A+
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
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Maine South High School is an elite, public school located in Park Ridge, IL. It has 2,354 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.
Address
1111 S Dee Rd
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Telephone
(847) 825-7711

Maine South High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
49%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1270
102 responses
Average ACT
29
417 responses
AP Enrollment
23%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.38 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 102 responses
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  • Dances
    23%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    16%
  • Homecoming Game
    16%
  • Big Sports Games
    14%
  • Schoolwide Fundraiser
    9%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,354
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.5%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$23,353/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.71 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.71 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.71 responses
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Maine South is an prime example of what a high school should be. With great academics, teachers, school culture, and the resources provided, it is no surprise that this school is one of the best in the state. Some changes that I would personally make as a Junior at Maine South high school are the diversity and the food provided. There is very little diversity of students and teachers through the entire school and I feel like different cultures are not completely represented because of the lack of diversity. The food is decent, what you'd expect of a typical high school, but I believe it is overpriced for what it is and it doesn't seem sanitary. Overall, however, Maine South truly achieves excellence and never stops impressing me as the years go by!
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Maine South High School prepares it's students for college by offering above average teachers, programs and facilities. The school is located in upper middle class Park Ridge Illinois, which is comprised is a mostly white neighborhood, luckily it is located close enough to Chicago to give students an opportunity to explore culture and diversity that the school itself is lacking. I felt like Maine South gave me a solid foundational education to head into college without feeling overwhelmed and the sports programs were always properly funded. The school provides a safe environment for students to learn in and has up to date technology in it's computer labs and library. I would recommend Maine South High School if you can afford the expensive northwest suburb of Park Ridge. It is definitely the top school in the area, and one of the top high schools in Illinois.
The best thing I liked about Maine South was most of the teachers are the best I could have ever asked for. They have changed my life and brought it towards what I could have never asked for more today. I am humbled and fortunate to have all of these teachers throughout my high school years, and I won't forget the ones who have affected my life in a positive way!