School Details

Matthews Middle School

Po Box 920, Island Lake, IL 60042
(847) 526-6210
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 529 students 15 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

65%
61%
60%
66%
61%
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
  • Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
66%
58%
75%
69%
59%
83%
85%
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
  • Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
80%
60%
70%
65%
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
  • Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Matthews Middle School is a public middle school in Island Lake. The principal of Matthews Middle School is Dr. David Wilm. 529 students go to Matthews Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 30% of the 529 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Matthews Middle School is 15:1. Wauconda Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 77% 69%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 18% 24%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Matthew Middle School is a great school. My daughter has been receiving Special Education Services there and she is doing very well. The staff is helpful in providing me with feedback about her. I couldn't have asked for a better education for her.

  • (1 year ago)

    Mainstream education in this school might be ok but special education in this school is a big fat zero. Special education here is a nightmare. Inexperienced and incompetent professionals. Not concerned with students.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son just completed 6th grade. I love this school. The teachers and staff are wonderful! It is only 2 years old and very well equipped.

  • (6 years ago)

    I could not be happier with Matthews Middle School. The facility the teachers the administrators the parent involvement are all outstanding. My 6th grader is extremely happy there and he has typically not been enthused about school in general.

  • (6 years ago)

    Lead by terrificly involved administrators who know the kids by name this school staff are hand-on enthusiastic responsive and on-point in working with both kids and parents. The building opened as a new school in fall of 2007 gleems and is surrounded by rolling farmland - a peaceful and pleasant school setting. They still are putting in outdoor athletic facilities which are sorely needed. For children in need of academic or social help navigating middle school counselor Mark 'Jake' Jacobsen is a trusted and smart ally - helping kids with their part of implementing plans to manage ADHD social challenges learning disabilities or whatever the need might be. My child thrives here.

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  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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