While it is early in the year, I have been impressed from the beginning. I find that the school is organized and has high expectations for all students. However, with the expectations come support so that children (and their parents!) may succeed. Homework is reasonable and appropriate as it relates to classwork. Students are taught study skills as part of the curriculum. While there is no recess, there are many opportunities for (supervised!) social interaction, such as group work within class, as well as extra-curricular activities. I appreciate that there are TWO periods for math--this helps students go deeper and become more solid in their skills and understanding. There is communication with the high school and elementary schools, so there is an overall plan for students. My suggestions for improvement would be more communication with parents, as it varies among teachers greatly, as well as the principal. I would also recommend more projects that encourage high-level/critical thinking, though I have seen evidence of some already. Overall, I feel very confident that my child is receiving an excellent education at Jackson Middle School.
This past year was our daughter's first year at Jackson and she had a wonderful experience! Teachers are caring and concerned and listened when I had to call or email. Extra curricular activities are great to get involved in there. The bus situation was fine for her, no problems there. There's zero tolerance there and discipline policy is effective.
Jackson Middle school has been a horrible experience for my son. Bullying there is dangerous and school admin and Assistant Principle Dr Ritchie has done NOTHING. Do not send your kid there if you want them to be bullied. Only a few teachers there have concerns about your child's grade. So glad to be out of the whole district!
This has been a horrible experience moving here and for my child attending Jackson Middle School. I want to share my story with parents of middle schoolers who plan to move to Westmore Apartments. July 2012 before I made my decision to move and sign a 1 yr lease I contacted Jackson Middle School to see if bus svcs was provided and was told yes by several people. They clearly stated bus svcs was available as well as an alternate (paid) bus svc if the regular bus was full but then during registration I learned I was lied to. My child was denied bus svcs because they said we lived 1 1/2 miles to the school. Even the alternate bus svc route would not come to or near Westmore Apts., which means my child woulld have to walk in hazardous conditions, or use unsafe taxi svcs @ 30.00/day @ 600.00/mo. Winter is coming and my child can not walk in hazardous conditions. The principal did not want to talk about it, calling himself the messenger. (RUDE)! The district turned their backs. Buses with empty seats go north/south on Westmore in AM/PM passing our building and will not stop for mid.schoolers here. What a mess for single parents with no support. Dist. 45, you need to update policies.
This has been a horrible experience. All my sons have been bullied and embarrassed, their grades have dropped because of it, yet when i contact staff they do nothing about it. The teachers also refused to help me with the situation. I'm done with this school.
Bad school. Nice teachers, but horrible behavior. Lot's of bullying goes on at this school. Bad experience!
I am so very pleased with Jackson. We were seriously considering private schooling for our children but we are glad we didn't go that way. The teachers and staff are terrific and both my children have received excellent educations there
We are moving to Lombard just to get out of this school. The bus situation is out of control. I sent an email two weeks ago to the principal and still have not heard back. My 7th grader fell from being a top honor roll student to horrible grades and not one teacher contacted us. It's been an extremly frustrating year especially since last year we had no problems.
I recently transfered my child from a private school to Jackson. The teachers and school personnel have been nothing but great. My daughter has adjusted well to her new environment and loves all the acitivities that are now available to her. She is in all advanced classes and gets along well with her peers. I have no doubt that she is being prepped correctly for high school. After trying private school for 7 years, I wished I had made the switch sooner.
I am very happy with Jackson. My older child is in advanced classes and is being prepped very well for high school. Almost all the teachers are very encouraging and make themselves available to the students. My kids are very happy here. Better than I expected. The principal and the rest of the staff are wonderful and approachable too.
Jackson Middle school has a great staff. All the teachers that we have encountered are very caring and out to see each student advance!
Teachers and counselors are very interested in their students. Extra Curricular activities have something for everyone. Music program is outstanding! Sports programs are limited.
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