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South Elgin High School

Public | 9-12 | 2682 students

 

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Posted April 4, 2014

New school built in a safe area. Lots of extracurricular activities. Teachers communicate well and know the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

This school claims to want to help every student succeed and my child has been theough nothing but hell here. When the prior priciple was here everything was a lot better. The guidence counselors just pick and choose who they want to help. Thwy do not help kids with special accomodations at all. My daughter attends this school and dreads going to it every single day. Before South elgin my daughter was getting As and Bs. Now my daughter is on the border. She used to love school. They need to really assess their interview techniques, because the teachers do not care about their students success.


Posted August 13, 2013

This school is poorly run and the Staff care more about getting their way than helping students financially or preparing them for college. Don't get me wrong, the teachers are great, the administrators are the ones who ruin it for everybody. The guidance office does not go out of their way at all to help students prepare to succeed. They are rude and pick random targets and refuse to help students get better prepared for college even with parents involved.


Posted August 1, 2013

Grandkids are starting freshman year so no opinion yet as to the success of the programs or whether there should be improvement in the courses offered.


Posted October 13, 2010

Great staff - great principle - great environment and a wonderful group of kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

SEHS makes it a priority to ensure that parents and students stay connected with the school. You always know what's happening. The teachers and faculty are so friending an always willing to help parents with student issues and overall school activties. Go Storm!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

It's a growing school with a great future. It has a state championship hockey team !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

The student body at SEHS has a tremendous spirit and deserves needed funds to help build a stadium for sporting events. All of the student athletes work hard to set new standards at SEHS. The school is only in its fifth year and there are many great things in its future. Your gift of award will go along way to provide the needed funds to further develop the athletic programs. Please become a part of this future and support the Storm!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

A unique atmosphere, surrounded by a dairy farm, the administration really go out of their way to help my kids learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Very diverse school that integrates today's technology for the advancement and enrichment of every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Our children have always attended private schools. However, last year our oldest transferred to South Elgin High School to participate in TAP, which is a teacher prep program. We were concerned about the decision at the time but it turned out to be a wonderful experience for our daughter. The teachers and courses at SEHS are superb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

South Elgin High School is a wonderful school! The orchestra has a great program and a beautiful auditorium in which to perform. I've had one student attend all four years and graduate and now have two more currently attending. All of my children have had good grades and no difficulties with the teachers. The counselors have been helpful in directing and assisting them with decisions. There is a lot of school spirit and everyone; parents, teachers and students working together to make South Elgin High School the best it can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

South Elgin is a beautiful High School with an outstanding caring staff. My daughter is a freshman there and feels like a person, not a number. She is actually excited to go to school everyday because of the lessons taught and the relationships she maintains with her teacher and other classmates. My daughter is a cheerleader and loves to cheer for the school that she is so proud to attend, South Elgin High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

It s the students!!! These outstanding young kids share a special bond and friendships with one another that has spilled over into bringing the parents and community closer together. As parents, we made some very close friends with other parents and are fortunate to be a part of this outstanding institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I love that even though it's a new school, everyone comes together as a great community family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

The teachers make classes fun and most of them are young so they still love to teach, and aren't just working to have a job
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2009

It is full of spirtied students who need a football stadium.!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2009

Great staff, teachers and excellent opportunities for acedemic success!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

A fine community oriented institution, that supports and trains the leaders of tomorrow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Great school, wonderful staff, diverse student body and great special programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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54%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students59%
Female59%
Male59%
Black25%
Asian75%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income43%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female63%
Male56%
Black31%
Asian69%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income40%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female52%
Male57%
Black22%
Asian68%
Hispanic32%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Low income35%
Non-low income63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities57%
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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

26%
of schools in the state are Below average
46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

85.5%


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
White 57% 51%
Hispanic 25% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Melanie Meidel

Resources

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  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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760 East Main Street
South Elgin, IL 60177
Phone: (847) 289-3760

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