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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Harold L. Richards High School is an above average, public school located in Oak Lawn, IL. It has 1,642 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 28% in reading.

Harold L. Richards High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
28%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1110
200 responses
Average ACT
24
191 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$62,455
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,029
National
$949
Median Home Value
$194,300
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
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
58%
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 87 responses
  • Homecoming
    21%
  • Football playoffs
    15%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Assemblies
    14%
  • Senior Lock-in
    14%
  • DJ during lunch occasionally
    9%
  • Baseball playoffs
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,642
Free or Reduced Lunch
63%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,217
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$26,381/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses
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It's been an unprecedented year thus far, with the pandemic. Richards High School has shown great strengths through it's staff and dedication to the students. They have kept us parents and students in the "know" at all times. They continue to do their best to be sure our children still get the best education possible. The principal is superb! He is involved in everything and puts the students first. I have two children at Richards High School and couldn't be happier. They are receiving a top notch education! I salute them!
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My favorite part about Harold L. Richards High School is our school pride. Every student, every teacher, and even our parents are always excited with Bulldog pride. We're one of the smaller schools in our district; and we haven't always made nationals in sports competitions, but you wouldn't know it if you came to one of our games. You'd see a sea of black and gold cheering on our best and not-so-best players, win or lose. You'd hear parents, students, and teachers chanting "Go Bulldogs" to the top of their lungs while the band plays a ridiculously loud number. You'd see me dancing and smiling and thinking that these moments would last a lifetime.

So when I look back on my high school experience at Harold L. Richards, sure, I'll appreciate all of the friends that I made and the teachers who supported us -- even if it meant learning some difficult lessons. But the number one thing I'll keep with me in my memory forever is the pride that we have for our school. Go Bulldogs!
I was home-schooled from first to eighth grade, so going from a non-structured school day to an eight hour school day was quite scary. However, the principle and teachers at HLR were some of the kindest, and most understanding people I've ever had the privilege of interacting with. I was able to place myself in classes I felt comfortable in, and also classes that challenged my intellect and knowledge. The staff at HLR has generally been very accepting, however, the counseling department was challenging during my transition into a schooling system. My first counselor had a hard time understanding my needs during my freshman year of high school. but, I was assigned a new counselor my sophomore year, and we have had a good relationship. Overall, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to receive my high school education from such a diverse and inclusive school.