School Details

Cass Jr High School

8502 Bailey Road, Darien, IL 60561
(630) 985-1900
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-8 383 students 16 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

65%
65%
59%
72%
72%
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
  • Cass School District 63 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
82%
60%
80%
80%
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
  • Cass School District 63 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
89%
59%
82%
82%
59%
94%
94%
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
  • Cass School District 63 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
76%
59%
76%
76%
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
  • Cass School District 63 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cass Jr High School is a public middle school in Darien. The principal of Cass Jr High School is Mrs. Christine Marcinkewicz. 383 children attend Cass Jr High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Cass Jr High School students have "limited English proficiency." 6% of the 383 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 24% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cass Jr High School is 16:1. Eisenhower Jr High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 4%
Hispanic 7% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 68% 70%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 17%
Asian 14% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 0%
Limited English proficiency 4% 7%
Economically disadvantaged 6% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school really switched its gears these past few year and this year shocked me the most. The school board had a meeting with parents about some of our kids classes where the teacher would make a video for the children to watch at home and in class they would have work to do based on the video uploaded. To me this was very disappointing because their was no point in the student going to class if they already learned it on their own time.

  • (3 years ago)

    Older comments about this school are from a very rocky period its history. Unable to pass a referendum the distict had to make some very hard decisions. The current financial picture is excellent compared to 5 years ago resulting in solid financial reserves. Many programs have been brought back as a result There are gifted programs and amazingly brilliant children attending this school. Attendance at the rewards program will demonstrate to any parent that this district is truly special. An emphasis on character building results in many wonderful community service projects. Cass Jr. High has met AYP every year. Cass Jr. High students are usually the academic leaders when they arrive at Hinsdale South High School. The school has an accelerated math program and advanced literature courses. Argonne National Laboratories resides in the neighborhood and is a draw for many intelligent and involved parents to the community. The teachers are proven especially in the core curriculum. The building is well maintained. Student discipline is consistent and effective. Decisions by the Bd. of Ed. are even-handed and do not favor one parent group or another. A very well-run district.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love being at this school! The teachers pay individual attention to each and every student. All questions are answered without a doubt. Teachers are very well educated and definitely know what they're talking about.

  • (4 years ago)

    It gave my 3 kids a very good preparation for High School.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cass Jr H.S. has awarded me with three children that consider education as a lifetime journey. The teachers challenge their students promote citizenship and reward good behavior. My oldest son is 24 and went to Cass. My youngest son is 13 and will be graduating this year. I am saddened that I will not have an in school association with such a great teaching team after the end of this school year. If you are looking for a great junior high school take it from someone that has had a child in this school district for the last fifteen years you found one.

  • (5 years ago)

    It supports art and its halls are full of childrens art

  • (6 years ago)

    The atmosphere at Cass Jr. High is so nice! The teachers do such a nice job with the children and with their students different learning needs. Keep up the wonderful job!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been going to this school for two years one with buses and one without it. This school offered me more than my old school I have been brought to advanced math and have given numerous letters to take classes for talented youth. The education here is beyond levels and it has much more to offer you should attend the school you won't be disappointed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I absolutely love my school and everything it offers for me. And for all of u parents we do have busses.

  • (6 years ago)

    Avoid this school at all costs! There is no school bus provided some kids have to walk 3 dangerous miles away. Tuition has reached $285 dollars a year called fees charged to the parents for each student. Kids' program have been cut. School Board has consistently mismanaged school finances and despite spending an average of $10 500 per pupil (30% above state average) there are still disillusioned not very smart parents that think the community is not supporting the kids financially. Poor leadership poor parental oversight of Board and Finances has resulted in a trainwreck.

  • (6 years ago)

    The overall experience was good prior to last year. Budget cuts shortened school days loss of extracurriculars and some elective courses loss of the MOD program - which was designed to help those students who need it the most loss of buses and now larger classes for next year. We'd rather pay for a private school or move our daughter of this district. Very disappointed at the turn this has taken.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our experience with this school has been above average. However recent budget cuts threaten the quality of education. Extracurriculars are being cut as well as class sizes getting bigger. There is no gifted program nor an accelerated reading track. The community does not seem to support education and I'm very disappointed in the future for this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    The overall level of instruction at Cass Junior High seems fine. I would like to see more of an emphasis placed on reading proficiency. I think there should be more time spent on reading outload as well as silently. Students should be required to read out loud everyday. Writing workshops and more writing assignments would also be a good thing.

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