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Machesney Park, IL
Students enrolled: 2,333

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1 Huskie Cir
Machesney Park, IL 61115

(815) 654-4511
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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 19, 2015
As a former student let me tell you this school is only great if you are on one of the teams or a cheerleader. If you're not the staff could care less that you exist. Sports are the main focus of school spending when it should be on academic improvements. Which really needs it. Not all the teachers are bad but even the decent ones need improvement.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2015
You get what you put into it. If you don't work, then you only have yourself to blame. There are some great teachers that provide amazing opportunities, but the administration needs to listen to some of the teachers. The teachers know more than them about running things. The administration makes horrible decisions based on what they feel is right. But overall, from a student's perspective, it was a good experience because my future was set up nicely.

- submitted by a student

January 04, 2013
Great school for academic students, student athletes who go to this school deserve better coaching than what they have now, some of this coaches don't care about the kids talents or feelings. This is why this teams can never win the big games, to many politics on who plays. Unless you're friends with the coaches, find another school or private school to send your student athletes. My biggest mistake was taking my kids out of Boylan to send them to Harlem, coaches make all the difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 11, 2010
I graduated from this High School in 1999...It is a great school & the teachers are wonderful. I now have friends who work there & they say it is just as wonderful working there as it was attending.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
Great music department that truly could use some support, good teachers and students that come out ahead of the rest!

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2009
I am a student here. The other students in the school are somewhat kind although there is occasionally a few bad ones. Fights break out a little too frequently in my opinion. There are some teachers there who do not do their jobs well at all. From the news I've heard, they will be making lots of changes that I disagree with for next year.

- submitted by a student

January 12, 2009
Sometimes it takes leaving and then coming back to appreciate a school like Harlem. While the school has its flaws, one thing that it is not lacking is dedicated teachers. The majority of the teachers at Harlem are dedicated to their students' learning as well as their own learning. The flaws lie in those poor teachers who slipped through the cracks as well as a couple of poor choices in administration. It is the majority that should speak for the school, in which case the number of great teachers who are doing great things in their classrooms far exceeds those who are not.

- submitted by a community member

March 08, 2008
I am a student currently attending Harlem High school. I take the honor classes they offer (the advanced), and i must say they are rediculous. Many of the teachers are ignorant of their students. The curriculum is poor. The classes are not any better then taking a normal class. The principals are very poor at there job. Fights are constantly happening. The hall aides are rude to almost every single person there. When you ask almost any adult for help on information, directions, or facts; they are very rude and vague.

- submitted by a student

May 20, 2007
As was mentioned before, Harlem puts too much emphasis on athletics and trivial school dances than the curriculum. I graduated in 2003. My nephew is attending his first year there. I can say I didn't learn much there that I didn't already know. The faculty staff has an attitude with anyone and everyone including parents. There are few teachers that acctually take time off their 'busy schedule' to interact with their student(s) one on one instead of discourging questions or original thought. Shell out the extra expense for a private education and you'll thank yourself later. -Nicole

- submitted by a student

January 17, 2006
The Quality of academic programs is great, there are opportunies for gifted children as well as special needs. Availability of extracurricular activites is extensive, although expensive. Parental involvement is limited, and the school does not encourage it.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2005
In February, Harlem began a seminar period two days per week. This is an all-school tutoring program designed by the Harlem faculty. It allows for 1 on 1 teacher-student interaction during the school day and gives each student an adult who is 'in their corner.' So far it is working well. The hope is the school board will continue the program after the trial period. Like all Illinois schools, Harlem faces serious financial issues with increasing enrollment and decreasing funding, not to mention the costs of NCLB. Referendums have not been successful. Staff members have taken pay freezes yet continue to offer students the best education in the area. The faculty and administration of the school truly have the students' best interests as their number one priority. With a school board election and referendum approaching, the community and parents must cast their votes to show they care about the students too.

- submitted by a teacher

January 05, 2005
Harlem is and excellent place for extracurricular activities. There isn't everything available but it is definetly a great place to earn your first letter or just to find a great friend in your favorite sport. The music and drama department doesn't get alot of support but has the best musicals and plays for a highschool that I've ever seen in my life! Harlem is a 7A football team and 2A for every other sport. Michelle

- submitted by a student

November 05, 2004
It is a very good school. I should know cuz I go there. The teachers are fantastic and the education I'm getting is great. It is at my level and the teachers are always willing to help.

- submitted by a student

September 19, 2004
This school just survived a bitter 2 week teacher's strike and agreed to binding arbitration. The board concentrates far too much on sports and not enough on academic programs. My child has been 'left behind' because of this. If it wasn't for an upcoming football game, there's a feeling that the teachers would have kept on picketing.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2003
I am a student here, and it is a great school. We are well educated kids without being overly academic. We have some of the best athletes in the state right here.

- submitted by a student
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Harlem High School
1 Huskie Cir, Machesney Park, IL  61115
(815) 654-4511
Last modified Harlem High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Harlem High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top