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9-12
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Elgin, IL
Students enrolled: 2,378

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1200 Maroon Drive
Elgin, IL 60120

(847) 888-5100
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February 22, 2010
Elgin High School is, like any other school, doing the best it can with the little it has. Given the fact that the vast majority of the student body are actually minorities from very low income backgrounds, and the severe underfunding of the school, they do an EXCELLENT job! Test scores and attendance are almost on par with the state averages when funding is not. People who are looking for a top tier HS in terms of pomp and haught had better look elsewhere. But despite the fact that the bathrooms are a little messy, this school can and does provide top quality educations to those who seek them.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
great school. new experiences, make lifelong friends, best time is homecoming week!

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2009
I love it here and how people don't define other by their race, clothes, intelligence, or anything. All who go here are kind to eachother.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2008
Great school! I was in the academy there and the teachers were very respectful, fun, and motivating. Administration was a little disrespectful sometimes but sometimes a little bad has to come with the good. Overall, it was a fantastic experience going to that school.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2007
there are alot for teachers at Elgin High that make you want to learn.. it's a good school

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2006
I was in the Gifted and Talented Academy which I think helped prepare me for college but in general my experience at EHS was a negative one.

- submitted by a former student
December 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
I am a Senior at Elgin High School now and i could not be happier to be here.everyone questions this school and where it is goin but i know where it could be goin in a few years. A well known place and good leadership qualities.the minority level in Elgin is outstanding there and many different backrounds here and everyone can relate to eachother in some way.I would not want to be stuck in a school where there is only a one dominant race. The athletic program in this school is goin to rise. right now our school has the potenial to bring home state championships.The leadership on the teams is so high that there are no captains.Teacher quality in this school is very good teachers demand respect and passing grades it hard for teachers to control 30 students so give them a break.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
I pulled my child out of EHS after 2 years. There appears to be significant gang activity and other criminal elements. The security guards seem to be incapable of preventing fights and racial intimidation. I had the feeling my daughther was just going through a big diploma machine rather than getting a quality education. The majority of teachers seemed to be not motivated at all and a couple didn't even know the students names. The school is over-populated and dirty.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
After reading several comments regarding Elgin High School, I felt more than compelled to offer a fair assessment of this school. As a 1999 graduate, I was neither a gifted honor student nor a juvienille deliquent. Since coming in as a shy, under developed freshmen, I left Elgin High with confidence, motivation and a pretty decent build. Being the open-minded student that I was, I dabbled in the arts, drama and music classes in addition to being on the basketball team. I even enrolled in a musical at the advice of the school choir director that overheard me singing. The classes I excelled at, I had fun. The classes I struggled with, I got the help I needed. As for being prepared for the real world, EHS was a valuable learning tool. If you as a student apply yourself, then you'll be hanging with other ambitious students that you'll learn from.

- submitted by a former student
April 11, 2005
I graduated from EHS in 1999. True, as a public school it must take all who reside in the district and, as it serves a partly underprivileged area, there are problems with crime and violence. And yes academics suffer. But they don't have to. I found the teachers and Principal cared about me and if I requested extra help or if I wanted to advance a bit, they were there to help me. I realized this to late because I, like a lot if my fellow students, decided to write Elgin off as a 'bad school'. But if we would have worked harder we would have seen that the problem was largely with us and not the school. Moreover I think Elgin prepared me for the real world much more than a private High School ever could in terms of having to deal with cultural and economic differences.

- submitted by a former student
April 03, 2005
I graduated from EHS last year, and am now enrolled in the very competitive Boston University School of Management. I must say that EHS not only helped me learn the material I needed to for college, it also gave me what I thought of as 'real world' experience at the same time. You get out of anything what you put into it, and that is especially true in high school. Get to know the teachers, go in for help when you need it, get involved and be a solution to the problem, not another cause of it.

- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2005
I am currently a freshmen at Elgin High. The school seems to be a nicer one then some of the others I have seen. And although the dean's seem oblivious sometimes, they do well over all. I wish there were a better art's program, like the one at Larkin, because all we have now is an unfunded art club, which I love, but could be better funded. And the teachers seem to get involved with the students, and make some of the classes more interesting.

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2005
I am currently a student as EHS. I love it. It sends out a welcoming feeling and even though there are fights, its not bad at all. I have so many good memories here and I wouldn't choose another school to attend.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2005
I graduated from Elgin High School in 1996. As far as the faculty, they were excellent. The principal also did the best job that he could given the situation. However, I could not recommend this school to any parents as the chaos in the school is unbelievable. Find another school.

- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 26, 2004
I always had problems communicating with the staff. They seem either overwhelmed or aloof, I was never sure what the problem was. Calls were never returned from teachers and half the time the main office didn't answer the phone. The school itself was pretty clean most of the time and I really think if they only hired more qualified teachers, the school would be great.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
I just graduated EHS last year and thought I would give you a taste of what it offers. I still hang out with a lot of people that I went to EHS with. Most of them tell me that, 'If I did this, or if I did that, could of, should of, would of.' And they are right, because what you put in is what you will recieve. Many people who went their told me it got them nowhere. Me on the other hand; I am currently in college going for my masters in Architecture and a minor in Graphic Design. I currently make $62,000 a year: Not bad for an 18 year old. And I have EHS to thank for getting me where I am. Listen to your teachers and do your work and you will too become successful. It was fun, I hope it's the same for you!

