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Merrillville Intermediate School

Public | 5-6 | 1042 students

 

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Posted January 13, 2014

Absolutely Great Teachers are Good and has a strict policy about bullying ,my children loved their 5th&6th grade year here !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2011

Terrible year so far. Utter confusion. Lack of experience. My son has a sub for a months!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

My daughter is in 5th grade at MIS...I feel the school has sooo much for its kids and really focuses on the kids. They have a great discpline policy and academic program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

My daughter began 5th grade in Fall of 2008 @ MIS. We heard more negative than positive things about the school which was sad since most of it seemed to rumor. I know there are problems with every school, however the teachers have been great, both in teaching and communicating, Mrs. Renner is readily available to listen to any issuses. Only issue I have with MIS is the lunch time and the chaos that goes with it. By the time everyone is served the last kids seem to only have 2-3 minutes to eat. When the students are unruly everyone suffers. Sad that these days many (not all) students feel some sense of entitlement and do whatever they please. Parents need to work with the faculty and accept that no one is perfect including their own child. Bottome line, MIS is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

Child are expected to act as mindless robots on a daily basis and the school answer to normal behavior is detention, detention, detention. Please, as educated professionals, can't you find a more productive way of teaching and challenging our children than by dismissing them and making them feel as if they are insignificant and not worth the time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

Your children must not be minorities, because if they are you won't get much help from the teachers.
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Posted January 5, 2005

My son has been a student at MIS since September. I am completely satisfied & overjoyed that he is in a good school. His teachers are very caring and if there is a problem they are right on it. The communication is A+. He has learned more this year than at the private school I took him out of. I would recommend MIS and the town of Merrillville to anyone looking for a new community to live in. I don't regret my decision to leave my old community at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2004

My child is very happy at this school. Last year at Iddings my child was struggling and he received no support or help from his teacher. Too many children in each class and quite frankly the teacher should have not been teaching. She was near retirement age and not well physically to be in a classroom . This year my son had an excellent teacher and he made the honor roll each semester and even the high honor roll. My son is doing excellent in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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78%

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73%

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63%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

469 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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70%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

479 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

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71%

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67%

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60%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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79%

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70%

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73%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

497 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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76%

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71%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

500 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

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57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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55%
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25%
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 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 58% 12%
Hispanic 18% 10%
White 15% 72%
Multiracial 8% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A46%
Special education 12%N/A14%
English learners 4%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Ms Lisa Patrick
Fax number
  • (219) 650-5463

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1400 West 61st Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410
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Phone: (219) 650-5306

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