School Details

Oswego High School

4250 Illinois 71, Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 636-2009

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2371 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
  • Oswego Community Unit School District 308 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Oswego High School is a public high school in Oswego. The principal of Oswego High School is Mr. Mike Wayne. 2,371 children attend Oswego High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0.3% of the Oswego High School students have "limited English proficiency." 6% of the 2,371 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 21% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Oswego High School is 18:1. Oswego East High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 64%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 17% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 16%
Limited English proficiency 0.3% 4%
Economically disadvantaged 6% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I am very happy with this school. I have one child at Oswego High and he really likes it. I love that the teachers send emails just to say how great your child is doing. We have had no problems at this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    All 4 of my kids went to OHS and they were all successful graduates from Loyola Northwestern Arizona State and Syracuse. There are a variety of extracurricular activities and academic help is freely available. There are some fantastic involved teachers here who truly care about the students. I never met a rude student while my kids were there and it's a small community where everyone looks out for each other. I highly recommend this small school (less than 2500 students).

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a HORRIBLE school! The teachers are not helpful and the overall staff is not friendly. I had two students attend this school and one attend Oswego East. My kids who went here were not nearly as prepared as my OEHS grad. The school lacks discipline and there is lots of bullying here. Terrible school.

  • (4 years ago)

    All 4 of my kids went to OHS over the past 8 years and all are/were very successful in college (Northwestern Purdue USC and Loyola) which speaks volumes for this high school. All of them had plenty of outside activities to choose from and the staff is incredibly encouraging patient and involved. This is a great small school!

  • (4 years ago)

    OHS has outstanding academic offerings for bright motivated kids. My son is in all honors AP and accelerated honors classes which we hope will prepare him for college and the engineering career he desires. His adviser is excellent and has been involved with assisting us in finding scholarship opportunities. OHS' Band program is terrific and we will miss it when our son graduates. While our son does not do sports we enjoy OHS football games and it seems the OHS student population is accepting of others and not as "cliquey" as I remember high school. OHS test scores are very good especially when considering the huge influx of new students from other areas due to Oswego's population explosion over the past few years.

  • (5 years ago)

    The reason some reviewers are surprised at negative reviews is because they are involved in sports or band. Those are the only worthwhile pursuits there. Academics are hit and miss. Very disorganized discipline policies that apply to some students and not others. Principal if you ever even see him after the first day is very rude if you have a question. Special Needs are not well addressed. Nearly no special services available unless you want your kid to see a psychologist 15 min. a week.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have been very disappointed in the school. Our daughter is not a 'star' in athletics but is a generally nice kid - we have seen her self esteem drop. I've been to the school and way the girls are allowed to dress is appalling - Oswego is no longer a small town - that's for sure

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at OHS and my older siblings also attended OHS. I am very shocked to read the dissappointing reviews about my school. I have always been on the high honor roll with a 4.0 GPA. The teachers at OHS are supportive and encouraging and they are there to help the students succeed. We also have an excellent sports program that i am involved in and the coaches are there to help the athletes get better in playing the sport they love! I am proud to attend the older high school in Oswego because of its strong history.

  • (5 years ago)

    Nothing but high marks for Oswego High School! We have visited several high schools in the area over the past few years and OHS is staffed with dedicated teachers and friendly personnel. The school is very clean and ranks high in many aspects of technology. OHS has been recognized for their top notch academics athletics and extra-curricular activites.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think the Sports part of the school lacks in the real reason you play sports. It is to teach children how to play and be a team player. Not to be excluded from the games played.

  • (8 years ago)

    The academic programs are lacking at OHS particularly for students who are on either side of the 'bell curve.' There are not many electives to choose from. The standards are simply average with average teachers. There is no communication from here to parents especially where discipline and incidents at the school are concerned (don't ask don't tell). The english department is pretty good. Athletics is heavily favored with a 'win at all costs' type of attitude.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have just graduated from OHS and although my high school years weren't the best years of my life they were surely enjoyable. OHS has tons of clubs and organizations that you can choose from. Most (though not all) the teachers are very good. As a matter of fact a few of them have encouraged and heavily influenced me in my decision to become an english teacher. The athletic programs are also very good.. .no the athletes are not favored (after all I just graduated 5 months ago). My time at OHS I really enjoyed this school is a lot better then people give it credit for.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not a parent but an alumna and a current teacher-observer. This school is very academically sound take it from a graduate. Though this like every school has its shortfalls OHS as a whole is remarkable. Just look at its 'report card.' There are so many vocational and internship opportunities as well that guide students regarding career choice. I also felt very well prepared for my college courses this year at Indiana Wesleyan University. In fact is it because of some remarkable teachers and programs at this school that i am studying to become a high school English teacher. I have no idea why the person who wrote the other review got the impression s/he did but I think we need to take another look. From both a student's and now an outsider's criticial eye Oswego High School deserves applause not degradation.

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