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About This School

Traughber Jr High School is a public middle school in Oswego. The principal of Traughber Jr High School is Mr. Ralph P Kober. 1,010 children attend Traughber Jr High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0.8% of the Traughber Jr High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 7% of the 1,010 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 26% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Traughber Jr High School is 21:1. Oswego Goal is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 67% 64%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 8%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 19% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 16%
Limited English proficiency 0.8% 4%
Economically disadvantaged 7% 9%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    All in all we have been pleased with this middle school. The teachers seem very motivated and committed and are always available if my son has questions before or after school. Lots of extracurricular options to chose from. The band program is phenomenal! The band instructor can be tough but always gives 110% when it comes to her commitment to the program. I always look forward to my son's concerts. There has been some theft but certainly nothing unusual for that age group and the suspects have always been reprimanded.

  • (2 years ago)

    I don't know who posted the comment on August 23 2006 but when I first moved to this school district I got mediocre grades and thought the same thing until I actually started trying. Also I don't know who posted the comment about the band teacher but I never had that problem with any teachers nor did I hear anything about any of the teachers doing something like that. While it may or may not be true the band teacher throwing things at students or throwing a tantrum and storming out of the room is probably just a rumor. When I went to this school there was only one teacher at this school that acted unprofessionally but she never threw anything did anything like that she just yelled at students for every little thing and last I heard she is no longer at this school. Other than that teacher I had an excellent experience at this school and would've loved to remain at this school if I could have!

  • (2 years ago)

    GREAT school. MARVOULOUS teachers. Great band and school to excced or meet 90% in all subjects on I-Sats. Grealt sattisfied. I am a parent who checks the school out for myslef. It really is a very very VERY good school. Yes there may be somethings life "theft historys" but teacher try hard to keep this off and it really isnt a thing that should influence your choice on this school.It is not like you have to lock everything up because of theifs it occurs because of misplacements and and yes people take things oftenly wrongly. The students are under good supervision and supervisors. What a great year my son has had. It has the best learning enviorment technology and a strict rule seetup to teach their students to make the right choice and to plan out a future that will effect you in a good way for the rest of your life. I say...GO FOR IT.

  • (2 years ago)

    Traughber Jr. High is a GREAT school. It is actually 308's best middle school. 308 is one of the best districts in America. Oswego's district 308 is considered #58 in all of America compared to the thousands there are. The teachers are Great and a very good learning enviorment. Mrs.Maxwell is just a FABOULOUS teacher she is highly respected and knows how to interact with the kids. There have been complaints from new parents but my son goes there and tells me that she is one funny teahcer respectful and caring. She does say that she will throw a rubber chicken or a shoe which she just says to kid around. She sometimes does as a joke but NEVER directly at a student or in any way to harm or hurt them. Her teaching skills are great. Traughber is a very good learning system and works to keep their students safe and educated and to teach them the reponsiblities they need to make and alsways give them the reminder to take the right choices. I am GREATLY immpressed with this school not just the school but the District no matter the other reviews check it out for yourself. We ARE TRAUGHBER.

  • (2 years ago)

    Good teachers but has a horrible horrible history of theft. I know 18 people including my child who have had things stolen with no recovery everything from gym clothing to books to other items such as electronics. There have also been numerous accounts of fights as a result of bullying. Whose monitoring the hallways gym locker room etc.??? And it's only middle school!!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has it all - academic programs tailored to each student's level a caring and involved staff and many extracurricular programs to keep your pre-teen/teen positively involved. I truly feel that there is a real partnership between the parents and staff for the good of the students. They don't put up with any disciplinary issues whatsoever.

  • (3 years ago)

    All 4 of my kids went to this school then on to OHS. The teachers here are fantastic. It isn't easy dealing with pre-teens/teens - I think this is the hardest age for everyone. But there are many activities for the kids to get involved in and the teachers administrators and (most) parents are very involved and don't allow any monkey-business. I highly recommend this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Traughber has been outstanding academically and socially for my 3 kids. The curriculum is challenging; there are many opportunities for outside activities be it sports or clubs and the staff and student population is very caring. The new school bldg is beautiful. 3 of my kids have been in Traughber's band program and the director is the most hard working and dedicated teacher most of our kids will ever experience. She is a teacher your kids will fondly remember 30 years from now. How she manages 200 students and all their noisy instruments is amazing! She takes kids from beginners with no musical skills to accomplished musical scholars by the time they are 8th graders She instills high standards of behavior and expectations regarding practicing their instruments and being part of a group. Thank goodness she has a sense of humor that connects with the kids!

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has been in band for 3 years with this band instructor. She makes learning fun. Her methods aren't always the most conventional but she is always professional. I went on 2 field trips this year with the 8th grade band including one that was overnight. She is highly respected as are the bands at Traughber Jr High. The 8th grade band was invited to the Midwest Clinic in Chicago which is a real honor. This teacher holds the kids to a high standard and it's evident in their performance especially when a guest conductor steps in to conduct and teach. The difference even in the first few months in 6th grade is amazing. I have seen patience kindness encouragement and fun from this teacher. If a parent has a problem especially with this teacher I would strongly suggest discussing it with the teacher.

  • (4 years ago)

    Do you really believe the band teacher is outstanding? A teacher who swears screams and walks out of class because she is having a tantrum does not get an outstanding mark in my book! She degrades the students with negative biting sarcasm has thrown her shoe and a rubber chicken at students but still is allowed to work amongst these students. I have two students in band at TJHS and this is our first year in District #308. Never before have I encountered such a lack of professionalism and disrespect toward students. The emotionally charged behavior (extreme) would never be tolerated in the district that I work in. I truly believe an Anger Management course should be incorporated into SIP days for the staff at TJHS. Quite a few of them would benefit and it could lessen their stress creating a more cohesive environment throughout the building.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our daughter is just finishing up her 2nd year at Traughber and we have been extremely happy with the envioronment teachers principal and programs. She is in band and the band program and teacher is outstanding. We are moving to Minnesota and we just pray that the school she attends is every bit as good as Traughber!!

  • (4 years ago)

    While gifted is considered special ed I think the parents complaining are the ones whose children need extra support. Your son is lucky he is one that end of the special ed spectrum. For those of us with children who have challenges Traughber drops the ball in a big way.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have no idea what these people are talking about. My son has always had a great experience. He has read at an 11th grade level since 5th grade and is very advanced in everything. I can say that genetics have played a role in that but so have the wonderful teachers in Oswego 308!I do agree about the out for blood competition in sports though.

  • (7 years ago)

    Academic integrity is low. Kids getting sub-standard grades are pushed along through the system. Almost everyone is on the honor roll! Makes it less meaningful for those who work hard to make good grades. I moved here several years ago from district 204 where kids had to work hard. This school leaves much to be desired. Only shining star in the school is the band program. Best band program in the area. The teacher is exceptional!

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent caring professional staff resulting in a caring nurturing school climate. There is a pervasive atmosphere of 'good feeling' among all in this school.

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