About Mead

Margaret Mead Junior High School will serve more than 600 seventh- and eighth-grade during the current school year. With a focus on student learning and a commitment to ensuring student success, Mead Junior High is consistently one of the top achieving schools in District 54.

Students receive core instruction in the areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and physical education. Students are also able to select up to two elective classes to complete their daily schedules. The elective options include STEM, band, orchestra, chorus, foreign language, media, and art. Additionally, students may be assigned to literacy or math acceleration classes in lieu of their electives to provide targeted instruction for those needing additional support in their learning.

Our staff is consistently striving to meet the needs of ALL our students and functions as a professional learning community with a focus on learning, collaboration, and results. Differentiation is a part of all our academic efforts. The process of differentiation is one way to meet the individual needs of our students and it challenges us to think about our instructional approaches. Our instructional model helps to close the achievement gaps of struggling students and provides enriching opportunities to extend learning of those students meeting proficiency benchmarks. A full continuum of special services is available to Mead students. Each of the junior high schools has Discovery classes for eligible gifted students, and Mead is honored to have the District 54 magnet program based at our school for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

As a school, we embrace the PBIS Behavioral Expectations of Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe, which are integrated in many areas of the students’ academic and social/emotional programs.

Mead students have an opportunity to become involved in a variety of after-school activities, clubs and athletics. These staff-sponsored clubs include Yearbook, Drama, Interact, Mead Prep, Math Team, Science Olympiad, Rocketry, Chat Room, FUSE, Mead’s Newspaper, Bocce, Gardening, Club Unify, Lego League, Coding, Fluid Power Challenge, Organization Club and Poms.

Interscholastic sports include cross-country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, cheerleading, girls’ volleyball, wrestling, and track and field. Students may also choose intramural activities that include co-ed basketball, co-ed volleyball, co-ed softball, co-ed floor hockey, ping pong, open gym, and soccer. Physical examinations are required for participation in these opportunities.

Mead was named after Margaret Mead, an anthropologist known for her studies of how culture influences the development of personality.

Mascot: Mustangs
Colors: Green and white


Margaret Mead Junior High School
1765 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, Ill. 60007