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6301 North University Street
Peoria, IL 61614

(309) 693-4400
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April 28, 2013
Though Richwoods has several wonderful teachers and is lucky enough to offer the IB Program, the past few years the educational qualities have really been in decline. The school caters to the lower half of the population and devotes too much focus on the behavioral issues of the minority. The majority of the teachers either don't care or don't know what they're talking about. You're extremely lucky if you have one of the few who actually care! In addition, class weights are ridiculous. Enriched classes are weighted the same as AP and IB classes, which is like a slap in the face considering how difficult AP and IB classes are and how watered down and basic enriched classes are. Drugs, fighting, and drinking are rampant. There needs to be more of a focus on the AP and IB kids and less of a focus on the minority of trouble makers. In fact, there needs to be more of a focus on educational quality and less on the school parking lot and the school dress code. Though it is way better than other district schools and much better than the catholic high school, I would definitely recommend looking for a different high school.

- submitted by a student

April 10, 2012
Richwoods has changed in the past few years with the closing of Woodruff High School. Student safety issues and rapid turnover in the administration has crippled teachers' ability to teach. My daughter graduated from the IB program last year and was lucky enough to land in an Ivy League college, but she was a hard driven student motivated to pursue educational excellence with or without a great school. If you have a good kid with an average amount of motivation, the discipline issues may prove very distracting. I would highly recommend looking outside of district 150 for a better school.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2008
I graduated from Richwoods High School and it was the best 4 years of my life! This school has great teachers, excellent academic programs(I was in the IB program), and awesome athletic teams and coaches! Everyone is very friendly and it is a great environment for your child to be in.

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September 11, 2005
As a Richwoods student, I've found the school to offer something for everyone. Like your suburban prep school, it has a legion of highly-motivated students in a wealth of AP and IB classes. In fact, last year we had two students accepted into Stanford, one at Harvard, one at Yale, and one at MIT. Like your inner city school, it has a legion of students failing Applied Chemistry. With the influx of new students due to No Child Left Behind, the school did not meet state standards on the PSAE for the first time. The school operates on many different levels--it's how you navigate it that determines how you'll end up.

- submitted by a student

May 28, 2005
The Richwoods student population is very diverse. There are all the different cliques (i.e. preps, jocks, geeks, goth, ghetto, etc.)--but what's unique is that people aren't constricted by those groups. One plus about RHS is that everyone seems to get along really well--there is great school pride and unity. The education is not only challenging enough for those looking to go to Ivy League schools (with its combo of AP and IB classes), but it also has a great special ed department as well. RHS also has amazing athletic and music programs. One of the highlights of this past year was the Girls' Basketball Team's 38-0 finish in the IHSA State Tournament, establishing a new state record for most consecutive wins. This is definitely the place to send your kids if you want them to have a well-rounded education.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2005
As an alumna and parent of three Richwoods students, I can say that my children have benefitted from the excellent college prep program, as well as the superior fine arts activities, athletics, and other extracurricular activities. In addition to college prep, which includes several Advanced Placement courses, there is also a Health Careers Academy and in International Bacalaureate program at Richwoods, thus enabling students to choose a program that best serves their needs. This is the best school in the Peoria, Illinois, area!

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2003
This is a great school. I would recommend any parent to send their child there.

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Richwoods High School
6301 North University Street, Peoria, IL  61614
(309) 693-4400
Last modified Richwoods High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Richwoods High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top