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GreatSchools Rating

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

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Rating Breakdown
Test score rating10
The test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state. Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.
Student growth rating10
The student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more. This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.
College readiness rating3
The college readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond. This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.
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They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.


Test scores

The bar charts below tell what percentage of students are performing at or above grade-level.

Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT)


Showing results for all students

Math

Reading

Science

Math

Reading

About the test

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

Illinois Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)


Showing results for all students

Math

Reading

Science

About the test

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


College readiness

The path to college

This school
State
75%
GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL
83%


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AP courses and testing

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College entrance testing

Average ACT score (1-36 scale)
19
This school's average
20
State average
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The ACT

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Climate

Schools that are well organized, safe, and supportive are much more likely to be successful.

5Essentials Survey from students

The 5Essentials survey measures what students and teachers think and feel about the school.

  Percent agree
Safety around hallways 65%
Students treat each other with respect 54%
Teachers listen to student input 71%
Teachers ask difficult test questions 57%
Teachers make sure students are planning for post-graduation 79%
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5Essentials Survey from teachers

  Percent agree
Teachers and parents are partners in education 85%
Students are mostly planning to attend college 82%
Disorder in hallways is rare 50%
Teachers trust each other 89%
Recommend this school to parents 95%
Source: See notes

Survey participation

Respondent group Number
Students 2636
Teachers 173
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Sources

The path to college IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013
AP courses and testing Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012
College entrance testing IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013
The ACT IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013
5Essentials Survey from students IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013
5Essentials Survey from teachers IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013
Survey participation IL State Board of Education, 2012-2013