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Round Lake Senior High School

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3 stars

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Posted July 9, 2014

I am sorry but I experienced RLHS first hand and I can assure you that "You make what you want of high school", is not an accurate description of that "awesome" institution. No, most schools do not have gangs. In fact most schools remove those type of toxic people to better the students that do care about their education. I was only subjected to this school for one year (Junior year) and I can definitely say that anyone that wants to have a good foundation for College should NOT attend RLHS. To start off I was given 4 study halls because of lack of funding for a full 8 period day. If that is not enough for you continue reading. The classes that I did have I was in Honors classes (they did not allow me to take AP classes as a Junior for some absurd reason).
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2014

I have a child who attends RLHS. I agree with the last persons review, school is what you make it. The Staff cares and is actively involved in the well being of the students. My child with his effort and help from the staff(direction every year what needs to be done to obtain his goals) has graduated a semester early. Yes the school is old and it has gangs. Alot of schools do now a days. Cant get away from it really. But if youre actively involved in your childs life then it doesnt matter how old the school is. They are even talking about adding on to this school. And school is what the student makes it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

People who rate this school as awful are most likely coming at it from an outsider's perspective. I went to RLAS from K-12, graduated, and now attend one of the top private schools in the country. Some of my classmates are at institutions like Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard, Smith, Amherst, etc. Some of the highest ranking schools in the country. This school is what you make of it. This school is brought down not by the people who work here but the stigma it's been given by outside communities. We are expected to not do as well because we're from a poor neighborhood, but honestly, putting in some effort on the students' and parents' side of things is what's missing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2014

THIS SCHOOL IS GOD AWFUL . I advise everybody not to come to this school if you have a choice .. this is coming from a current junior in the process of transferring schools . Do not attend RLHS .


Posted December 13, 2013

Excellent school with great honors programs and support for multilingual students. School offers many different programs for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

I am currently a sophomore at Round Lake High School, and I am enrolled in both honors and AP classes. I honestly don't think that RLHS gets enough credit, because it had been looked down upon by other school districts for years; the regular classes may not be as productive but I feel that the accelerated courses are challenging and rigorous enough, and our scores of SAT and ACTs in math are pretty high, even above the national average. The math team is ranked 24th/50 schools in IL. True, we have a long way to go, especially in the English and history departments, but academically, we're doing quite well. However, in terms of the social environment of the school, there is a lot of bullying and physical violence that goes on that need to be resolved. Teen pregnancy is another major problem. My other complaint would be that the Fine Arts at this school doesn't get enough recognition, and that we lack funds to do greater things with our band and choir programs. Athletic-wise, our Varsity soccer team is ranked 10th in the state, which is not too shabby and our football team is making a great comeback this season. We may lack the prestige and the money, but this is a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2013

I attended the school from 1971 to 1975. It was and is a great school. I almost graduated in 1975, needed 1/2 credit!


Posted June 1, 2009

You can really tell the school is striving to be the best it can be. One complaint that I have is that my children who do try hard in school say that many times the classes are disrupted by unruly students! I feel that there should be tougher concesquences for disrupting a class. If the student continues, alert the parents and dismiss the student from class. It is not fair to the students that want to learn, to have to put up with distractions!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

I am currently a student at RLSH, class of 2011. I could honestly say that it is a preety decent school. RLSH has many ups as well as downs, including various sports and clubs. The teachers could be a little more understanding and not make one feel like an outsider. Many classes include potery, computer keyboarding, creative writing, ect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

Round Lake High School is a great school. The teachers and students work hard. In the past it has been so easy for people to say bad things about the school. I wish that people would see all of the good going on there. There are so many kids that are really great people. This is a very diverse school and I never see anyone without a friend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2007

The HS has improved greatly since both the state and Dr. Brierton took over (~5 years ago). The attitude of the personnel and the students has become more positive, hopeful and driven to achieve. With more funds available, goals seem more attainable and optimism is on the rise. The basic education has always been of good quality, as evidenced by the numerous RLHS grads who get into top colleges every year. With more money now coming in, the education can be more enriched, the extra-curricular activities & coaching staffs can expand, enabling us to get better press. Dr. B. is moving on to a position closer to home, but we will continue to bring back the ROAR Hooyah!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

