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Harlan Community Academy High School

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Posted April 11, 2014

Being a recent alumni of Harlan, I must say that it isn't as bad of a school as it's reputation gives it. It has definitely gotten better from when I entered in 2007 to now. There are caring teachers & faculty who try their best to push students to learn the necessary tools to continue into their college careers, but students rent very acceptive to it. The post secondary department were adamant in getting students into college by making it a requirement to apply to 5 colleges of the students choice. The AP/Honors classes does an excellent job at preparing students for college level work. I was doing work that I am doing now in college back in high school. I am very thankful of what I've gained during my 4 years at Harlan. It has developed me into who I am today and prepared me for my current college matriculation.


Posted April 10, 2013

I've read most bad reviews versus good ones....my son applied to harlan for the fall because they offer web and game design. It's not our neighborhood school, but I do want my son to learn something that he's interested in, while in HighSchool...do you recommend this school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

Harlan's rep. Is bad but in reality it's really good school. They have caring teachers, and great programs such as the engineering program and academic center,


Posted November 23, 2011

Even though the school has a reputation for being violent, its probably because the school is poorly funded. I talked to a senior today and asked where there going for there senior trip, I was told there going to an arcade place. Also while i was there I asked how does it feel to be a senior, an I was told that it feels no different from all the other grade levels.


Posted October 25, 2011

This sound like a great school I would to get more information on it.Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Harlan has educated some of the best and brightest in the Chicagoland area. It is probably the only school in the city, perhaps in the country that can claim 8 Circuit Court judges, a host of teachers and principals, musicians, physicians, clergy, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

Initially, my husband and I were apprehensive about our children attending Harlan. I had heard so many bad things about the school; basically the administration was not about academics, only sports, low test scores, etc. However, our youngest daughter got accepted to the Academic Center & subsequently joined one of the sports teams. At the end of the year, Harlan put together a beautiful athletic banquet. I was impressed with the program, the students were tastefully dressed and orderly, but what really sold me was listening to the GPAs of these students - 3.5s and above! I was blown away! Here these students were playing a sport and maintaining these GPAs! The new principal, Reginald Evans, has made many changes at Harlan to further academic excellence, such as the new Engineering Program beginning this Fall for selected Freshmen. Look for Harlan to soon be one of the top highs in Chicago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2009

My son went to this school. He was suppose to graduate class of 09. He went and talked to his teachers, mother contacted schooled and making sure he was going to be ok for this special day and they called him 2 days befog to tell him that he was not. I went and talked to his teacher and he was cold and displayed and very none caring. He took no responsibility of being a teacher and shifted blame from 1 department to the other. I was shocked of the answers that he gave and and the lace of comment he showed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

When I first arrived at Harlan I was shocked at the shape the school was in. It was in fact one of the worst schools I had attended. But through-out the course of 2 years, all the way up until I graduated in 2008, I must say that the school in a way has gotten alot better. My main concern for the school is the way the teachers dicipline the students. Some of the teachers make it aware that they do not care. Harlan has under went a huge turn around. I went from a student embarresed to claim my high school, to a proud graduate and frequent volunteer. Harlan is just a little bruised rose...with some watering it will blossom. -Kiara Goodman (Harlan 2008 Secretary & Graduate)
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2009

this school is the worst school that i have ever been to.i am appualed at all of the fights that happen here.this school should be knocked down IMMEDIATELY.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

The school does not offer enough rigor as required for these students to be successful in college. It is sad that upon graduation these students are whollfully unprepared to enter into the real world and able to compete. There are too many people just collecting a check and not providing quality service. It is even sadder that the parents seem so unconcerned about their children and do not demand a better education for their children. There is no technology, books and the organization of the administration is even sadder. It is as if they do not communicate and are reactive rather than proactive. Leadership has hired their friends rather than competent people. It is a frat and soro house not a school. Those that could make a difference stay hid in offices all day and run out at 2:55. It is who you know not what you know.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2008

My time as a parent of an Academic Center student was depolable. Unlike the other Academic Centers, the students do not get gym, they have little or no access to the internet, the school has a severely limited library, there is little or no opportunity to develop powerpoint or other media projects as the school is not equiped. I found several teaachers to be unprepared for the level of instruction and interaction. There were others that were extremely unprofessional in their teacher student and teacher parent interactions. This includes discussing student concerns and progress in publis areas and belittling & demaning students in front of and to other students. Two classes of which I am aware did not get books until the middle of the second marking period. The office staff was unprofessional and the administration unresponsive to call, messages, letters and emails.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2008

this school have the best wrestling team i ever seen. the best player Tyanthony Bain
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

This school is an excelent place to be at it has taught me and so many others so much
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2008

I am a LSC community rep. My daughter graduated in 2007 from Harlan. I participated on the NCLB. There is no PTA as of now which I think can contribute to the dvelopment and give support of Harlan students. Principle Reginald Evans has made major changes at Harlan. A Lean on Me Principle he is always looking for new ways to keep the student s engaged in learning and being competitive. Mr Evans is always trying to safeguard these students and this makes me pride to have him as Harlan Principle. Mr. Evans can't do this along this school needs more parents participation and involvement. We need the support of the school and encouragement from the parents both to do a good job in education our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2005

I am pleased with the new principal, Dr. Hill's, efforts to make Harlan a school we can all be proud to have our childrend attend and also in the community. Some of the teachers are eager to teach the children, while others are there to collect a paycheck. I attended 'Shadow Day', which is when the parents follow their children to their classrooms. The parental participation was extremely low. It was dissapointing. 6 of the 7 classes were OUT OF CONTROL. If the teachers are afraid of the children, then the other children will be too. The children cannot concentrate in a disruptive environment.If they get rid of the BAD kids, Harlan would be a better place to learn. We need more parents to attend the new, strong and improved NCLB PAC, P.T.A., and LSC meetings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

The quality of instruction is improving. A new principal has been hired and new programs have been introduced including a nursing program and the AVID program. One major problem is the lack of parental involvement but a strong LSC and PTA afre now functiong at Harlan. A Drama Club has been started and the Band program has been restarted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

The quality of education at Harlan is poor. The teachers for the most part are not motivated and underqualified and a lot of the students are unruly and once again, not motivated. If the students are late, they are put in a room called a 'hot box' which I do not think is legal. There are rodents in the school. The school should be 'closed'. I will say that my daughter is getting all she can out of the school because she is motivated and her parent is concerned. The counselors 'will' work for you only if you work for yourself. The area taxpayers should pay a lot more attention to where education is headed at Harlan. Colleges think Harlan is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2003

I feel Harlan scores low because counselors do not inform students about pre-tests and practice test exams. If they do, it is not in a timely manner. For example, my child is a junior andasked her about the SAT. After reviewing test dates, I discovered we were already too late to take 2 of the practice exams, without paying a late fee of $16 for one, of which there was only a week left to study. How absurd! My child should have been informed before school let out for the summer as a sophomore that there was an August registration deadline in order to take the test in early September. The counselors are inadequate (receiving paychecks only), and students suffer (poor grades, poor preparation, poor future) and parents suffer (anxiety, paying $42 for a test vs. $26). I'm trying HARD to remove my child from Harlan. This school should be CLOSED.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

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53%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT 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.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students53%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income46%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income85%
Non-low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT 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.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

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

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
5%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
14%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
6%
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.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students9%
Female9%
Male10%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income9%
Non-low income17%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students19%
Female21%
Male18%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income17%
Non-low income39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students7%
Female8%
Male7%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income7%
Non-low income13%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 18%
Hispanic 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Reginald E Evans

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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9652 South Michigan Avenue
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