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Palatine High School

Public | 9-12 | 2751 students

 

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Posted June 3, 2014

Great school with lots of teachers with so many years of experience. This school is under district 214. Check out district website with details.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

Generally great classroom instruction and sports programs for a wide variety of students. Very disparate treatment of minority groups. Counseling is poor. Counselors are overworked, under-supervised and do not have family's interests at a priority. The DRIVE all students to the most difficult colleges as that makes the department look good w/o concern about the student and their family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Best school for sports, education and people. I absolutely love it...
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

I love Palatine. It has good teachers and the choir department is the best!!!!!! Has a great Special Education Program!


Posted December 27, 2008

Palatine is a very very good school! Although it is not great like Fremd yet, we are taking steps in the right direction! My two children loved Palatine, and I loved watching them grow and mature their. The only bad part is the often shown lack-of-effort by teachers. Also, our kids always lie deep in the shadow of cross-town rival Fremd High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

Honestly, this school is not nearly as good as other schools in terms of student body and teachers. Some of the teachers are very biased and some are very rude to students. The student body is generally pretty okay, but very few people are in advanced classes, and those who are in them struggle. But this is a public school, so it's all par for the course.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2008

Palatine is a awesome school with a wonderful caring staff. My son is a Freshman and has ADD with a IEP and the staff has worked with him to adjust to high school. He loves the school and is making friends. Keep up the GREAT job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2008

Greatest marching band around. Best cross country team around. Excellent diversity of student body and activities - there's something for everyone. The only problem lies in the quality of some teachers. Otherwise great departments are brought down by a few slackers or rampantly biased teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2008

I am a parent of a Freshman. Overall, I am very pleased with the school and all the activities they have for the students. I am, however, disappointed with the amount of drugs and pot exchanged in the hallways and viewed by other students. I feel there should be random drug sniffing dogs brought in the school to keep everything in check.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

In the last 10 years the teaching field has changed. Higher expectations, more responsibility (must be counselor, teacher, and the parent), increased accountability, and the list could go on... What I see are teachers, administrators, and staff stepping up continuously, volunteering more time and energy to help every student be successful. The students have all the resources and caring teachers they could ask for.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 30, 2007

Palatine High School is a great school with an amazing music and English departments. There are many extra-curicular activities and a wide range of electives to select from. Teachers are willing and helpful for all who need it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2007

Great school for sports, academics and diversity. The music program must have drastically changed since the comment of 2004. Palatine is now on par with other district schools with the exception of crosstown rival Fremd which is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Palatine has very high academic standards. Parent involvement is 2nd to none based on attendants @ parent teacher s conference meetings as well as a professionally choreograph xmas program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

Lots of extra-curricular activities, mostly good teachers, good place!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 4, 2005

Great teachers, always willing to put in the extra effort to help students succeed.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 19, 2004

While Palatine doesn't have the best test scores in the area, it has qualiies other area schools can't match. Palatine has lots of diversity. Palatine has true school spirit. Not many other High Schools have pep assemblies for all the students. Once you've gone to Palatine, a part of you never really leaves it. Great athletics and the best high school band in the state.
—Submitted by a 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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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64%

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67%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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58%

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59%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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53%

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58%

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62%

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64%
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 Students60%
Female56%
Male64%
Black20%
Asian83%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Low income35%
Non-low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female58%
Male58%
Black34%
Asian75%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Low income33%
Non-low income76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students53%
Female44%
Male62%
Black22%
Asian73%
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income28%
Non-low income72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners3%
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

22

Graduation rate

88.7%


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 52% 51%
Hispanic 32% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Black 6% 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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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Gary P Steiger

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1111 N Rohlwing Rd
Palatine, IL 60074
Phone: (847) 755-1600

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