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Crystal Lake Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 1588 students

 
 

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Posted December 6, 2013

My daughter is a freshman at CLC and we are new to this district. She LOVES the school - so I love the school. She said most everyone is friendly and agrees that the students don't care which "group" you belong to.. most everyone talks to everyone. I've been super impressed with her teachers and the amount of work they give. Not too little, not to much. The Booster/ Parent support for the school is awesome - everyone really seems to like it here. I couldn't be more pleased. Communication is great - honestly, could not think of one area that needs improvement. CLC gets an A+ from us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

While they did provide some good classes geared towards something you might actually give two poops about, be prepared to be pushed around by the lack-of-a-heartbeat counselors. They put you into classes that mean nothing and sometimes the class' credit doesn't go towards graduation. If your child is going here, make sure he/she has the willingness from day one to get what they want and need schedule wise. One semester I had 4! study halls EVERYDAY. I was wasting my life away in a silent room filled with people who wanted to do something for themselves but couldnt.


Posted May 26, 2013

I beg parents looking to move to this area to reconsider. Moving here has been the worst expierence of my life. I moved here from the St. Louis area. I was at the time handicapped with various illnesses but optimistic. I've always been able to make friends easily too so i wasnt particularly worried about the people. I lack the proper words to describe the hell these kids put me through. Even now, I am no longer visablly handicapped or anything, I am treated awfully. I just a few weeks ago, about a month before the end of the year, succeeded in having a person actually talk to me so I guess that's a step up. I go back to Missouri as often as I can and am treated great. While being here I've made friends with people all over the place: ca, mn, wi, tx, ny but still have no friends here. Don't move here. You'll regret it. That being said most of the teachers are phenomenal. So if you care about that more than your kids happiness and or sanity then by all means move here. Oh and that comment that says they aren't the stereotypical highschool I've heard that same thing from 10 different people. Word for word. I think that's a tad creepy. Also 100% false.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2010

I owe my life to Crystal Lake Central. I am a university student now, happily on my way to graduating with honors, and I owe it to CLC. The teachers, the programs, the whole spirit of the school taught me that school can be a home away from home. Crystal Lake Central will always be in my heart, I can't wait to teach someday and do just what CLC did for me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2010

Without a doubt the best highschool experience for me as a parent and my children. Tremendous attention to detail yet with the freedom to allow children to grow into adults. Great athletic and musical programs as well as a broad range of business, science and math programs for kids to choose from. The parent and community support is unprecidented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

I am a big fan of Crystal Lake Central High School. My oldest daughter has attended the school the last two years and has had nothing but a positive experience. They offer fantastic classes for them to choose from. Wonderful staff that helps the students and gets them involved. From the first time she stepped foot in the school back in 8th grade, just to pick her classes, she was excited to attend it. Great parent involvement. A real home town school !I'm so lucky to have her go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

We love Crystal Lake Central because our son loves it. His high school experience has been far more positive than anything his father or I ever experienced. There are so many opportunities for the kids at Central, no matter where their interests and talents lie. If you want to be an involved student, you can be! Plus, it also says a lot that the teachers love to be there, too. On parent night, every single teacher we visited started off by telling us, 'I have the best job in the world!' This shows the high level of involvement and dedication the teachers have toward the school and its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great teachers, great programs, great french classes, great student body, and great extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It is not the stereotypical high school! We have virtually no cliques and each class is it's own big happy family. We all come together and have THE BEST spirit around without a doubt!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2009

My daughters go to Crystal Lake Central High School and it is a wonderful school with great academics, music and activities. I couldn't pick a better school for them to attend. There is a very warm and welcoming atmosphere at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

CLC has an excellent curriculum, mostly very qualified instructors, reasonable disciplinary policies, and loads of extra-curriculars. While CLC students may score slightly lower on standardized tests than those in neighboring high schools, CLC has a very economically diverse population, which the others do not. CLC does need some work in the areas of recognizing and dealing with learning disabilities, and of teacher communication with parents. District 155 was extremely slow to put in place a system to permit parents to view their children's current progress online. Now that they finally have such a system, they need to teach the teachers to use it, and to require them to use it. My four children attended CLC; the last one graduated in 2008.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

My brother and step-sister graduated from here in 2005 and 2007 & thought it was the best school around.


Posted September 22, 2008

Currently, I have 2 students attending CLC. This school has truely educated my children. It's not just the outstanding academics. It's the community behind this school that sets it apart. The parents, the teachers, and the students make this a school that accepts diversity and insists on involvement. CLC is a pillar of the Crystal Lake community having been in the community well before WWII. The legacy lives! Tiger Pride!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

Where's to start with Central? The students have much pride and the extracurricular activites are outstanding. Each student can feel comfortable here and lears a lot from the teachers. Each teacher gives attention to every student and helps them through their struggles. There are many AP classes aswell. CLC is honestly one of the best things that has happened to my 2 daughters and son and has prepared them well for college and their future life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

Up with Central Pride! Outstanding isn't even a word that can start describing Central, this school is absolutley outstanding. Incredible teachers and dedicated students are what make up this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

Crystal Lake Central is a phenomenal school! It encourages everyone to be themselves, and provides all the proper resources for a student to achieve everything they are capable of. Tiger Pride is another fun part of central. IIT'S everywhere!!! and it's contagious!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2008

My two children graduated from clchs and both received an outstanding education, had great friends, wonderful experiences with sports and extracurricular activities. Both of them have done extremely well in college due to the great preparation they received in high school. This is an outstanding school with enormous Tiger spirit and pride!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2007

Most any central student will say they are proud to be a tiger and wouldn't have it any other way, myself included. Central also has a very wide range of courses to take and so the education Ive recieved has been extremely interesting from working and car engines, to taking photography class to engineering and still fitting in calculus and physics. Go TIGERS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2007

Crystal Lake Central is a wonderful high school, the teacher's are very dedicated to teaching and the students are very dedicated to learning. Overall, Crystal Lake Central, CLC, is an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2007

This is our first year at CLC and we are thrilled with the staff, the academics, the athletics, and the extra curricular activities. Our student loves going to school this year and is challenged by his teachers to learn each day. The pride of students is tremendous and shows throughout the school community. When I drop my student off school I am overwhelmed with the display of orange and black apparel going into the building. The students take great pride in their school and it shows.
—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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The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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72%
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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 Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income36%
Not low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities71%
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Reading

All Students63%
Female63%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracial64%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income42%
Not low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities67%
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Science

All Students66%
Female61%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income43%
Not low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities70%
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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46%
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28%
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Average ACT score

22

Graduation rate

90.4%


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
White 81% 51%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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45 W Franklin Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: (815) 459-2505

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