School Details

Galena High School

1206 Franklin Street, Galena, IL 61036
(815) 777-0917

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 248 students 13 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
  • Galena Usd 120 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Galena High School is a public high school in Galena. The principal of Galena High School is Elizabeth Murphy. 248 children attend Galena High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.4% of the Galena High School students have "limited English proficiency." 12% of the 248 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 27% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Galena High School is 13:1. Southwestern Wisconsin High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% 89%
Hispanic 6% 11%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 31%
Limited English proficiency 0.4% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 12% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been pleased in almost every aspect of the education my grandaughter is recieving at GHS. However I have found that too much emphasis is placed on athletics and virtually none on its music and dramatics. The sad fact is that the staff member responsible for student scheduling not only discourages these classes and activities but does not hide their obvious scorn towards those kids who wish to join. It also is apparent that some of the GHS staff are unsupportive of the various choirs and deem them unneccessary. If your child has an interest in any of these activities I strongly advise that a parent or guardian attend every scheduling meeting with them. There is also a problem with bullying. It is mainly verbal. If an accomplished athlete or child of a prominant citizen is the culprit chances are that nothing will be done about it. Even with these two complaints the benefits my grandaughter recieves outweigh the bad and I wouldn't want her in any other school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Galena High School has 13 Illinois State Scholars this year! I continue to be impressed by this school and my children have had a top notch education here. Two have gone on to earn their Bachelor and master degrees and agree that GHS was instrumental in their success at college.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had two kids go through the Galena School District. It was a wonderful educational experience for both.

  • (5 years ago)

    With only 30% of students prepared for a 4 year college a high teen pregnancy rate and a lack of new technology training this is not a great school. If you have to live in Galena and have high school age students think private school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very impressed by staff at the school as well as the students.

  • (8 years ago)

    I've had three children attend GHS. Galena is an excellent school in so many ways! I can't say enough about it. In addition to terrific academics GHS offers a top-notch drama program music department and scholastic bowl team. Many sports are offered as well. The teachers are super--very knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for the students to excel.

  • (9 years ago)

    Lots of emphasis on sports especially football. Only one foriegn language offered and it is not offered well. Teachers lack in creativity. Band program is exceptional but the vocal department is very bad. The one positive thing is that the students are very close and seem to accept everyone who moves to the area.

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