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Thornton Fractnl So High School

Public | 9-12 | 1920 students


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Posted August 29, 2013

The administrators are out of touch with the students. They appear to only be concerned with discipline. My child is an honor student but has complained that alot staff treat the students as if they are jail inmates including yellling at them and listing all the ways students can get detention over the intercom. The teachers of honors and AP classes are nice and very concerned about students doing well. The school has a mixture of races but it is still very segregated. The school staff could use diversity training. The superintendent could be better at handling parental concerns. Instead of ignoring calls or emails; he should set up meetings between parents and staff to negotiate change or compromise.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2010

Nice community, great sports, a young and energetic teaching staff with individuals that really do care about the students and their own professional development. I attended this school and know personally many of the staff. There are a number of imporvements that have been made since I attended. With every establishment you will have your pros and cons, but ultimately the experience of the student rests with having a solid work ethic and a strong family structure at home.

Posted August 25, 2008

I've had two children graduate from TFS and one is currently a junior in the honors program. I'm supportive of most faculty and staff. I've witnessed a transistion of the school which will lead me to put my last child in private school. The programs has lead to more emphasis on disciplinary polices and less on elevating students self-esteem and thinking about continuing their education. A large percent of the students end up at the local community college as oppose to attending ivy league colleges and universities. There is little emphasis on SAT/ACT testing or prepatory classes for college entry exams, in addition to providing scholarship information. I would agree that TFS focuses more on their extra-curricular activities and not enough on improving testing and entry into colleges and universities. Students are treated more like numbers and less like people. South needs to refocus and prepare our kids for higher education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2007

I have a sophomore and senior at TF south and a brother that recently graduated with honors. The academic program is sensational. My senior loves to come home and do geomertry, which to me is awesome! The teachers are great, they challenge the children to really think. You cannot be a failure at this school. Everything is spelled out so easily, do the work and obey the rules.It's that simple. The teachers and counselors have an open door policy which makes it easy to communicate. The tardy and detention policy is a bit ridiculous. I would recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2007

I'm a current student at TFS.This school isn't really that bad. It's just that the teachers are really discriminatory and pick favourites. And the discipline system is OUT OF CONTROL!... There are literally more people in the offices than the classrooms because of infractions on the rules that are just too harsh.Thetardy policy is just plain DUMB! The dresscode is also in favour of favouritism because specific students get to wear whatever they want if they benifit the school, like the sportplayers. There's alotta racial tension too. And there's way too much emphasis on sports!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 25, 2006

TF South is in dire need of an overhaul. The students appear out of control. The staff spends too much time trying to suspend or send the kids to detention instead of focusing on what most important - academics. Sports seem to take a priority to all else, and that's where all the parent involvement lies. I've been to the open houses, report card day etc... and it's sad to see the small portion of parents that show up. I've encountered teachers who only speak of retirement. There is a lack of college fairs that include accredited universities. It angers me to see how poorly my tax dollars are being wasted.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2006

Thornton Fractional is an excellent school. The academics are at high standards. The staff are great. Any negative situations that go on are dealt with quickly and firmly. The extra curricular activities couldn't be better. Our athletes are great in what they do. Everyone seems to have great school spirit. Parents and teacher can become really close. It's very easy to be become involved in your child's life at school. Many parents at Thornton Fractional South are well involved with the teachers and administration office.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 23, 2005

I believe it still offers a quality education for local students. Teachers are involved and concerned. The expansion will help with the overcrowding and TFS is a great school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2005

The school offered an honors track and did encourage academic success. The school did not provide enough contact with universities, for upperclassmen, most school visits were from jr. colleges.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.









The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.








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


All Students31%
Native Americann/a
Low income27%
Non-low income38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a


All Students40%
Native Americann/a
Low income33%
Non-low income52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a


All Students30%
Native Americann/a
Low income27%
Non-low income36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 59% 18%
White 23% 51%
Hispanic 13% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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18500 Burnham Avenue
Lansing, IL 60438
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