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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Maine West High School is a highly rated, public school located in Des Plaines, IL. It has 2,076 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 38% in reading.

Maine West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
38%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1200
259 responses
Average ACT
26
255 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$67,636
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,093
National
$949
Median Home Value
$251,700
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.43 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.43 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 127 responses
  • Assemblies
    31%
  • Football games
    17%
  • Dances
    12%
  • Orchesis Show
    8%
  • Plays/musicals
    8%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,076
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$110,842
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.6%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.64 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.64 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$28,697/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.69 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.69 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.69 responses
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Maine West High School Reviews

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I love Maine West! Our level of school spirit can't be found anywhere else. Our pride is presented throughout the halls, whether it's through our artwork, our display cases stacked with sports awards, or our bulletin boards showcasing our students who have made honor roll. The best words to describe the students and staff are warm and kind. We are such a dedicated and determined community. There are dozens of clubs, and in each one you're sure to find loving and welcoming people. People at Maine West are always there to support you and cheer you on. Most, if not all, of the teachers have the students' best interest in mind 100% of the time. Their main goal is to ensure our success. I am glad to have spent almost 4 years here and am going to miss the artwork adorning the lower e-wing halls, the kind and helpful teachers, and most of all, the friendships I've made.
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Setting aside personal battles I’ve had while attending this school, the resources here are gonna work wonders if you use them correctly. Apart from all the AP class opportunities, there is a robust selection of extracurricular programs to try in order to find your purpose. I myself tried dozens of clubs but only one really stuck with me, and that was Novus Club. Novus allowed for me to soft launch an online service teaching juniors an seniors how to accumulate more As, which was well received by my class. And speaking of those in my class, the social setting here isn’t too bad. I’ve definitely ran into some people who’ve caused a plethora of nonsense for me, but still have found a handful of people that I bond with heavily. And the final aspect would be the teachers, whom of which are excellent! The teachers I’ve had have been silly and entertaining, while some have been incredibly influential. All in all, this school exceeds standards!!
Maine West High School is one of the safest, spirited, and wholesome communities I have ever experienced. The student body and staff are so diverse and welcome to all students. The resources and help available in divisions throughout the school provide every student with the opportunity to succeed and thrive. Maine West grants every student the freedom to draw out their high school path that will help them achieve their dreams and passions. Overall, my experience as a high schooler for the past few years at Maine West has provided me with joyous and significant memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life.