Veterans Memorial Middle School

Summary:

Veterans Memorial Middle School is a public middle school located in Blue Island, Illinois, serving 370 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Cook County School District 130, which is ranked 717 out of 823 districts in Illinois and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Veterans Memorial Middle School faces significant academic challenges, consistently ranking in the bottom 25% of Illinois middle schools over the past 10 years. The school's performance on state assessments (IAR and ISA) is significantly below the state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with proficiency rates in ELA ranging from 16.3% to 21% and in math from 4.3% to 16.8%, compared to state averages of 34.2% to 40.5% in ELA and 23.4% to 26.9% in math. The school also has a very high chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 23.9% to 27.4% in recent years, which likely contributes to its poor academic performance.

While Everett F Kerr Middle School and Nathan Hale Middle School, which are also part of the Cook County School District 130, generally outperform Veterans Memorial Middle School on state assessments, the performance gap becomes even more pronounced when comparing the school to others in nearby districts, such as Central Middle School in Evergreen Park and Kellar School in Robbins, which serve similar student populations but demonstrate significantly higher academic achievement.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 12320 Greenwood Ave
       Blue Island, IL  60406-1558


(708) 489-7307

District: Cook County School District 130

SchoolDigger Rank:
998th of 1,367 Illinois Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,102 Help


Students who attend Veterans Memorial Middle School usually attend:

High:    A B Shepard High School (Campus)

Feeder schools for Veterans Memorial Middle School:

Elementary:    Paul Revere Intermediate School
    Paul Revere Primary School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.7 Help
Number of students:  370

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
64.3%
African American:
28.4%
White:
6.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Veterans Memorial Middle School ranks worse than 73% of middle schools in Illinois. It also ranks last among 3 ranked middle schools in the Cook County School District 130. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 25.66. (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 Veterans Memorial Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Cook County School District 130. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (64.3%), African American (28.4%), White (6.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Cook County School District 130. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Veterans Memorial Middle School is 11.7, which is the highest among 4 middle schools in the Cook County School District 130! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Veterans Memorial Middle School is $20,102. 2 middle schools in the Cook County School District 130 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Veterans Memorial Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Veterans Memorial Middle School 998th of 1367 Illinois public middle schools. (See Veterans Memorial Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Cook County School District 130:

SchoolDigger ranks Cook County School District 130 717th of 823 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Veterans Memorial Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 12.04 1023rd 1185 13.7%
2004 32.54 865th 1204 28.2%
2005 45.84 749th 1209 38.0%
2006 37.48 901st 1272 29.2%
2007 48.32 787th 1287 38.9%
2008 41.38 861st 1293 33.4%
2009 39.42 921st 1318 30.1%
2010 41.05 914th 1327 31.1%
2011 33.63 1006th 1344 25.1%
2012 51.41 774th 1365 43.3%
2013 23.51 1104th 1367 19.2%
2014 26.70 1019th 1322 22.9%
2015 27.74 935th 1302 28.2%
2016 24.17 1015th 1294 21.6%
2017 24.55 991st 1293 23.4%
2018 30.05 897th 1293 30.6%
2019 25.57 1010th 1356 25.5%
2022 24.49 1014th 1369 25.9%
2023 25.66 998th 1367 27.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.79 144th 285 49.5%
2019 33.13 272nd 339 19.8%
2022 43.65 209th 454 54.0%
2023 49.91 163rd 480 66.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 48.09 284th 792 64.1%
2022 26.86 654th 781 16.3%
2023 30.72 538th 805 33.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.16 625th 1161 46.2%
2019 35.81 794th 1217 34.8%
2022 34.41 780th 1221 36.1%
2023 38.03 755th 1234 38.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.96 842nd 1226 31.3%
2019 27.05 951st 1276 25.5%
2022 22.29 1011th 1286 21.4%
2023 27.30 909th 1275 28.7%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 33.47 433rd 674 35.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.34 863rd 1223 29.4%
2019 23.93 990th 1296 23.6%
2022 27.63 910th 1286 29.2%
2023 26.25 938th 1292 27.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.30 303rd 511 40.7%
2019 39.13 322nd 565 43.0%
2022 36.92 338th 573 41.0%
2023 28.86 435th 569 23.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.44 355th 590 39.8%
2019 32.84 446th 639 30.2%
2022 30.22 479th 662 27.6%
2023 35.47 422nd 661 36.2%
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Rank History for White students at Veterans Memorial Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 35.93 575th 895 35.8%
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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 Veterans Memorial Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 82 111 0 206 0 n/a n/a 0 399
2003 82 111 0 206 0 n/a n/a 0 399
2004 74 99 0 218 0 n/a n/a 0 391
2005 62 108 0 221 3 n/a n/a 0 394
2006 62 99 1 230 0 n/a n/a 5 397
2007 60 104 1 266 1 n/a n/a 2 434
2008 53 112 0 279 3 n/a n/a 4 451
2009 42 125 1 290 2 n/a n/a 4 464
2010 36 126 0 264 1 n/a n/a 6 433
2011 36 121 0 278 0 0 2 0 437
2012 34 107 0 277 1 0 5 0 424
2013 36 103 0 286 3 0 2 0 430
2015 26 92 0 281 1 0 0 0 400
2016 24 88 0 261 0 0 0 0 373
2017 15 80 0 279 2 0 1 0 377
2018 21 85 0 255 0 0 4 0 365
2019 19 93 0 261 0 0 4 0 377
2020 25 85 0 268 0 0 2 0 380
2021 26 108 3 287 0 0 3 0 427
2022 25 97 2 269 0 0 3 0 396
2023 23 105 0 238 0 0 4 0 370

