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Highland Park High School

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Posted July 28, 2013

As a college student i look back at my HPHS days and realized this is a very good school. Many teachers are very concerned with students of all levels succeeding. The principal, brad swanson, is a very hands on principal but doesn't force the issue. He will observe teachers and check to make sure if they are feeling overwhelmed, and actually involves himself in the school day. At our graduation he painted an image of my entire senior class by naming students and things he would see them do at sporting events, in the halls, public events, etc. The think that muks the system up however, and why I give the school 4/5 is a small group of parents and their children who will always exist in the community. These people often believe their child is the best and their child believes it too. This leads to some very elitist attitudes in the school and sometimes kids get marginalized and bullied by these kids because they either don't agree or are viewed lesser by the "richer" families. Bullying is a problem sometimes, these kids will often pretend to be friends with other kids and start to rag on them, especially in student feedback sheets on project these kids essentially call them stupid.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2011

The Special Needs department struggles with identifying autistic asperger children. Teachers are not well versed in handling autistic asperger children and the child is the one that suffers. My child was placed inappropriately in classes that were beyond her reach and it took my all to get that changed mid year. The damage had been done though emotionally and now my daughter suffers from high anxiety as a result which further impacts her grades and confidence. During the IEP meetings if I voice concerns as a parent, they are not taken seriously. I would say if you do not have a special needs child, this school is great, otherwise you will need to work hard to get accommodations for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2010

As a student, I was not as impressed as parents. The money to teach and the extracurricular activities from excess funding is at HPHS. However, when I went to university, I viewed some Chicago High School Grads as having more discipline. There seems like more peer pressure in hte suburbs that can distract. Maybe this is normal. However, there are both under-reported aggression (fights) and moral discipline challenges. Maybe, the city selective enrollment has had the same. I felt that I found better role models, elsewhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2010

I have had a problem with my son for a few year when it comes to him and his focus on his homework,and other work related activities.After a few meetings with some of his teachers and staff we placed him in a deferent class that now makes sure that he is doing all of his work like he is suppose to.I have not seen this much improvement out of my son in years,and am very happy to report that he is doing really well,and haven't missed any assignments since the the meeting.I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who cares about there child's education.Great work Highland Park High School!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

Quality is strong on all fronts, including music, art, sports and other extracurriculars. Parent involvement is high, and diversity of student population is a plus for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

Academic and extracurricular programs are top notch, including many nationally recognized clubs and activities. Amazing teaching staff and fine arts programs. Womderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2005

As a student at Highland Park, I have found that it is an amazing school for learning and and making tons of friends. From freshman to senior, everyone gets alone very well. Especiall people in the arts program get along. In 2005 Highland Park was the first high school in the nation to put on Beauty and the Beast for the musical. It went very well and it was so much fun to be apart of it. All the teachers are so helpful. Plus there is a writing lab, language lab and so much more. HPHS is an amazing school and I only wish that more and more people would go so that I could make even more friends than I have now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2004

Highland Park High School is an outstanding school in every way. Whether your child is a high-powered academic student or an average student, he or she can reach their potential in any number of ways. The curriculum has breadth and depth- one of the advantages of a large school. THe teachers are energetic, caring, enthusiastic and motivate the students to do their best. It is a highly competitive school in many areas and can be intimidating at first. But, my child has thrived in the positive learning environment that is fostered by the teachers and administration. 'Dream, Believe, Achieve' is the motto of this school, and you really see it in the students and their supportive parents. One of the best things about HPHS is the Fine and Performing Arts department- it is one of the best in the country- and the level of talent is astounding!
—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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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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78%

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80%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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75%

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72%

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80%
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 Students77%
Female75%
Male80%
Black42%
Asian67%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income46%
Not low income82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female80%
Male76%
Black33%
Asian75%
Hispanic37%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income36%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students75%
Female71%
Male78%
Black33%
Asian67%
Hispanic29%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Low income37%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities79%
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:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

25

Graduation rate

90.5%


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 76% 51%
Hispanic 17% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 2% 18%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brad Swanson

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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433 Vine Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (224) 765-2000

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