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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 1,677 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
About Lake Forest High School...
Address
1285 N Mckinley Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Telephone
(847) 234-3600
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Lake Forest High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
72%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1330
102 responses
Average ACT
29
442 responses
AP Enrollment
39%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$169,122
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,815
National
$949
Median Home Value
$855,500
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.17 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 50 responses
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  • Prom Parade
    22%
  • Senior prank
    14%
  • Turnabout
    14%
  • ELS Basketball Game
    12%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • Music program trips to Europe
    8%
  • 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
1,677
Free or Reduced Lunch
3%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$105,229
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.8%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.23 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.23 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.23 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
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.26 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.26 responses
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Lake Forest High School Reviews

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I used to attend a small school before attending Lake Forest High School, and I am glad I switched schools. Lake Forest offers wide variety of classes, clubs, and activities for its students to participate in. In addition, the school offers multiple Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes that allow students to learn at higher levels while also become more prepared for college classes. After four years of attending Lake Forest High School, I was able to learn a lot, participate in a variety of clubs, and become more prepared for the future. I highly recommend Lake Forest High School to future high schoolers.
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The school itself is beautiful, the facilities are great and kept very clean. It has a wide range of classes that differ in difficulty. All students are encouraged to push themselves toward academic success. With the new hybrid block schedule students are given more of an opportunity to seek help from their academic teachers in the morning, instead of just having the opportunity during school, when a lot of the time the student and teacher's schedules don't match up. The school also puts an emphasis on sports and other extracurricular activities leaving students with an overwhelming list of things to participate in after school. The school also guides it's students towards reaching higher education with counselors ready and willing to assist their students in whatever they might need for the future. Overall the school has a welcoming atmosphere along with a variety of classes, clubs, sports, and other opportunities for students to exercise and expand their academic and life skills.
Well like most reviews it's mostly based on previous experience. For my 3 years completed at the high school, I've only really had 2 "bad" teachers, meaning they weren't effective and they were not approachable whatsoever. However for the rest of the teachers I've had, I cant even begin to describe how amazing they were. You can tell that the majority of the teachers here care a lot about their students and they are always willing to meet with you and help you in any way possible as long as you seek them out. They are also some of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met and are always willing to answer any questions you have . As an upperclassmen I always have questions regarding college and every teacher I've asked has given me so much advice. My math teacher has even stayed with me after class multiple times to help me figure out good ways to finance college and what I should be doing now to help keep afloat when it comes to paying for college! Lastly not only are these teachers some of the best educators I have ever known but they're also amazing and caring individuals, and are always concerned about their students well-being and how well each student is doing in their class.