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Frankfort, IL
Students enrolled: 2,247

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201 Colorado Avenue
Frankfort, IL 60423

(815) 464-4000
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Map of Lincoln-Way East High School address.
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 21, 2015
All of them are unique and have there own ways. The attitudes and friendliness can really impact what you take in. And since most are friendly, you can pick up on things

- submitted by a student
Develops respect: Neutral
August 21, 2015
They can try, but that's the parents mistake if they have a disrespectful kid. The school shouldn't have to waste its time with this. Its your child, teach them common sense, okay?

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Neutral
August 21, 2015
The school try's its best to develop these characteristics in it's students. And quite frankly it depends on what crowd your preaching to.

- submitted by a student

February 11, 2015
this school is a high school where kids learn and read. their mascot is a griffin. the school colors are blue and black with some white.

- submitted by a teacher

November 09, 2013
This school is awful. I currently attend here. If you are not on cheer or football, then you're nothing. The teachers give special attention/favor to students who are on the teams, otherwise they could not be bothered. Everyone seems to be programmed. There is no creativity what so ever.

- submitted by a student

July 30, 2013
The administrators here at East are paid over $250k a year plus perks. The Lincoln way high schools are so top heavy in administration salary they have stagnated the housing market in the area because their budget gouges residents and creates some of the highest real estate taxes in the nation with NO sign of slowing down. Illinois teacher are the HIGHEST paid teachers in the nation. As a taxpayer, you pay for the East teacher to continue their education. Yes, your tax dollars pay for grown, employed teachers to keep going to college. Then when they graduate with their PHDs paid for by tax payers, they turn around and demand a raise to reflect their new education status. Admin is out of touch with reality. All the entire staff care about is protecting their cushy gigs. Oh, and if you don't play football, see ya. You don't count.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2013
This school is woefully overrated. A very obnoxious student body. The counselors are very ineffective. But the administration does what is needed to get a good ranking.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2011
during the latest Newsweek ranking of the best high schools in America, LWE was ranked in the top 500. Very few schools from Illinois made this cut and this assessment was made based on multiple criteria. There's certainly an emphasis on student success. Communication with parents is top knotch. I'm impressed with the curriculum for "potentially gifted" students. I'd like to see a better effort towards career development and the development of comprehensive career pathways.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2011
After 6 years in this system we found there to be a profound lack of leadership,poor quality of teaching and an inability to connect with and protect vulnerable students.There also seems to be a gross misunderstanding of basic disciplinary tools and technique.The atmosphere condoned by this administration harbors a perfect breeding ground for unbridled student harassment.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
You can't match this school when it comes to teachers and staff that care about the educational needs of the students.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2008
To sum all this up, families have moved to the Frankfort area just so their children can attend Lincoln-Way East HS.

- submitted by a community member

May 27, 2008
Average rating for an average school. Although there is tremendous community pride, and anyone who lives by this school will tell you it is one of the best.......but does not rank in the Chicago Sun Times top 50 or US News and World Report top public schools. With an average ACT score of 21.9 that barely makes the ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks. Very strict school, but a decent average education.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2008
Its a great school with tons of opportunity. However, as a minority I can say racial tension is high and divides the schools atmosphere.

- submitted by a student

April 22, 2008
I attended LWE and graduated in 2006. Now that I'm at college and my friends and I compare high school experiences, I realize how lucky I am to have attended LWE.

- submitted by a community member

April 13, 2008
Great school! Great teachers, just a shame about some of the choices the administrators and higher ups make.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 26, 2008
I can understand the high ratings for Lincoln-Way East; academically, the school is excellent. However, I have to say that hardly everyone loves Lincoln-Way East. There are endless AP and honors classes, various extracurriculars, and thousands of students to meet, but there is a stifling competitive attitude. A vast majority of the students are white and priviledged, which doesn't make much room for diversity. At times the discipline system is so strict it verges on ridiculous. Most of all, the school is so overpopulated students are nearly busting out the windows. Childern should be ready to be kicked, pushed, and stepped on in the hallways...not so pleasant. Hopefully, all of these things (less the lack of diversity) will improve for students during the 2008-2009 schoolyear.

- submitted by a student

January 30, 2007
We have been thrilled with the quality of education, music and atheletics at LWE. There is state recognized excellence in every area, and school spirit and pride are evident in LWE students. This school has the whole package. We home schooled our children through 8th grade because we didn't feels that public schools were generally up to par. However, LWE has far surpassed our expectations. We love the strict discipline implemented at this school which is conducive to learning. Our children have loved their high school experience, and the faculty and administration could not be more helpful or concerned with each student's education.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2006
great school has many activities

- submitted by a student

February 12, 2006
The academic variety of programs is excellent, but the school seems to emphasize rules (even silly ones) more than the education itself at times, which is mildly disheartening. All in all it is a great school though.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2005
[Continued from my first review post] I succesfully graduated LWE, and I am at an impressive university now, but the depression, unhappiness, and battered spirit I suffered at LWE almost seems not worth my current success. For those ecclectic students, those with free minds and spirits, those who aren't A+ achievers or football stars, and those who suffer from ADD or similar learning disabilites, I would NOT recommend LWE. It is a harsh, emotionally harmful, academically stressful, and hypocritical high school.

- submitted by a student

May 16, 2005
Academically the school is challenging but supportive meaning kids who need help can and will get it. Strict no tolerance discipline policy. Tons of new home developments. Crowding becoming an issue but a new school is planned. The school is experiencing some diversity with recent influx of Asian, African-American and Hispanic students but the vast majority of students (at least 93%) are Caucasian. Racial tension exists but is very low. I would caution anyone who has children currently in an underperforming school district to be careful about transferring them to LWE without plans to pay for tutoring. We have just about every extracurricular activity you can think of. Parental involvement is expected. You must be prepared to sell items, donate your time and be available to pick up your child afterschool if they participate in extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2004
Overall, I would rate the school very high. The administration and teachers are proactive and strongly encourage student involvement with extra-curricular activities. I believe this contributes to the overall positive experience that both parents and students alike, experience. Like any other educational institution, students will get out of this part of their educational career what they put into it. Perhaps the reason I rate this school so high is that the environment is conducive to education.

- submitted by a parent

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Lincoln-Way East High School
201 Colorado Avenue, Frankfort, IL  60423
(815) 464-4000
Last modified Lincoln-Way East High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lincoln-Way East High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top