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Evanston Twp High School

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Posted March 25, 2012

Not really understanding the purpose of the comment below about white kids in AP classes and blacks in special ed. I am a black alumni and I took plenty of honors/AP classes while attending this school and that thought did not once cross my mind. I personally believe that there are a lot of black students that can strive more and take more challenging classes, but that doesn't mean that they are all in special ed!!! With that being said, there are also a lot of black students that I have known that have taken all AP classes. If I were you, I would completely revoke that comment! This school is actually very racially intergrated and I enjoyed getting to know more about other races and cultures. ETHS has been a great school in building character and intelligence. Most of the teachers and tutors are always ready to help. As long as your child has proper training at home, he/she won't be involved in too many altercations, if any..
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 22, 2011

I didn't see many recent reviews of ETHS, so I thought I would give my two cents. I had a son graduate in 2010 and I have a daughter that will be a freshman in the 2011-12 school year. My son took Honors and AP classes and didn't like them (he did however appreciate the credits when he go to college). My daughter is going to be in the new mixed level Honors classes. I don't have a problem with that. The school is very racially segregated right now. You see mostly white kids in AP classes and mostly black kids in Special Ed classes. Aside from that, I think the school does a very good job. There are something like 40 different sports teams and over 100 clubs. There are a variety of support programs to help the students (SOS/Wildkit Academy) as well. Recently, we have been in the news a lot for negative things. We do have some challenging students from the rough parts of town that have issues. Our administration and school board need to be more firm with problem students. I think the reason we are featured on the news so much has more to do with the fact that quite a few of the news people live in Evanston and some even have students at the school. Overall, it is an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2011

I attend this school now and absolutely love it. I love the diversity. ETHS gives a taste of the real world without putting anyone's safety in danger. For the most part, the teachers and faculty are great. The school also offers exceptional courses. One that stands out in particular is Senior Studies. The class entails a first semester filled with experiential, relevant learning with topics from education to crime and punishment. Then the class offers a second semester independent project, which each students creates based off of his/her interests. Senior Studies prepares students for college by teaching time management and presentation/communication skills and having a rigorous, truly interesting curriculum. The class is a mixed class, but you would never know it. Also, ETHS offers a ton of extra-curricular activities that appeal to every student's interest. There is a ton of support offered to help students succeed. I love Evanston and am glad that I will graduate Evanston Township High School.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 13, 2010

Excellent teachers, Strong principal/school leadership, Challenging academic programs, Teacher's, talk to parents regularly about their children's progress. Challenge students to learn. Give students the attention they need to thrive in class.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

The school has something for everyone. A real learning atmoshphere exists at the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2009

Wonderful experience for both of my kids. Great diversity, great teachers, great administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 8, 2009

I just recently graduated from this institution and I absolutely loved it. There is a unique diversity because we house the richest of the rich with others who aren't as well off under one roof. Now, granted that this diversity does not necessarily foster complete integration, being exposed to people of different economic lifestyles was beneficial. Academically, like previously said, the school is really great for students going in the right direction. Most Honors classes are taught at a high level and are helpful to those enrolled in them. However, there is a huge disparity between Honors and AP classes and Regular ones. I have heard countless tales of people dropping from Honors to Regular and having an ending grade with very high A's. There is no middle ground. Extra-curricular activities are great and offer a multitude opportunities.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 3, 2009

As a parent of a student who came from a private school, coming to ETHS was very difficult for my child. We was used to teachers being very willing to help my child. Although there were some helpful teachers ETHS, the majority of them were not as helpful as we would have liked them to. Like some other posters said, ETHS is a good school for advanced kids, but there are not very good opportunities for 'average' students. We also found that the school was very racially divided. Socially it was also difficult. Because of these reasons my child left the school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2008

Evanston is great it provides us with so many opportunities to better ourselves and prepare for college and the real world. People often categorize our school as ghetto but they are mistaken. Our school is very diverse and people come from many different economic backgrounds. It is almost impossible for people to say that we don't interact well with one another because all of our programs like choir, meet different types of people/
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 12, 2008

