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Thornton Fractnl So High School

Public | 9-12 | 1929 students

 

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Posted June 30, 2014

When I attended, this school provided me with a great foundation for life. The teachers cared, the extra cirriculars were fantastic and kept us competitive. I think there are different challenges as the years have passed, but it's the instructors who matter. They care, I know quite a few of them personally and I hear what they have to say. I also know that they are highly educated and were great students themselves. The town is a great place to live with a lot of people who really care about its future. I know the town has changed a bit over the last 20 years, but the school and it's faculty have remained a constant.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2012

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 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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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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The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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37%
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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 Students31%
Female33%
Male29%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracial37%
Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income27%
Not low income38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female47%
Male33%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial42%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Low income33%
Not low income52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students30%
Female34%
Male27%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracial32%
Native Americann/a
White51%
Low income27%
Not low income36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities33%
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

18

Graduation rate

88.9%


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
Black 60% 18%
White 21% 51%
Hispanic 14% 24%
Two or more races 4% 3%
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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18500 Burnham Avenue
Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: (708) 585-2000

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