J Sterling Morton West High School

  • J Sterling Morton West High School serves 3,539 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 7% (which is lower than the Illinois state average of 32%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 16% (which is lower than the Illinois state average of 37%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • J Sterling Morton West High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Illinois for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is higher than the Illinois state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 91% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Illinois state average of 52% (majority Hispanic).

School Overview

  • J Sterling Morton West High School's student population of 3,539 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 160 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students3,539 students
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Total Classroom Teachers160 teachers
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School Comparison

  • J Sterling Morton West High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3,672 schools in Illinois (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The diversity score of J Sterling Morton West High School is 0.33, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (IL)
Overall Testing Rank#3276 out of 3672 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
7%
32%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
16%
37%
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:115:1
American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
1%
5%
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Hispanic
81%
26%
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Black
7%
17%
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White
9%
48%
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Hawaiian
1%
n/a
Two or more races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.330.68
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Graduation Rate
76%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
70%
47%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
11%
2%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameJ S Morton HSD 201 School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, IL Dept. of Education

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  2.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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Stay far away from this school. The culture is to strive for mediocrity at best. In 3 years I don't think there has been any solid communication to parents about anything and the skyward website for grades is a joke. My child's counselor is wonderful, but only so much can be done when teachers are simply collecting a paycheck and not teaching.
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Parents get informed! I tried to get more help for my struggling Morton teens and it was frustrating. Individual teachers helped a lot, but administrators are unorganized and have no follow through. I am a parent that cares! I turned to the IL Board of Education web site and found: This school failed Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) for 3 years in a row. Why is it not in“Federal Improvement Status” under No Child Left Behind Act. Without this Improvement Status there is no free tutoring from approved outside sources, and no choice of other schools meeting AYP outside the district, or records of good faith efforts with other school districts to accept students. A reply from www.isbe.state.il.us …” To be in Federal improvement status a school must be a Title I school for three consecutive years. In 2005-06 East High School was not Title I. In 2004-05 West High School was not Title I. Therefore, neither school is in Federal improvement status." If you also have trouble with Morton administrators contact Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education at this contact page: www.ed.gov/about/contacts/gen/index.html?src=gu Be informed and get help for your students read these web sites: www.susanohanian.org/show_nclb_news.html?id=208 www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=19160
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