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

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Veterans Memorial Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 399 25.0 16.0 78.7
2003 399 25.0 16.0 78.7
2004 391 25.6 15.3 80.3
2005 394 27.6 14.3 75.9
2006 397 28.0 14.2 81.4
2007 434 31.0 14.0 78.5
2008 451 25.0 18.0 84.6
2009 464 33.7 13.8 85.4
2010 433 34.2 12.6 91.1
2011 437 33.2 13.1 91.5
2012 424 34.0 12.4 81.8
2013 430 41.6 10.3 84.4
2015 400 33.0 12.1 89.8
2016 373 31.0 12.0 86.1
2017 377 32.0 11.7 80.4
2018 365 29.9 12.2 75.9
2019 377 30.0 12.5 89.4
2020 380 31.0 12.2 90
2021 427 n/a n/a n/a
2022 396 33.1 11.9 86.4
2023 370 31.5 11.7 90.5

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 Veterans Memorial Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 399 25.0 16.0 78.7
2003 399 25.0 16.0 78.7
2004 391 25.6 15.3 80.3
2005 394 27.6 14.3 75.9
2006 397 28.0 14.2 81.4
2007 434 31.0 14.0 78.5
2008 451 25.0 18.0 84.6
2009 464 33.7 13.8 85.4
2010 433 34.2 12.6 91.1
2011 437 33.2 13.1 91.5
2012 424 34.0 12.4 81.8
2013 430 41.6 10.3 84.4
2015 400 33.0 12.1 89.8
2016 373 31.0 12.0 86.1
2017 377 32.0 11.7 80.4
2018 365 29.9 12.2 75.9
2019 377 30.0 12.5 89.4
2020 380 31.0 12.2 90
2021 427 n/a n/a n/a
2022 396 33.1 11.9 86.4
2023 370 31.5 11.7 90.5

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

Veterans Memorial Middle School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMeningococcal
201598.8%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.8%98.3%99.3%
201699.5%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.2%98.9%30.1%
201799.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%100.0%99.7%100.0%64.6%
201899.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.5%99.7%98.1%
201999.5%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.7%99.5%99.5%97.1%
202198.7%99.0%99.0%99.0%98.7%99.0%98.7%90.8%
202298.4%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.2%98.9%99.2%89.8%
202398.0%98.3%98.3%98.3%98.3%98.3%98.3%94.3%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Veterans Memorial Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,048 (7.2%) $13,604 (92.8%) $14,652
2020 $1,255 (8.2%) $13,989 (91.8%) $15,244
2021 $1,094 (7.8%) $12,858 (92.2%) $13,952
2022 $1,094 (7.8%) $12,858 (92.2%) $13,952
2023 $3,407 (16.9%) $16,695 (83.1%) $20,102

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Veterans Memorial Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1010th of 1356 Middle schoolsRanks 998th of 1367 Middle schools
 1.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Veterans Memorial Middle School)26.416.3
 10.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Cook County School District 130)25.914.8
 11.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)3534.2
 0.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Veterans Memorial Middle School)5.74.3
 1.4%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Cook County School District 130)8.76.2
 2.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)25.323.4
 1.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Veterans Memorial Middle School)23.418.5
 4.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Cook County School District 130)33.924.1
 9.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)41.237.9
 3.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Veterans Memorial Middle School)9.47.7
 1.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Cook County School District 130)9.210.1
 0.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.926.9
 3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Veterans Memorial Middle School)22.721
 1.7%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Cook County School District 130)30.523.9
 6.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)39.640.5
 0.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Veterans Memorial Middle School)6.616.8
 10.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Cook County School District 130)12.812.1
 0.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)32.625.7
 6.9%
8th Grade Science (Veterans Memorial Middle School)41.238.3
 2.9%
   8th Grade Science (Cook County School District 130)42.841.4
 1.4%
   8th Grade Science (Illinois)5552
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students377370
 1.9%
African American93105
 12.9%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic261238
 8.8%
Pacific Islander00
White1923
 21.1%
Two or More Races44
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients89.4%90.5%
 1.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Veterans Memorial Middle School

In the 2022-23 school year, 370 students attended Veterans Memorial Middle School.

Veterans Memorial Middle School ranks 998th of 1367 Illinois middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students who attend Veterans Memorial Middle School usually go on to attend A B Shepard High School (Campus)

Students at Veterans Memorial Middle School are 64% Hispanic, 28% African American, 6% White, 1% Two or more races.


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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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