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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
School District U-46 is a public school district located in Elgin, IL. It has 37,859 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 26% in reading.

School District U-46 Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
26%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1130
1,373 responses
Average ACT
26
1,312 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
37,859
Free or Reduced Lunch
60.8%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,573
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$16,054/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$67,029
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,065
National
$949
Median Home Value
$177,500
National
$184,700

School District U-46 Reviews

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Overall, I have had a really good experience! I have had good teachers who have been very educated in their subject. Most of my teachers have been approachable and flexible when it comes to offering extra help. The schools I've attended have been physically pleasing and the administration has worked hard to keep them up to date. The reason why i didn't give it 5 stars is I feel like they could've done more to prepare seniors for college, and been more lenient to the upper clansmen involving respect.
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I enjoyed seeing a lot of diversity in their schools and seeing people who look like me. I enjoy the fact that they have academies because that can help students who already know ahead of time what they want to major to study it in high school. I know many students who were in the film academy who pursued a career in film. However, I dislike the fact that many of my elementary school teachers we're not always the nicest. I also dislike the fact that elementary schools weren't funded enough to provide food for their students.That is very upsetting, especially when considering that there is pretty big group of people in the district who make a lot of income so there isn't n excuse. I also wish the arts we're was more funded. Sports is clearly give more attention in this district than the arts.
I started in U-46 in Kindergarten. In Elementary school, I had a great teacher, but I felt that I wasn't ready for middle school much like the rest of my school. Some parents were involved, working with kids one on one. Entering Middle School, transitioning was not the issue, more that I felt behind compared to other schools. There were so many clubs to join, and I felt safe. The teachers were amazing and definitely set you up for High School. High School came and my first couple of years went very well. Senior year things began to fall apart. There were fights every day and people didn't respect their teachers or the people around them. The Administration didn't have control. Their solution during this time was to take away our ability to go to the bathroom alone without an escort. This didn't solve any issues and made students feel horrible. There were many clubs and activities offered for every type of person. The teachers were pretty good. Overall 3/5 stars ratting on U-46.