School Details

Virgil I Grissom Middle School

13881 Kern Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544
(574) 633-4061
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 618 students 22 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

87%
90%
78%
95%
95%
82%
80%
87%
64%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
93%
75%
88%
92%
78%
78%
87%
71%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
89%
73%
94%
94%
80%

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English/language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

98%
87%
70%

End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Virgil I Grissom Middle School is a public middle school in Mishawaka. The principal of Virgil I Grissom Middle School is Mr Nathan Boyd. 618 students go to Virgil I Grissom Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Virgil I Grissom Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 43% of the 618 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Virgil I Grissom Middle School is 22:1. Queen of Peace School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 81%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 0.7%
Asian 1% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 28%
Limited English proficiency 2% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school. My istep scored have never been so high. I'm in the accelerated classes for language arts and math. I'm currently in 7th grade. Most of the teachers are sooo nice and wonderful. My fav is Mrs.Adamo (social studies is amazballs!) Mrs.Martin and Mrs.Gouker. I have excelled so much at this school that it just blows my mind. I get very challenged at this school sense I am in the accelerated classes. Being challenged is good cuz if ur not then your not really learning anything. If ur going to sixth grade i hope you get Mr. Simpson and Mr. Burns(best teachers ever)

  • (3 years ago)

    In actuality this school exists in the middle of a cornfield - not a ghetto. If its students are 90% low income (an accusation I doubt) they bring in enough fundraising money to provide free uniforms including top-rated football helmets for its football players (unlike Discovery located in the same district). We live in the Mishawaka school district and chose Grissom in the Penn school district instead. The teachers are friendly and care about the students. Parents can check online to see if their children have homework what their test scores were and what afterschool activities are happening. Parents are also given teacher's contact information. The school offers regular sports intermural activities and sports and various academic bowl opportunities. My son was concerned before attending that the other students would not accept him and would make fun of him because he was homeschooled for most of his life. He not only made friends quickly but the coach kept me updated on how he was fitting in with others. He loves going here.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is the ghetto! 90% of the kids are low-income trashy don't care about anything. Serves mostly Village Green (a trashy trailer park) the ghetto of Mishawaka and the ghetto of Osceola. Would much rather go to Schmucker or Discovery!

  • (5 years ago)

    In the sixth grade. All teachers are funny rules are decent. I love it here!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a seventh grader that goes to Grissom. I love the school and all the rules are really fair. I think the FACS class is the best and Mrs. Johnson Mr. Larson Ms. George Mrs. Zdziebko Mrs. McBride Mrs. Adamo Ms. Stafford Mr. Russell and Coach L are the best teachers in the whole world! I love them all. This school is the greatest and no matter what the Guardsmen are the greatest and best!

  • (7 years ago)

    My 7th grader is an A student. I'm a single working mother and I trust the teachers to help me keep him motivated and learning. Good work! Middle income kids not spoiled work for what they get. Great teachers and great principal!

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

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