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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Plainfield South High School is an above average, public school located in Plainfield, IL. It has 2,566 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 36% of students are at least proficient in math and 38% in reading.
Address
7800 Caton Farm Rd
Plainfield, IL 60586
Telephone
(815) 439-5555
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Plainfield South High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
38%
Percent Proficient - Math
36%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1180
233 responses
Average ACT
25
346 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$63,359
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$971
National
$949
Median Home Value
$165,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.51 responses
Poll
55%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.51 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 179 responses
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  • Homecoming Week
    26%
  • Football games
    23%
  • Senior events
    20%
  • Dances.
    11%
  • Graduation
    8%
  • These events truly show the pride in our school.
    3%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,566
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.64 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.64 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.64 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,349
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.3%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.88 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.88 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.88 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,733/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.97 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.97 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.97 responses
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My experience at Plainfield South High school has been excellent. Our school has a school spirt unparallel to those around us, we are proud cougars who take all challenges in stride. The best thing about our schools is that there is a place for everyone and no one is secluded to one thing. We have a multitude of sports and clubs to choose from allowing each person to be able to find their own little home. Personally, I am an officer for our schools DECA chapter, a beyouty project mentor, a member of the National Honors Society as well as French club and French National Honors Society. Our school has allowed me to take part in a multitude of high-level honors and AP classes. The only thing I would like to see improved is the upkeep of our building. Other than this our school is a very loving and accepting community!
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Plainfield South is a place where it creates students who want to learn and those who do not, fall back. As a community, we have shaped the school into a more diverse place for everyone to learn and not be judged. I have been given every opportunity at Plainfield South because they equipped me with the tools of learning. I have learned friendship and intelligence among the amazing teachers here. Not once were my opinions or ideas shot down and with this said, my confidence increased. Along with their victories comes their flaws. Plainfield South is sometimes too lenient with the failing grades and maybe not so qualified staff which makes students not want to learn. However, my overall experience has been truly a blessing and an opportunity that I did not take for granted.
Not enough supervision over the students. My daughter has told me that students are hugging and kissing behind their locker doors during change of class. Unsafe conditions on the stairs during change of class, students are pushing each other to get to class on time. Very little homework is given. No communication from the teacher if your student is doing poorly. Communication to parents about events at the school is poor. Unsafe parking and drop off conditions. Almost been hit many times.