J STERLING MORTON WEST HIGH SCHOOL

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2400 HOME AVE
BERWYN, IL 60402
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Phone: 708-780-4100
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 2
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: J S Morton Hsd 201
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 871.3
  • Number Students: 3485
  • Number Teachers: 174
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5440
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Josh Mcmahon
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  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
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  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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    School Reviews (78 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-02-03
    "I used to be a student here at this school. I was a freshman during the 2012-2013 academic school year, however I recently transferred. Overall the school does try, however their lack of funding and motivated students really does the school an injustice. They constantly attempt to persuade their students to do better academically with a reward system. However during my last visit I realized that they did change things up a bit. The cafeteria is better now, so that's a plus. However the academics at this school are not that challenging and they leave the students unprepared for future endeavors in private colleges. Most students that go here end up going to the community college as well, which isn't the best of schools either."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-28
    "Registration/transferring is terrible. I've registered two weeks ago and I got a false phone call that I'm enrolled. Staff is lazy and rude. Hardly anyone giving service at phone call. I highly suggest your registration advisor be fired. She doesn't do her job. I called her 4 times throughout the day, no call backs, no answers. This school is horrible with keeping up with paper work. At all the other schools I transfered to it took two days at the most for the paper work to go through and I started at the same day. This school sucks."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-03
    "To the student who complained about the grading system...you're not imagining things. It's bad. It's difficult to understand, and it favors students who don't do homework. After using this grading system for just one semester the failure rate dropped significantly, but not because more students are re-doing tests and quizzes. It's mostly because missing assignments don't hurt the overall grade. My daughter never does math homework but still manages to get A's. Why? Tests are worth a huge chunk of the grade and she can keep re-doing big assignments until she gets the grade she wants. There is something incredibly wrong with this system.... More parents need to speak up about this. It's hurting our kids and degrading the quality of our school. The teachers genuinely care about kids and my daughter has had some really great educators. However, the district leadership is just plain awful."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-09
    "This school has its good aspects, but I'm sorry to say that they are outweighed by negative ones. The educators themselves do care. All throughout high school, with few exceptions, I have had the privilege of having the most caring and involved teachers. With that said, the rest of the school's greatness is debatable. I would like to bring several details to attention. 1. Hoodie Cart - basically a shopping cart that the security pushes around during lunch periods, filled with students' confiscated jackets. Not only did it spread lice to several students in the past, but it looks completely ghetto. 2. Tardy Table - when students are late to school, they are forced to wait in line with other late students to get marked late, rather than their first period teacher marking them late. Once, I walked in to school at 8:01 and didn't get to class until 8:51 because of this line. 3. Security - oh, security. How they eloquently enforce the dress code policy. It is wonderful to hear "GET YOUR HAT OFF, NOW !" screamed at me upon entering the building in the winter time, as if it represented some gang affiliation with its fuzzy pinkness."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-04
    "To the student who doesn't like the grading system... you are not understanding it. If you get a grade that you don't like, redo the test or quiz. That is the only difference. You can retake the quiz or test and aim for the grade that you like. Talk to your teachers. They are there to help you. Morton has greatly improved and I think people need to stop putting it down and stop giving it a bad reputation. Just because things don't go your own way, doesn't make it a bad school. High school is what you make of it. I have two boys at this school and they have been doing great. The help is there. It won't come to you. Be proactive and seek the help you need. If you really want to succeed, you can do it at Morton West."
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