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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Glenbard West High School is a top rated, public school located in Glen Ellyn, IL. It has 2,321 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 57% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.

Glenbard West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
57%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1260
218 responses
Average ACT
29
459 responses
AP Enrollment
40%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$105,609
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,009
National
$949
Median Home Value
$424,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 135 responses
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  • Graduation
    19%
  • Football games
    19%
  • Sport events
    14%
  • Post Prom
    14%
  • Homecoming
    14%
  • Heart Hop
    7%
  • Marching Band
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,321
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$95,527
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.54 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.54 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.54 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$21,342/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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Glenbard West High School Reviews

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Over the years, Glenbard has continued to grow in answer to the ever-increasing pressure of enrollment. The first addition was made in 1926, the auditorium in 1931, and the Hilltop gym in 1936. The East wing was added to the building in 1953. Biester Gym was built in1958. In 1959 Glenbard East was built in Lombard, and the original school became Glenbard West. In 1964-65, there was a complete renovation of Glenbard West, including the addition of new choral, band, and physical science facilities. In the years that followed, our George Zahrobsky Botanical Garden, our Shakespeare Garden and our Poet’s Corner were added to further enhance the beauty of our campus. The most recent additions, a new library and fieldhouse, were completed in the fall of 2001. The school study body is exceptional, with outstanding comradery. GBW is one of the top 25 high schools in Illinois and is a great place to continue my education!
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Glenbard West is widely known by many in the Chicagoland suburbs for many reasons. Our school raves about football like no other and students travel hours on the weekend to support our “hitters”. It’s an amazing time, the vibe in the air in the student section is insane, even if it raining or snowing nothing can stop the fans. Also, very well known for the many AP classes students takes which is amazing that the school pushes students to take challenging courses, but can quickly become overwhelming and extremely stressful. Overall this school has provided me with so many life lessons and prepared me for college!
What I enjoyed about Glenbard West High School was the fact that the curricula there pushed me to challenge myself while also providing me with the support I needed to succeed in those courses. The school also proved to be a very welcoming environment, being open to students of many different backgrounds with their own academic and personal struggles that were unique to them. This environment allowed me to grow intellectually as well as socially, pushing me to my limits in terms of both school work and social interactions, such as working together with students of various different interests. These social interactions that pushed me to, what I believe, be a better person also extended to interactions with staff members, who were always more than happy to express empathy and support for students in their struggles, both in terms of class content and social lives. In conclusion, the welcoming atmosphere at Glenbard West helped me both succeed academically and become a better person.