The James Shields Middle School Community, consisting of students, families, staff, and partners will work together to provide academic rigor and enrichment in a nurturing, positive, and safe environment. As a team, we will create a college and career ready experience that will encourage each student to be RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, COURAGEOUS, WISE, and to act with INTEGRITY. Shields Middle School students will advance their intellectual and leadership qualities to make a positive impact in Brighton Park and beyond.

At Shields MS, we are defining what High School, College and Career Readiness look like at the middle grades level. As one of the few middle schools in Chicago, we are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of grade 5-8 students. We believe that students at this age deserve a program of study that is uniquely specialized to their developmental needs and we strive to provide an experience that will help students grow academically and socially. Aside from core curriculum coursework, additional offerings during the school day include: AVID, Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Visual Art, Music and Band, guidance classes, PE/health and HS/college tours.

 

School Rating ?

Level 1 ?

GOOD STANDING

School Grades

5-8

# of Students

575

Governance

District ?

Faculty


Debra Ann Fritz-Fanning
Principal

Diana Vergara
Assistant Principal

Hours


8:15am-3:15pm
School Hours
8:05am
Earliest Drop Off
3:15pm-5:00pm
After School Hours

 

Public Transit


CTA Train
Orange

Demographics ?


Asian
0.2%
Black
1.6%
Hispanic
97.4%
White
0.9%
Other
0.0%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
96.9%
Limited English
29.2%
Mobility Rate ?
6.7%
Chronic Truancy ?
24.1%
 0
100

Bilingual Services:

Yes

Classroom Languages:

Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Dress Code:

Yes

Attendance Boundaries:

Yes
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Refugee Services:

N/A

Title I Eligible:

Yes

School Year 2018-2019

2018 School Progress Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1 ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
AVERAGE ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
WELL ORGANIZED ?
NWEA Reading Growth ?
40th
National Average 50th percentile
NWEA Math Growth ?
60th
National Average 50th percentile

Healthy CPS
Healthy Schools Image coming soon ?

Creative Schools Certification ?
Creative Schools Image ?

Supportive Schools ?
Supportive Schools Image ?

Student Growth By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
3rd
NOT ENOUGH DATA
4th
NOT ENOUGH DATA
5th
6th
6th
35th
7th
58th
8th
55th
All
40th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
3rd
NOT ENOUGH DATA
4th
NOT ENOUGH DATA
5th
47th
6th
67th
7th
59th
8th
63rd
All
60th
 0
50
99
National Average
Student Attainment By Grade Level AVERAGE ?
Reading (percentile by grade)
2nd
NOT ENOUGH DATA
3rd
NOT ENOUGH DATA
4th
NOT ENOUGH DATA
5th
25th
6th
41st
7th
73rd
8th
66th
All
54th
 0
50
99
National Average
Math (percentile by grade)
2nd
NOT ENOUGH DATA
3rd
NOT ENOUGH DATA
4th
NOT ENOUGH DATA
5th
45th
6th
35th
7th
51st
8th
56th
All
49th
 0
50
99
National Average
School Culture and Climate Details WELL ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? STRONG
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? WEAK
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? VERY STRONG
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? VERY STRONG
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? VERY STRONG
Parent Survey Results ?
 
School Community: Do parents feel welcome and included in the school? NEUTRAL
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? WEAK
Quality of Facilities: Do parents feel satisfied with the physical environment of their child's school? STRONG
Safety ?
 
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school? VERY WEAK
Behavior and Discipline ?
2017 2018 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students 3.5 4.1 5.6
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension 11.1% 22.5% 13.5%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions 1.6 days 1.8 days 2.0 days
Other Important Metrics
2017 2018 District Average
Student attendance 95.0% 94.7% 93.3%
Teacher attendance 94.1% 94.5% 95%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 95.1% 81.4%
Teachers 87.2% 79.9%
Parents 43% 35.6%

You can find more information about the measures used in this report on the CPS web site.

The State of Illinois Report Card for this school can be viewed at the State Report Card web site.

Program Application Requirements

Open Enrollment

Deadline:  12/6/2019
Grades Served: 5-8
Application Requirements
None
Selections
Students who live within the school's attendance boundary can be enrolled automatically and do not have to apply. Contact the school for registration instructions.

Students who live outside of the school's attendance boundary must submit a Choice Elementary Schools application between October and December. Available seats, if any, are filled via computerized lottery. Priority is given to applicants with a sibling who is currently enrolled in the school in grade 5-7, and who will remain enrolled in the school for the coming school year.
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How to Apply
Students who live outside of the school's attendance boundary can apply online or via paper Choice Elementary Schools application by visiting go.cps.edu.
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • Community School 
Creative
  • Band/Orchestra 
  • Dance 
  • Fundamentals/Theory of Music 
  • Painting 
  • Student Art Club 
  • Talent Show 
  • Tap/Ballet/Jazz Dance 
Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Health Curriculum Utilized 
  • Mobile Asthma Provider 
  • Nutrition Workshop 
  • Physical Education 
  • Recess Daily 
  • School-based Dental Services 
  • Workshops/Classes 
Life and Leadership
  • Mentoring for Boys/Girls 
  • Peer Mentors 
  • Service Learning/Community Volunteer Program 
Parent and Community
  • 8-9th Grade Transition Workshops 
  • Art Workshops 
  • Book Club 
  • Community Service 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Crafts Workshop 
  • Crafts Workshops 
  • Dance Classes 
  • Enrichment Classes 
  • ESL Workshops 
  • Family Counseling/Support Group 
  • Family Nights 
  • Field Trip 
  • Fitness Classes 
  • Fitness For Parents 
  • Gang Awareness Workshop 
  • Health and Well-Being Workshops 
  • Health and Wellness Workshops/Programs 
  • Leadership Development For Parents 
  • Literacy Workshops 
  • Math/Science Workshops 
  • Meeting Space For Parent Groups 
  • Nutrition Workshops 
  • Parent Advisory/Group 
  • Parent Advocacy 
  • Parent Patrol 
  • Parenting Classes 
  • Peace Circles 
  • Safety Workshops 
  • Self-Esteem Workshops 
  • Supporting your Student Workshops/Programs 
Scholastic
  • Additional Learning Opportunities (ALO) 
  • Algebra 
  • Bilingual Support 
  • Chicago History Fair 
  • Homework Club/Study Group 
  • Homework Help 
  • Learning Lab 
  • Poetry Workshops 
  • Science Club 
  • Science Lab 
  • Tutoring 
  • Writers Workshop 
Sports and Fitness
  • Aerobics 
  • Basketball 
  • Boys’ Basketball 
  • Boys’ Cross Country 
  • Boys’ Soccer 
  • Boys’ Softball 
  • Boys’ Track 
  • Boys’ Volleyball 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Conditioning and Fitness 
  • Dance 
  • Exercise 
  • Flag Football 
  • Girls on the Run 
  • Girls on Track 
  • Girls’ Basketball 
  • Girls’ Cross Country 
  • Girls’ Soccer 
  • Girls’ Softball 
  • Girls’ Track 
  • Girls’ Volleyball 
  • Ping Pong 
  • Pom-Pon 
  • Running 
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Volleyball 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
School Quality Rating Report 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
School Quality Rating Report 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
School Quality Rating Report 2014
Building
Report Name Date Download
Accessibility Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Detail Report 2014-2015
Education Facilities Master Plan 2013
Other
Report Name Date Download
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2017
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2016
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2015
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2018-2020
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2016-2018
Healthy CPS Report 2018
Healthy CPS Report 2017
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