School Details

Plank Junior High

Secretariat Lane, Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 636-3679
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 852 students 18 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

68%
75%
60%
66%
69%
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
  • Oswego Cusd 308 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
71%
59%
56%
64%
59%
81%
84%
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
  • Oswego Cusd 308 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
71%
59%
57%
65%
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
  • Oswego Cusd 308 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Plank Junior High is a public middle school in Oswego. The principal of Plank Junior High is Mr. Jamie Max. 852 children attend Plank Junior High and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 6% of the Plank Junior High students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 852 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 35% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Plank Junior High is 18:1. Thompson Jr High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% 64%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 24% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 16%
Limited English proficiency 6% 4%
Economically disadvantaged 15% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a very beautiful friendly school. I hope this school is number 1 in the middle school district

  • (2 years ago)

    I enjoy attending this school for many reasons. As far as education goes I am aware that the teachers do not give up easily; they are very motivationial aspiring and unique in their own ways. They share their experiences to make the classes more fun. I love the community because there is little or no bullying that happens. There is a wide range of diversity both from the students and teachers. The only negative is the counselors. I have gone to most of them and their advice is neither helpful nor is it encouraging. I suggest not seeking advice from these counselors. Otherwise this is a great school. I look forward to my two years to come.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both of my children have gone to Plank and we have had a wonderful experience there. Sad to leave the school and go on to high school. Great teachers and staff!! Love them!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our son has enjoyed his time at Plank. He has experienced many wonderful teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our school has excellent teachers and staff that care very much about the students!! I feel very comfortable contacting anyone at Plank Jr. High about any concern I have and I know that my concern will be addressed quickly and completely! My son has excelled at everything he has tried since becoming a student at Plank and I hope that he can continue to have the opportunities not only in the classroom but also in his extra curricular activities to enjoy his Jr. High School years and to be able to spend them with this wonderful staff of Principal Teachers Coaches and volunteers!!! Go Plank Pirates!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is always committed in creating activities to enhance parents and kids relationship. Working together keep them (kids) far from problems.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers seem interested in helping the children understand their lessons...

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal is the greatest and has the best teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    Plank is a wonderful junior high school! The staff works well together and really cares about the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Plank Jr. High because of the wonderful families and staff. It is a very close community that supports one another. The staff at Plank are easy to talk to and the communication lines are always open. The quality of education these children receive is among the best I have seen.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers administration and support staff are great! They care about the overall well-being of each student.

  • (4 years ago)

    The reason I love Plank Junior High is becuase they have a great support Staff especially when it comes to their Special Ed Dept. I can truely say that without the support of the Special Ed Dept my son wouldn't have been able to be as sucessful as he is today. My son and I have many special memories with Plank Junior High and I am going to miss all of the staff that has made such a difference in my son's life when he graduates this year. My family is so blessed to have had the opportunity to come in contact with such a great school. Go Plank!!!!!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    First of all the staff and principal are fantastic! Also what I love about this school is the communaication School to home is wonderful......

  • (4 years ago)

    Plank Junior High has a great education environment. The teachers really support the children and their ability to grow and learn.

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved from Iowa 3 years ago when my son was in 7th grade and he was overwhelmed with how welcome he felt the very first day. The staff was great! The students were great! I just can't say enough about the effort made to make everyone fit in.

  • (4 years ago)

    Plank has many course offerings to challenge kids who advance a little faster and some amazing individuals amongst the teaching staff to implement great things. They also have an amazing band program outstanding sports coaches and a caring environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    Plank is a great school. It goes beyond a just a school with staff and students it is more like one big family; a place where you would want your child to be every day.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are incredibly talented and are very caring...they do an excellent job!

  • (4 years ago)

    Education is not the only thing available but many options for bonding with students of all grade levels teachers as mentors and volunteer parents. The availability of extracurricular activities is expansive. There is always something going on promoting educated and bonding fun.

  • (4 years ago)

    Plank Junior High School is filled with a group of teachers administrators assistants that provide a very caring comfortable fun and teachable environment.

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