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Larkin High School

Public | 9-12 | 1994 students

 

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Posted August 20, 2013

As a 2012 Graduate, I can honestly say that Larkin High is not as bad as people make it out to be. Dr. Tuin is a GREAT principle. He is involved unlike the former principle, be glad they cleaned out the former administration, because they were horrible! Dr. Tuin and Mrs Livengood can be seen around the school alot! As far as the deans, they get gutted out frequently! As a college student, I do feel prepared for everything that I am doing, but at Larkin if you want a quality education, you have to put in the work.


Posted January 14, 2012

Larkin keeps getting better every year. The new administration really has a handle on things. Fights have been reduced by close to 70% since the change in leadership. The teachers are very dedicated and caring. My daughter feels very safe at this school. I'm just sad that It's gotten a bad rap as has the city of Elgin. We are proud to be Royals living in Elgin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

This is my daughter's second year at Larkin. I've met her teachers and her Principal on several occasions. Teachers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient. They are always available for students that need extra help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

the school is one of the best we should be proud to have this school in our area
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2009

I have nothing but good things to say about Larkin High School. Going to this school taught me more that just math, english, history, etc. I experienced many things that a lot of students don't ever get to experience. And there are many teachers at that school that have changed my life and helped me better prepare myself for college and the real world. The school has great history department and all the teachers deserve a 10. And Mrs. Wiess taught me things to this day I still remember when writing a paper. * It is not impossible to get to classes on time. * I feel lucky to have gone to larkin and met so many different kinds of people. Most people go to college and are shocked by the diversity. I got to college and was wished my college was more diversed like Larkin.


Posted May 18, 2008

Well where do I start? Larking High School offers a student from every background you can think of which is great! and seems you meet a new kind of student everyday. The teachers, well some teach and some just talk about there life. but the teachers that do teach are just great I mean a lot these teachers i'll remember for the rest of my life and teach you what they love and also what's inside the book, But then there teachers where the only thing you learn is about there own lives. The deans only about 1/2 of them are fair to there students also they worry more about where your cell phone is then taking control of the gang members.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2007

I am a currently a junior at Larkin High School. There are problems here like every other school but I must say that I believe discipline to be the biggest issue. Many deans treat students unfairly. Besides discipline, many teachers seem unexperienced and off track in their lessons. On another note however, the academy has a great art program with many talented teachers in this area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2007

After reading many of the reviews, I found most negative views of the school come from parents. Yes, Larkin has its problems, every school does. The whole U46 School District has problems funding things. However, I am a graduate of Larkin and feel that I am a more rounded student having come from a school of many backgrounds and even having to raise more money for things you want to get done instead of having everything handed to me. Larkin has great teachers whose lessons I remember still today. As far as it not having many extra-circular activates I disagree. You just have to look to be able to figure out what you like. Larkin now has clubs such as: NHS, math team,language clubs, student government, class officers, and all your usual sports including blowing and badminton.I am proud to be an Alumni of LHS!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 14, 2007

I am a current student of Larkin, and I agree that it isn't as bad as it could be. My only complaints are regarding the lunch menu(as there are sometimes no vegetarian choices) and a few administrators. I think the principal should have more involvement. The assistant principal, while not always liked by students, at least gets involved. I also think that certain deans need to better discipline. So aside from lunch menu and the need to stick to the disciplinary measures listed in the handbook, it's a decent school. I've had some great teachers and met kids more open-minded than at other schools. Other schools were forced to close down their Gay-Straight Alliances, and Larkin allows it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2006

As a graduate of the 2006 class from Larkin High, I have to say that the school is not as bad as everyone puts it to be. They may be overcrowded, short-staffed, and not have the most logical ways of teaching, but they get it done. The teachers have taught kids the importance of going to college and what it takes to be successful. It is the students fault for not attending class and not listening to what the teachers have to say. On a negative note about the school, the disciplinary actions that are taken are completely out of sync. They hold no barrier in kicking a student out for a week just because he says a swear word to loud. The principal has no student relations. This is a good school, it is just greatly misgoverned and misconceived. Don't take all negative comments seriously. -Matt Idstein, Class of 2006.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2005

As a graduate of Larkin, and a child of one of its veteran teachers, I can say that the quality of a student coming out of Larkin largely depends on that student's family. Any of my friends who were driven were able to succeed as well as anyone who went to another high school. In general, students from Larkin are much more well-rounded and more aware of other cultures than most of the more affluent suburbs like St. Charles or Glenbard. My only complaint about Larkin is how large it is, but I see this as a common problem for any growing city.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 10, 2005

The most frequent statement I have heard from admistrators and staff is 'we can't'. They have not disoplayed the resources to protect students emotional well being from my perspective. If you have any other choice than to send your kids here forschool, do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2004

If you have the financial means to send your child to a private school, do so. Don't send them to larkin high. It is almost impossible for the students who do want to attend class to get there during the passing period. There are currently over 2,500 students in a school that was originally built for no more than 1,700. Passing periods are scenes of shear bedlam as the larger, more aggressive kids use their book bags to shove their way through the crowds to get to the next class. The after school offerings are pretty slim, and be prepared to become pretty political if you want your son/daughter on one of the standard teams. Good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2003

As a parent of 2 graduates of Larkin, I want to say that the administration's adoption of the 'First Class' program is anything but first class. Young people learn from example, not from having adults shove programs down their throats. Teachers and administrators have mixed views of what this program is all about. Through their actions, the adults at Larkin have demonstrated mistrust of students and have been overbearing with discipline, holding students to a higher standard than the school district or teachers union holds their employees.
—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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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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37%
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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 Students43%
Female44%
Male42%
Black21%
Asian73%
Hispanic33%
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income33%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female43%
Male37%
Black23%
Asian73%
Hispanic29%
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
White68%
Low income29%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities43%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students34%
Female33%
Male36%
Black15%
Asian60%
Hispanic25%
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
White60%
Low income25%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners0%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

68.6%


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
Hispanic 58% 24%
White 25% 51%
Black 11% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Jon Tuin

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1475 Larkin Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: (847) 888-5200

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