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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Lake Forest High School is a top rated, public school located in Lake Forest, IL. It has 1,585 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.

Lake Forest High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
71%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1330
139 responses
Average ACT
29
522 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$167,404
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,750
National
$949
Median Home Value
$851,900
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 53 responses
  • Prom Parade
    21%
  • Senior prank
    13%
  • Turnabout
    13%
  • ELS Basketball Game
    11%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Music program trips to Europe
    9%
  • Talent Show
    8%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,585
Free or Reduced Lunch
1%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$105,229
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.8%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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Lake Forest High School Reviews

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I am a current senior at Lake Forest High School. From personal experience the academics are outstanding. They challenge kids by offering honors and ap classes and also provide the traditional classes. Not to mention the incredible athletics which includes different levels of many different sports and also offers intramural teams for fun! For example, I participated in intramural basketball with some friends and it was a great was to meet new people and get some exercise. Additionally, LFHS provides hundreds of clubs and activities from student council to environmental club to latin club to yo-yo club they have it all and also allow students to form their own clubs! The school is very up to date and safe for all students and teachers and makes sure all students have access to the facilities and are ready for college. The one thing I wish to improve is the schools diversity. There is an average amount of diversity but based on the amazing academics, athletics, etc there should be more.
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LFHS has been a great atmosphere for learning! The students have many opportunities to engage in learning, and to participate in advanced placement, and group study methods. The day is set up similar to college classes, and expectations are laid out clearly. There are plenty of opportunities for Enrichment of the arts, media, skills, outdoor education, and music.
I wish there was another way of allowing student to participate in more that one sport at the beginning of school. There is only one day to pick a sport. If you don’t make one team, you can’t walk on to another. It would have been nice to have extra curricular sports after school for fun, and a way for students to get to know one another that are not in their “click”
For safety reasons they need to number their rooms properly! If there is an emergency no Emergency Responder would know how to find a room based on a number.
LFHS prepares you very well for college & generally builds lots of character, if you use your opportunities right. I feel like I have grown immensely during my 4 years there-- my experiences in sports, challenging classes, and electives like art, language, and orchestra have fundamentally shaped me as a person & really helped with my college application process. Our school is hard- the classes are hard if you take AP/honors level, but it is worth it. People I know who have graduated & are in college say that LFHS prepares you well for the rigor. Also, the english department is amazing!
One thing I wish could be improved at LFHS is definitely the diversity-- at some points, it does live up to the rich white kid stereotype. Also senior parking is $750 a semester which is ridiculous. But most people are super nice and friendly.
Overall, I am grateful to have attended LFHS.