairly becuase of my race, even though I have never gotten into any trouble I was continuously harassed by the dean. Every problem I had while attending there was left unresolved. There is no surprise VJA has so many great ratings since the majority of students attended are white.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2011

I have graduated from VJA last year and I can say, without a doubt, that it is a cross between a dictatorship and a prison. VJA is more concerned with disciplining students than trying to solve the problems that causes students to act aggressive and hostile. Many teachers overlook bullying, especially when it concerns homophobia, and in most cases both students get into trouble, even if the student being attacked was defending themselves. Athletes are usually top priority for the administration as they get the most leeway concerning grades, disciplinary action, and just being the favorite students in general. In most classes, the teachers feel that their class is always top priority, thus leading to an unbelievable amount of busy work. The worst problem I had with Andrew was the overall attitude of the student body as a whole. Many students that attend VJA display racism( especially towards the Muslim community), homophobia, xenophobia, classism and are, in general, rude. I'm not saying every teacher or student is bad at VJA. There are good and bad everywhere. When it comes to VJA, the bad outnumbers the good tenfold and nothing is done to stop it.


Posted February 6, 2011

I think this school focus more on th discipline then the education. I feel like im in prison. They have outragous "policies" and are difficult to work with. There seems to be more and more rules and the dress code is getting out of hand. If they put more focus on the education of their students then the rules and punishments they can give, I think the students would be much happier.


Posted February 4, 2011

Unfortunately, the Andrew HS administration has lowered their expectations of athletes in order to finally have a winning basketball team, It is a shame that they gave up the good reputation its basketball staff and school administration once had. This once respectable school lets players do whatever they want with no consequences.


Posted September 16, 2009

My grandson is in his 2nd year at Andrew and is a member of the drama club. It is a great orginazation. The plays are produced as well as any professional theater I have ever seen. Andrew is a first-class school and I am happy that my grandson is a student there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

We compared Andew with local private schools and decided that Andew was just as good if not better than parochial schools in our area. The honors program is outstanding. The staff is student focused. As a parent and a product of private schools, I am very satisfied with Andrew.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

I've thoroughly enjoyed my child's past four years at Andrew. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

Horrible school when it comes to safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2007

Excellent school. We have been very pleased with the quality of teachers and leadership at the school. Extracurriculars are wide-ranging and well run. The theater and music programs, particularly marching band, are phenomenal and provide great leadership opportunities for the students. AP classes are well-taught and result in good AP test scores. We're very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

Superb Art, Music and Theatre programs! Wide range of AP courses and honors courses. All the benefits that come with a large school (approx. 2600 students) but few of the problems. Genuinely nice kids! Young, enthusiastic teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 28, 2006

The quality of education at Andrew continues to improve. Test scores have gone up in the past two years, and the teachers are dedicated to their craft. Parents and community are extremely involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Quality education offered with a broad range of extracurricular activities, giving most of my children an opportunity so far to excel in some area. Most teachers and support staff interact well with the both the students and the parents. My involvement so far has been slight due to lack of time, but also due to lack of opportunity. I would recommend this school district to anyone intending to move to the area. I would have preferred they had built a fourth school instead of the expansion program of the three current district schools. Several of my children found the building size intimidating at first, indicating a need for incoming freshmen to get more support the first week or so with stuck lockers, getting lost in the labyrinth, and other difficulties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Andrew is the closest thing to private education in the public sector.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2003

Andrew is the best school that you could send your kids to. There are so many opportunities for them and the school really develops them in to great young men and women I really believe that Andrew Highschool is the best highschool in America.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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61%

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67%

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70%

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67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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66%

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64%

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67%

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70%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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63%

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72%

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68%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students61%
Female59%
Male63%
Black39%
Asian85%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Low income38%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male63%
Black54%
Asian79%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income51%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female60%
Male67%
Black31%
Asian71%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income40%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE 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.

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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How schools in the state rate:

26%
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46%
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28%
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Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

88.7%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 51%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Black 2% 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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9001 171st St
Tinley Park, IL 60487
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