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1 Stevenson Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

(847) 415-4000
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October 22, 2014
This school is great, people that are saying how they were "emotionally destroyed" or "super stressed" shouldn't complain. This is high school, not vacation.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2014
The school is well resourced. However the service is not good. One department does not talk with another. It takes multiple phone calls to get one problems solved.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
Excellent school. The best in the state. Sought out by transferees into the area. Our daughter is loving SHS. Teachers are very dedicated. Great sense of SHS pride by the student body. Would not want my children to attend any other school. 10++++

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
I couldn't be happier w/ the academic & real world education SHS provided our kids! SHS provided great diverse peer groups, which encouraged ours to excel. Our kids learned & achieved far more @ SHS than they could have elsewhere. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds & econ. circumstances. SHS has exceptional teachers & administrators! Teachers positively influenced even our unmotivated nonconformist son who complained re SHS's discipline & pressure to conform while there. But today he praises SHS for preparing him well for college compared to students he's met. (And SHS provided him courses and trans. to/from CLC.) SHS helped our kids get into top tier colleges & prepared our kids incredibly well to learn & be independent at college. SHS has lots of extracurricular opportunities (our kids participated in band(s), swim team & lacrosse (despite minimal potential), clubs & academic teams) w/ great support from faculty & admin. Counselors were swamped by #s and college counselors pushed U of I & certain schools but did a good job overall. We dealt with security & deans due to adolescent decisions, and found them reasonable & focused on students best interests. GREAT SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
Great diversity, terrific college preparation Note: you need to be mature and dedicated to exceed. Stay on the path and the education can't be beat...Sky's the limit, however the competitive spirit is brutal, just as in adult life! Obviously the school can also get even better. They try to exceed standards, not just in tests. Can be a springboard for leaders...

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2013
To all the parents complaining that the school is only centered on "superachievers", stop complaining. Stevenson may have a more intense atmosphere than some of the other surrounding high schools, but that's why it has had so much success. The staff and faculty wouldn't be doing their jobs if they didn't further challenge the students who were more receptive to the material. Another point I would like to make is the that vast majority of the reviewers writing complaints about the school are parents, not students. I'm a future student here and I'm excited despite the pressure because every student who attends Stevenson is given the opportunity of a lifetime to learn at the highest level offered to public school students. Don't let any of the blatantly inaccurate comments posted below keep you from sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
Positive, encouraging and involved are the three key words here. With a child moving across continents in tennage years you can imagine the stress as a parent. The school hooistically made it easy . There is a long way to go and many logistics to solve for but early impressions are great. I am looking forward to the character building and education Vs schooling focus to bring in great outcomes for my child in the long run. Stevenson - i am watching you closely as I have high expectations of you as my child's alma mater!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
I spent some of the worst four years of my life here. This school takes kids in and destroys them. The pressure is unbearable. The security is mean and disrespectful. Sometimes I wonder if they've forgotten we're humans, not a bunch of livestock or something. Stevenson is the reason I search for the tiniest college possible. I want to be away from any environment that might slightly resemble it. This school makes me sick. Military school would be easier than this school. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE unless, of course, they're gifted. Anyone who writes a positive review about this school, has probably not spent enough time in it. Stevenson sugarcoats everything to make it look like some "heavenly" learning environment. It's not. It's horrible and cruel. I couldn't be happier to be leaving.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2013
I feel obliged to let other parents know that this is not a healthy place for any child. I agree with the last reviewer. My child is also academically very capable and was emotionally destroyed and lost his love of learning there. We had to work hard to help revive his interest and it took 2 yrs. He got a 36 on his ACT, yet didn't want to go to college due to SHS. I also agree with the idea that the main priority is ratings - academics, sports, teachers. Our son had one excellent Physics teacher and beyond that, not much. Very disappointing. I also agree that the priorities at SHS are not on students or values, but on achieving at all costs. Our son also told us that cheating is a way of life and accepted. This school just makes me sad for all the students there. Please reconsider if you are thinking of sending your child to this institution. They will be a number and if you are not ready to step in and compete for them, they may be steamrolled. We are so sorry to have had this experience in our child's educational life. We also feel our child's ACT score should not be used by SHS as their achievement - he did it despite SHS, not because of SHS.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
I am a future student at Stevenson high school. We have moved there just for my education! The staff have been very helpful and the school itself is huge and its full of apple iMacs! I'm so glad I made this transfer. This is truly one of the safest and most fun environments a student can learn in. Also, this school has a variety of AP courses a student cannot take at other schools. i could not regret transferring here!

