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15000 Cottage Grove Avenue
Dolton, IL 60419

(708) 271-4401
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November 29, 2012
I graduated in 1984, and to make a long story short, a miss Donna Megan was my language arts teacher. And all i wish to say is that she was so darn gorgeous then and she more than likely still rocks ! I'm avail. Donna. John

- submitted by a community member

January 19, 2012
I want to thank Ms DeVeranez for all of her outstanding assistance and leadership with our students. She is simply the best at what she does. Smile dial

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2011
My daughter just started this year as a freshmen, I was surpised to learn that many students have not been taught to respect authoriy or their peers. The problems in the community shows up in the schools. Parents beware that drugs, behavior issues are some of the issues faced by the school system. Thornridge has some good teachers but the many of the students views toward the value of education needs help.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2009
thornridge is a great school to learn at. its fun to join there school activies and its safe place to be. i love thornridge high home of the falcons

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 13, 2009
I am a parent of a freshman student, so far through the registration process I have been very pleased. The organization and the movement of the parents. Many people simply complain about this or that but the fact is parents and students are just as responsible for the success or failure of a school as the institution itself. My child is an excellent student, for this to continue to be the case there are expectations that I must meet, my child must meet and that the school has to be made responsible to meet. I charge all Parents and Community leaders and anyone else concerned to take part in the educational process of the children. If the school is not living up to our expectation some how, join the PTA and Parent Advisory. Talk to the Principal and Administrators. Don't just gossip and complain because the community schools represent US

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 24, 2009
I hate Thornridge! It's terrible, if you had thoughts of sending your child there you should move somewhere far away!the teachers are great! But the students there don't want to learn and that takes time out of the class period, the hall sweeps are so stupid! The only thing good about Thornridge is the teachers

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 15, 2009
I have 2 children that currently attend Thornridge and I must say this is one of the worst high schools that I have seen in years. I now understand why the children that attend this school are so confused. The staff never knows what going on. The rules change from day to day. There's no communication with the parents. You can never get in touch with the principal. Problems that should be addressed are not. They suspend students for some of the most baffling reasons. I understand that children need to be disciplined but how can you expect your students to follow the rules when that staff has a problems enforcing the rules from start to finish. This school really needs to review the credentials of their staff members starting with the principal on down. Children spend more time on suspensions than they do learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 18, 2009
I have two children who attend TR, and in the four years that I have had dealings with the school, I have been very disappointed. They do have some good staff members, but unfortunately they do not outway the bad. The policies are inconsistent and the authority figures send a mix message of 'you have to respect me, but I will treat you how ever I feel like it.' Yes children are children, but this generation of teens needs more than suspensions and expulsions. That's the easy way out, what happen to educators? What thappen to people who really care whether the children make it or not? What happened to getting to the root of the problem. No, that's not what I've experienced at this school. They talk a great game, but the scores attest to what is really the truth.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2009
This is the worst high school I've seen. If you care about your child's safety and education dont send them to TR

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2008
I think that Thornridge has some of the best teachers and staff help possible. They are always willing to go above and beyond. It takes more then just the teacher to help these kids learn. It is also our responsibility to pitch and and enforce what is being taught.

- submitted by a community member

August 28, 2007
TR is a typical school with hard working teachers. I find some it amusing how some of the comments which give the worst ratings have spelling and grammar errors. Learning also starts from the home. ex. Don't send ya kids. Don't send your kids.

- submitted by a teacher

April 25, 2007
I have a child in Thornridge and find that the teachers I have encountered really take pride in trying to educate their students. It, like any high school has typical high school drama amongst the students. Parent involvement could stand to increase. I am not referring to involvement in school but in parenting in general. I have noticed that some of the students appear to have no respect for themselves no authority figures, which makes it harder for the faculty to effectively do their job. Less blame on the teachers and more responsibility by the parents. Good after school programs for those that want it either academic and or athletic. Not a bad school just a typical one.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2006
TR is a good school with teachers that care about their students. My child has been on the honor roll for the last 2 years and have had great teachers.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2006
My child really loves going there because the teachers are great and do the best they can with limited resources.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2005
Dangerous to students. Frequent violent fights, food fights, and hall uproars.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 28, 2005
Thornridge is NOT a bad school. Of course, Thornridge may be going through financial problems but it is only because the students don't apply thenselves as well as they should. Thornridge has some of the most talented and bright students. There is no reason for people to look down on District 205. If their parents pushed them hard enough and require their children to do better in school, maybe the test scores and grades will improve. Thornridge is a very good school with very good teachers who care about their students.

- submitted by a student

December 11, 2004
i am not from the south suburban area in which the school is located. however, i do have family that had a child who graduated and went on to college from TR. to those parents who read our reviews, you must understand that the area in which the school is located is growing increasingly poor and run-down. the issue with lack of money does not come from lack of support by the parents, rather lack of support and disinterest by the state of illinois. those parents who are not familiar with predominantly black communities and the issues the communities must face regarding education, should do more research. dolton is a predominantly black community. there are plenty of schools located in low-income neighborhoods, whose schools have been maintained through parental funding instead of government funding. this is an issue that can only be fixed with the help of the community.

- submitted by a teacher

November 15, 2004
I agree with the parent stating, 'do not send your child there'! out of thornridge, thornton and thornwood, thornridge is the most filthiest school in the disctrict. The deans does not communicate with the students nor the parents. I hope they'll close their doors soon!

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2004
I think Thornridge is in a sad situation. They have no money, and as a result; most sports are gone, and the graduating class of 2005 don't have senior pictures or a yearbook. Parents who truly care about their child's education will do something about it and move to another district.

- submitted by a student

October 13, 2004
I'd like to strongly disagree with the afformentioned comment in regards to Thornridge High School. Being a 1997 alumni, I think Thornridge provided me with the tools neccessary to become a successful young adult. I do understand however that things do change, but I'm confident enough to believe that things have not become that horrible at TR. The only negative I have about Thornridge HS is the city it is currently located in. I have watched Dolton slowly become a beacon for crime, drugs, and gangs over the last 10 years. Maybe that speaks to why some parents and students feel like that towards TR. If any thing, Thornridge is only guilty of trying to make good in a sub-par enviroment. Thank you- Leonard Croft C/O 1997

- submitted by a student

August 17, 2004
Do not send ya child here. This school does not educate they just sit around and be lazy. They teach your kids to be disrespectful and lazy. The deans there do not handle not of the students issues. This school doors need to be closed.

- submitted by a parent
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Thornridge High School
15000 Cottage Grove Avenue, Dolton, IL  60419
(708) 271-4401
Last modified Thornridge High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thornridge High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top