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Rich South Campus High School

Public | 9-12 | 1282 students

 

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Posted January 7, 2014

I am a former student at rich south high school. This school is not that bad as everybody else says it is. The Education is great the staff are awesome and everybody in the school are friendly. Sure this school might have its ups and down ,but that's how basically all high schools are, but I'm not trying to say that are school is bad but it's amazing. The education is just right and all my teachers are friendly they are a little strict but that's how it is in the real world.


Posted September 9, 2013

I am the parent of a junior student. The school is not perfect, but it is good. The school's small size may be its greatest benefit. This makes joining clubs and sport teams much easier. For most sports you just have to show up and don't have to stress about "making the team". There are many Advanced Placement classes available. The district has an excellent summer school program. The district does need to get a little better at public relations and customer service. Academically, a student can get as good an education here as at any school in the United States if they are focused and classes and teachers are chosen well. Overall, I have found the school to be a good one and expect another child to be enrolling later.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

This school is horrible because the board is horrible. The school board is comprised of an egomaniac board president who is not in touch with the community or the school I love my home, but I hate that it feeds into this pathetic excuse for a school. It is a sad day when you actually hope the state comes in and shuts the school down. Southland Prep is not an option or an alternative, because it is just as pathetic as Rich South. DO NOT move here if you want a halfway decent education for your child, because you WILL NOT get it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

I am a student currently attending this school as a Freshman, and the majority of thing's I have to say about it, is that the test scores, along with the community rating are right. Though this school isn't as bad as some schools, the immaturity at this school really shows. Being a mostly observant person when I want to, I have witnessed how the "kids" at this school act. Seniors, Juniors, and Sophmores, who are constantly reminded to set a good example don't, at least when it comes to a fight of a stupid argument The majority of students at this school are african american, and as a result isn't very diverse Due to the lack of diversity, the students at this school have a hard time greeting/recognizing any discomfort they've possibly given to a new student, causing the said new student to need some time getting used to some behavior. The school isn't that bad, but it isn't good either. I've felt the school could use more diversity and open-mindedness to destroy any discomfort for those shy-students.Clubs aren't really what I imagined them to be. Instead of events being on boards or whatever, the school relies on announcements which aren't plausible due to talking and speaker prob
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2011

I am a former student from Rich South High School. I attended this school since freshman year. The school is not as bad as everyone makes it seem. The whole time I was their, I might of only seen about maybe 4 fights. I have had some of the best teachers at this school. They were kind of strict, but I am their to learn . The administration and councelors are pretty good as well. The principal at the school now is no nonsence. She is the type that will put the bad kids out. She told us that she wants us to have the best education and that she wasnt going to let anyone stop us. Most of the parents that are commenting on her are the ones with the bad children. These teachers are not out to get your child, their is at least maybe 10 teachers at South that love your children. I say that as long as Rich South is under the guidance of Cynthia Hudson(Principal of Rich South) they are headed in a good direction.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2009

I am also a Freshman at Rich South and I think he school really isn't doing much better...The kids their and shamely the upper classmen can be very out of control! It's sad because they're supposed to be role models for me and other freshman but they really aren't! I feel like if we can get the kids in line then that would actually be a great school and i agree about the getting cussed out by random adults...that is true because some teachers really do say and do some things that I don't think is appropiate as a teacher...I know a lot of freshmen who will not be attending this for their sophmore year...Most are tranferring and also the school is wayyyyyyyyyyy to overcrowded! It's really ridiculous how I can't even get to my locker without being trampled! You also can't walk the halls without techers and sercurity guards hassling
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2009

....oh and to respond to parents with comments about violence, your statements are not entirely true. there are not cops at my school everyday, nor is rich south a dangerous place. lack of information, lack of parent involvement, and lack of home training are the reasons as to why false info is being told and why rich south has begun to have such a bad rep. since our last principal dr.k has been removed from his position, this school has been doing alright and i belive if people tried to envolve themselves in their childrens lives, then things will start improving at more rapid paces. god bless and have a wonderful day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2008

