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Glenbard East High School

Public | 9-12 | 2527 students


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Posted November 21, 2013

English writing ACT test must be advised to every student. Without it no University will enroll your child. Overtaxed district. School is too crowded. Your child will not get education for the money you pay through property tax. Stay away from Lombard. Crowded with students who do not want to learn and achieve which may negatively influence your child even if you take great care of your kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2010

Glenbard East is the best of all Glenbard Schools. It has a GREAT music program and is the best for top students. Glenbard East also has the most diverse group of students of all the Glenbard schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2009

I am so glad I stayed here all four years. Just graduated in 2008 and man there are so many great memories. I wish I can relive those years again. The teachers are great, very lively, involved and encouraging. I felt at home when I was at East. I always felt safe and sound. And also the neighborhood is very nice during spring and summer. I miss it too much,
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 29, 2008

East has a fantastic boys volleyball program. The coaches are awesome! ; both in really working their skills and keeping their drive positive. There is this fun comradery between all the levels of teams - they always cheer each other on - I love our varsity team!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 28, 2008

My daughter is a junior and all 3 years has had very caring, dedicated, communicative teachers. Staff addresses issues promptly and the atmosphere is a positive, encouraging one for all students. Very impressive and much better than the local middle school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 26, 2008

If how they treat in-district homeschooled kids is any indication of how they treat their students, this is a miserable place. Now that my kids would like to attend a public high school I'm met with resistance by the guideance department. Unprofessional attitudes, messages not returned, and a refusal to meet with us or give a tour. Funny how they'll take my tax money but not my kids. I think I'll be going somewhere where the people actually care about the kids, not the money.

Posted February 24, 2008

i am a graduate of gehs, and i loved it. the teachers loved to get involved, and most students are friendly. i met so many people there, and am glad i had the experience. gehs is very diverse and there are alot of opportunites to express yourself.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 1, 2008

I believe this school is a great school. The teachers are very supportive of the students. The music department is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 31, 2007

A great school, offers great opportunities to get involved, through music, theatre, or athletics. Teachers are extremely helpful and supportive.It is very diverse and allows you to meet lots of new people. It is very crowded, but is run very smoothly. Excellent selection of AP classes. Great preparation for college. Principal is extremely supportive and encouraging of all students and staff.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 5, 2007

Glenbard east is a great school. The students and techers are always alive. There is a huge variety of students and teachers which makes the experience there even better. Their art and music program is one of the best ever. The kids a dedicated and also love it.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 6, 2006

This school has a great academic system and pretty high ACT scores, but what really stands out is the music and other extracurricular activities. These organizations always surprise me with what they are able to produce and many different clubs are available. Music wise, there are choirs, orchestras, and bands, but there are also all different kinds of clubs that can serve a purpose to your child. There is a great theatre program and many sports including basketball, tennis, badminton, wrestling, soccer, football, cross country, tennis, baseball, softball, gymnastics, poms, and cheerleading. Overall I think that this is a great school and all of my children have attended it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2006

Large school. Overcrowded. Good music program.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 19, 2006

Very large school. Difficult to get to classes quickly.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 22, 2005

There is a large selection of extracurricular activities, but after the recent referendum the opportunities will be most costly for students to parcipate. The community does not recognize the need for tax increases and is not supportive of the school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 7, 2004

Glenbard East is a great school for the arts. Their music program is among the best in the State. Their band is 2nd to none. This school is alive! It seems to never shut down. The teachers and administration are dedicated to adding to the quality of young peoples lives. If you have a good kid, they will help to make them great, but like all kids it's up to them if they want to accept the help. 2 of my 3 kids attend this school, and we've lived next to the school for 12 years. Mostly good kids. One more item, this school is pretty open and depends upon the community to provide security and direction. It is not institutionalized. If you don't mind that atmosphere, you'll love the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2004

I have found that Glenbard East is a very good high school. If your student truly wants to achieve, the teachers and administrators will go out of their way to make it happen. Most teachers (with a few exceptions) seem to truly care about their students and try to assist them become better people. The music department is incredible!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

I found that teachers ignored parental requests to be involved, ignoring parent phone calls regarding child's progress in class. Although my student rarely turned his homework in, I was not informed of his failing grade until 2 weeks prior to report cards coming out, even though I had called on numerous occasions asking about his progress. No one returned my calls unless I complained to the principal. The school also neglected to inform me of my student cutting class constantly. On one occasion, his English teacher sent a note home with numerous grammatical errors. This is an example of what my child was taught in school?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2003

You need to live in the town of Lombard for athletics and to be a part of this school! Need to change boundaries or build a new high school!!!!!
—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 Students47%
Native Americann/a
Low income26%
Non-low income62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners0%


All Students57%
Native Americann/a
Low income36%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners0%


All Students52%
Native Americann/a
Low income30%
Non-low income68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners0%
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
White 53% 51%
Hispanic 24% 23%
Black 11% 18%
Asian 9% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mr. Josh Chambers


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1014 South Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: (630) 627-9250


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