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Andrean High School

Private | 9-12 | 566 students

 

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Posted July 12, 2013

I attended this school and while I was not in the highest part of the class, I was still better prepared than most of the people I went to college with. I was able to handle the courses without any difficulty and able to take on the task of writing research papers because Andrean prepared me for them. I believe this school set the foundation for my future. I am grateful to my parents for the sacrifices they made to send me to this high school. I am not sure where I would have ended up, had I not gone here. The smaller classes and the personal care that the teachers gave made the experience unforgettable. If I had children of my own, I would make the same sacrifice to send them to Andrean so they too would be well prepared.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2010

I graduated from Andrean in the lower half of my class. However, when I got to college I was tutoring my sorority sisters who did not know how to write term papers, had not read 'the classics', & seemed to know little beyond basic Math and they all were in the National Honor Society, which I obviously was not. Yes, there were cliques then as well but for the most part, the students just ignored you and there wasn't any kind of bullying. There were endless opportunities to become involved. During my time there when students got in trouble, some were dismissed and others were handled appropriately. The Basilians ran things when I was there and they ran a tight ship. However, if we were in the area, I'd send my children there without thinking about it twice.


Posted October 28, 2009

Both of our son's attended Andrean High School. Our oldest will be graduating from VU this spring, going on to CUNY for his masters/hopefully doctorate. Our youngest is a sophmore in college and is doing well. Both boys came from public school and we fondly referred to them as the 'token Lutherans' at Andrean. We were always made to feel welcome, the teachers, staff & students made our family feel a part of the Andrean Family. The boys got the opportunity to participate in activities that they may not of been able to in a public school setting because of enrollment or politics. Both boys will tell you that they were more then prepared for college, in fact the writing skills they learned at Andrean has helped more then a few of their friends in college. Thank you Andrean......you gave us two very fine young men.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Both of our son's attended Andrean High School. Our oldest will be graduating from VU this spring, going on to CUNY for his masters/hopefully doctorate. Our youngest is a sophmore in college and is doing well. Both boys came from public school and we fondly referred to them as the 'token Lutherans' at Andrean. We were always made to feel welcome, the teachers, staff & students made our family feel a part of the Andrean Family. The boys got the opportunity to participate in activities that they may not of been able to in a public school setting because of enrollment or politics. Both boys will tell you that they were more then prepared for college, in fact the writing skills they learned at Andrean has helped more then a few of their friends in college. Thank you Andrean......you gave us two very fine young men.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

I currently attend Andrean. They have great sports and everyone is a family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2009

Andrean high school is a family, my family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2008

Solid Values..Great teachers


Posted March 12, 2008

I am a current student at Andrean. This is my first year at a private school. After spending a year here with the Andrean family, I would like to submit my opinion of the school system. The education is wonderful, just about every teacher is dedicated to each individual student. But some things I have noticed about Andrean, is that they lack certain things such as an up to date security system, classroom tools/machines that students use to learn. I would also like to add that the public school I had gone to was more advanced. Some of the things I learned this year, I had learned years ago, the students are now being introduced to old material, if compared. I give three stars, because my old school was 4, and I truely believe thats where Andrean stands. BUT compared to any other school districtly, Andrean is about a 4.5/5.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2008

both my children were very prepared for college as a result of their Andrean education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

I too agree with the parent who distrusts the security at Andrean. I was sad to know that I subjected my child to that atmosphere where he/she was an outcast due to the lack of responsibility of parents and students alike. A Christian/ Catholic School does not mean that they promote moral behavior. I am thankful for Miss Equihua, Mr. Gilby, and Mrs. Steele for their example to my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2007

Well, this school can certainly prepare you for college. There are good teachers along with bad teachers, as in any other school. There are students who make racial jokes, but there are also very intelligent students out there too. Andrean offers countless classes that can help you become what you want to become. It also gives a lot of opportunities and events. If you don't like Andrean, then really, I don't know what you'll like.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2006

I am proud to say that I am an Andrean alumnus. I do not think that I could have recieved a better education anywhere else. Of course, like most schools, there are certain things that should be addressed within the school, such as the replacement of a few teachers and better security. But I think that these few issues should not overshadow the quality education and the strong morals that myself and many others received from Andrean. One day I hope that my children with be part of the Andrean family.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 3, 2005

