School Details

Jackson Middle School

301 West Jackson Street, Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 516-7600
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 669 students 14 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

60%
53%
60%
62%
56%
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
  • School District 45 Dupage County average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
51%
59%
66%
61%
59%
79%
79%
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
  • School District 45 Dupage County average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
61%
59%
66%
63%
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
  • School District 45 Dupage County average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Jackson Middle School is a public middle school in Villa Park. The principal of Jackson Middle School is Anthony Palmisano. 669 children attend Jackson Middle School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Jackson Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 24% of the 669 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 35% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Jackson Middle School is 14:1. Islamic Foundation School 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

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 53%
Hispanic 23% 29%
Asian 10% %
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 33%
Limited English proficiency 11% 20%
Economically disadvantaged 24% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    While it is early in the year I have been impressed from the beginning. I find that the school is organized and has high expectations for all students. However with the expectations come support so that children (and their parents!) may succeed. Homework is reasonable and appropriate as it relates to classwork. Students are taught study skills as part of the curriculum. While there is no recess there are many opportunities for (supervised!) social interaction such as group work within class as well as extra-curricular activities. I appreciate that there are TWO periods for math--this helps students go deeper and become more solid in their skills and understanding. There is communication with the high school and elementary schools so there is an overall plan for students. My suggestions for improvement would be more communication with parents as it varies among teachers greatly as well as the principal. I would also recommend more projects that encourage high-level/critical thinking though I have seen evidence of some already. Overall I feel very confident that my child is receiving an excellent education at Jackson Middle School.

  • (1 year ago)

    This past year was our daughter's first year at Jackson and she had a wonderful experience! Teachers are caring and concerned and listened when I had to call or email. Extra curricular activities are great to get involved in there. The bus situation was fine for her no problems there. There's zero tolerance there and discipline policy is effective.

  • (1 year ago)

    Jackson Middle school has been a horrible experience for my son. Bullying there is dangerous and school admin and Assistant Principle Dr Ritchie has done NOTHING. Do not send your kid there if you want them to be bullied. Only a few teachers there have concerns about your child's grade. So glad to be out of the whole district!

  • (2 years ago)

    This has been a horrible experience moving here and for my child attending Jackson Middle School. I want to share my story with parents of middle schoolers who plan to move to Westmore Apartments. July 2012 before I made my decision to move and sign a 1 yr lease I contacted Jackson Middle School to see if bus svcs was provided and was told yes by several people. They clearly stated bus svcs was available as well as an alternate (paid) bus svc if the regular bus was full but then during registration I learned I was lied to. My child was denied bus svcs because they said we lived 1 1/2 miles to the school. Even the alternate bus svc route would not come to or near Westmore Apts. which means my child woulld have to walk in hazardous conditions or use unsafe taxi svcs @ 30.00/day @ 600.00/mo. Winter is coming and my child can not walk in hazardous conditions. The principal did not want to talk about it calling himself the messenger. (RUDE)! The district turned their backs. Buses with empty seats go north/south on Westmore in AM/PM passing our building and will not stop for mid.schoolers here. What a mess for single parents with no support. Dist. 45 you need to update policies.

  • (2 years ago)

    This has been a horrible experience. All my sons have been bullied and embarrassed their grades have dropped because of it yet when i contact staff they do nothing about it. The teachers also refused to help me with the situation. I'm done with this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Bad school. Nice teachers but horrible behavior. Lot's of bullying goes on at this school. Bad experience!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so very pleased with Jackson. We were seriously considering private schooling for our children but we are glad we didn't go that way. The teachers and staff are terrific and both my children have received excellent educations there

  • (5 years ago)

    i think this school is absolutly amazing it is so awesome

  • (5 years ago)

    We are moving to Lombard just to get out of this school. The bus situation is out of control. I sent an email two weeks ago to the principal and still have not heard back. My 7th grader fell from being a top honor roll student to horrible grades and not one teacher contacted us. It's been an extremly frustrating year especially since last year we had no problems.

  • (6 years ago)

    I recently transfered my child from a private school to Jackson. The teachers and school personnel have been nothing but great. My daughter has adjusted well to her new environment and loves all the acitivities that are now available to her. She is in all advanced classes and gets along well with her peers. I have no doubt that she is being prepped correctly for high school. After trying private school for 7 years I wished I had made the switch sooner.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very happy with Jackson. My older child is in advanced classes and is being prepped very well for high school. Almost all the teachers are very encouraging and make themselves available to the students. My kids are very happy here. Better than I expected. The principal and the rest of the staff are wonderful and approachable too.

  • (7 years ago)

    No discipline at all too much bad things going on.

  • (9 years ago)

    Jackson Middle school has a great staff. All the teachers that we have encountered are very caring and out to see each student advance!

  • (9 years ago)

    Teachers and counselors are very interested in their students. Extra Curricular activities have something for everyone. Music program is outstanding! Sports programs are limited.

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