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St Charles East High School

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 5, 2014

STCE is awesome. I was ready for my college courses and was able to get a partial academic scholarship because of the courses I took and my class ranking. I don't think I would have had the offer I did if I had gone to another school with lower standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2014

Our whole family loves East. Being the original h.s. in town there is a town of pride in this school and it shows at sporting events. The curriculum is rigorous and prepares students for college. I was shocked at the class offerings. They offer courses you find at most colleges. It think it's great kids are getting a chance to explore some of their interests in hs rather than having to pay an exorbitant amount of money at college to find out later they don't like a topic or area of study. Parents and students alike are very involved and welcoming to new comers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2014

I'm also a former student and I didn't realize the education that I received from STCE until I left. My first year at college has been academically boring compared to the challenging fast pace of the STCE curriculum. Yes the clubs and sports often have to make cuts and sometimes it can get a little ridiculous but that's the way the real world works. STCE taught me that I need to truly put my heart into what I'm passionate about if I want to succeed. You can't expect to have it all handed to you. I appreciate my education from STCE more now than I ever thought I would.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2014

The parents are really involved at this school. The students are kind and and respectful. The teachers are great and try really hard to bring out the best in the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2014

My daughter loves this school. She is somewhat shy but has been able to branch out by participating in key club and swim team. The kids are really competitive academically and in sports but any community with an excellent school system is going to find top notch teachers and students. She has had some issues with how fast the classes go but was able to get help after school. The teachers won't baby you at this school so the students do have to take ownership and ask for help. The kids at this school are unusually inclusive. You don't typically find all the kids sitting together at a football game cheering on the team together. It almost seems like cliques don't exist. My daughter was also really well prepared for the ACT. Between the positive student environment and staff, we couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2014

I think there were some issues in the past 5 years but since the new principal took over a few years ago, this school and it's administration are top notch! I've had a lot of ups and downs with my kids and needed some extra support from the guidance counselors. They were all very understanding and more importantly concerned with my kids emotional well being. The teachers and principal live in our town and their kids go to this school. I am really happy we had such caring people at this school to help us when we needed it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2014

St Charles East was ranked 39 on US News 2014 Best School report sandwiched between Naperville Central and Downer's Grove North. St Charles was named Best City for Families by Family Circle magazine. We have amazing schools. That said, public school is not a fit for every student. It's not a one size fits all and that should be considered when deciding to send your children to public school. The sports are competitive, academics are competitive and the staff is top notch. We are very fortunate to live in such a safe city, with excellent schools!


Posted June 30, 2014

STCE has been a wonderful school for my 3 kids. The new principal Charlie Kyle is a welcome change and positive leader for the staff. The courses have been very challenging and helped prepare my children for college (one attends Northwestern and the other Univ of Michigan). If you are committed to seeing your children succeed, you will love this school and the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2014

My son loves this school. He is in all Honors courses and is a 3 sport athlete. He loves the school spirit this school has as well as the challenging Engineering program (STEM). I reached out to the teachers prior to each year he started to get a feel for the curriculum so he could prepare over the summer. I have NEVER had a teacher not respond with all the essential text books and syllabus for their courses. They emailed me immediately or called by phone. The teachers are incredibly committed to seeing the students succeed but it does require that the student make the effort. The counselors are quick to help as well. We have so many positive experiences with this school it dumbfounds me that other parents would write reviews without substantiating their claims. The test scores don't lie and neither do the college acceptance letters. St Charles has always had excellent public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

This school needs a lot of help! Have 2 children attend this school and was less than impressed with academics, teachers attitudes and especially upper administration. When a school stresses sports over academics something is seriously wrong . Upper management is more interested in looking good than students well being, good luck in getting positive changes made at this school! What are they doing with all our tax money?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

Like St. Charles East very much! Is it the best? No. What school is? St. Charles East seems to be getting kicked in the pants. Let's stop whining, parents, and get real. No school is perfect. Many are less than perfect. That is reality. Parents need to help their students prepare for the real world. A teacher's job is to try to provide students with the appropriate academic information needed to do so. Students need to take owenership over their own learning and development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

