A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Alan B. Shepard High School is a highly rated, public school located in Palos Heights, IL. It has 1,762 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 33% in reading.
Address
13049 S Ridgeland Ave
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Telephone
(708) 371-1111
Website

Alan B. Shepard High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
33%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1040
26 responses
Average ACT
25
185 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 61 responses
Report
  • Homecoming, Prom, Football games,
    36%
  • Basketball games
    15%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Being apart of our St.Baldricks Fundraiser
    11%
  • Anything Band
    7%
  • Homecoming festivities
    5%
  • Day of silence
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,762
Free or Reduced Lunch
50%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.2%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$22,329/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.47 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.47 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 responses
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Alan B. Shepard High School Reviews

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Shepard is very diverse which was excellent for me coming from a white middle school. While attending I was first introduced to the idea of socializing and working side by side with people of all different colors, shapes, and sizes. The academics were outstanding for honors and standard level classes, however I noticed that the classes offered for lower average classes didn't improve my peers' education level. However starting from freshman year, this school does very well on prepping students for college. I was very ready!
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I’m a senior at Shepard High School and I’ve been there since freshman year. I started playing sports my freshman year and I feel that helped me transition from eighth grade to high school. Sports helped me get connected with others and made me feel more opened. Also, extracurricular activities (Spainish club, chess club, year book etc.) helped me became outgoing and gave me a lot of friendships that I still have to this day!
While teachers are supportive of students’ ambitions and goals, there are many students that aren’t motivated enough to even try. This creates a difficult environment for those who want to do well and succeed. Aside from that point, Shepard is a decent school. It has a large selection of electives, and many AP classes to choose from. Teachers want you to succeed, especially is honors and AP classes. The only things that could probably be improved are college readiness, student motivation, and possibly more strict teaching.