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Prospect High School

Public | 9-12 | 2127 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted June 3, 2014

If this one of the top schools in our country, we are in a sorry state. I am not down on Prospect, but it is nothing special. The sports programs are average. But the teachers are hardly inspirational. The school handed my kid an ipad and the teachers complained he was distracted during class by the ipad. What they were expecting? They gave him a 700 dollar entertainment system to use in class and he lost interest in adverbs - imagine that!!! I will say the special ed teachers are hard working and I appreciate their commitment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

Prospect High School is a school for students who want to do something with their lives. Students who achieve at Prospect study their materials and do their homework and if needed, go to the Math and Science Resource Room or recently added Knight's Learning Center to be certain they understand the materials they are going to be tested on. As with any public high school, there are immature teenagers and bullies but the majority of the teens work hard in their studies. Teachers and staff will put in extra hours to help students but students must take the initiative. In addition, Prospect has great sports and arts programs as well as clubs that most students will enjoy. If students want to excel at Prospect they have to be the ones to work hard and create a relationship with their students. Lazy kids don't like Prospect because the majority of the students are hard working and A students.


Posted March 15, 2014

Students and teachers in this school are bullies. If you try to reach out for help, you DO NOT get it. I still have not recovered from the abuse I had gotten from my peers. Whatever you do, don't force your child through a school like this.


Posted March 4, 2014

Prospect High School. My daughter was failing in many classes at the beginning of the year. It doesn't matter how smart your child is, if they refuse to do the homework, they will fail! She has since been super motivated by a caring Math teacher. She now has an A in Algebra, and all of her grades have risen. Prospect has many opportunities for extracurricular activities, including driver's ed. I have taken my job as parent seriously, and kept in touch with the teachers and threatened to withhold those extracurricular activities. The teachers do not want the students to fail but they need the parent's support to help motivate the students. Get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

Just to add exactly what the previous commentor said, this school is failing. My son is most likely the latest school dropout from Prospect. After 9 years of receiving an education from private schools and achieving the 'exceeding standards' scores on ACT tests alongside SAT test preps, somehow here he is a failing student, failing almost every single subject in Prospect through his 3 years of attending. No matter what you do in this school to raise your grade up, somehow you still fail. With a high hope, Prospect will find true educators who could teach today's youth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

I agree with the parent who said that the kids are not supported, especially in the Math Department. God forbid your child stays home sick for a day or two. The teachers do not want to accept "late" homework after an illness and it is a battle to get these people to even communicate with me in a civil manner. Unfortunately the majority of Prospect teachers these days are just kids themselves, fresh out of college with no maturity and no professionalism. I've had two other children graduate from Prospect and it was a wonderful school for them. The current teaching staff, with a few more mature exceptions, act like bullies and have no ability to actually teach. A person who reads from a book is not a teacher. A person who does not help those who need assistance is not a teacher. A person who belittles a teen who is trying to learn is not a teacher. Prospect needs to grow up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2012

My son is at this school and in the special ed program. He has been in 2 sports and on the B honor role.This year it seems like there is a lot of things missing. He has missed out on a quality language arts program. The special ed department seems to want to keep the kids in their section and not move them out into the general population. We are looking forward to graduation..... I think if you stay in the box you are expected to be in then your student will suceed....if you don't then you will be crushed and not supported. This is the first year we have been not supported by the special ed department and the gen ed teachers do a better job without their asisstance. I think that most of the parents in our situation are worn out by the time their kids get into HS and the lack of compassion is really telling. Graduation here we come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

The school is great, and the teachers really great with students. The athletic department is dominant here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2011

We had two children go through this school and I can say we were extremely pleased with the academic, music and sports programs. Both our children were involved in honors and AP classes while being athletes and musicians. Our daughter graduated with scholarships for academic, athletic and music. Our son graduated with academic and sport scholarship offers . The school is what you choose to make it. We as parents were very pleased how PHS prepared our kids for college. When challenges were presented it built character! The tougher the competition the harder the kids had to work! Our children did extremely well. We were very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

at the beggining of the year i fell behind in algebra, but the teachers don't wait for you if you need help, you have to ask for the help yourself. i am also involed in music, marching band and jazz. and the instructors all work very hard for the group's success.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2010

Prospect gives all kids a chance to excel at something...academics, music, theater, sports...they have it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2010

I sent my child to this school for her freshman year, and I'm not surprised to say it was unsatisfactory. My daughter is intelligent in all subjects, especially math, but what surprised me the most is how the math skills are lacking in that school. The teachers work directly off the book and refuse to incorporate ANY mental, emotional and psychological factors in the child's learning. The principal, though seems like a smart guy, has his mind set on staying a top school- which he attempts to accomplish by pushing the students to work faster and get chapters done quicker. Many BRAND new unexperienced teachers came this year and even more plan to return next year as a result of the district cutting down the budget. This school simply isn't what it claims it is and most parents are oblivious to this mainly because Prospect hardly incorporates them into the system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2010

First I want to say that I could not agree MORE with the person that wrote the review before me. Also Prospect has a HUGE bullying problem that the Admin refuses to accept exists regardless of the amount of proof the student & parent have brought to them. Also when a student maybe in danger of failing a class for the semester the counselors just tell them to not worry they can just make it up some time before they are a senior, what makes them think they can handle that if they couldn't pass it the 1st time, I just think they can encourage the kids more. I was EXTREMELY disappointed with the School to say the least. Maybe my expectations were to high, My rating is based only on my experience with the school, they do have a TON of sports for the kids that enjoy playing sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2010

1) Dwindling numbers of excellent, experienced teachers being eclipsed by many inexperienced teachers who desperately need mentoring, classroom management skills, & maturity thanks to ongoing Dist 214 policy to hire teachers with <2 years' experience as a money-saving measure. 2) Principal, while articulate, also lacks maturity and real experience. His is intent on carrying out Dist 214 focus on metrics to raise school rankings in state and private ratings. The result is a pressure-cooker environment for students. Honors level course options are being removed in order to force more students into AP classes. Students' social-emotional needs are being steamrollered with a disastrous increase in mental health, depression, anxiety, hospitalization, alcohol & drug, and similar issues. 3) Meaningful parental involvement at Prospect is nearly zero. Parental involvement is at an unhealthy, frenzied level in athletics and music, where the end goal is (often successful) promotion of their own child's interests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

Awesome band and orchestra program. Trust me, I've been involved for awhile. Also, their are tons of sports and academic activities to try out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

As a parent of a Freshman we could not be happier at Prospect. For a school with such a huge student body it has the feel of a much smaller school. Again, we love Prospect!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

As A Parent of five I would have to say the school and staff are on the ball. Students are ingaged and interests of kids are met. The kids in a high precential want to be part of school and get involved with it's programs. The kids leave ready for college
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

Great school. Educational and extracurricular activities are abundant and varied. Teachers are well-qualified. Band, Mixed Company performance, Science Olympiad and football have been either state or nationally ranked in recent years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

good band and choir program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

Prospect High School is an excellent school. It will provide your child with a very good education. The teachers are great and well educated. Overall, the school is one of the best in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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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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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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81%
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

Math

All Students82%
Female83%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income56%
Non-low income85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female82%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Low income60%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female81%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Low income61%
Non-low income83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
Students without disabilities84%
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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26%
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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

25

Graduation rate

92.9%


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
White 81% 51%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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801 West Kensington Road
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: (847) 718-5200

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