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Oak Park & River Forest High School

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Posted March 19, 2014

I was choosing between this school and another and nearly made the mistake of picking this one. I went to the school that places people into the school and made all honors. However, if you don't make all honors here then it's too bad for you. They put way to much weight on honors and music and not nearly enough on minorities and kids who aren't academically strong. I consistently see kids smoking on hither campus and nobody seems to care. Overall if you have a high work ethic and are an honors student who is not afraid to get trampled in a hallway of 4000 people than this is a good school for you. 1/8th of the kids will go on to top tier colleges, 1/2 will fail to meet state standards. My friend who struggles academically goes here and they don't even acknowledge that he wants to got o a college and treat him like he has no chance. Finally, the people are wild. Whether it's people randomly swearing at you or jumping over your head for no apparent reason half of the student body could not care less about discipline and has no reason to, there is no disciplinary enforcement there.


Posted March 6, 2014

OPRF is one of the main reasons why we moved to Oak Park, Il. The elementary and middle schools are exemplary as well. Our eldest was accepted into an excellent university and our other two children have shown that their education in their respective districts (97 & 200) are a life long benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

We have experienced an incredibly frustrating experience with the OPRF HS with very poor communication, delays in getting our daughters issues identified and addressed. Her freshman year she was placed in LD classes, which was appropriate after testing. Our first discussion about her placement took place during freshman orientation while in a large group of students and parents, really inappropriate and embarrassing for my daughter. Sophomore year she was placed in mainstream classes as if all of her special needs had been forgotten.idway through the semester when we resluzed she was not passing most of her classes, it was very difficult to get communication going so that her needs would be addressed. We had met with her counsellor at the beginning of the year to discuss our concerns and goals and were pretty much told that the fastest way to get our daughter tested would be to have it done privately and , of course, pay for it. Since that time we have experienced unanswered e mails, phone calls and teachers fail to show up for scheduled meetings. This was all happening while our daughter was flunking multiple classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

OPRF is a great school to attend. I am a junior at the school and I can say I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I am preparing to apply to colleges and take the ACTs in April and I know that by going to OPRF I will do great on my ACTs and go to my top college. The teachers I have had since I started there have always been helpful and willing to stay late in order for a student to understand the material and they push you to learn things outside of the classroom and outside of the standardized education. I strongly suggest that if you are looking to attend a great high school you do so at OPRF.


Posted January 9, 2013

This school has teachers that you can really learn from, but with my experience a lot of the staff doesn't really care about doing anything that they don't absolutely have to do. This is especially true in a non-honors class. Despite not being great in English classes, I enrolled in the honors English program just so that I would have a chance at having a teacher that would be able to maybe stay after school and explain something to me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2011

OPRF is a shinning example of everything a good American school should be: an excellent educator that has a diverse, intelligent, and animated student body successful sports teams and extracurricular groups that cultivate strong leaders, actors, scientists, doctors, bloggers,.. and an open-minded philosophy on diversity and acceptance of various (racial, ethnic, sexual) demographic groups.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2010

I love this school because my son can walk to it, and they offer some excellent clubs and courses. It's not even close to being family-centered in its practices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2009

(Contd.) We sold our Gold Coast condo and moved 'back' to River Forest so my daughter could benefit from the same great education. She is now working on her PhD. Thank you OPRF schools !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

i graduatedd from oprf in 2009.its the best school in all possible way.if u like to be more interested in academics its the best choice.if u like to be good n extra curricular actvities its the ulimate choice


Posted April 24, 2008

Outstanding academic and co-curricular program marred only by autocratic, parochial leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

OPRF is large, but if you value education, you will thrive - it's as good as a small liberal arts college, particularly history with a number of faculty with law degrees and doctorates in their subject matter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I am a 2004 graduate of OPRF and I must say that if I'd gone to any other high school, I probably wouldn't have been as prepared for college life. OPRF prepared me in a way in which I knew that when I begin to attend college that I would ACTUALLY HAVE TO STUDY. Many of my college peers tell me that when they were in high school they didn't have to pick up a book, which is really sad. OPRF strives towards excellence and only produce the best students when it comes to pursuing a high education and hires only the most qualified faculty members who will continue to bring nothing but success to the school. The education is AMAZING, the diversity is unbelievable, and If I were to move back to chicago, OPRF would be my # 1 choice!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2007

OPRF is an excellent high school. As a parent of a sophomore I have been pleased with the overall quality of the institution. My only issue is that the school does not have an advisory system. This would help immensely for students to be able to connect with at least one adult who has his or her best interests at heart. For a school of its stature it is surprising that it does not have one. OPRF serves its best students quite well, but for those students who might need special attention or who struggle academically it still has some improvement to do. However, the school offers the best of everything for its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Good class size, excellent counselling staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2005

OPRF has provided an excellent education to its students for 132 years. Despite significant demographic shifts in the community since the 1970s, this school continues to achieve test scores, college matriculation rates, and National Merit scholar honors at the same rates realized 40 years ago. It has produced a Nobel Prize winner, at least four Pulitzer Prize winners, a Miss America, an Academy Award nominee, and scores of other leaders in many fields. The facilities are first-rate, the faculty is outstanding, and community support is very high. Oak Park has a well-deserved national reputation as one of the best high schools in the country, public or private. It is hard to imagine any alumnus who is not proud to say, 'Oak Park is my alma mater' and hard to imagine any parent of a graduate who would not say, 'I'm glad my child went to OPRF.' It's that good.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 3, 2005

School near Chicago, a great place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

I am an O.P.R.F.H.S. Class of 2005 graduate who couldn't be prouder of my old high school. The place is like a college, not only in its size but in its overall quality as well. Whether you are a rocket scientist, a musical prodigy, a poetic genius, or a star athlete, you will thrive at OPRF and be able to fully maximize whatever your talent happens to be. I personally am now attending a top public university, and to my delight, I am discovering myself to be way more prepared for college life (not only academically but socially as well, probably due to the incredible diversity of Oak Park) than almost all of my classmates. After attending a school like OPRF, I can say without hesitation... high school was harder than college. OPRF was that good... I firmly believe that you won't find a better high school experience anywhere.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2005

OPRF is big and a really great place. The academics are excellent and the AP program is certainly one of the best anywhere. There are lots of choices of what to do in acadamecs, sports, and extracurriculars. In response to a very negative and shallow review of OPRF shared earlier, the security guards are necessary because of the sheer number of students that are at OPRF. The students are very smart and very motivated, which is why OPRF has won a number of national competitions in various club activities, and why there is such large participation in clubs and activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2005

There are classes for every learning pace, and you are able to get so much out of the classes even just by listening. The teachers are so dedicated to their work and students, and work hard to help students get to where they want to be later on in life. As far as individual interests of the students, if you're interested in it, they probably have a class, club, team or sport for you to get involved in. Parents are always encouraged to get involved with the student's academics and extracurricular activites. Letters are sent home to inform parents of honors achievement breakfasts and, parent comments and questions are always encouraged and valued. Oak Park and River Forest high school (OPRFHS) is an excellent school that offers so many opportunities to it's students, and it's diversity of students and staff create an amazing atomposphere to be surrounded in as teenagers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2004

Quite simply, this high school is probably as good as any public school in the country. Great academics + large, diverse, student body + slew of interesting athletic and co-curricular opportunities = top notch school.
—Submitted by a student


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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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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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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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46%
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28%
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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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201 North Scoville Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 383-0700

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