Henry W Cowherd Middle School

441 North Farnsworth Avenue, Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 299-5900
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1064 students 15 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

44%
43%
60%
23%
29%
57%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Aurora East Usd 131 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

32%
36%
58%
29%
32%
59%
57%
58%
80%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Aurora East Usd 131 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
41%
60%
32%
29%
56%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Aurora East Usd 131 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Henry W Cowherd Middle School is a public middle school in Aurora. The principal of Henry W Cowherd Middle School is Crystal England. 1,064 students go to Henry W Cowherd Middle School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 25% of the Henry W Cowherd Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 77% of the 1,064 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 83% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Henry W Cowherd Middle School is 15:1. St Therese Of Jesus School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 80% 84%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Asian 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 80%
Limited English proficiency 25% 33%
Economically disadvantaged 77% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The problem (s) with this school is both the staff and students. The students (most of them) have literally no respect for Authority whatsoever. I grew up in this neighborhood since I was 8 It's a tough and crime infested area. I can see why the students don't care there's no positive role models around them. I was also one of the few white students here as well it taught me to defend myself because I was usually beaten up regularly the first week. After a while it stopped. The problem with the staff is they don't care what happens as long as they get their paycheck at the end of the month. This is not a place for white people unless you live in the area. The education lacks in areas unless you're in the ELL program. Overall I give it a 4/10

  • (5 years ago)

    The school will never admit there fault and just like to outcast the children other then stepping up and teaching.

  • (6 years ago)

    If your child has an IEP they will never reach a higher grade level that they entered the school with. No school bus system. Teachers do not call you if your child gets hit kicked potientially failing a class or classes. Also no consequence for students beating up other students on a every day basis. Even with multiple parents frantic calls and complaints.

  • (7 years ago)

    The office staff is extremely rude they talked to me like I was stupid. My daughter did not feel safe and had to transfer her out. If you can get past the staff talking down to you and show some interest in your child and have no other options It is O.K at best.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has some nice teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is really nice. They dont have great teatching staff or students but about 20% of the students are really smart and have got really good futers. This school has way to manny fights.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think this is a great school because the teachers are great the students are great and untill I went there I never liked school but over there I wanted to go to school couldnt wait to go back.

  • (12 years ago)

    A very caring staff that struggles with a lack of meaningful parental support. Students are well behaved and the use of block periods allows the teachers more flexibility to continue classes if they need more time.

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Overall score

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