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Ridgewood Community High School

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Posted August 2, 2014

Like the other person said this school keeps getting worse! my daughter had bad time especially with math and science. before she got to ridgewood, all a's. at ridgewood mostly c's. the administration does nothing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Ridgewood only has one semi-satisfactory aspect:athletics. Even kids with athletic scholarships or talent from here end up going to community colleges, or colleges that need to provide commercials to get people to go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2013

As a parent who grew up in the catholic school system, including a catholic university, I was very hesitant to send my child to Ridgewood. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. While not perfect, Ridgewood has numerous aspects which I am very impressed. First, the teachers here truly care about these kids. The are very accessible, always returning my emails very quickly and offering students time for extra help. These teachers want students to succeed. Help is always available for students, the students however, need to act like young adults and admit when they need help. I am also very impressed with the classes. The honors classes have stimulated these students to make it into top ranking universities like Harvard and Yale. Ridgewood's curriculum is tough. Straight B's won't get you on the honor roll, you need at least a 3.5 GPA. Non honor kids also are given opportunities to figure out which future path they might take. Ridgewood works with Triton junior college for many career classes such automotive or culinary. The high school also has offerings in CADCAM and construction principles. Finally, the school is beautiful! It is newly renovated and state of the art!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

I like RHS! As a parent i know that we are the first teachers! Ridgewood is an excellent school for kids to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

This school has tried to make strides but has failed. The money they get goes into athletic buildings, fields and scoreboards and is not addressing the below state average academics. The school board needs to invest more time in what they can do to turn this around and less on the sports. The school board needs to take control of this place and find out why there is fiscal appropriations going to sports and not else where.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

That schools gets worse and worse each year. I hate to admit it but I think I'm actually going to move, so my child can go to a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2009

Ridgewood is a great school overall. It has a variety of excellent after school sports and clubs for anyone. The teachers and staff are very supportive and willing to teach us too. The building itself has been remodeled a little bit, such as, the library and and new gym. Ridgewood highschool has given us an amazing education and has done that for the past 50 years. Here is the real deal Ridgewood Highschool is an extrodinarary highschool for children that want to learn and have a great future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2006

I am extremely disappointed in this school. The building is antiquated and just now going to be somewhat revamped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

great high school,the teacher really care about each student. Most of all it is probobly one of the safest high schools in Illinois.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 14, 2005

This is an excellent school. Don't listen to the first two comments, they are most likly written by the ignorent parents that live in this town. Just like the majority of the kids here, the parents obviously cannot piece sentances together. Ridgwood Highschool is a very exceptional school, but most of the kids who populate the school are ignorent failures. The parents of these children do nothing but complain and blame this school for their kids problems. Generally you see parents, just like the first two posters saying this school is too strict because their children are fools who refuse to learn or cooperate. If your kids have a passion for learning and intend to grow then Ridgewood is an excellent school for them to attend. If they are slackers they will find nothing but diciplin here by the excellent staff. The lack of diversity can't be blamed on the school, so dont complain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2004

Ridgewood Highschool is not so great. Students will not know what the real world is like if they go here, it is so self diciplined! They are to strict and hard on the students that go here. They give a good quality of work here. The majority of children that go here are all white's, not that it's bad at all because it's not, but it is very dull there is no other ethnic groups really. That is something they need to change about this place.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 4, 2004

This school is not so great at all. The fact that the majority of the student body consists of white students is very boring. Ridgewood and Norridge are like living in a bubble. The strictness this school puts forth onto rules and policies is truly unneccesary. Attending this school is like attending prison, it is very uncomfortable and dull. Unfortunately the faculty and staff tend to be very stereotypical and close minded themselves. Sure you might leave this school fulfilled with all ther smarts you wish, but you will know nothing of how to survive in the real world with real people. To put it bluntly the school and its members are blind.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2003

This school is acctually really good! Maybe they didnt score that high on there test but the teachers try to help each student with problems they are experiancing. This school has a lot of extracurricular activites such as clubs and sports that each student can join. Also they have a no cut policy so each student who trys out for a sports team makes it automatically.


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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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56%

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63%

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62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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56%

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58%

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53%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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55%

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58%

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60%

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60%
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 Students56%
Female48%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Low income50%
Not low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income52%
Not low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female53%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Low income44%
Not low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities59%
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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How schools in the state rate:

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

20

Graduation rate

91.4%


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 79% 51%
Hispanic 16% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 1% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Jennifer Kelsall

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7500 West Montrose Avenue
Norridge, IL 60706
Phone: (708) 456-4242

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