Lake Forest High School Ranked 13th Best in Chicagoland

LFHS administrators rank as the highest paid in Chicagoland.

Lake Forest High School was recently ranked 13th best among Chicagoland area high schools, with Deer Path Middle School East ranking 39th amongst area elementary and middle schools, according to the 2012 Illinois school report cards data compiled by the Chicago Tribune.

The rankings were based off of the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the Prarie State Achievement Examination and Illinois Standard Achievement Test. Lake Forest High School had 82.7% of students meeting or exceeding state standards, with 98% of Deer Path Middle School East students meeting or exceeding standards. 

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Although LFHS ranks among the best in the area, it still does not meet the standard of 85% of students meeting or exceeding state standards, as set by No Child Left Behind. (However, the school is in the majority - only nine schools in the top 50 meet the standards set by No Child Left Behind.)  

Lake Forest High School ranks 1st among average administrator's salary, according to the Tribune, with an average of $175,375 per administrator. Homewood Flossmoor District 233 ranks second, with $167,237 per administrator on average. 

Lake Forest High School also ranks as the 2nd among Chicagoland high schools on spending per student, with $22,003 per student. (Only Niles District 219 ranks ahead, with $22,003 per student.)

Counties in the rankings included Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will and McHenry.

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LF parent November 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM
And why weren't the salaries and excessive teacher compensation pegged to performance standards when the community was held hostage by union demands? 13th in the Chicagoland area and highest paid in the state? District tax payers and students got screwed by union contract demands!
curious November 08, 2012 at 02:12 PM
It is the administrators' salaries that should be reviewed. In my opinion both Dist 67 and 115 have been top heavy with too many administrators and they are overpaid. I am not sure this is a union issue but should be reviewed and corrected.
grandma November 08, 2012 at 02:38 PM
District 65 is also extremely top heavy on administrative costs. NOT the category you want to be #1. Fiscally irresponsible and embarrassing.
RationalTht November 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Agreed that administrator salaries are high, but there were also some stats that showed LF has fewer administrators per student? Would it be better to have the 5 people at 175 or having 6 people at 165? How many crazy pensions do we want to pay for...
Frustrated November 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
In all other fields, salary is commensurate with performance. Why should these teachers not be held to the same standards as others?
MC Neubaue November 08, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Agree with all of the above commenters. We have too many administrators and are paying them too, too much. I'd like them to explain why we aren't getting results commensurate with costs. We've been paying for their gravy train for far too long. I want explanations. This is completely unacceptable. In the private sector, these costs would have been cut long ago.
against unions November 09, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Your so right , because they belong to unions there is no incentive to care. They get it whether they deserve it or not and if they dont get they send your kids home until they do. Get rid of the unions and make them work on the same terms as every one else. If you are good at your job you keep it, if your bad at your job you loose it. That wont happen though because Obama is president.
Pat Lyon November 09, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Some problems I see: 1. Not only do we pay administrators too much, the district also uses highly paid consultants on a permanent basis. In fact, one of those consultants was formerly on staff, retired, and now not only collects a pension, but is on a lucrative consulting contract with the district. 2. The administration rewards loyal APT members with permanent jobs. While they may not be high paying jobs, it begs the question, "Were they hired based on qualifications or loyalty and a willingness to fall into step with every admin decision vs. objectively question decisions.?" 3. If shared services is such a success and alleviates much of the double effort of work, why are we paying the administrators so much, when their work load has effectively been reduced?
Me November 09, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I am glad to see that we are the highest paying district and rank at 13th in Chicagoland. This is again proof that the teachers union fed us lies in trying to extort ridiculous salaries. The School Board did a reasonable job in their negotiations with the teachers. Too bad that didn't carry over when they hired the new superintendent.
Mosober November 09, 2012 at 06:58 PM
DPMI is the worst place to have your children educated. Send them to St. MAry! From the past admin to today the reluctant Admin its a real shame. For example: The music program is run by a young lady who selectively bullies students and is frankly in need of lithium. 3 years ago the young man working with her was confronted with a serious allegation of improper behavior. This never gets out. 39th tells me the grade system is flawed as it should be dead last.
Stevie Janowski November 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
This is great all to show to all those idiots who cried oh this is the best school in IL when the teachers went on strike we MUST pay them!!! Well guess what the boe should have given them NOTHING quite frankly with LFHS students mindset all most any teacher could do well at LFHS. You dont see fights or gangs at lfhs, you see kids willing and ready to learn. This just proves that the teachers are OVER PAID
Bree Olson November 09, 2012 at 08:59 PM
So much for best teachers in the state. This sickens me that the teachers scammed the community like Obama scammed our nation.
Julie November 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Didn't LFHS used to rank 10th in the STATE? Is 13th in Chicago-land, really something to brag about?


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