School Details

Thornton Township High School

15001 Broadway, Harvey, IL 60426
(708) 225-4101

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1969 students 16 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
  • Thornton Twp Hsd 205 School District average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thornton Township High School is a public high school in Harvey. The principal of Thornton Township High School is Mr. Tony Ratliff. 1,969 children attend Thornton Township High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Thornton Township High School students have "limited English proficiency." 59% of the 1,969 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 85% have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Thornton Township High School is 16:1. Echo School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 87% 91%
Hispanic 11% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0%
Asian 0.6% %
Multiracial 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 80%
Limited English proficiency 3% 2%
Economically disadvantaged 59% 48%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    To Greatschools- Please let me know the problem if you remove my review. I am a Thornton Alumni Class of 1991. Thornton was and still consists of mediocre teachers disciplining students with few if any great teachers inspiring students. I understand being professional with students but most teachers were cold and the school was soulless. The only time the school showed any interest is when I was absent. (The school receives funding for student attendance). I am combat veteran and found my time in Iraq more enjoyable. Being a great teacher is very challenging work. These teachers are not up for the challenge. I understand good teachers are costly but bad teachers cost more.

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to Thornton HS over 30 years ago and it was a wonderful school. My cousin's kids graduated from Thornton 3 years ago and one just graduated last year and more of her kids are on their way to Thornton. I had some memorable days at Thornton and I think still today it is a fine school. Great teachers and kids who want to learn my cousins kids did and are ini college now.

  • (5 years ago)

    I found Thornton high School to be very stressful I think they were trying to improve the school but I noticed a lot of violence and unconcern on all parts students adminstration and parents maybe they are better now

  • (5 years ago)

    I come here every day and the teachers are pretty nice and they try to help you out. I think that they spend too much time on discipline and not teaching. I also don't think that it's necessary for us to read aloud in the ninth grade I mean it;s a reak waste if time.

  • (6 years ago)

    Thornton High School has some of the finest teachers in the suburbs. Teachers that are dedicated to their job especially when dealing with the 'urban poor'. They are sensitive to the needs of the students. However the extra curriculum activities are not well attended by the majority of students. There seems to be null school spirit and very poor parent involvement. You see more security guards then anything. I have 3 children there and they are maintaining excellent GPAs so keep up the good work teachers but parents and community remember it takes a 'village to raise a child'

  • (6 years ago)

    When I first moved to the south suburban area I was unsure about coming to a place where the high school would be similar to the Chicago Public School from whence we'd just come. I was told that Thornton would be a placed filled with negativity which speaks to the fact that noone believes that change is able to come to a place that once was frowned upon. I'm very pleased to say that I feel confident in deciding to allow my children to enroll in District 205. I really appreciate the help and assistance of Ms. Butler who so mild-manneredly walked me through the process of registration and all the other things that come along with that. She was very patient and understanding to my needs. She is definitely a shining light in Thornton although she's moved on to another area at the school. I'm expecting even greater things!

  • (7 years ago)

    My kids attend during 2007-2008 they had honor classes they learned much their teachers were caring and very helpful and I feel put their all in their education. The principal is great and does not tolerate misbehavior nor bad teaching. There is not a lot of parent involvement but we are working to bring that up. I'm glad I made the decision to not send my children to private but enrolled them at Thornton Township. Go Wildcats!!!!!!!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Thornton is a school that has made the best out of my son and my son want's a lot out of his life and more one more year to go for his.And he love his school and the teacher.

  • (7 years ago)

    I say that this school has came a long way! They do have some errors they need to correct but as far as learning it is up to the students. The teachers they are great they are doing their job. The promblem is that these kids are not doing their jobs which is learning. So to me this school gets a 96%.

  • (7 years ago)

    With the new principal Thornton HS has done a complete turn around! She is great! Her priority is to have high expectations for student academics and behavior. She does not play around...she will not tolerate any disruption to the learning environment. She holds her teachers accountable supports their needs and aids them in becoming better at what they do. She truely cares and the school atmosphere has changed dramically within the last two years. Students should feel safe and secure cared for and respected. She and many of the teachers are firm but fair. Great things are happening in this school and anyone attending should be proud to be a Wildcat. The 'wildcat' has been a sleep in all staff members and students but now she has come to wake them up and let them 'roar' with their pride excellence and dedication.

  • (9 years ago)

    Parent involvement is not at a high and steady level.Extracurricular activities are great but are threatened to be cut on combined with various school because of budget cuts and the district does not spend the money wisely.Academic programs are at fair quality and could be better.

  • (9 years ago)

    Thornton has the brightest students and developes the most remarkable talents. Even with the low budget thornton is the best predominantly black school in the south suburban area.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think thornton is a great school but it needs additional discipline procedures. the children are taking over the school. we need an administration change soon. concerned parent

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