School Details

Barrington High School

616 West Main Street, Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 381-1400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2998 students 18 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Prairie State Achievement Exam Results (PSAE)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Barrington Community Unit School District 220 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Barrington High School is a public high school in Barrington. The principal of Barrington High School is Steve McWilliams. 2,998 children attend Barrington High School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Barrington High School students have "limited English proficiency." 11% of the 2,998 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 16% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Barrington High School is 18:1. Lake Zurich High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 10%
Asian 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 72% 69%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 15% 16%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 17%
Limited English proficiency 3% 6%
Economically disadvantaged 11% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My school is a great place where all students feel accepted and encouraged to get involved in activities. For the students we aren't just classmates we are a family and we will always work together to the best for our schools. We come together and win various competitions for sports/clubs in state championships sectional champions and regional champions. We are Barrington!

  • (9 months ago)

    Anyone that has given this school a harshly negative review has not had experience in other schools across the country. Barrington High School has a diverse student body a club/sport/volunteer organization for just about everyone well-educated teachers and staff with great leadership dedication experience and community involvement. Kids that walk away with an education that truly prepares them for college or their post-graduate careers. As an alumni as well as a teacher that works in the city of Chicago I only wish that my students could see the opportunities that BHS provides that they are unfortunately missing out on. It is a very traditional high school experience with a lot of hometown pride. Addressing any drug issues that have been included in reviews- you are naive to think that you won't find that in any high school these days. Rich or poor teenagers face personal issues and will experiment and hang out with people they shouldn't- it's called growing up. I feel lucky to have attended BHS and i think most people really appreciate it especially after they are thrown in the real world! I hope to send my kids here in the future.

  • (1 year ago)

    Beautiful school. Full of great people. Great educations. Great teachers. Great environment. Not more to say.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a Barrington HIgh School Graduate and parent of one of the very few BCHS students to not graduate I am surprised to see that none of these reviews mention the alcohol and narcotics problems that plague the school and the teen suicides. Whenever I meet new families to the area I always warn them of these issues and stress the importance of communication with their children and honestly discussing these issues. My son withdrew from BCHS feeling he had more in common with his teachers (and these included some older teachers) than with his class mates. He passed his GEDs started courses at Harper College in September of what would have been his senior year in high school. He got into a technical program and did extremely well. The high school offers a number of wonderful programs has incredible facilities has many excellent teachers and yet a couple of enormous problems exist and must be addressed.

  • (3 years ago)

    I think this has been an excellent school in the past and I hope one day will be again. There are based on our daughters experience significant issues that need to be addressed including an ongoing commitment from the school and the community to fine arts - in a school of this size that they cannot fill the auditorium for productions is very sad and I question the administrations focus on anything other than academics and sports A school of this size can also make for a very impersonal education experience and I'm not sure that is ideal for every kid. I think the staff are a mix of great enthusiastic young teachers and sad bitter tenured staff waiting out retirement. If your child gets the former great! If the latter you will be disappointed. We are moving out of district so our younger daughter does not attend this is not the right fit for her or our family.

  • (5 years ago)

    BHS is not all it's cracked up to be. If you are an average student and fit into the 'norm ' BHS is just fine. Anyone outside of the box will have a very rough time at this school. Special Services is absolutely horrible and are very unwilling to make any accommodations - not to mention most of the staff is incredibly rude and arrogant.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Barrington High School 1st semester of my freshman year. I moved to Leyden high school and i am now a sophmore. In my own opinion Barrington High School is a really great school. I believe it is a better school then Leyden and i would love to go back anytime. I believe that any student that goes there most likely likes that school also becasue it has such great programs. The teachers there are so helpful( Barrington High School is a really great school( Oh yeah and the teachers there are really nice to(

  • (5 years ago)

    I recently graduated Barrington High School and my overall experience was great. There are so many activities and extracurriculars anyone can find there niche. They also have an outstanding fine arts department and from that i was able to build a portfolio of my art which i then submitted to an architecture program at the university i am attending this fall. I was one of 70 students selected of about 250 that apply. I accredit this to the help and guidance of the teachers and staff at Barrington High School.

  • (5 years ago)

    I must address a comment made by a parent on this site. The parent said that Barrington High School must address their test scores. None of the high schools ranked above Barrington High School in Illinois have the large number of children from low income families and so many non-English speaking students. All of these students test scores are included in the statistics. I have had three children graduate from Barrington High School. All three said they got a good education and were better prepared for college than most of the kids they met in college. With the variety of classes offered number of AP classes and the wide selection of clubs and sports available there is something for everyone there. BHS also has one of the top fine arts programs in the country.

  • (6 years ago)

    BHS is a rigorous but friendy college prepartory environment. It seems like every year they make improvements with technology course offerings (Chinese) and national awards that the school has received. My kids are going off to schools that are in Princeton Reviews top 25 Colleges and they are very well prepared. With so many activities to choose from they have each found their own niche and the dedicated staff is instrumental in providing them with every opportuntiy to shine and succeed.

  • (6 years ago)

    Although our daughter is enjoying and doing well in her first year at the school the test scores at Barrington are very disappointing and really need to be addressed by the administration; the poor scores of some really effect the total desireability of the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    The breadth and depth of the curriculum at BHS is exceptional. There is no category for rating the variety of courses offered at schools. The BHS curriculum presents many options to a diverse and talented population of students.

  • (7 years ago)

    I just finished my first year of college and I have to say that BHS was excellent! I got into a fantastic east-coast university and I'm a fairly average student. My GPA wasn't anything spectacular but BHS offered so many AP course selections and ACT prep classes that I basically wrote my own ticket. My first year of college was so easy! The AP (and even honors...) classes really teach the material for the first year of college. Extra-curricular activities at BHS really defined my high school experience as well. The teachers are so actively involved in their students lives inside and outside the classroom and this creates an amazing co-curricular program for your child to explore his/her interests. Honestly if you want your child to get the best education get help at every step along the way and get into the best schools... BHS is the place to be.

  • (7 years ago)

    Barrington High School is terrific! The students that I have met thru many of the sports activities have been very polite nice and excited about their school and the many activities that are offered to them.I have a daughter in High School one in middle school and a son in elementary school.Every experience I have had so- far with all the Barrington Schools teachers and staff have been fantastic! I am so proud to have my children in this Barrington 220 School District! As far as I am concerned this is one of the best school districts in Illinois!

  • (8 years ago)

    After attending the graduation ceremony for the class of 2005' we were impressed with the overall academic achievements of all the student. Scholarship $$ was high and numerous awards were granted.

  • (8 years ago)

    We moved our children two years ago to this school the teachers are very good great email coorespondence.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent challenging environment. If you want to offer your child the best opportunity to reach their dreams with great variety challenging and diverse courses offered. The teachers are excellent and the sense of community is first class. The stars are the limit for your child when they attend Barrington High School.

  • (9 years ago)

    while the school has a great reputation currently there has been a noticeable decline in the quality of the education. Many teachers have retired early and there are in my opinion too many new teachers. There is also a strong bias torwards wealtiher people and doing well at barrington has alot to do with parental support financial and emotionaly.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great elective and course offerings! The Video Production courses are incredible. My son loved being a student at this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Financial and home location is what counts in this school. There is just not enough concern when real problems arise among students. I had to transfer my child out of this school to a less materialistic school. This pressure caused my child to do poorly in school.

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