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Lake Forest High School

Public | 9-12 | 1699 students

 

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Posted June 16, 2009

I can honestly say that LFHS has given me more opportunities than I could have dreamed for. Compared to my cook county suburbs, the educational program that I have here is great. The test scores are high, the AP and extracurriculars offered are fabulous, there is a diverse interest throughout the school, so it's not hard to find a group of kids that like to do what YOU do. People talk about the diversity issue, and out of my best friends, I have a few close white friends, and then a ton of Asian and African friends, it's NOT a problem. There is a student exchange program, so you can travel to the Netherlands or to China. It's great. Living in such a stable community offered me the classes, the teachers, the comfort, and the grades I would not have been able to get in ANY other public school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2008

I moved to Lake Forest in high school. It was extremely difficult to fit in here. The girls were mean. I had one friend my first entire year there and after that, only the 'outcasts' showed me any friendship. The education program here is terrific, but as a high school girl unable to make friends, it takes a toll on your personal and educational life. I would never send my daughter here.


Posted July 7, 2007

This school is amazing, I just graduated and I feel as though I am completely prepared for college and life in general. The only thing that isn't great about that school is that there is absolutely no diversity. I can count the number of Black, Hispanic, Indian, and Asian people that are at LFHS on my fingers. Other than that, this school has so far given me the best four years of my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2006

I would rate most of the academic programs high. I think there needs to be more input from teachers on student performances; instead of just posting grades, let parents know if student seems to be struggling with concepts - esp. at freshmen level.The extracurricular activity choices is terrific - every child can find a group with similar interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2004

aside from being in a bubble, this school is all you could ask for.
—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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84%

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82%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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84%

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84%

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83%

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86%
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 Students82%
Female78%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income43%
Not low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)51%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Low income48%
Not low income86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income48%
Not low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
Students without disabilities90%
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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26%
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46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

26

Graduation rate

95%


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 90% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Jay Hoffmann

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1285 North McKinley Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Phone: (847) 234-3600

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