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Community High School

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Posted November 12, 2012

this school is terrific in my opinion they have given my daughter the attention, and the help she never received in the city of chicago school whether it was public, magnet, or charter. So thumbs up to West Chicago community H.S. and its teachers, counselors, and social workers who do a great job! THANKS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

A gem of the West Suburbs! This school is great. Caring, knowledgeable teachers. Adminstration that seems to have a clear vision and high expectations. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her freshman year. The school has a bad reputation due to its diversity, but that's really its asset. There are no gang issues. Celebrate the diversity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

In my opinion, this school rates unsatisfactory. I have also had problems getting return calls and when I come in to talk to a live person, no one seems to be available to see me. I've had a few complaints with the administration there but they only tell you what you want to hear and send you on your way. Nothing ever gets taken care of after you leave. My son who graduates this year also talks about some questionable behaviors between some staff members there. Not very professional for a school that is supposed to lead by example. That makes me uneasy and uncomfortable. If that is true and it's allowed, I would recommend to be a very cautious parent when sending your kids to school there. You would be surprised to see just how much your kids see and hear in that school. Talk to your kids frequently because drugs and gangs are a primary concern there too. If it wasn't for the extra curriculars and us as parents being on his case all the time, I think we would have easily lost him there. We are all very happy to see him graduate and move on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2011

Horrible the teachers and consolers do not return phone calls. You have to fight for help for your student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2009

This school is so amazing my child has great friends and strait a honner student and is one of the top for a collage scallarship for football.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2006

West Chicago Community High reflects the community it is in. With many great teachers, good swimming and sports facilities, and a newer addition, there are many good qualities. At least half of the community is Spanish speaking. Unfortunately, some gang activity occurs in town and in the school. I'm not sure why, but many Spanish speaking students go all 4 years without really being required to learn English. The bar for behavior and academics could really be raised. An example is the regular student produced video broadcast viewed by all students. This often consists of silly and irreverant skits. At its worst this show has included students being interviewed using obvious foul language that is 'bleeped out' in the audio. We should really hope for better by establishing higher expectations for our young adults. There's hope! My student loves her teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2004

This school is a gem. The counseling staff and teachers are able to deal with exceptional students at both ends of the spectrum. They really focus on the individual needs of each student. Their creativity and flexibility is a real strength to providing a successful educational and social environment for each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2004

This is an excellent school with great teachers, a variety of programs both in school and extracurricular activities. Really try to give the students a voice, motivate them to have pride in their school, and in their achievements.
—Submitted by a parent


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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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48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students48%
Female44%
Male53%
Black40%
Asian70%
Hispanic24%
Multiracial55%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Low income26%
Non-low income56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities53%
English language learners8%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students46%
Female50%
Male43%
Black30%
Asian80%
Hispanic23%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Low income27%
Non-low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learners0%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female39%
Male49%
Black20%
Asian65%
Hispanic21%
Multiracial64%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Low income27%
Non-low income50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
Students without disabilities48%
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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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

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Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

98.1%


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
Hispanic 48% 24%
White 43% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Dr. Moses Cheng

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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326 Joliet Street
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: (630) 876-6200

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