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Wauconda High School

Public | 9-12 | 1303 students

 
 

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Posted January 27, 2014

They do not support children with special needs. They want them to sit in front of a computer and teach themselves. They cannot find teachers with a creative approach to teaching that might keep the children's attention. They want you to pay for tutoring outside of school to help them keep up. If you don't follow what they want for your child, they will do everything possible to make you angry enough to pull them out of school so they no longer have to deal with them. When they do make an exception so that you feel like you have gotten something you wanted, the make it to difficult for your child to meet the demands they set on them. The children become so frustrated the don't want to do it anymore. They need to be much more flexible..If you look at the school district surrounding Wauconda, you will see most of them are trying to get away from the current SEDOL program and start there own within their own school (Barrington, Lake Zurich and a few others that are in talks). STAY AWAY!!!!.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

I wish I could rate this school with no stars. I am so disappointed with the teachers and the deans. They play games with your childs education.It's there way or no way. I try and teach my children respect others but the teachers at this school don't respect the children and then get upset when they don't get it back. They just teach to the test and cannot be creative enough to find different ways to teach your child if they have difficulties learning the lesson the first time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

WHS has done more harm than good with my kids They were ill prepared for college, were not taught decent skills, study habits, etc. Special needs-HORRIBLE! say 1 thing, write another- if it's not in writing it didn't happen. 1 teacher in particular is ruthless and it's her way or move 'em out of her class Freshman year. Special Ed was poorly rated for implementation from a state service that came in to "help. Teach tolerance for that rather than ship them to sedol school. Not enough is done with drugs. Zero tolerance is a joke. Especially with football and cheer. They don't enforce zero tolerance with drugs or bullying. School and police work hand in hand, but not for what's best of the student usually. They just want to "look good on paper. The school NEEDS to cut out busy work, TEACH! IMPLEMENT an across the board bullying program, including assembly high school wide to address how severe it is, more drug sweeps, and improve S.E. services that are appropriate for the child and not just the ease of the school. Superintendent is Special Ed Lake County tho. . We liked the Grade School and Middle School, and the hard working staff. Parents are outsiders unless you conform.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

Most kids go to college from this school, with a handful going into the military and trades. The school is the center of the community and it's small semi-rural/semi-suburban setting has effectively insulated it from a lot of problems seen in other area schools. There is a good demographic mix and there does not seem to be economic pressure on the kids. It is socially a great, safe place for students to learn and make friends. Most teachers are excellent - a few need to go, but this is the case in every school. They have strong athletic and arts programming, and contrary to older reviews, they a new performing arts wing. Arts programs are well funded. My only complaints are that the English writing curriculum is very weak. I've taught my son to write at home as he was earning A grades for what I considered to be C papers. The deans suspend many kids when a simple "knock it off" or detention would do. They are strong in supporting kids in special ed, but mainstreamed kids with ADHD, dyslexia or other less serious learning issues are neglected - 504s and IEPs are not implemented unless parents are on their backs 24/7 about it. They lack insight into these disorders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

I have two children at Wauconda Highschool - both taking honors classes, and involved with sports. The Science department has been wonderful - the labs and experiments they do, weren't available to me back in the 80s in district 214. There are ample opportunities for the students to get involved in academic groups as well as sports. The district has a sound curiculm, and state test scores continue to rise. The leadership in the highschool needs improvement - having experienced wonderful administrators at the elementry and middle schools, the High School administration should become more client focused...this isn't the "old wauconda" anymore. Parents are involved, and expect the same level of service from the administrators that they received at the lower level schools. All being said, the school / district does a great job under the current financial hardships brought on by the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

Having moved around a lot and experiencing other school districts around the country, I have to say I am very pleased with Wauconda High School, and the school district in general. My daughter is ending her Junior year and she has had a positive experience for the last 3 years. Since it is not a huge school, there are many opportunities to get involved and not have to compete against 1000 kids for everything you try out for. The teachers and administrators really get involved with the students, knowing them by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I fell this school dose not really care for the need of the kids. My child has been very ill off and on. This school has not meet her need at all. They just want to close the books on the last semester so it will be easier on the teachers. All they have done is left her in the leach. I wish i could get her in to another school she is failing at this point and they just don't care. So much for no child left behind. I am so disappointed and hurt that i can't even begin to express. I feel i really have noone to turn to. I hope to god this dose not happen to any other child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Although Wauconda High School has yet to raise to technological standards (such as all teachers using online homework system (which is 'required' but few teachers comply) and lack of online grades/attendance), I feel my child has been getting a quality education. Any school experience and results are the product of educators and parents and the time and care invested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

Beleive what you have read from most of these reviews. You can't imagine the disappointment our family had from the Wauconda school district. Long overdue are the improvements made from the referendum, now they need to continue to improve the teachers/staff in their school--almost impossible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

It's not the best school but it has made many great improvements. However, there are changes that the school could've done without.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

WOW, great improvements to the High School. It's wonderful to see the community putting forth the effort to increase the education and the grounds. I look forward to seeing the results this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

The school is changing! New classrooms and upgrades in computers should help the school move forward. Like any school going through a change in leadership it will take time, but the changes are the right changes. Teachers, students and parents are being asked to perform at higher levels. I look forward to watching Wauconda grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2006

i am only going to be a sophomore at wauconda highschool this year but i have already noticed many things about this school. For one if you dont play football do not expect to get alot of support from the staff at WHS. The football team just recieved state of the art uniforms when their old ones were not more then 5 or so years old. the band has been wearing the same uniforms since the 70's. many other sports and organizations are the same way. The resources at WHS are not up to par. Books are out dated, computers are old and slow, and from my experience the teachers are not what i consider quality. with the exception of one or two teachers i got the feeling that they didnt really care about the students. however with the new referendum WHS is looking up to a brighter future!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2005

Both of my sons graduated from this school. I watched as they struggled for advice and recognition from teachers and conselors. The fine art, and 'award winning' band programs are only helped if parents provide the money and materials for anything worth while to happen, and yet the football program is supplied tons of money to a team that has won 1 game in 3 years. College and after life have been a struggle as the boys have found out that the basics of reading, writing, and math were not up to par. We pay a credible amount of taxes to the district and the education is starving for attention
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

I graduated from this school a few years ago and found that upon entering the 'real' world, my knowledge of the basics were lacking considerably. The books that we used then were not up dated and most of the staff didn't care to up date us. Not everyone has the parent involvment needed to supply children with the knowedge that is lacking and the teachers don't get paid enough to care to take the time ot fill the children in on the current events. The money that is used to paint the walls should be used to educate what's within the walls.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 1, 2003

I go to this school, and unfortunatly I have to say that it could be so much better. This year it was obvious to the student body that the school recieved a large amount of money becasue when we came back for the 2003-2004 school year most of the classrooms were repainted and retiled, hallways were made over, and a camera system was installed in the hallways and other large student areas. What we could have used was new textbooks that arent falling apart and from the 80's, new computers that students can read and turn on (ours are very old and from about the early 90's)and maybe an air conditing system. We are the only building in the district without it but we have the largest student body and on hot days many students dont even bother to come because its unbearably hot. The administration needs to realize that making the appearance of the school better isnt going to help students when they are taking the I.S.A.T's, new materials will.


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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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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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62%
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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 Students62%
Female60%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income49%
Non-low income66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female67%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Low income54%
Non-low income67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female65%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Low income51%
Non-low income69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
Students without disabilities71%
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

21

Graduation rate

89.4%


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 75% 51%
Hispanic 18% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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555 North Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
Phone: (847) 526-6611

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