School Details

Maine West High School

1755 South Wolf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 827-6176

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2304 students 14 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
  • Maine Township Hsd 207 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Maine West High School is a public high school in Des Plaines. The principal of Maine West High School is Dr. Audrey J Haugan. 2,304 children attend Maine West High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 5% of the Maine West High School students have "limited English proficiency." 20% of the 2,304 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged". The student to teacher ratio at Maine West High School is 14:1. The Willows Academy 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
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 51% 63%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Hispanic 33% 19%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 14%
Asian 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Multiracial 0.04% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Limited English proficiency 5% 5%
Economically disadvantaged 20% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    As a former student of this high school I believe deeply in the high quality instruction that this institution offers. Teachers are invested in their students and set high expectations for them. What I believe that people who are considering enrolling at Maine West should know is that the student population is made of the sons and daughters of working class families in the Chicago-suburbs many students who are going to be first generation college students. As a first-generation college student myself Maine West faculty went out of their way to guide me through the application process write letters of recommendation and suggest scholarships that would help me pay for tuition. Not many public institutions especially one of this size are able to provide that kind of service. Because of the support of the Maine West faculty I was able to attend Georgetown University and graduate cum laude. This is directly related to the fact that I entered college prepared much more so than my peers of a similar background who attended the university on scholarship.

  • (4 years ago)

    Have found the teachers to be ineffective when dealing with any type of difficulty with the students. They don't really care as proven by their 'wait til your old enough & then you can drop out' attitude. If this is the 'great school' we're in BIG TROUBLE!

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers seem to be very good with the students; really care about them.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son graduated from Maine West in 2008 and is now a US Marine. He loved his High School for the Friends and Sports.

  • (5 years ago)

    The art department rocks! The teachers are fantastic enthusiastic and eager to help. I would not have gotten into art school without their guidance and support.

  • (7 years ago)

    Maine West High School is the best school ever! We have so many extra curricular activities and all of them are great. The learning system varies but it is in a way that gives students like me a better way of learning. The field trips are always fun and a blast! We recently went to Chinatown for World Cultures. That was so fun! Maine West is a great way to meet new people. We have dances about every other week. We also have football games that have cheerleaders and a band. The bands shows are always impressive. There is so much more I could say about Maine West but you just have to figure out it for yourself! Don't worry parents. You would be making the right choice in making your child come here.

  • (7 years ago)

    A large public school with a small private school aproach to learning !! a great school! and the best teachers who go beyond the rquired school day to encourge students to learn!! last child graduated 2007 goning to miss maine west!! keep up the good work!!!

  • (9 years ago)

    The staff is great. We get our phone calls returned with no problem. There is a homework hotline for parents to check on their students homework. Maine West has been a wonderful experience.

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