School Details

South Middle School

400 South Highland Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 398-4250
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 857 students 14 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

82%
84%
60%
83%
83%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arlington Heights School District 25 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
80%
59%
83%
83%
59%
93%
93%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arlington Heights School District 25 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
81%
59%
81%
85%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arlington Heights School District 25 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Middle School is a public middle school in Arlington Heights. The principal of South Middle School is Ms. Jeanne Sung. 857 students attend South Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 2% of the South Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 7% of the 857 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 10% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at South Middle School is 14:1. St Peter Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 82%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian 4% %
Multiracial 3% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 8%
Limited English proficiency 2% 6%
Economically disadvantaged 7% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    South is a tremendous middle school. The outstanding dedicated teachers wonderful principal and administrative leaders friendly office staff and positive environment are an asset to the AH community. The academics at South are superb. This school truly embraces innovation and its role in today's classroom and curriculum. We love that South is always looking to improve upon what we think is already a fabulous place for kids to learn and grow. Bravo Cardinals!

  • (10 months ago)

    My school is South Middle School. The school may be doing a good job academically but it's staff has been doing a poor job of demonstrating how to be a good neighbor and a good citizen. A few examples. When the school s parking lot is plowed rather than using its two block square open field the snow is pilled high on adjacent the public sidewalk making it impassible. Aggregate scraped from the asphalt during plowing is deposited on the walkway and not cleared after the snow melts. Bike riding students don t observe basic traffic laws on streets or when using the walkways. Each day I see them ignoring stop signs and/or approaching pedestrians from behind without sounding an alert Supervisors of outdoor track activities start races with starter pistols disturbing the peaceful enjoyment of the surrounding properties with sounds of gunshots. The school is posted banning dogs but doesn't enforce district policy unless it interferes with a class. Off-leash dogs are frequently exercised on this property due to lack of enforcement. Those who attend South Middle Schools are learning to lack consideration for the community.

  • (4 years ago)

    South Middle School has an excellent caring staff that is available to give extra help to students when needed. My daughter has had an enjoyable 6th & 7th grade years and is looking forward to 8th grade. She has been challenged and I know she will be ready for high school when the time comes.

  • (5 years ago)

    South has a wonderful caring staff and a great community of parents and students!

  • (5 years ago)

    Has won several Science Olympiad titles and has an awesome 8th grade science class projects that have resulted in solar panels and occupancy sensors for the schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    South academics and extra circular activities are fantastic. Both of my girls enjoy school and are having a great middle school experience. I couldn't ask for better!

  • (5 years ago)

    South middle school is a great school for kids. My kids love it there and wouldnt want to be anywhere else! the teachers are all so helpful and really care for there students! its wonderful!

  • (5 years ago)

    South Middle School has nice physical facilities and professional administrative staff however the teacher quality is highly inconsistent. If one is unlucky it will be a long disappointing year. This has been the case for both our children and our neighbors as well. Accessubg honors programs is good. Accessing assistance for children with special needs however is very difficult. This is a big disappointment overall as our experience at the elementary school was outstanding.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a seventh grader from South Middle School and I absolutely love it! I used to go to Wayside and i was depressed. Most kids were in the 'Popular' clique. I transfered in sixth grade and i have made many friends!! i have also been learning many things that Wayside did not have to offer. The extra curricular is just amazing!

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers here are awesome! I thought that when I came here in 6th grade it would be worse than elementary school but it's way better! It's so big and the students do well here. I love this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    A great school w/ great kids & teachers in a great town

  • (9 years ago)

    All the schools in this district are great. Dryden Elementary is fantastic! Kids transition to South Middle School effortlessly. Teacher and staff investment with the children cannot be beat anywhere nationwilde.

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