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Jefferson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 427 students

 

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Posted June 13, 2013

Jefferson Middle School is located in a changing neighborhood located on the north side of Villa Park, IL. The area has had a hard time in recent years mostly due to the economic recession. The north side of Villa Park has always been considered on the "wrong side of the tracks" and does not get nearly the attention of areas of Villa Park further south. Crime has risen in the surrounding neighborhood and this school and facilities such as the nearby community center have deteriorated. I have heard there are a few good teachers trying to do their best with the resources available, but overall opinions of students and parents seem to give the school an overall fair rating at best.


Posted January 28, 2013

All my children have attended Jefferson Middle School. I have seen rapid turn over of administrative staff, administrators who seem to have (or claim to parents they have) NO power over what goes on in the school and district administrators who seem to delight in insulting both parents and children. The teachers are variable, some great, some not so great. But, the over attention to English as a second language classes seems to take money and time away from more important academics for the rest of the school. The "Letter of the Law" seems to be upheld without the Spirit of it being attended to. With the exception of the Nursing staff, the administration do better to pay attention to the parents, TRUST the parents and cut back the ESL overkill for the betterment of all students. There is a gap in trust between the administration (esp at the district level) and the people who pay their salaries (the taxpaying parents) and fewer draconian rules and more attention to academics would be best. However, the anti-bullying program seems to be working well, and I do commend whoever puts their time into this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

As a parent, I would give the school an overall grade of "C". There are some very excellent teacher who work hard to bring up the school's standards. However the school as a whole is weak on student discipline and principal leadership. A notiable increase in negative student behaviors. The average learning student has seemed to fall through the cracks. District 45 has a whole, spends too much time and money on the english as a second language learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

All of my children have attended this school and one is still at this school in 7th grade. I think this school is excellent and I have known many of the teachers for 13 years. They are highly educated and devoted to this school as well as the students. I'm not sure why Jefferson's ratings are low at this point, but I can tell you that I do not agree. I am a professional with a Law Degree and a very observant parent. I attend all of the activities my children are involved with and find the teachers to be plugged in at all times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

everything negative I have read here is accurate! i still feel soooo angry when I recall my sons experiences there. everyone with the exception of the school nurse is unprofessional and disrespectful . doesnt even seem like theyve ever attended a child development or educator class. I feel so bad for the students who are still there. If District 45 doesnt intervene soon, there will be alot of kids futures changed for the worse due to the school/program/staff. I am NOT the only parent who feels this way. I have stories that are unbelievable to most. I wont go on and on but please believe me that place is horrible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2010

i just graduated jerfferson middle school. to be honest, i dreaded it. i absolutely hated it. all the teachers are overwhelming and they make fun of the students. the student counselor, tells the students secrets to other teachers. the teachers are no help at all. they say the principals are the best, they're lying. they decide to cut-off all the outside of school programs, "thinking" it'll help everyone. the teachers are mostly preppy and PLAIN annoying.


Posted April 19, 2010

Great teachers and principal and staff. They care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

very very bad administrators dont know what is personal space and privacy
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2008

i attended Jefferson middle school and i loved it. sometimes i wish i could go back the teachers are amazing i miss everyone


Posted November 18, 2007

I love this school. The extracurricular activities are awesome and the teaches really interact with the students. Unlike some schools, it has a wall-climb, sofas in the LRC, and an Industrial Arts class with a workshop area. How amazing is that!?
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2007

My son seems to not be challenged (straight A's and no homework ever). Comparing this school to the other in the district (in regards to test scores) this one fails by comparison
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2006

I am very happy with how my daughter is doing in Jefferson. The CPS didn't offer help or spend extra time with students like the staff a Jefferson will. My daughter has done from being a D student to an A and B student. I can't even begin how to say thanks to Jefferson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Jefferson has high qualified and committed teachers who focus on meeting the needs of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

Parent support and Extracurricular activitys are at a high whereas academic is not. WHen I went to school here I never made the honor role or even did somewhat good in school not that I was a bad student but there was so many distracions and now I am an Honor role student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 17, 2004

This is a great school! The teachers are very caring and interested in the students. The curriculum at Jefferson is more advanced than many other schools, when I talk about what my children are learning with parents from other schools. Small class sizes assure that my children are getting the attention they need, in all subjects. The events they host are many, and many parents are willing to volunteer their time. I am very happy with the quality of education my children are receiving at Jefferson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

Some teachers are really nice and its a fun school to go to!
—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

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
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

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students43%
Female44%
Male42%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income30%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female51%
Male41%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income37%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners0%
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 Students44%
Female42%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Low income33%
Non-low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students50%
Female50%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Low income43%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners19%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female73%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income74%
Non-low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners38%
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%
Female54%
Male60%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income39%
Non-low income75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners26%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female62%
Male54%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income43%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners11%
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%
of schools in the state are Below average
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

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Reading growth at this school

Below 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 43% 51%
Hispanic 38% 24%
Black 9% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • David Katzin

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255 West Vermont Street
Villa Park, IL 60181
Phone: (630) 516-7800

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