Prairie Junior High School

Summary:

Prairie Junior High School is a public middle school located in Alsip, Illinois, serving grades 7-8 with a total enrollment of 336 students. The school is part of the Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126, which is ranked 585 out of 823 districts in Illinois and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Prairie Junior High School stands out for its diverse student population, with 32.44% White, 17.26% African American, and 44.94% Hispanic students, which is more diverse compared to nearby schools like Elden D Finley Junior High School (62% White) and Independence Junior High School (70.09% White). Academically, the school's performance is generally on par with or slightly below state averages, but it ranks particularly well for Hispanic and English Language Learner students. However, the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 13.9% in 2018-2019 to 30.9% in 2022-2023, which is notably higher than the state average and some nearby schools.

The diversity and subgroup performance disparities at Prairie Junior High School suggest the need for a closer examination of the school's instructional practices, resource allocation, and support systems to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. Additionally, the high chronic absenteeism rate warrants further investigation and targeted interventions to improve attendance and support student success.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 11910 S Kostner Ave
       Alsip, IL  60803-2307


(708) 371-3080

District: Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126

SchoolDigger Rank:
543rd of 1,367 Illinois Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,925 Help


Students who attend Prairie Junior High School usually attend:

High:    DD Eisenhower High School (Campus)

Feeder schools for Prairie Junior High School:

Elementary:    Hazelgreen Elementary School
    Lane Elementary School
    Stony Creek Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.6 Help
Number of students:  336

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
44.9%
White:
32.4%
African American:
17.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  56.8% Help


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Compare Details Prairie Junior High School ranks better than 60.3% of middle schools in Illinois. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 53.24. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Prairie Junior High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (44.9%), White (32.4%), African American (17.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 56.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Prairie Junior High School is 14.6. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Prairie Junior High School is $16,925.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Prairie Junior High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Prairie Junior High School 543rd of 1367 Illinois public middle schools. (See Prairie Junior High School in the ranking list.)

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Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126:

SchoolDigger ranks Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126 585th of 823 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Prairie Junior High School