I attend Andrean high school right now, and Im basically counted down the days until I leave. The teachers I have basically dont know how to teach. The only teacher that actually knows what shes talking about is Sister Carylann. My math and science teacher are terrible. Also, Andrean is not in the best kind of area, so somebody could just randomly walk in because Andrean ALWAYS has there doors open! I would seriously think twice if you want you/your child going here beacause if they're not a athletic type, there is absolutly NO reason for them coming!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2005

As a current student at andrean i have a firsthand account of what goes on. first of all security could be better. as the school is an older building and a private school many things are not as well funded as they could be and the buildings do lack some modern technology. however this is more a reflection on the building not the school. we are a tight knit community. like any school there are scuffles, cliques and rivalries, but i like to believe that they are fewer and less severe. andrean has a policy of second chances and disciplinary actions are not always public information. just because you heard that a child got away with something does not mean that they did without repercussions. also, im really proud to be at andrean during this time. I'm proud of our teams and our student comradery. I hope to see you soon.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2005

Andrean H.S. is an academic facility that caters to every level of student. I have had an honor student graduate and I have a student now who struggles to get passing grades; yet the school has programs in place to keep him on track and keep parents advised of progress or problems. In addition, college scholarships abound for the academic gifted and the guidance dept. is always up to date and helpful. The theater opportunity and quality of performances are both outstanding. Because it's a small school, sports opportunities are available to almost every student willing to put in the time and effort. As a result, this Class 3A school has an incredible record of sectional, regional and state championship teams. We know we made the right choice and are grateful for the encouragement from the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2004

Had my child at Andrean and pulled her out due to widespread racial tension amongst faculty and students. Andrean boasts it's tight knit 'Andrean family', but it seems this family is entertwined with discrimination and racial predjudice! Andrean is supposed to be instilling Catholic values in these students, but that is not true. I believe the school should be in charge of correcting this behavior when it is happening on their campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

I am an alumnus of Andrean. I owe all my educational and professional successes back to the outstanding foundation which I received at AHS. Andrean students currently have the highest SAT scores in Lake County and 99.9% of graduates go on to college. It is the little school that can, as the list of accomplished AHS graduates goes on and on. Stephen Cooper current CEO trying to save Enron is an Andrean grad. So is Congressman Peter Visclosky who was ranked by Roll Call Magazine as one of 'the smartest people in congress'. Andrean is a family and that means something in this day and age. The teachers are outstanding, as they really care about their students. In addition to the college prep academics, students are taught to give back to the community, morality, discipline and a drive to succeed. I will send my children to Andrean. That says it all!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 25, 2004

I'm not too impressed. I'm actually disappointed. The teacher turnover is high. While most school have tighter security these days with regular Code Red drills, Andrean's security is very poor! Anyone can walk right in and start wondering around. Many of the doors are left unlocked so students can cut through courtyards as short cuts on the way to other classes. I will say there are some very good teachers i.e. Mr. Gilby and Mrs. Steele.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2004

My daughter just graduated, and frankly I couldn't be more relieved to have those years behind us. There are a few caring teachers, but they are outnumbered by others who have been there far too long. The math and science department needs a breath of fresh air. The teachers are stale as they have overstayed their welcome. It is too bad as those classes are so important for college. As far as the 'Andrean Family' I feel it is just a public relations tactic. I wish I had saved that tuition for college and sent my child to a public high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2003

Andrean is more than just a school - You become part of the Andrean family. The administration is the best and most caring possible. Most of the teachers are exceptional. As an alumni I am proud that both my children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
38%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
47%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % passing

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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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SAT participation

92%

Average SAT score

533

Graduation rate

100%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

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88%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

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14%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
2.8
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2.6
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Average number of units completed in first year2
27
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30
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Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

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85%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 74%
Hispanic 11% 7%
Black 10% 12%
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
American Indian 1% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

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English learners 2%N/AN/A
Special education 2%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Mary Beth Ginalski
Gender
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Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (219) 981-5072

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