Sadly, I cannot say anything good about District 116. I found that 116 is not supportive of students with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

I have 2 children in RLHS and 2 children in the Middle school. The schools here are not bad, but it is the parents involvement in the students education that counts. ALL 4 of my children are on Honor roll. Thank god for the teachers and their commitment to these kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

It is a really decent school at best. The staff has worked hard to improve it from 4 years ago.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2005

I am a 1999 graduate and I am currently working on my masters degree. Round Lake High School was, and is, an outstanding school. While it might have lacked all the bells and whistles newer schools have it did have the most important thing a school needs, dedicated teachers and staff. Teachers at RLHS would go out of their way to make sure a student grasped the concepts being taught and wouldn't proceed until everyone understood. They made learning enjoyable and were enthused to be teaching. I enjoyed all 4 years at rlhs, I was involved in many sports, band, made many friends, and graduated with a 3.0 GPA. Instead of insulting the school and the teachers maybe the parents should take a look at themselves and their children. People are quick to judge and blame the school when the responsibility also lies with the students and parents. I a proud to be an alumnus of RLHS. Go Panthers!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 8, 2004

I graduated from this institution in 1999 and am currently working on my specialist degree in school psychology. I believe that speaks mountains about how much school has impacted my career choice. Past comments made about a student doing better at a previous school, ignorant. First that is a tough transition for any student that is not contingent on the school. Therefore, having been a member of the panther pride team I support many of the teachers there, and hope for their sake that parents that have a problem with certain aspects of this school don t have a problem with voting yes to referendums that have constantly failed in the past. Helping the schools of today will help the future students, policymakers, leaders, and so on of tomorrow.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 17, 2004

I am currently a student at RLSHS, and I don't honestly find it half bad. As an honor student, I find myself friends with more honor students than not, and I notice that we strive to try and be better. But I look at my friends that are in regular classes, and notice that they don't care, and that their favorite phrase is 'What's it matter, a college isn't going to look at Round Lake.' The thing is, most colleges would if we could just get these kids to step up to the plate! They have the potential, they just don't have the faith of their fellow students, teachers, and probably parents as well, to push them to their fullest. Maybe if we could get the parents involved, we could get the kids involved, and raising morale and crushing the horrid rumours of our school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2004

I think that most people don't really give this school a chance. Although because of previous and or maybe present financial problems this school deserves to be appreciated. There is some really great staff here and most people here at the school have the highest hope for everything this school starts. The thing I like more about this school is that when this school starts something we all work together to try and finish it. For example our recycling program here is going so well. The newspaper even appreciated that. Not only are we helping ourselves but the environment as well. This school may not be the best to some but I think that in order for someone to judge something they have to at least experience it. I am currently going to be a junior this year and I can tell you that i'm looking forward to it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2004

I am a current student at RLHS and I also have to agree that the school has potential yet it lacks the strength and determination to achieve greatness. Perhaps with the passing of years and I'm not talking 4 or 8, but more the school will climb into a different phase. True there are some exceptionally amazing teachers but 4 or 6 out of 30 something isn't that great. Teachers who let students cheat on exams, smoke in the washrooms and so on isn't 'Panther Pride'. The lack of parent support is also an important factor, that plus the students not really caring about their studies and lack of extra curricular activities is of no benefit to the growing youth of America. Still my best wishes to those entering that school and to the staff and administration.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2004

I graduated from R.L. in 1999 and I don't believe it was 1/2 bad. I made a lot of aquaintances and made a few long term friends. The teachers were very eager to help me if I ever needed them and were very involved in being concerned for my grades. Yes the dances could have been better and the extra curricular activities too but all in all, R.L. wasn't so bad. If I could do it all over and have the choice to go somewhere else, I'd probably say no. The comments about too many Hispanics is also bogus...it's called cultural diversity!
—Submitted by a former 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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31%
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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 Students33%
Female30%
Male36%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income29%
Not low income44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students32%
Female36%
Male29%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Low income29%
Not low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female22%
Male31%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Low income23%
Not low income38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities29%
English language learners0%
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

19

Graduation rate

72.9%


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
Hispanic 69% 24%
White 21% 51%
Black 8% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
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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Round Lake, IL 60073
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