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2013
Stevenson is a wonderful school. When my children and I moved to this school last year my daughter had consistently been having trouble reading, and my son was having behavioral issues. In one year my daughter was able to catch up with her class reading, and my son has turned into a little gentleman. I can not stress how important schools are in raising a child, and I would definitely recommend this school to anyone. It is a diverse and welcoming environment where children feel like they can grow and be them selves in a positive and motivated environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2012
After going to Stevenson for four years, I had a few amazing teachers, but some of them in general aren't as helpful as everyone claims. Money is unwisely spent. For example, while more than half of the school's bathroom sinks and stalls are not functional, they chose to spend their money on a million dollar library instead a few years ago. The security guards do not treat students with respect and nearly everything as far as food and beverages go is completely overpriced, and definitely not worth the money. Students are not allowed to sit on benches outside when the weather is beautiful, even where there are security cameras and security guards who can monitor students. Their rules and regulations are out of whack, and their priorities are not directed towards the students. Yes, Stevenson has its perks, but a few wonderful teachers are the only perks that I can remember.

- submitted by a community member
November 27, 2011
This is a school meant only for superachievers. If you are an average student or less, you will not thrive here. You will get lost in the crowd and quickly slip through the cracks. We have had 2 students go through Stevenson and a third attending now. Their experiences have been similar. All of our kids were in sports until high school when none of them made any teams because they were not "good enough". So much for the high school sporting experience. We also have a kid with ADHD who had an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) in place. They tried, but the accountability between student, school and parents was not adequate and accessibility to the teachers/deans was limited and solutions to problems untimely. At the end of the day, the school has a great reputation, but the experience is far less glamorous and incredibly intimidating for the kids. We are considering moving to smaller school district with a more personal touch and better athletic opportunities for our 2 younger kids currently at the elementary level. Yes, we would sell our home to move one town over just to change schools as Stevenson is just not all that it's reputation suggests.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
I think that while all of the former reviews are true, there are key parts of the "Stevenson experience" which slipped their minds. First, this school is so impersonal, due to it's size, that you shouldn't expect your college counselor to even know your name, let alone you interests, preferences, or direction in life. Furthermore, the school has very poor report with ivy league schools, and admission rates, in relation to the quality of applicants, is downright embarrassing. If your child wants to go to a big 10 school, thats a whole different story. But for those interested in Art schools, you're on your own. Stevenson's plan is to push mediocre kids through so that they can get into a state school of an equal level of mediocrity. Good luck to any one who's plan differs; you're in for a ride.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
Great academic opportunities. Small class sizes considering large size of school. Very high percentage of students go to college- many entering with large amounts of AP credit. Deserves to be rewarded for achieving such excellence.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It shows excellence in every way from excurricular activities to sports to academics! Stevenson is a beautiful modern school with exceptionally disciplined and talented kids.

- submitted by a student
July 14, 2009
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July 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 06, 2009
The staff and teachers here are not very helpful at times.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 10, 2009
The teachers are dedicated, and most of them have masters degrees in their subject. That, of course, means that there are so many different opportunities, no matter what you want to do with your education. This school is definitely one of the best.

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December 08, 2008
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October 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 17, 2008
This is the best high school in the country. There is no doubt about that. It allows kids of all learning levels succeed. Everyone at Stevenson is involved in at least one thing at school, whether it be a club, a sport, or just helping kids out in GIVE or KEY club.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
I have 3 sons at this school and all of them are very happy with the education they are recieving and we are very impressed with teh quality of teachers and the programs they have at this school. I would highly recommend any parent to sent thier kid to this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 25, 2008
I graduated many years ago from Stevenson and now am a teacher myself. To sit in staff meetings and have principals refer to SHS as a model school, well.. it is amazing. Stevenson made college seem like a breeze, and as a teaher, I'm proud to say I came from such a well known school. Although the teachers and student population have changed, I have not met a highschool that prepares it's students as well for the real world as Stevenson. Thank You!

