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Lincoln-Way East High School

Public | 9-12 | 2247 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted November 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 8, 2006

great school has many activities
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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


Posted 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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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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72%

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77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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78%

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77%

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77%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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78%

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77%

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80%

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78%
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

Math

All Students74%
Female69%
Male78%
Black30%
Asian60%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial74%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Low income52%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female80%
Male77%
Black40%
Asian70%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income62%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female72%
Male84%
Black30%
Asian70%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial74%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Low income60%
Non-low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
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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46%
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28%
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Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

95.5%


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
White 87% 51%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 3% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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201 Colorado Avenue
Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 464-4000

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