I have 2 daughters that attended Illinois Lutheran from kindergarten thru HS & are now in college. They are both doing excellent in college and have earned honors for their academic skills which were honed by the wonderful teachers & curriculum that holds students to a very high standard.
Contrary to a previous comment, I have found absolutely no negativity toward other religions in the 16 years that I have been involved as a parent. In fact I was warmly welcomed by all even though I was a Catholic and was even invited to help coach a couple of sports! I am so grateful for the education that my daughters received there that I actually joined the school board AFTER they graduated so that I can try to bring the same opportunity to others!
It's true that they can't afford to provide all the programs that other schools can but what they do provide that others can't is an absolutely top notch education coupled with no nonsense discipline so that every student is held to the same high standard to prepare these young adults for college!!!
- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2011
I am a parent who has sent 2 children though this school. You must first understand that this is a religious school and religion is heavily concentrated upon. This is especially true in the Jr High years when the "members" are concentrating upon their Church Confirmation. It is not an open religious environment. They strongly believe in their own faith and strongly teach that faith and that faith only. Make sure you understand their faith. Educationally, they are not the highest level. They are also not at the lowest level. If you want your child to take all AP level coursework and apply to Ivy Leagues - there are better places. If your child struggles and needs special help - there are better places. However, they are solid in middle of the road traditional education. Both of my children were accepted and thrive at 4 year Universities. Overall, their classwork concentrates on traditional subjects. There are not many electives available and their sports and extra-curriculars are bare bones. The school, as with all small organizations, can be clique-y and adverse to outsiders. However, I'd choose it again over local public options for my children any day of the week.
- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
To parents or future students interested in attending this private school I highly recommend doing it. I apologize on behalf of the review who speak negatively either from a poor experience or pure ignorance. I myself attended ILHS and can only speak highly of the environment. This school stresses education and COLLEGE which is often less reinforced throughout this area. Values are stressed heavily from the Christian background, which should be the case since it is a religiously focused school. I didn't believe the same religious practice, but I respected their beliefs. The saying "know your environment" is applicable. I'm not here either to neglect the public system, which is good if the effort is put forth. In this small school you'll benefit for academical reasons, because the effort is required to succeed. The teachers are tough but they want to see success in every single student. There not just trying to finish the school year, but trying to inspire the next generation. My friends came from all walks of life and this school provided possibilities that the public school wouldn't have allowed in sports, clubs, and the relationships. r
- submitted by a student
March 20, 2011
This school has a variety of sports for your student to be involved in, such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball and cheerleading. This is a small school where everyone knows each other. The Spanish program is phenomenal and I personally have learned a lot. In regard to previous comments, a student will only receive what he or she is willing to work for. It is your job as a parent to raise your kids and teach them right/wrong. So, instead of pushing that responsibility on the school system, be a good parent and do it yourself. Overall I gave this school 5 stars because I have learned a lot from going there. I have many friendships there that I hope will last a lifetime.
- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2010
I personally as a student here actually enjoy this school half the time. i mean yes, it has its flaws but what school doesnt. its a small religious school, so yes if you sign up for that there is going to be religious teachings there. if you complain about religion teachings at a religious school, then your stupid. also with being so small it kindve hard to get full teams sometimes but we always work with what we have. we always have fun becuase we're like on big family. no one gets in these huge fights with each other and there are barely any rivalries. the diversity of the school is lacking but thats totally fine becuase you all become really good friends anyway, youdont even recognize that. as for college, BOY are they big on that! your sophomore year they schedule a meeting with you about that to help you out and it doesnt even stop there. the teachers really care although they may seem bratty sometimes, individually they just want you to try. it all comes down to what kind of person you are and what you're willing to put up with :)
- submitted by a student
August 16, 2010
this school is a JOKE! the teachers here only teach about praising the Lord, there is NO CLUBS, ELECTIVES and basically no language classes, no theater, barely any sports, and the music program stinks. the biggest thing is the school doesn't teach about anything but how to STAY IN CRETE! They don't teach about going to college, or being active in anything. They also are not tolerant of any other religions, opinions, or any other ethnicity besides prep-school, weed-based, alcoholic, insecure boys and girls. Do your kids a favor and send them to a different town.
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