This is one of the top schools in the state. It was just listed by The Washington Post as one of the top academically challenging school in the nation. This IS a great place to learn and grow.
HF was once a tremendous high school- one of the best in the state- but that was a long, long time ago. I am shocked at how bad the test scores are now (they are well UNDER the state average!!). What is going on? Really shameful. HF has dropped like a rock.
This school was one of the top in the nation at one time, I was proud to get an education here. After going through 4 years of education I was terribly disappointed, half of my teachers did care and control the classroom, the other half couldn't care less. Students talking all the time constantly distracting, just not a good learning environment. Even more interesting is that H-F is known as the drug store among students in the south suburbs. Sure the school has security it does not prevent fights, or drug dealing...
HF is a very good school FOR ITS AREA only ... it is top notch for South Suburban communities. HF is currently on AWS through the state due to failing test scores which does not make the HS as desirable.
I graduated from HF in 98, and though I had a wonderful experience, I didn't realize just how great a school it really is until hearing others highschool stories. I thought it was normal to have a top notch theater program, tons of amenities, cultural diversity, fantastic music program, fabulous teachers, and a super supportive community that cares. I am so glad I did not grow up in a generic, sprawling, all white suburb. Though I do not live here anymore, I have friends that have moved back to raise their families. It truly is a gem.
H-F continues to be ranked among the top schools in THE NATION according to Newsweek and was acknowledged by the National Board as having one of the best AP programs in the Midwest. They will be one of the ONLY public high schools in the south, west, and northwest suburbs to have an International Baccelaureate program. It all starts with a great administration!
Not a very safe school- has a lot of issues and unfortunately, H-F is not the top notch high school it was 25 years ago. Really sad.
HF really offers a lot for its students. It is really a wonderful school. Though it is making way to more african american students, the students are very happy to attend there and is a safe environment. They are great in sports and overall everything! I give it a thumbs up!!
HF really has a great academic program with top notch teachers and administrators.
april 29,2010 My daughter is a freshman at H-F this year. I am impressed with the school. The teachers are very caring.My daughter enjoys it very much.
I know that HFHS has more than the average extras offered to enhance my daughters education. I know that the staff cares. I know that my children are prepared for college and confident in their education. HF has it all!
Wonderful students, great teachers. I am very impressed with the academic program at HF. The honors program can match any university; the regular classes are challenging as well. The students should be well prepared to succeed in college.
I really think HF is a great school. The teachers put all their work into teaching the kids good mannerisms and great ways to teach us students. I am a junior at HF and the teachers are really helpful. If you don't get the material in class, stay after school and they will teach you another way how to understand the material. I give the school a lot of credit for staying on top. Students try and do their best. I don't think most parents really truely understand High School nowadays.
HF is a good learning institution that offers a healthy balance of acaedmics, diversity, sports, and faculty. But it also appears that the school and community is having problems dealing with the difference in changing culture. Sadley some misconstrue culture with saftey which is a unfair observation.
I would consider H-F to be more comparable to a small college than a high school. I truly believe that this High School prepares students for a rigorous University. The quality of the educational curriculum and the teachers are above anything I have seen in comparison to many schools in the Chicagoland area. The amount and type of classes that are offered to the students is unbelievable. I feel that my kids will come out of H-F ready to attend a top College and succeed in the future. By the way H-F has a new principal who is doing an outstanding job.
My son graduated from HF this year and I have a daughter who will be a sophomore. We moved to the area especially for HF and its diversity. HF has challenged my children as well as prepare them in the areas of academics and more importantly real life. I find that the school address the safety issues promptly and more important accurately. I would highly recommend HF to any parent that is looking for their child to accept the world as it is and then take it by storm
We were so impressed with HF that we purchased our home in the school;s district. We feel our girls are getting a good education, but we can also sense a deterioration taking place, behavior-wise. The students have become less respectful to the rules and demands of HF. However, we keep very good communication with the school via its outstanding Parent-Connect. The teachers are very prompt an efficient in answering questions and all grades of quizzes, tests, quarter and semester grades are readily available giving parents immediate feedback to any existent problems. This is a huge plus for HF. Our girls are happy also with the sports. We only hope that the behavior of some erratic students will be handled strictly as far as a dismissal policy. It is a shame to ruin such a well-organized and equipped institution for learning. Our girls receive very good grades. The teachers are excellent.
HF was once a great high school, but has really struggled with student security issues, safety on campus, and dropping test scores. I admire the battle the administration is putting up to save HF, but it is no where near the level of suburban high schools in the west north suburbs.
My son is a Freshman at HF. I have been very impressed by how caring the faculty and administrators are. He is in both Honors and Regular classes and is challenged in all. They have a wonderful Music department and many fine after school activities. I would highly recommend HF to anyone.
HF is better than public high schools in the immediate area, but that does not say much. Compared to the top high schools in DuPage County and the North Shore, HF is not even in the same league (it once was). HF has real security issues that only seem to get worse, and for that reason alone, it is seems dangerous. This is tragic, since the school faculty is actually decent and there are many opportunities for academically inclined students. Like Rich Central, HF's best days were many years ago. I would think twice about sending my child there under today's conditions.
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