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Thornwood High School

Public | 9-12 | 1923 students


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Posted January 27, 2014

The school is bad! Just look at the scores. The teachers are doing nothing and they won't change them or get rid of them. Many have been there over a decade. everybody in the community sees it, when is the school or district going to wake up! If you challenge the teachers they take it out on the student.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 6, 2013

Thornwood is a great school with lots of activities for my child that goes their they have a freshman academy and before the 8th graders from other schools gradute they have a freshman open house giving them a tour around the school and the teachers are very inerested in teaching the students on what they do and do not know...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 17, 2013

Thornwood High School is an excellent school! Being new to the south suburbs and not knowing much about the schools, I found Thornwood to be among the top. The teachers are very involved with making sure each child succeeds! I've never had a problem with not being able to communicate with any of the staff. I'm a proud parent of Thronwood High School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2013

School is ok. Offers higher performers better classes. There is staff that will listen & others who could care less. If they treat parents this way, how are they treating students?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2013

what you get a thornwood high today are chicago inner city castoffs from communities like atgeld gardens, roseland and south shore!this is why this prep school is going downhill very fast and i mean very fast!it will be another fenger in 2 years!

Posted March 3, 2010

The communication between the staff, teacher and students is terrible. There is no consistency in the rules and there are exceptions to the rules for who the staff chooses. This school has been in poor standing on the school report card for at least 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2010

school is not focused. I attended this school and the classes could not get easier. The teaches make things easiers so that the kids can pass. The dicipline at this school is very loose. The student can get by on almost anything.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 31, 2008

I graduated from Thornwood in 2003 and I think that it was a great school. I was suprised at how lucky I was too come from such a great school once I went to college and heard my friends' horror stories about their high schools. Thornwood was crowded but I would definately want my kids to benefit from it's opportunities and education.

Posted August 14, 2008

I am currently attended Thornwood H. S. and will graduate in 2009 after having attended this school for four years. Although many people suggest this school to be 'awful' it is a great school. And unlike most schools T.W. constantly looks for its own flaws and corrects it. This school as provided an educations that has prepared me for pre-med. As proof, because of this school's education I have recieved applications from Princeton, Carthage, UIC, and University of Chicago. This is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 28, 2008

I am an alumni of Thornwood and now have children attending there. Where it has changed alot since I attended it has been very nicely maintained. Thornwood has it's issues as do all schools. The youth of today are different and some of the parenting as well. Overall it's a good school but like with any school, you have to stay on top of the qualityof education your child is getting.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2008

As a student of thornwood for 3 years i can honestly say that thornwood is awful, its way too crowded, they serve unhealthy, undercooked, and often expired food for lunch, and the staff has no control over the students, its ridiculous.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 12, 2007

To be honest I love Thornwood H.S. I am a current student there and I am apart of the graduating class of 2008. Overall it's not a bad school because the work I get is challenging at times and thats what I need to be prepared for college. I think they have a pretty good cirriculum and good teachers. They are serious when it comes to safety. They take extreme measures to make sure us students are safe. So yes I would recommend Thornwood High School located in South Holland, IL to others.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 6, 2007

I think thornwood is a wonderful school for all high school students
—Submitted by a former student

Posted October 24, 2006

Well I beleive Thornwood is a pretty good school. I just feel like the biggest issue is the student aren't getting enough support from the community and/or family. I attend Thornwood and my experince has been great so far. So I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 23, 2006

Thornwood looks good on the outside, but continues to deal with racial issues as the students search identity. unless you want your child in such a challenging environment once again i would not recomend this school. my child was apart of class of 2004 and is now in college she still is very hurt by this.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2006

I am very pleased with Thornwood High School. I have had four children attend. Two that are now in college and doing very well. My son is very active, a Senior and an AP student. My Baby is a Sophmore, a cheerleader and excelling in academics as well. I believe you can get the desired level of education for your children with the right involvment. Thornwood has excellenet teachers and administrators.Given the budget they are forced to work with,I have nothing but praise for Thornwood High School, South Holland, IL.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2005

Thornwood is not the worst school I have seen, yet compared to what it once was this is devistaing. Due to budget cuts and other finacial issues Thornwood has been 'turned out'. The entire district is apauling; the test scores and grades. Extracurricular activies were also cut back on due to budget cuts. The school still does have excellent Speech, Cross Country, Track & Field, and Mathlete Team.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 19, 2005

This school was a good school before it's lack of money. Sports have been cut and it seems that more student without determination are entering this school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 26, 2005

Thornwood does not has not had many extra activities or sports lately but there are starting to get more of their activities back. They have a great acedemic setting and they are always trying to get the children involved in many different things.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 6, 2005

Thornwood aka Da Wood is and exceptional school. Their test scores are alright and their grades are ok. What they have kept are the basic basketball,football,cheerlearing, ect. Beyond that Thornwood id a pretty regular high school. Personally I would not want to go here which is why I'm on this site searching for another high school.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.









The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.








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


All Students23%
Native Americann/a
Low income20%
Non-low income30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
Students without disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a


All Students32%
Native Americann/a
Low income28%
Non-low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
Students without disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a


All Students16%
Native Americann/a
Low income13%
Non-low income22%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities17%
English language learnersn/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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 91% 18%
Hispanic 6% 23%
Two or more races 2% 3%
White 2% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Dennis Willis


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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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17101 South Park Avenue
South Holland, IL 60473
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