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Rank History for all students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 54.33 611th 1185 48.4%
2004 68.73 424th 1204 64.8%
2005 71.63 378th 1209 68.7%
2006 74.93 304th 1272 76.1%
2007 66.29 480th 1287 62.7%
2008 75.94 287th 1293 77.8%
2009 63.41 544th 1318 58.7%
2010 66.95 482nd 1327 63.7%
2011 63.55 557th 1344 58.6%
2012 68.20 451st 1365 67.0%
2013 60.69 539th 1367 60.6%
2014 65.96 426th 1322 67.8%
2015 58.08 440th 1302 66.2%
2016 63.26 395th 1294 69.5%
2017 65.46 378th 1293 70.8%
2018 61.13 445th 1293 65.6%
2019 64.98 421st 1356 69.0%
2021 47.96 547th 1241 55.9%
2022 58.53 465th 1369 66.0%
2023 53.24 543rd 1367 60.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.70 27th 285 90.5%
2021 44.89 123rd 277 55.6%
2022 58.57 85th 454 81.3%
2023 73.83 43rd 480 91.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.24 179th 602 70.3%
2019 42.42 348th 792 56.1%
2021 44.01 233rd 548 57.5%
2022 38.87 408th 781 47.8%
2023 44.19 344th 805 57.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.08 255th 1161 78.0%
2019 75.54 184th 1217 84.9%
2021 52.29 384th 1019 62.3%
2022 60.48 354th 1221 71.0%
2023 58.71 383rd 1234 69.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.72 393rd 1226 67.9%
2019 64.85 400th 1276 68.7%
2021 51.21 431st 1017 57.6%
2022 58.06 428th 1286 66.7%
2023 55.00 479th 1275 62.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 46.39 282nd 674 58.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.85 505th 1223 58.7%
2019 63.53 401st 1296 69.1%
2021 39.55 568th 1048 45.8%
2022 58.08 445th 1286 65.4%
2023 49.32 573rd 1292 55.7%
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Rank History for African American students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.50 101st 511 80.2%
2019 74.31 84th 565 85.1%
2021 50.38 134th 385 65.2%
2022 65.94 113th 573 80.3%
2023 47.59 239th 569 58.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.97 126th 590 78.6%
2019 74.69 98th 639 84.7%
2021 51.53 202nd 517 60.9%
2022 67.45 140th 662 78.9%
2023 68.88 140th 661 78.8%
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Rank History for White students at Prairie Junior High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 50.98 416th 889 53.2%
2019 52.81 408th 905 54.9%
2021 45.07 413th 813 49.2%
2022 50.24 413th 898 54.0%
2023 43.94 483rd 895 46.0%
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Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Prairie Junior High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 284 n/a 3 8 1 n/a n/a 0 296
1990 320 n/a 6 8 1 n/a n/a 0 335
1991 326 0 10 11 0 n/a n/a 0 347
1992 333 3 6 5 3 n/a n/a 0 350
1993 325 6 7 8 0 n/a n/a 0 346
1994 316 3 8 15 0 n/a n/a 0 342
1995 338 4 11 12 4 n/a n/a 0 369
1996 338 4 11 12 4 n/a n/a 0 369
1997 329 5 7 14 1 n/a n/a 0 356
1998 370 2 9 17 4 n/a n/a 0 402
1999 338 4 21 28 5 n/a n/a 0 396
2000 325 9 14 34 0 n/a n/a 0 382
2001 325 13 14 33 2 n/a n/a 0 387
2002 325 18 16 34 0 n/a n/a 0 393
2003 325 18 16 34 0 n/a n/a 0 393
2004 306 18 12 46 2 n/a n/a 0 384
2005 295 28 13 45 1 n/a n/a 0 382
2006 292 33 12 55 0 n/a n/a 6 398
2007 247 37 10 73 0 n/a n/a 15 382
2008 241 24 11 77 0 n/a n/a 17 370
2009 236 25 14 83 0 n/a n/a 17 375
2010 217 24 13 75 0 n/a n/a 26 355
2011 226 49 10 71 0 0 25 0 381
2012 201 53 7 82 0 0 14 0 357
2013 177 45 7 96 0 0 3 0 328
2014 188 36 6 110 1 0 8 0 349
2015 169 47 5 110 1 0 6 0 338
2016 161 50 8 101 2 0 9 0 331
2017 146 59 12 145 0 0 4 0 366
2018 150 63 9 142 0 0 7 0 371
2019 145 61 4 154 0 0 9 0 373
2020 139 51 2 179 0 0 11 0 382
2021 147 52 2 155 0 0 11 0 367
2022 136 53 5 130 0 0 8 0 332
2023 109 58 7 151 0 0 11 0 336

