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Round Lake, IL
Students enrolled: 1,927

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800 Panther Boulevard
Round Lake, IL 60073

(847) 270-9300
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July 09, 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
April 09, 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
April 08, 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
April 03, 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 .

- submitted by a community member
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
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
August 07, 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!

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 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
no rating 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
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
May 06, 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
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
March 01, 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
January 10, 2006
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
September 08, 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
August 24, 2004
This review submitted without content.

- submitted by a student
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
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
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
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
May 12, 2004
I graduated from RLHS in 1994. I can't believe the ratings that this school has received. As far as the teaching staff is concerned, I consider myself lucky to have been able to attend classes taught by these exceptional educators. They had so much heart, dedication, and intelligence that they willingly shared with students every day. I am currently a teacher in Iowa and the amazing teachers at RLHS are the reason for this. The review that remarked on the hispanic population at the high school was extremely offensive. The population of the school may change, but the integrity of the staff, students and community are not compromised by this. They grow! My suggestion, instead of unjustly accusing the staff for the supposedly terrible conditions...open your wallets and support the activities that are lacking. I will always be proud to say that I graduated from RLHS.

- submitted by a former student
April 21, 2004
I believe this school has some potential, but it doesn't have the beef to get it there. They have a very good principal, but no supporting cast. The school on average smells like a gutted fish twice a week and none of the lunch workers speak english so it is very hard for most of us to buy lunch. I guess it works out, because half of the school is hispanic. There are not many extracurricular choices and more than half of the staff is lazy. The previous review was correct, the toilets in the english hall do not have doors anywhere and it is just sitting there, like a potty in a barren desert, but it is okay most of the time the bathrooms are locked and no one can use them. Godspeed, Goodwork.

- submitted by a former student
November 05, 2003
My kid was doing better at his other school than now! I guees what im trying to say is that, schools in round lake need better teachers or government involvement so they can educate more the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I'm a senior at RLHS and this year is the best I have ever had in my 4 yrs in being there the teachers and staff and most importantly the principal are doing an outstanding job. My only bad comment is the bathrooms are horrible the toilets leak and the stall doors are gone other than that I have nothing else to say but keep up the good work.

- submitted by a community member

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Round Lake Senior High School
800 Panther Boulevard, Round Lake, IL  60073
(847) 270-9300
Last modified Round Lake Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Round Lake Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top