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Oak Park & River Forest High School

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2011:
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Posted December 5, 2004

I love oprf its a awesome school very big but thats alright the teachers are awesome and they care! goooooo huskies.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2004

This is a college prep high school that is stronger in liberal arts than math/sciences, though they have college level courses across the curriculum. I would not be surprised if the history department is ranked best in the state - they are that good. While there are some excellent math/science teachers, there are a few duds in each of those departments (as there are in any school). The dedication and quality of teachers is excellent. A student who does well in the honors courses at this school will excel in college. BTW, that prior comment about rowdy halls and lack of discipline is just a perception of that person - my kids do not share that perception. Ask the students. What could be improved? Better parent-teacher communications; early warning system to parents for those students not making the grade. A more forgiving tardy policy that does not require parents to lie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

OPRFHS is dedicated to the student body! This school not only has the goals of academic excellence but to build self-esteem in the students as well. Teachers and faculty are approachable and want your student to achieve his/her best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

When I went to this school the halls were chaotic and untended. Now as my oldest child has begun to consider high schools, I see that little has changed. Drug abuse is rampant among students and the level of responsible faculty mebers is rapidly declining. It takes security guards to keep a bunch of high schoolers in line here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 27, 2004

When my daughter entered college this Fall (a very competitive Eastern School) she was amazed at how much more she learned in High School than her fellow college classmates - the overall education at OPRF and especially the foreign language (Latin), the Art (metalworking), philosophy, geology and astronomy programs were outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2004

Oak Park and River Forest high school is not just an amazing learning environment, it is a place to build students into succeeding in society. No matter what your interests are, you can find a club or organization to get involved in and if they don't have it you can start it. Also has a diverse teaching staff and diverse student body. No matter what learning ability you are, you can find a place in this school.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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67%

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68%

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69%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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75%

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73%

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73%

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69%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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69%

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68%

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68%

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68%
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 Students67%
Female66%
Male69%
Black27%
Asian88%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income30%
Non-low income78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
Black43%
Asian81%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial78%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Low income43%
Non-low income84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students69%
Female67%
Male70%
Black27%
Asian77%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial76%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Low income30%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities72%
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%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

93.1%


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 55% 51%
Black 27% 18%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Nathaniel Rouse

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201 North Scoville Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 383-0700

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