We have been very disappointed with this school. It feels as if the most important thing for this addm. is to look good to others. There is no quality of education here. The teaching staff has a very uncaring attitude to the students needs. They talk the talk but don't walk the walk...its all lip service. The amount of tax $ we pay is CRAZY. Quality of education and teaching staff = poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2011

This is a follow up about my daughter's experiences at St. Charles East. (graduated in 2004) She is now working on a PHD in astrophysics. Looking back she wishes, teachers would have pushed her harder, and encouraged her more. She questions why in her entire school career (K-12) in St. Charles, did teachers never plan a field trip to Fermilab. She has met many other science grad. students who lived in other states who came to Illinois to see Fermi. She hopes the science department has improved. She loved band, and theater. Her skills in the arts were well developed compared to peers in college, so she was able to participate in these activities even though she majored in physics. This is a long term view. Hopefully the district has sought to improve some areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

My child has only attended the school since Aug. 2010 as a freshman and already we're having problems. The music program is FANTASTIC! Encourages the kids to participate and excel, gives them a sense of belonging. The academic subjects seem to have little relation to the 8th grade preparation from wredling middle school, especially in the language dept. DO NOT PUT YOUR CHILD IN A LANGUAGE IN 8TH GRADE THEN LET THEM TAKE THE SECOND LEVEL AS A FRESHMAN!! They will not be as prepared as the kids who take the first level in freshman year and second level in sophomore year, and will struggle endlessly. Also, even though they must allow excused absences for family trips, many of the teachers are hostile to the kids when they get back, blaming the kid for the absence, and refusing to help them catch up. Watch out! Your kid will fall through the cracks here, and get little to no help with academic issues, or curriculum planning, unless you put the fire under their butts and make them notice your kid. Lastly, its all the same football player/ cheerleader worship at this school as at every high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

This is the BEST STAFF, but absolute worst administration I have ever worked with. Because of moving around a lot I have worked at 4 different schools with 10 years in administration. I had been warned about taking a job there but because I had never had a job I was unhappy with since age 16 I did not take the warnings seriously. I knew as soon as I went to the first new teacher's meetings it was going to be a regret. The way the administration addressed and interacted with the staff is the worst I have ever seen. For the first time in a 20 yr career I considered leaving teaching. I am just glad to be happy again in a normal school. Many of the exceptional staff want to leave but cannot. :(
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2010

The school begins the student's college resume from the beginning, duriing their freshman orientation session. Many of the teachers live in St. Charles, giving them a vested interest in seeing their students succeed. Only draw back, it isn't as racially diverse as it could be, but neither is the town, but it still is a wonderful, wonderful community and school, wouldn't trade it for anything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

An excellent school and excellent academic programs. The students raise money for charities.


Posted September 2, 2009

principle miller brings this school to another level. It's not just a school at st Charles East high school, it's a community that all pitches in to help each other. Each teacher is hand picked and made sure that they are the best fit. Going through hundreds of people to find the right one is what happens at this school. Hand picked by principle himself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I loved this school and noticed how the schools team spirit changed my daughter in a really great way! She went from a shy, quiet girl to a more outgoing, involved teen, which I was happy to see. Her grades also rised and I think that thanks to STE's wonderful teachers my daughter got the education she deserves. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

This school and school district is excellent with presenting its best face to the public but the quality of the education is below average, the special needs of students are not met, most teachers could care less, and administration is an overpaid bunch of incompetents. Do not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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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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77%

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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74%

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73%
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 Students76%
Female76%
Male75%
Black50%
Asian86%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income51%
Not low income80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
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Reading

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
Black50%
Asian84%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Low income52%
Not low income81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male78%
Black44%
Asian77%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Low income46%
Not low income79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
Students without disabilities79%
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%
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Average ACT score

23

Graduation rate

92%


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 79% 51%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1020 Dunham Road
St Charles, IL 60174
Phone: (630) 584-1100

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