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Fenton High School

Public | 9-12 | 1500 students

 

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Posted May 30, 2014

Fenton high school is a terrible school overall. With poor national test scores, and with economic, drug, and alcohol problems staining the majority of students deriving from the bensenville area, not much else could go wrong. Poor values are instilled within the majority of Fenton students, such as the general idea of drugs, partying, and sex over the one and only true answer to their economic problems, education. Their may be a few good seeds sprinkled in, but the success of a few Fenton students can not outweigh the failure to be educated and successful of the majority of Fenton students. The most daunting fact of all is the unbelievably incapacitating willingness of the faculty to let this continue to occur. I would know this as a current student.


Posted February 26, 2014

I recently graduated from Fenton high school. I was so well prepared for college, I actually became a teachers assistant as a freshman at Loyola to help get other students up to speed in math. We had numerous Fenton graduates attend universities such as Northwestern, Stanford, University of Illinois, & Loyola, to name a few. I think the schools overall scores suffer because there is a high percentage of foreign students that are new to the English language. This diversity, however, is excellent in building a students social skills. If your child is driven, he/she will be challenged at Fenton and will be well prepared for college.


Posted December 10, 2009

Fenton High really helped me prep for college, and i think its a great school if a student actually tries in classes, but if a student doesn't really try then they are getting less of an education than they can get out of Fenton High. Overall the School isn't great but its not bad its 'above average'.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2009

I recently graduated from Fenton High School and believe it to be a solid, educational establishment. The teachers are incredibly amiable, relatable, and professional - and there are definitely many efforts being taken to improve the facility and students' progress. The problem arises in that the student body is very blatantly divided into those that are motivated and crave success, and those that just do the bare minimum and will, unfortunately, not really grow up to do anything productive or great. For those willing to put forth the effort and motivation, such as myself, Fenton proves to be a wondrous high school, with myriad clubs and sports, that can ensure one's successes (I, myself, am currently studying at one of the top universities in the country). Unfortunately, those the group that is unmotivated and negative is definitely a significant downfall to the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Fenton is a wonderful school. Always helpful to all the parents and children. Teacher are great with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

Fenton is great it is full of spirit and everyone always gets along and has a good time. Everyone is involved in almost all school activites. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

Fenton is a fine school for kids that have their priorities straight before entering high school. They have great teachers, lots of AP classes to choose from. They have academic team ,math team,speech team,sports just like any other school. Many from my graduating class went on to great Universities. But there is also set of student population where education is not the top priority, so definitely not the place for your kids to get their roots.If your kid is focused on learning , they have some caring , dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 8, 2006

The learning environment at Fenton was very flexible, but also strict when it was needed. The Teachers are very professional and can relate to the students. This school has been on a downslide recently and it is a shame because it was a very good school just a few years back.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 16, 2005

This school has changed dramatically over the last decade. This school needs to get back to the theory of making the parents resonsible for their childrens progress.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 23, 2004

I myself graduated from FHS, and I found that I would have also benefited more if there was more parent involvment. The extra curricular activities that Fenton offers do not work around the transportation issues that many students have i.e. having a ride home after the activity. Over all, Fenton is a great acedemic learning establishment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2003

I have had four children graduate from Fenton. All had numerous opportunities afforded them in the areas of academics, arts and extra-curricula activities. Fenton is also a member of DAOES, which allows the sudents to pursue vocational interests as well. The facility is clean and well maintained. Many improvements have been made for physical education development, including a fitness center, aerobics gym and a new stadium and football field. The school partners with the park district in the use of its facilities as well. My only 'wish' is for more teacher accountability. I am a strong advocate of parental involvement in the schools, and I feel that the educators should take more of an interest in their students, and communicate with the parents. The school makes very clear its expectations of the students. I, too, have expectations of the teachers. Overall, Fenton will provide an excellent opportunity for secondary schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female58%
Male62%
Black36%
Asian92%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial62%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income45%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities64%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female60%
Male45%
Black36%
Asian75%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial59%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income37%
Non-low income65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female42%
Male52%
Black9%
Asian83%
Hispanic34%
Multiracial52%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Low income31%
Non-low income60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
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Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

86.5%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 48% 24%
White 39% 51%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Todd Leden

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1000 West Green Street
Bensenville, IL 60106
Phone: (630) 860-6250

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