- submitted by a former student
September 11, 2004
I started out as a freshman at Elgin and transfered to Bartlett to graduate. My first day I say someone get their head bashed in by a lock on a chain. It was a very frightful experiance being a freshman and all. I found the school to be very dirty and even though I saw people clean it, it still stayed dirty. I ended up getting into touble a lot mainly because I was not challeged enough and kept questioning the teachers. I left the school in the 97-98 year as a sophmore during the opening of Bartlett High and couldn't have been happier. I hope the school has changed for the best, even if a little bit, but if not I feel sorry for any student that has to go there.

- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2004
I've read several times that EHS is what you make of it. Isn't that a term commonly used when going to prison? Speaking of prisons, that's the atmosphere one gets while in Elgin High School. Not only does it have a closed campus, it also has random weapon searches. You'd be surpirsed, or probably not, how disruptive it is when the deans walk into a class and instruct everyone to have their backpacks searched and run through metal detectors. Elgin High is now one of those 'troubled' schools you read about in the newspapers; poor performing, underfunded, and against the no child left behind act (because now they have to be accountable). I voted against the U-46 referendum in '02 just because of my experience with this school, they don't deserve our tax dollars.

- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2004
Elgin High is really what you make of it when you are there. If you have your mind set that High School is going to stink, well then guess what, it is. I loved High School. I was very close with alot of my teachers there and the deans. Dont get me wrong there were a few choice teachers I didn't like but that didn't mean they were a bad teacher, could have been me being young thinking I was always right. But I do have to say if you are into computers or have an interest in them, please sign up for classes for L. Petri. She is Elgin Highs best Teacher in the I/T Field. She will listen and is very, very good at what she does. She made my Senior year the best ever! (97) Good Luck to the future Graduates of Elgin High. Make it fun!

- submitted by a former student
August 17, 2004
I had the misfortune of attending this school. Not only was it filthy, the vast majority of teachers were poorly qualified and few seemed to care if the students succeded or not. I must give credit to the deans, they did a good job of making the school safe and organized as best they could. However, I got the feeling that the school in general and the principal at the time ('99) especially did not care about actually educating the student, it was all number and statistics to them. I scored a 31 on the ACTs and took what few AP classes offered and left the school feeling underprepared for college. To parents who have gifted children, please send them elsewhere, even St. Ed's would be better, EHS will not help them achieve thier potential. In fact it may do the opposite and turn them off from learning.

- submitted by a student
December 06, 2003
I am currently a student at EHS. Contrary to other opinions, I DO believe that this school is doing an outstanding job. We have extraordinary teachers and a good discipline system. However, there is only so much that the faculty can do. Parents definetly need to get more involved. Plus, the students need to respect everyone more. How do people expect things to get better when they don't do something about it? As long as someone tries to do their work and stays out of trouble, Elgin High can be a great school.

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2003
As a parent of a Junior I feel Elgin has done a very good job in preparing her for her future. I do feel that some of the teachers and deans do not treat all the kids the same and then over look problems when they arrive. Children have the tools to make them better young adults and some of the teachers help in the area when others do not. But most importantly the parents need to give up some of their tax dollars to pay for the supplies and quality teachers to help our young adults succeed. This does not only apply to Elgin but to all U46 schools and other districts in the state of Illinois.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I also am a student and I transferred from a a much higher end district, Yes, Elgin HS isn't the most attractive place, but clean and always getting better. Some of the teachers aren't the brightest, but if you challenge yourself and are placed into the Academy or AP/Honors classes, the teachers are excellent and very knowledgeable. Elgin is an experience, but in the end, just like every school, you get out what you put into it.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
The teachers and parents need to take back the school. Show the students that they don't have rights when they are aggressive towards each other, and cause fear in the halls. Students can't learn when there is no-one qualified to teach.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I am a Sr. at Elgin High School. I find the school extremely dirty. The teachers are very nice, however many of them don't teach. If they do, they give us a book to study that is 30 yrs. old, with out dated information (Honors Pre. Calc.) Many of the teachers then use a book that was never studied out of (a more recent book) to test its students by, the book of which has updated information (Honors Chemistry, Honors Pre. Calc.) Many teachers also leave the classroom unattended often to do other things, or allow us to watch Jerry Springer, other T.V. Shows, or just movies we bring in. I overall am not satisfied with Elgin High. In today's society, the future generations need a chalange, not things given to us. Everyone blams the teens for the problems, when in reality, it is our current adults who are causing many of the issues...our teachers in today's highschools who are supposed to be prep'ing us for our future in the 'real world.' We are not graduating High School and going back to Elementary School, we will be graduating and going on to college.

- submitted by a parent
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Elgin High School
1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin, IL  60120
(847) 888-5100
Last modified Elgin High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Elgin High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top