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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
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Glenbard West High School is a top rated, public school located in Glen Ellyn, IL. It has 2,307 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 6% of students are at least proficient in math and 44% in reading.
Address
670 Crescent Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Telephone
(630) 469-8600

Glenbard West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
6%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1290
127 responses
Average ACT
29
399 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$101,967
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$980
National
$949
Median Home Value
$410,800
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 114 responses
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  • Football games
    20%
  • Graduation
    18%
  • Homecoming
    16%
  • Post Prom
    16%
  • Sport events
    14%
  • Heart Hop
    7%
  • Marching Band
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,307
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$95,527
Teachers in First/Second Year
3%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.49 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.49 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.49 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 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!
Glenbard West is an amazing high school for education, extracurricular and etc. It provides AP classes for college readiness, and it overall prepares you for the future. It does it by making the staff have set rules and not be lenient, from this the students learn how punctuality is key which helps them in college. The staff at GBW is great, they want to help you and they give their fullest for your success. There are a variety of extracurriculars in GBW, there is something for your interest, they have clubs like UNICEF for learning about global giving, there is Fashion club if you're into that, or Breakfast club in which you watch movies and chill. GBW also balances school stress and activities, it has football games almost every Friday and there is a lot going on throughout in which students can relax. It also provides opportunities for students to volunteer or work. Besides the academic point of view, the campus is beautiful, it's on a hill and there is a downtown close by.