School Details

Percy Julian Middle School

416 South Ridgeland Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 524-3040
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 870 students 14 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

80%
77%
60%
79%
79%
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
  • Oak Park Esd 97 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
73%
58%
79%
77%
59%
91%
88%
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
  • Oak Park Esd 97 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
69%
60%
64%
69%
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
  • Oak Park Esd 97 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Percy Julian Middle School is a public middle school in Oak Park. The principal of Percy Julian Middle School is Mr. Todd Fitzgerald. 870 students go to Percy Julian Middle School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 0.7% of the Percy Julian Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 870 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 21% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Percy Julian Middle School is 14:1. Our Lady Immaculate Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 57%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 5%
Asian 3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 19%
Limited English proficiency 0.7% 2%
Economically disadvantaged 21% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Over all OK some great teachers some not. Some care some do not. Teacher to student/parent could be greatly improved. Don't wait for the teachers to reach out to a parent. It will not happen.

  • (5 years ago)

    Percy Julian is a great middle school compared to my elementary school Mann.the academic standards are high and the teachers are really good. And my favorite teacher Ms. Galant is an exceptional teacher and makes learning fun.

  • (5 years ago)

    There is a great teacher there who wants to work well with students who get spec. ed services. I want the teacher to have the resources to do the best for those students.

  • (6 years ago)

    Julian as in any school has its problems. It has a weak and uninvolved administration and the ability its teaching staff is somewhat sundry-- there are a few phenomenal educators who are committed to their students while others are completely incoherent. There is a wide achievement gap that unfortunately was only being shortened from the top down at my time there. Now they are implementing new programs to address the issues of both the gifted and the needy. If you have a little bit of luck and are willing to work to stay on track a solid education is available for the taking.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is great it good teachers especially ms.brown she the greatest

  • (6 years ago)

    I used to go to this school. There were very few good teachers the administators could have been better and more involved. The administators also could have tryed to make the teachers do a better job.They had some great art and theater programs but otherwise it needed a lot of improvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is finishing his last of three years (6 - 8). This education is good but not great. Coming from the strongest elementary schhol in town the education seems to be dummied down in order to accomodate kids from the other schools. Most of the teachers try to stimulate the kids and make learning interesting; however its some teachers shouldn't be teaching. Administration is good and the raport among the staff is good. The student population for the most part is goods. Most kids do well in their classes and there are not many serious discipline incidents.

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