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
Stevenson is amazing! Everybody always says that it's too big or that it's too hard and at first it may seem that way, but it really isn't. After spending several months at Stevenson, it seems quite small in size actually. At first, you feel a lot of pressure academically because it is so different from middle school. The teachers are very helpful with this and are usually more than happy to help you out. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to go to Stevenson and I think that in the end, it is going to give me so much more for my future than I could recieve any where else.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
Way to big lot of mean people. teachers do not connect at all with students. my son went there and was tormented. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
I couldn't have enjoyed my time at Stevenson more. I was never at the top of my class or the top of the social scale however, all of the opportunities provided at Stevenson gave me the opportunity to find my niche and found people to connect to. There are so many things to get involved in to make the world smaller and thus, the school becomes a more comfortable place. I was able to connect to at least one teacher a year and keep in touch with them and use them as resources. Going to Stevenson prepared me well for university life socially and academically. I can't imagine having gone to high school anywhere else. I consider myself so lucky everyday for the friends and memories I made during high school.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
Very strict and a ton of pressure is put on the students.

- submitted by a teacher
September 15, 2006
Stevenson is a very fine school, although it is very large. It has won the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence, as did Warren Township High School which is also very large.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2006
Having graduated several years ago from SHS, I feel very privileged to have received such an excellent education in such an accommodating environment. The facilities are world-class in every aspect, the administration is efficient, and the teachers are simply outstanding. As an education major, I have come to appreciate how fortunate I was in receiving my high school education. The faculty push and expect students to excel, most often achieving their goals. The only drawback I experienced as a student was that due to the level of academic excellence at SHS, there was a rather competitive atmosphere among the students. Whereas I would have easily placed in the top 10% at any surrounding schools, my 3.5 GPA placed me somewhere more along the 30th percentile. However, many colleges (especially midwestern schools) recognize this paradox and often relax their admissions standards because of Stevenson's exceptional reputation.

- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2006
This school is amazing. My Children find it a challenge, but enjoy the curricular! The teachers are amazing! I wish all schools were like this especially the midddle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
Adlai E Stevenson High School is in a league of its own. The faculty is absolutely remarcable and the facilities are world class. Stevenson as Dan Larsen said is a 'concept.' Although some of the best teachers such as Carol Levin and Senor Martinez are leaving, there are great young teachers such as Zizzo, Conneen and Larsen. The social studies department at Stevenson is amazing! Additionally, math and science is excellent. There's no better school to go to in the North Shore. Also, the students are very respectful and are able to interact in open environments without much guidance from rules and security guards.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2006
Stevenson is the only high school in Illinois to receive four Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence in Education from the U.S. Department of Education. SHS won the award in 1987, 1991, 1998, and 2002. Stevenson also received the U.S. Department of Education's New American High Schools Award in 1998. Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report have ranked Stevenson among the top 100 high schools in America, with Newsweek selecting SHS for the fourth time in 2005. Stevenson is included annually in the School Watch and School Match listings of schools that offer features most sought by parents. Stevenson offers more than 200 courses in communication arts, mathematics, science, social science, foreign languages, fine arts, applied arts and physical welfare. Classes are taught by a talented and experienced corps of teachers, three-fourths of them with a master's degree or more.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 25, 2006
good school. large. has clubs for everyone

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
My neice attends this school and its a great school for learning. Alot of students, and they have tough subjects and expect alot of the kids. No blow off school. Great education.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
This schoold is a very Great School and has one of the nicest people not only enroled but teaching also.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 27, 2005
very cool school. Has an olympic size pool even.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2005
Academic programs and arts are phenomenal at this school. My only complaints are concerning the competitive environment the schools' excellence at times created.

