Dirksen Middle School

1650 Pulaski Rd, Calumet City, IL 60409 | (708) 868-2340
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Student Enrollment: 1,032
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2.5 out of 5 | 12 Reviews
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School Description

School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Principal or Admin: Brigitte Garth-Young
School Operational Details
  • Title I Eligible
    All students of this school are eligible for participation in authorized programs.
School District Details

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 1,032
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 55.0
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 18.8
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 533 (51.6%)
  • Females: 499 (48.4%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 122 (11.8%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 738 (71.5%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 860 (83.3%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Dirksen Middle School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Dirksen Middle School
  Number Percent
2nd Grade10.10%
6th Grade18918.3%
7th Grade39238.0%
8th Grade45043.6%
Attendance, Graduation, and Dropout Rates (2010)
Attendance Rate
Source: IL Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 2.5

2.5 out of 5 | 12 Reviews
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12 reviews for Dirksen Middle School

  • Reviewed by Former Student on June 22, 2011
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I've been going to Dirksen for 2 years, I've graduated from that school in 2011. Never send your child to that school, its horrible, they can't keep there kids under control. THEY JUST DON'T CARE!!! NOT A GOOD SCHOOL!
  • Reviewed by Student on August 30, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • i want them to say we can wear whatever we want
  • Reviewed by Student on May 18, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The Food Is Nastyyyy !!!!! There Are Some But Very Few Activities!!! iFeel That The Teachers arent Fully Teaching Us! Well One Teacher, Mrs Craig on 7E Is VERYYY Good At Teaching Even Though She's A Little Tough Sometimes! What Im Saying is that DIRKSEN needs to act like a REAL SUBURBAN SCHOOL and not anything less! Some students are a mess and the school is not organized !!!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on April 09, 2009
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Dirsken has been a blessing to myself and my daughter. We have recently moved to the district and my daughter was doing terrible in a Chicago public school. She was put into Ms. Gomez class and is doing wonderful. I cannot describe the feeling I get when my daughter comes home with a smile after earning a good grade. It has made her more determined to be a good student and the bus that takes her to and from school has been a big help to me. God bless Dirksen and in particular Mrs. Gomez who my daughter says she loves, and I haven't heard her speak that way about a teacher since the 1st grade. Keep up the good work.
  • Reviewed by Student on February 23, 2009
  • Rating: 3 (3 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I am a student at dirksen middle school now i will graduate this year "09" and i have seen this school change in so many way it now offers many after school programs to th e students who try to be some one in their lives andthe teachers have their own personalities and have there view on things i will admit that there are some thongs i dont agree with but in live there will be many more things that wont be thought out but thats ok its just a part of life from my opion this is a pretty ok school not the best but the staff is trying everyone at this school bring a great veiw to this school and i believe just cause we had a few fights and food fights and things like that but what school dosent experience these type of things this is my opion you other love it or hate it bye bye now.
  • Reviewed by Student on October 24, 2008
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • this school was very fun and cool but the teachers did not teach that much. much love to Mr.scott and Ms.Gomez.

    luv,an old dirksen student,

    La Reesha Christianna Fagan
  • Reviewed by Student on July 03, 2007
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I am a student at Dirksen Middle school in Calumet I previously just graduated with the class of 2007! Not only is the school horrible but the graduation ceremony was also! They were more than an hour late starting! It was hot! The school gives us students no opportunities to do anything! There are no after school activities and we are on academic probation! The teachers are prejudice and don't reach the standards of a qualified teacher! This year a boy brought a gun to school! There was no warning to the teachers or students that the boy was on the loose with the gun! Teachers had students out in the halls which could endanger them or anyone else in the halls or even teachers and students who have their doors open! In the teacher hand book it says there is suppose to be a special waring over the intercom of the whole school but there was no warning! Everyone in the school was in danger! Dirksen is the worst Middle school in the state of Illinois! Nothing can get worse than this school! I suggest you don't send your child to this school! Send them to a school that will prepare her for you future not failure!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on April 06, 2007
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Wearing light blue tops with dark blue bottoms is prison wear. you should let these children wear whatever they feel they wanna wear. they can't even wear light or white shoes. they're wearing dark like prisoners. if you guys are scared for children to wear red, black or exotic colors under their school shirt there will always be a fight. that's life. I can tell my friends and family that you're a great school if there were no dress code but until then, I'll say bad things.
  • Reviewed by on September 05, 2006
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Dirksen is the most horrible school in the city of calumet city. Just because it is the biggest middle school in Illinois doesn't mean it is the one of the best. It is actually one the worst. You might as well call it a prison for ages 11 through 15.They wear all blue uniforms,walk in single file lines, and they are fed all kinds of mess in the cafeterias. If you ask me, don't send your child to that school

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