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Crystal Lake South High School

Public | 9-12 | 1888 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 28, 2014

South is a very good school. When I moved to Crystal Lake IL In 2010 I felt very welcome by the students and staff. South has great Academic and Athletic programs. Our Football team is great and they just upgraded our Bleachers and Gym floors. We have alot of school pride. We also have a pit that we usually decorate for our football games. We have a great and young staff who actually puts the time and effort and actually cares about their students. Im glad i moved from my old high school Lake Park High School. That place was awful. I'm glad to be a CLS Gator!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2014

Academic teachers are very good. Some coaches are kind but others are bully's and only concerned with their teams athletics and getting their team members out of trouble. They do not encourage studying or community service. The District Administration/Board is terrible and seems to lead the bullying that some in the school follow. I would have recommended this school/district in the past but it has quickly gone down hill & I no longer would. Possibly if current administration is dismissed they could save the reputation of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

As a formor student of this high school; the teachers did not prepare me for college during my first two years at Crystal Lake South before I moved. The faculty never addressed my problems, they just shrugged it off and all the students were rude, they bullied me because of having autism and because I was openly bisexual. I hope a new principal comes in and teaches these kids about proper behavior and to respect people for who they are. I am truly disgusted by the way this school is run.


Posted July 12, 2010

My child just moved to this school after our fourth move, i was so worried that maybe this time she might just give up on trying to make friends, or having good grades, but the students there wanted to make her feel like she had come there with them from middle school, she has so many friends and is in many after school activities, and i high honor role student as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

I love how the school administration keeps the children and community involved in all aspect of learning and community. This is a great school. Crystal Lake South is a five star school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

I can honestly say that South is one of the best high schools in the area. My oldest just graduated and will be going to ISU. The staff and teachers express an honest care and concern for the students. I also have a son who completed his freshman year. I am sad to say that we are leaving the area. Due to the economy, we are not able to continue living in this area. However, if we are able to, we will be returning in order to continue the education of my sons at South.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

South is a really good school, the teachers care about you, and you can't help but be friends with them. South really tries to prepare you for the future ahead of you. It's not fun unless you're in a sport or a club- but there is so much to do. We have a great football team! This school has so much to offer and great AP and Honors classes. P.S It's even better then Prairie Ride and Central! CLS is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

CLS is a great school with a very young and energetic faculty. It really seems to motive the kids. There is a termendous amount of participation in the school activities from athletics and clubs to spectators at school events. A fantastic experience for your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

We have enjoyed sending through two boys through CLS and both have thrived in the college environment. We beleive the Principal leadership and freedom the teachers receive in developing cirriculum make CLS a unique place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2008

Choose Crystal Lake SOUTH! We have great teachers, and staff. We are a school filled with SPIRIT, and the place is placed until at least 7 every night with all of the activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

I moved from Chicago last Summer and I could see a great difference . I am so happy that my son attend Crystal Lake South High School. And I think he is too. Thanks to all the teachers and staff at Crystal Lake South High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2007

My daughter graduated from South in '06 and is now a Marine. My son is a senior who wll be attending ISU to study to be a History Teacher and my youngest is a Sophomore. My sophomore has require special services because of her disability and I could not ask for a better place for her to be. Accommodating staff, supportive administration and a varied curriculum to fit her needs. On the other hand, my son is in 3 AP classes and has lettered in 3 sports and I feel is very well prepared for college. Maybe not for life, but for college. I have been extremely happy with the district and this school in particular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

Crystal Lake South is a diverse school academically. The normal classes are okay (as always quality of teachers varies). There are a decent number of AP classes and a number of good teachers for them. Without the AP program (which, as of my graduation in 1999, had a small portion of students), the school is at best average. FYI, I was a national merit scholar and later graduated college Phi Beta Kappa and have acquired a master's degree in psychology.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 22, 2006

At Crystal Lake South My child received the best education have yet to see a school give. There is so much potential in students that is sometime wasted or not found due to the teachers lack of caring and compassion toward the kids, but not at Crystal Lake South High School. There are and unimaginable amount of extracurricular programs a student can join and all of them backed by the school well. My daughter was in the Music and Theatre program and enjoyed every minute of it. The Music program is very well organized and loved and the Theatre program does very well also. The parents of South students love to involve themselves in every aspect of the learning their child goes through. All in all South was a great choice for my child and I hope you consider it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2005

My son just graduated from Crystal Lake South. My husband and I were very pleased with the faculty and administration at the HS. Our son played sports and responded to the motivation from the coaches. We just moved here a year ago and were concerned about how the children would adjust. Crystal Lake South made all of the children feel welcome and helped them get involved right away. I highly recommend the school and the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

This school ill-prepared me for college and the real world. The school does not emphasize social and emotional development, and diversity is frowned upon.
—Submitted by a former student


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students69%
Female64%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income46%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female67%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian36%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income40%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female63%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian46%
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Low income44%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities76%
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
White 84% 51%
Hispanic 9% 23%
Asian 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1200 McHenry Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: (815) 455-3860

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