- submitted by a former student
October 17, 2005
Stevenson provides exceptional learning opportunities for students of all abilities through its core curriculum and abundance of special interest topics. Our graduated children expressed that the caliber of academics, arts, sports and variety of extracurricular activities provided an excellent foundation for their college endeavors. They feel that their interests exceeded those from other high schools and their preparedness for the academic rigors of Big Ten universities was vastly superior to that of others.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
Stevenson is a country of its own, much larger than many small university campuses. It's true that hundreds of visitors a month travel through the halls, without explanation, watching and observing, often leaving students to feel like animals in a zoo. Having graduated with High Honors a few years ago, my feelings on Stevenson are mixed. It's true that sports are impossible to get into unless you've been playing since you were five years old. And it's true that many kids who do not meet the 'Stevenson standards' do fall through the cracks, without a blink from the staff. However, Stevenson does provide a multitude of areas for your student to shine, whether it's in the arts or sciences. A student must find their niche, and Stevenson won't feel like such a scary place afterall. Too much security (scary, prison-like) and giant wastes of money! Stop building things!

- submitted by a former student
April 14, 2005
Currently have 2 students attending, one in highest AP level other in middle level. The pressure is on in both, but school offers all kinds of support: resource centers, study/review sessions, accessibilty of teachers for one on one. Your student will be prepared for college and beyond, highly recognizable high school reputation is known among college admission officers. Real estate values high because of demand for district. Facility is gorgeous and technologically updated, very well maintained. Large student population not a problem for my students despite moving from 8th grade of 180 to 9th grade of 1100. Most sports are non-cut but a few are impossible to participate in after freshman year unless you're very talented. Nice intramural program. Excellent music/fine arts program. College resource/center is fantastic asset for counseling. Be prepared for scantron/type tests in many classes. Annoyance is unyielding/strict rules but this keeps school operating like a well-oiled machine.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2005
Good school, lots of activities. The guy criticizing them for being bad for average students is incorrect. The resource centers are great for such students, even though I myself didn't take advantage of them. I was only slightly above average and I thought it was a great school

- submitted by a former student
October 13, 2004
People need to quit complaining and take a moment and realize how incredibly fortunate they were to attend a school like this. Sure, the administration is very grade & award-winning driven, but think of all of the people who would give their life to let his or her child attend this school.

- submitted by a former student
October 07, 2004
I went to Stevenson High School and graduate in 1999. I recieved an outstanding education inside and outside of the classroom. The teachers really showed a passion for helping the students and used all available resources in order to make learning enjoyable. The school provided many opportunites for enrichment and offered a wide range of classes. The extra curricular activity selection was way above all other schools in the area. I would recommend this school for any prospective families.

- submitted by a former student
September 03, 2004
The school is too large student population wise. It's a great school if you're an 'A' student. If you're not, you fall through the cracks and the staff don't care. Sports wise, most of the sports are cut due to the number of kids. If money is no problem and your child plays a club sport, it's pretty well guaranteed they will make the sport at Stevenson regardless of whether or not they are good at the sport. The only thing leadership is concerned with is their countrywide ranking and how their school is a model, visited by hundreds of administrators to see how it's done. The school wastes money on frivalities such as engraved window panes and flexible mechanical seating in the auditorium. This isn't a school for the average or below student.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2003
Students who do well in the advanced track program are probably ready for their third or fourth semester of college. The teachers are extremely well qualified. They have a lot of pride in their work and they push their students quite hard. Most Stevenson grads feel they are well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My children are thriving at major colleges in the USA including Duke, Colorado and Teikyo post,Colorado State. The habits of learning how to learn as well as great writting skills have given my children over 3.2 GPA and all graduating. All happy and well adjusted

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
Good school academically, but that is the the only thing that the administration cares about, grades. They want students to score as high as possible on tests and exams so that it makes them look good. They dont care about sports or other extra activities. All they care about is you pumping out good test scores.

- submitted by a former student
July 30, 2003
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Adlai E Stevenson High School
1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL  60069
(847) 415-4000
Last modified Adlai E Stevenson High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Adlai E Stevenson High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top