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Prairie Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 296 17.0 17.4 n/a
1990 335 17.0 19.7 n/a
1991 347 19.0 18.2 n/a
1992 350 17.1 20.4 n/a
1993 346 18.0 19.2 n/a
1994 342 16.8 20.4 n/a
1995 369 18.6 19.8 n/a
1996 369 18.6 19.8 n/a
1997 356 19.0 18.7 n/a
1998 402 20.0 20.1 n/a
1999 396 20.0 19.8 n/a
2000 382 20.0 19.1 n/a
2001 387 22.0 17.6 n/a
2002 393 21.1 18.6 8.7
2003 393 21.1 18.6 8.7
2004 384 21.2 18.1 12.5
2005 382 22.2 17.2 15.2
2006 398 23.2 17.2 24.5
2007 382 26.0 14.7 26.4
2008 370 23.0 16.1 29.5
2009 375 23.2 16.2 29.9
2010 355 23.9 14.8 37.1
2011 381 24.2 15.7 40.4
2012 357 23.6 15.1 44
2013 328 27.1 12.0 47.9
2014 349 23.0 15.1 46.4
2015 338 22.0 15.3 60.4
2016 331 23.0 14.3 46.2
2017 366 22.4 16.2 54.1
2018 371 22.5 16.4 54.2
2019 373 23.6 15.8 54.4
2020 382 24.2 15.7 55.5
2021 367 n/a n/a n/a
2022 332 22.2 14.9 51.2
2023 336 23.0 14.6 56.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Prairie Junior High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 296 17.0 17.4 n/a
1990 335 17.0 19.7 n/a
1991 347 19.0 18.2 n/a
1992 350 17.1 20.4 n/a
1993 346 18.0 19.2 n/a
1994 342 16.8 20.4 n/a
1995 369 18.6 19.8 n/a
1996 369 18.6 19.8 n/a
1997 356 19.0 18.7 n/a
1998 402 20.0 20.1 n/a
1999 396 20.0 19.8 n/a
2000 382 20.0 19.1 n/a
2001 387 22.0 17.6 n/a
2002 393 21.1 18.6 8.7
2003 393 21.1 18.6 8.7
2004 384 21.2 18.1 12.5
2005 382 22.2 17.2 15.2
2006 398 23.2 17.2 24.5
2007 382 26.0 14.7 26.4
2008 370 23.0 16.1 29.5
2009 375 23.2 16.2 29.9
2010 355 23.9 14.8 37.1
2011 381 24.2 15.7 40.4
2012 357 23.6 15.1 44
2013 328 27.1 12.0 47.9
2014 349 23.0 15.1 46.4
2015 338 22.0 15.3 60.4
2016 331 23.0 14.3 46.2
2017 366 22.4 16.2 54.1
2018 371 22.5 16.4 54.2
2019 373 23.6 15.8 54.4
2020 382 24.2 15.7 55.5
2021 367 n/a n/a n/a
2022 332 22.2 14.9 51.2
2023 336 23.0 14.6 56.8

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

Prairie Junior High School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMeningococcal
201598.8%99.4%99.4%99.4%98.6%99.1%99.7%
2016100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201799.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%50.1%
2018100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.7%
201999.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%
202198.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%
202298.5%99.4%99.4%99.4%97.9%99.1%99.4%98.2%
2023100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.4%99.1%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Prairie Junior High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $285 (2.4%) $11,465 (97.6%) $11,750
2020 $259 (2.2%) $11,299 (97.8%) $11,558
2021 $628 (4.7%) $12,654 (95.3%) $13,282
2022 $628 (4.7%) $12,654 (95.3%) $13,282
2023 $529 (3.1%) $16,396 (96.9%) $16,925

Data source: Illinois Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Prairie Junior High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 421st of 1356 Middle schoolsRanks 543rd of 1367 Middle schools
 8.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Prairie Junior High School)54.933
 21.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126)54.933
 21.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)41.237.9
 3.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Prairie Junior High School)24.216.7
 7.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126)24.216.7
 7.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.926.9
 3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Prairie Junior High School)42.142.1
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126)42.142.1
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)39.640.5
 0.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Prairie Junior High School)34.823.7
 11.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126)34.823.7
 11.1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)32.625.7
 6.9%
8th Grade Science (Prairie Junior High School)62.660.6
 2%
   8th Grade Science (Alsip-Hazlgrn-Oaklwn School District 126)62.660.6
 2%
   8th Grade Science (Illinois)5552
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students373336
 9.9%
African American6158
 4.9%
American Indian00
Asian47
 75%
Hispanic154151
 1.9%
Pacific Islander00
White145109
 24.8%
Two or More Races911
 22.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients54.4%56.8%
 2.4%


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Prairie Junior High School ranks 543rd of 1367 Illinois middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Prairie Junior High School usually go on to attend DD Eisenhower High School (Campus)

In the 2022-23 school year, 336 students attended Prairie Junior High School.

Students at Prairie Junior High School are 45% Hispanic, 32% White, 17% African American, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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