Illini Bluffs High School Reviews
I am going in to my senior year at Illini Bluffs High School, and there are many reasons why IB is a great school. Overall, our teachers are great people, and they care about your well being. We have two counselors, one for college readiness, and one for mental health. There isn’t really much opportunity at Illini Bluffs for AP and IB classes, in fact we only have one AP class, and no IB classes. There are enriched classes for English, but that’s all. The building itself is kind of old and decrepit, but the janitors keep it clean, and the school is working towards making it more functional. Each student is granted a laptop, because almost 90% of the schoolwork is online. Overall, Illini Bluffs is a close-knit, rural farm school, with great teachers and community.
Because the school is so small a lot of the teachers can be like a second parent to some of the students or just be a close friend. However, also because it is such a small school everybody knows everybody and bullying is a huge issue. Drug use is a huge problem. The school has no drug testing but really should. There is also a problem with students cheating on tests, exams, quizzes and homework. There are group chats where they all send each other answers and I have caught many of them cheating on tests and quizzes. I say nothing to the teachers because I had a friend who once reported people cheating and started receiving death threats from the students he had reported. But I do realize that if it wasn't for all the cheating that students like me who actually do their own work based off of their own knowledge would be in the top 10 and have much better chances for scholarships.
It is a small town school so you can really connect with everyone including teachers. By connecting with teachers you really get to know them and you can easily get extra help when needed. I have never had any issues with this school and it is excellent going here.
One thing I loved about my high school was that everybody knew everybody. Rather than passing by a new face every hour, I was familiar with both everyone around me and their families. Such a friendly high school allowed for the students to become more of a family than just classmates.
The education is nothing great and you have the same teachers every year with a little selection of classes to pick from
Everyone at this school is so driven they unknowingly push others to do better.
The teachers at my school are very helpful and engaging!
I wouldn't choose this school again. But overall the people are very kind and generous. Although I am unable to stay afterschool, the teachers help to the best of their abilities during their class time. This would not be the school to learn at, but the type of school to make memories with. To make and break relationships and build the history with the teacher you've spend most of your school days with.
The size of our school allows the teachers to help the students that need that extra push. It also allows them talk to the girl who's upset over a boy, or the gentleman that is nervous over the basketball game that night. They are able to be their for us on a personal level.
Our school has an array of extracurriculars, and seeing as they are usually ran by the teachers, they are very freindly and inviting.
We usually have to fight for CHAIRS in the computer labs, and our "mobile lab" comes equipped with the slowest computers ever to exist, but other than that, we have no problem locating a computer or things of that nature.
We don't usually have issues, except for the occasional booty shorts, but when those situations come up, they are handled quite nicely.
I guess I can't really blame the kitchen, due to the fact that the state requires them to keep the food at a healthy level, but I still can't ignore the fact that its occasionally the grossest meals ever. Some days it appears to be quite edible, while at other occasions, it looks like it could attack your face at any second.
There's no fights at our school. A few slamming lockers and intense staring matches, but nothing serious. One kid got pregnant a few years ago. And there's no gangs in our area
At Illini Bluffs, we pride ourselves in offering four foreign language courses: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, and Spanish IV. If you can't tell, that was satire. There's a keyboarding course and a course over the Microsoft office software, but other than that there's no computer course. Programming is nonexistent at this school.
Most of the extracurriculars are just sports. There are drama and spanish clubs, but not much else.