While ETHS has some very good programs, it can sometimes a little to daunting of an experience for 'average' students. I have attended ETHS for the past four years, and can say that the academic competition is a little too intense. Yes, I do think that there is a need for academic competition, but the level that it is at here is just a little ridiculous. Yes, it does offer high level courses, but the teachers who teach these courses do not truthfully 'teach the class,' they more or less 'speak/teach at the class' and expect you to understand. Also, everybody seems to think of ETHS as very diverse. It is not that diverse. While there may be many ethnicities represented, most people only socialize with there own ethnicity will severely limits the 'diverse interactions' that are 'available.'
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 22, 2008

I disagree with the person who said that the diverse groups don't get along. Everyone here gets along really well and with all the racisms and things in the world, its heartwarming to see people get along.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 12, 2008

This school poses mixed feelings for me. I can't honestly say that it is all what it's cracked up to be, and a certain cold mentality presides over it, a detached, cold feeling. There are some great classes the school offers, though, and I have learned a lot.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 8, 2007

An overall excellent school that strives to excell for students of widely varied educational capacity and socio- economic background. Great curriculum with electives appealing to all interests and highly motivated and experienced teachers as a result of highest spending per student in Illinois, surpassing most private schools. But it's big and unmotivated kids can get lost in it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 19, 2006

As a New Trier graduate, I was very concerned about sending my two girls to ETHS. My wife, an ETHS graduate herself, convinced me that they would be fine. As it turns out, they were more than fine, both of my girls excelled in their classes at ETHS, and had great teachers and experiences. As they both entered college, we were told by many college recruiters, that the univeristies and colleges loved seeing applicants from ETHS, because they knew the incoming student would arrive academically prepared, and due to ETHS's diversity, have no problem assimilating into the college social body. My little girls flourished in High School and College, and ETHS is largely responsible. I wouldn't change a thing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2006

Evanston Township High School is an outstanding growth and learning opportunity. My son is now Junior who has been taking honors classes since the summer before his freshman year. My, how time fly s. The school is very divers on many different levels and with few exceptions I feel the teachers are both highly motivated and extremely confident. A high percentage of students are college bound after ETHS. There are more than enough extracurricular activities and the sports teams compete on a high level in-state. If you have any more doubts I suggest you research what the taxpayers of the district pays for each student to attend. The level of commitment is a real eye opener.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 10, 2006

This school has extraordinary teachers as well as good curricula and an amazing amount extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 3, 2006

My daugther has just completed her first year at ETHS. My concern for her going into the school--whether her academic needs would be met--has now changed to concern over how she is adjusting socially. To its credit, ETHS offers programs for all types of learners--those who excel, those who have difficulty, and those who are in the middle of the road. But on the social front, I have observed that it can be extremely difficult when a student body is so large, for a less-outgoing child to navigate her way through the many social groups that have formed. And, although my child has been a part of the Evanston schools all of her life and has many friends, it may be time for us to make a change to a smaller academic environment where remaining herself may be valued more than changing herself.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 23, 2005

Very good school. Many activities for students to get involved in.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2005

Superior in every respect. Teacher quality is excellent at freshman level, staff is very committed to mentoring each student. Lots of guidance along the way. Course work is rigorous and high level but classes are engaging. Lots of extra curricular stuff for every kid, not just the jocks. Japanese language program is exceptional. Administration is responsive and keeps us well informed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 25, 2005

I graduated from ETHS in 2002. I can give an unbiased opinion and say that ETHS is a good school if the parents are involved in the lives of their children. It is very easy for one to take the wrong route and head downhill, as there are kids that are attending for the social aspect only. I was in many honors classes and did very well at this school. ETHS is very accomodating and has many activities, clubs and gorups that students can participate in. It is a diverse school and offers a wide range of courses outside of those required. It really does prepare the students for college and its college resource center is very helpful. As long as the student and parents cooperatively take advantage of the academics, resources and activities, I guarantee that the student will succeed! Bottom line I think it's a great school!
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.









The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.








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


All Students66%
Native Americann/a
Low income42%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners0%


All Students67%
Native Americann/a
Low income41%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learners0%


All Students63%
Native Americann/a
Low income33%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners0%
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 43% 51%
Black 32% 18%
Hispanic 17% 23%
Asian 4% 4%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1600 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 424-7200


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