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Park Ridge, IL
Students enrolled: 1,368

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2601 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 825-4484
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August 19, 2015
This is an awesome school, with a lot of 2nd generation kids. Probably the best kept secret out there (and hopefully will stay that way). Top academic programs and AP opportunities without the clickiness and social pressures that other schools have. It is diverse and that makes it unique or some like to say it "real world." The kids are extremely involved and they go on to some great colleges!

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 19, 2015
Most teachers go the extra mile and answer e-mails even late at night. Flipped classrooms are still a challenge, but overall very effective teachers.

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Amount of homework: Just right
August 19, 2015
There are a lot of Excel and AP classes and homework takes a few hours most nights, but it is a fair amount and is not just busy work.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 19, 2015
The school has so many cultures and socio/economic backgrounds that it naturally creates a compassionate and caring student body

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 19, 2015
The school develops kids to succeed in a real life environment and kids come out with a strong sense of ethics and honesty.

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July 04, 2015
Maine East is a school with a many divers cultures. All of the students are different and most of the time they form groups with people who are culturally similar. I went to this school for two years and I can't say I had lots of fun there. I'm Eastern European and it was hard for me to find the right group where I could fit in since there are not so many other Eastern Europeans there. I feel that if you are from Asia it is easier to find close friends who understand you fully then if you are like me European. Not a lot of people understood me and I didn't always feel comfortable there.

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December 17, 2013
I'm a former student and also had siblings that attended M.E. All I can say is that this is a great school. AP programs are great and top notch. Theater program is great. The school even has a radio station. Facilities are great. The only thing not so great is the football and basketball team. The teachers are great and care about their students. You won't see the typical peer pressure that you see in other schools. M.E. has been malign by outsiders who know nothing about the school, claiming that there is a gang problem and drug problem. In reality, there isn't a gang problem, it's suburban gang wannabes that can be found in many suburban schools. The rumors of a drug problem is just that, rumors. The test scores are not high because there's a percentage of the student population that do not come from wealthy or middle class families that have parents that are not actively involve with their child's education but you can't blame M.E. for that. A lot of these students also work almost a full time job and that takes away from their studies. If you want a great education M.E. is the place. Don't listen to the stereotypes and rumors. Bottom line is, M.E. is a great school.

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August 01, 2013
I use to help teachers out with home work and do other things for them

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May 13, 2013
I love Maine East. The student body is friendly and isn't cliquey, you could talk to the person sitting next to you in class without fearing of being judged. Some teachers are horrible but there's many tutoring opportunities and make up work. It's a safe environment

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June 17, 2011
I am still attending maine east and it is just awesome soo many after school activities such as clubs just an amazing school. The teachers are super helpful and friendly.

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March 24, 2010
I love East. There are so many different options and the choice is yours!

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September 15, 2009
Maine East was awesome when I attended. Very diverse. There are over 50 languages spoken in the halls, and it's a good environment for teenagers to learn about different cultures. Many of the teachers were awesome, and the AP programs rocked.

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March 22, 2009
Its an amazing school!! The teachers really help

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March 02, 2009
Maine East is really one of the best schools in Illinois.Especially, their ESL program help and encourage students a lot.On the other hand, you won't get as much opportunities as a regular student despite of your good performance. School is not famous for many sports but, they are really good. All different people with different cultures.

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January 12, 2009
I was very sceptical about this school at first, but my fears very quickly disappeared. Faculty cares about students and they have a lot of very well developed after school programs. Their theater program must be the top in the nation. Great performances and unbelievably talented students year after year. What a great school!

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June 18, 2008
Though many think that this school is inferior to others in the area, that is not the case at all. Yes, some(although very few) of the students do not live well-financed lifestyles which inevitably has an influence on their academic performance level. Yes, some students have problems with drugs. Yes, there sometimes are fights between students. Yes, our athletic record is less than superb. But Maine East is an incredible place to learn. Our gifted program offers great opportunites. Our school also offers an incredibly helpful remedial program. Aditionally, most of the teachers genuinely care about their students. Maine East also boasts a highly diverse enviorment. Though some students do not excel academically, there are many that do. I, for one, have a 4.8 GPA and know many others that do the same. Overall, Maine East offers great oportunities and is highly under rated by many.

- submitted by a student

December 21, 2007
This school is amazing. Don't let test scores fool you...Maine East has one of the top academic programs in the country. Plenty of our kids are living in poverty. I'm POSITIVE that if everyone in the school were more willing to learn (and didn't have to work hard at home trying to put food on the table), we'd top the rankings in the country.

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July 29, 2007
This school boasts a friendly environment, and a multitude of clubs, activities,athletics,& cultures. There might not be much parent involment, however. There are no regulations that limit any parent from trying to involve. In Maine East High School, there is almost no such thing as cliques, inferiority or bullying. It occurs very rarely. This school may not be perfect, but I would say it is pretty close to being so. No school is all perfect. There are always tiny flaws in every school, and often times many people try to point it out and put the school down. So parents, I recommend kids to be sent to this school. Though many negative rumors go around about this school, the truth of the matter is, Maine East not only has a highly acknowledge past, it has an acknowledged presentand soon to be future.

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June 22, 2007
I am a M.E. alumni from the class of 2000. This school is an accurate dose of the real world. I loved being able to befriend people from different backgrounds. Your child will not be judged by the brand of clothing he/she wears. The atmosphere is very welcoming. Parents are encouraged to be involved. However, M.E. doesn't have as many fanatical soccer moms as M.S. So, it may seem as if there is less parent involvement. The school has the appropriate authority and security.

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June 05, 2006
There are way better schools in the same district. Maine East is not a school that is funded very well.

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May 19, 2006
I have two children, one who is in elementary school, and one who goes to Maine East. I will make sure that my second child does NOT go to Maine East. It's academic programs are not bad, but the people there are not so good. And there is hardly any level of parent involvement.

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July 07, 2005
This is truly a great school! This school has excellent academic programs, and great sports programs. Don't be fooled by this school's test scores, because there are a lot of economically disadvantaged people, which don't score as high, but it is not because of the school. If all of the students were more willing to learn, I am sure that this school would be scoring in the top of the country, because the education is great. But by all means, this school is not perfect. The main suggestion that I would give this school is to push the kids harder to excel. If your child is looking for a great education, in a safe atmosphere, Maine East is the way to go.

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December 17, 2004
I went to M.E.H.S. for 4 years. The school is a very good school. I really had no problems. The teachers are willing to help you. People think that this school is filled with gang memeber but thats not true my sister was there over 8 years ago and I was there 2 years ago and we never saw any gang members. So please don't believe what other people say. They are jealous since their school has so much money their students are drug addicts and get themselves in trouble. If you look at M.E crime report and compare it to GBS you'll see that GBS has more crime then our school ever has and ever will. So send your kids to M.E becuase its the best experience they could ever have.

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October 01, 2004
I was at M.E. for 4 years. Gang members are in a group and go terrorizing other students or opposing gang members. The minorities in the school get treated badly. The teachers aren't strict at all, and you can roam the hallways and security will just say Hello with a smile. Some of the teachers are racist against the Indian race which is a minus if you want to send your student to this school and he/she is Indian. In this school, one can do anything. Smoke in the bathroom, skip classes, write fake passes and the teachers believe it and get excused. I've done it all. Maine East is the easiest school you can take advantage of. There are many fights that take place in that school with is also a minus.Your child should make good decisions and not go with the wrong crowd if he attends this school.

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Maine East High School
2601 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL  60068
(847) 825-4484
Last modified Maine East High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Maine East High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top