School Details

MacArthur Middle School

1310 North Wolf Road, Berkeley, IL 60163
(708) 449-3185
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 510 students 16 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

47%
46%
60%
42%
42%
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
  • Berkeley School District 87 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
42%
58%
45%
43%
59%
68%
74%
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
  • Berkeley School District 87 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
39%
60%
44%
43%
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
  • Berkeley School District 87 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

MacArthur Middle School is a public middle school in Berkeley. The principal of MacArthur Middle School is Mr. Scott Savage. 510 students go to MacArthur Middle School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0% of the MacArthur Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 61% of the 510 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 70% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at MacArthur Middle School is 16:1. Northlake Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 51% 24%
Hispanic 41% 67%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 2% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 71%
Limited English proficiency 0% 29%
Economically disadvantaged 61% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Mr. Savage bullies the teachers and uses memos(to the Superintendent) as a way of intimidation. He is very inconsistent with discipline and will tell students that they are suspended but they are back in school the next day. Despite a lack of a STRONG leader the teachers do an outstanding job. If I were a parent and could afford it. I would send my child to a Private School before I would send them to MacArthur! The school motto is One Team One Mission but it really is One Team HIS MISSION!

  • (1 year ago)

    Love MacArthur Middle School the teachers and principal are great. They have to make tough decisions but always try to get the job done. My child did well there but often talked about other children misbehaving and causing disruptions. Mr. Savage and his team would take care of the students which makes me feel safe. The school could improve in many areas and parents should help the school not only criticize.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children attending MacArthur Middle School and am happy to say it has seen great changes. The principal has made it a positive and safe environment. The teachers and staff are committed to the children's education and embrace the same positive attitude. The only thing this school needs in my opinion is more parent involvement. I would encourage parents to be involved in your child's education and partner up with the teachers and staff at MacArthur to ensure your child is getting what they need and are on the right path.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am currently attending this school and MacArthur middle school is a safe environment for your children to be in the Principal makes all students feel safe the school has fun art classes the teachers make the kids feel safe and the kids feel like that want to go back the teachers have fun with us and make us laugh we feel comfortable with them and when we have a problem we feel like we can talk to them about it over all its a great school

  • (3 years ago)

    The principal is a really nice guy. He is sincere about his career in education as well as working to create a positive learning environment. I suggest you the parent get to know him and collaborate with him so he can continue to work hard at helping our children to walk and behave in a respectful positive manner.

  • (6 years ago)

    I like this school alot. Its better than some schools I have been to.. I have learned alot and I can say that I am going to miss this school when I go to high school 2010!!

  • (6 years ago)

    If you get involved play an active role in your child's education and see administrators and teachers as teammates as oppose to adversaries I proclaim that most schools will meet your needs. And MacArthur is no exception. In my opinion the district as well as the school have great leadership and they are truly concern about the education and well-being of all children. I sincerely thank District 87 and MacArthur Middle School for helping my wife and I provide a top-notch education for both my boys who are well equiped to compete in this global society.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that macarthur middle school is a good school but should have more art classes. I think this would help kids get out there emotions and help them express themselves. the academic program I think could get better. this is what I think and I hope that my opion will help them make some changes at macarthur middle school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academics are average for the demographic and there are some extra curriculars and an outstanding band program. Parents are working class nd are a little uninvolved.

  • (9 years ago)

    I attended this school and I was a part of the programs for gifted students and although the school didnt have a lot of money to invest in the program it was fun and educational. All students learned to play the keyboard there were a good amount of after school programs including art and music.

  • (10 years ago)

    I used to teach at this school. Most of the teachers are great...The administration is terrible! one child gets a huge punishment and another kid gets off without anything (for the same thing). The principal wants to be 'cool' and the kids know this and want to be his friend. I can not say enough about how bad the administration is.

  • (11 years ago)

    The school is a disgrace. I sent my child to that school in 6th grade and I regretted it everyday of my life. There is constant fighting and cursing. There are only a handful of good teachers there. The principal exercises very little of her control and when she does it is only to make matters take a turn for the worse.

  • (11 years ago)

    I only know of a few parents who are really involved with their kids and those kids are doing well in class. The school does not force parents to get involved . Your student will do as well as your involvement.

  • (12 years ago)

    The adults have no control over the students. There is not enough supervision at this school.

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