I am a freshmen student at Rich South. I have all honors classes too but I dont see how we are honors when we are doing the exact same things the regular classes are doing. I dont feel different. The security guards are very aggresive they treat kids however they want. We are constantly getting cursed at all day by any random adult. The kids are sooooooooooo bad! they curse at teachers they fight the security guards. We cant even have a basketball game without the police involved. We just really need alot of work
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

This school totally lacks the discipline necessary to enable teachers to instruct and engage students. The problem is on the part of which ties the hands of the administration and coddles the students. Last year (06-07)they had suspended after-school detention and only held it on Saturday. By January they were so back up, student realize if they'd gotten a detention they probably would never have to serve it. Therefore, students were out of control.
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Posted November 28, 2007

I am extremely disappointed with the staff at Rich South High School. The PowerSchool was a great addition but many of the teachers won't keep it updated.Trying to contact other staff is nearly impossible. Phone calls are never returned. Rich South has really declined in the last few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2007

I truly believe that they are doing great things for students like myself, who currently attend. While many of the parents believe otherwise, we as students are the ones whose opinions really matter, and my classmates would agree that there are many great aspects about this school. The extracurricular activities give students viewpoints on things that students could not receive from a classroom of any school, showing us different careers and actually allowing us to experience some of what is necessary to do those things. Aside from the school itself, the parents of students are very heavily involved in the programs at the school, and when it comes to the grades of the students they are on top of things. Rich South may not be a magnet school, but it is a great school. 'Learners today, leaders tomorrow, and stars for life' the school motto, speaks truth and encouragement to all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2006

Quality academic programs and capable teachers and administers are available for students. Consequently,a number of students are succeding and preparing to attend college or trade school. In addition, some Rich South parents are very much a part of their children's academic progress. Unfortunately,not enough are. Overall, lack of parental involvement is a major problem. Students should not be left to make most of their own decisions at the high school level. They need to know from their parents or guardians exactly what is expected of them behaviorally, academically and socially. Children need a lot of guidance and support from their families to succeed. Students lacking the involvement of their parents or guardians tend to be disruptive and impede the progress of other students. When we have more concerned parents, we will have a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2006

This school isn't what I expected. I moved from Chicago seven years ago thinking that this would be a great district for my daughter to attend highschool I was sadly mistaken and dissappointed. Every other day the cops where at the school. This school has gotten outrageous with the violence. The teachers didn't seem to care if my child passed her classes or not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

So far I have not had any complaints about the school and the teachers seem to be doing a good job. however I do wish that the teacher would call home more if a child is not doing well or not turning in progress reports
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

My experience with this school was very bad. I found the last principal not involved and not really caring about anything and the one they have now I find very arrogant and just not willing to listen to anything the parents or students have to say. They also do not investigate complaints made by students or parents. To me the students act out because they feel that they have no one to talk to or even mentor them with problems. I tried to get a mentor for my children when they went there and I could not even get a letter, phone call or any respones. When I called to find out what was going on all I got was a 'Someone will contact you soon.' I never was contacted. This school needs a lot of help as soon as possible because it is going down hill fast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

I am very very dissappointed in this school. from the expiences that my neighbors had there, I had to move before my children could go there. We now live in a district where they can teach the children instead of spending their trying to keep order in the class rooms. I went to this school about 10 years ago. There was even problems then keeping students challanged and now it is even worse with keeping them safe too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

This school has shown marked improvement due to Dr. Kirkwood's unfailing concern and involvement in the children's academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

I like Rich South. I am a student there and I find it to be very fun. Besides the fun some teachers are good to be around. They take alot of time to help you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

I had to move my children from this school district..due to teacher and principal..inability to control the students disruptive behavior, in, and out of class.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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38%

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34%

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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17%

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29%

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23%

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29%
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 Students24%
Female24%
Male24%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Low income22%
Non-low income31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students38%
Female44%
Male31%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Low income32%
Non-low income57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students17%
Female19%
Male15%
Black15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Low income15%
Non-low income25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities20%
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%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

85.3%


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
Black 90% 18%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
White 3% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Richton Park, IL 60471
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