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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Harlem High School is an above average, public school located in Machesney Park, IL. It has 1,534 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 18% of students are at least proficient in math and 30% in reading.

Harlem High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
18%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1140
121 responses
Average ACT
25
130 responses
AP Enrollment
13%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$60,353
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$940
National
$949
Median Home Value
$116,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
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  • Football games
    26%
  • Homecoming Week
    21%
  • Friday spirit days during sports seasons
    19%
  • German club activities
    12%
  • Activities put together by the students
    7%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • The friday morning band rallies
    7%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,534
Free or Reduced Lunch
50%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,408
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.3%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,767/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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I loved Harlem High School. The staff is great. Not only did I learn so much while attending, but the teachers genuinely cared for their students. I met several who changed my perspective on life and picked me up during hard times. My graduating class was so connected, and the school events allowed us to connect even more. The bonds I formed during my experience at Harlem will stay with me forever. I got the opportunity to enroll for dual credit at our local community college, and my experience at Harlem was great at preparing me for the college-scene. They are all inclusive with gender neutral bathrooms and clubs supporting all ethnicities and groups of people. I would like to see more school events and more communication between teachers and students in lower level classes.
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My high school feels very average to me. There are good and bad teachers, interesting and boring classes, etc. I will say, though, most of the AP teachers are pretty smart. Not all of them are amazing at teaching, but they certainly know the material they're teaching and try their best to help you out. I have noticed that in some classes, the teacher slows down their learning schedules when students aren't keeping up and that can be good and bad. Personally, I move pretty fast in my education, so I tend to get annoyed when my class is lagging behind where it should be, but I understand that it is very helpful to some students. Our school is a bit crowded too, so there are a lot of fights. During this COVID-19 pandemic, my school has been handling things very well, and I give them a lot of credit for that. They are trying their very best to stay in contact with students and still give them the education they deserve. Overall, I do like my school and teachers.
My experience with this high school was fine. The class periods are too short since you have to go to 7 regular classes, an advisory class, and lunch. And this all has to be done in 7 hours, meaning that each class can at max be 45 minutes long. This is too little time to have students get through a meaningful lesson.