THORNTON FRACTNL SO HIGH SCHOOL

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18500 BURNHAM AVE
LANSING, IL 60438
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Phone: 708-585-2000
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 2
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Thornton Fractional Twp Hsd 215
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 467.5
  • Number Students: 1870
  • Number Teachers: 94
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 7737
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Judy Whalen
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (13 ratings)
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    School Reviews (9 Reviews)
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    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-30
    "When I attended, this school provided me with a great foundation for life. The teachers cared, the extra cirriculars were fantastic and kept us competitive. I think there are different challenges as the years have passed, but it's the instructors who matter. They care, I know quite a few of them personally and I hear what they have to say. I also know that they are highly educated and were great students themselves. The town is a great place to live with a lot of people who really care about its future. I know the town has changed a bit over the last 20 years, but the school and it's faculty have remained a constant."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-01
    "The administrators are out of touch with the students. They appear to only be concerned with discipline. My child is an honor student but has complained that alot staff treat the students as if they are jail inmates including yellling at them and listing all the ways students can get detention over the intercom. The teachers of honors and AP classes are nice and very concerned about students doing well. The school has a mixture of races but it is still very segregated. The school staff could use diversity training. The superintendent could be better at handling parental concerns. Instead of ignoring calls or emails; he should set up meetings between parents and staff to negotiate change or compromise."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2008-08-25
    "I've had two children graduate from TFS and one is currently a junior in the honors program. I'm supportive of most faculty and staff. I've witnessed a transistion of the school which will lead me to put my last child in private school. The programs has lead to more emphasis on disciplinary polices and less on elevating students self-esteem and thinking about continuing their education. A large percent of the students end up at the local community college as oppose to attending ivy league colleges and universities. There is little emphasis on SAT/ACT testing or prepatory classes for college entry exams, in addition to providing scholarship information. I would agree that TFS focuses more on their extra-curricular activities and not enough on improving testing and entry into colleges and universities. Students are treated more like numbers and less like people. South needs to refocus and prepare our kids for higher education."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2007-11-01
    "I have a sophomore and senior at TF south and a brother that recently graduated with honors. The academic program is sensational. My senior loves to come home and do geomertry, which to me is awesome! The teachers are great, they challenge the children to really think. You cannot be a failure at this school. Everything is spelled out so easily, do the work and obey the rules.It's that simple. The teachers and counselors have an open door policy which makes it easy to communicate. The tardy and detention policy is a bit ridiculous. I would recommend this school!"
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2007-10-27
    "I'm a current student at TFS.This school isn't really that bad. It's just that the teachers are really discriminatory and pick favourites. And the discipline system is OUT OF CONTROL!... There are literally more people in the offices than the classrooms because of infractions on the rules that are just too harsh.Thetardy policy is just plain DUMB! The dresscode is also in favour of favouritism because specific students get to wear whatever they want if they benifit the school, like the sportplayers. There's alotta racial tension too. And there's way too much emphasis on sports!"
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