School Details

Waukegan High School

2325 Brookside Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 360-5621

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 4282 students 17 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
  • Waukegan Cusd 60 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Waukegan High School is a public high school in Waukegan. The principal of Waukegan High School is Mr. Brian Riegler. 4,282 children attend Waukegan High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 11% of the Waukegan High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 49% of the 4,282 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 60% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Waukegan High School is 17:1. North Chicago Community 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
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 71% 72%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 56%
Limited English proficiency 11% 31%
Economically disadvantaged 49% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very happy with the Washington house 4 school. My daughter is excelling and she has improved study habits and has grown as a student and a person at this school! She loves her teachers and says they are great at teaching and encouraging their students.There are also a great group of kids in house 4!

  • (3 years ago)

    I LOVE WAUKEGAN HIGHSCHOOL it builds friendshiip and involvment in school and there are hot guyss D

  • (4 years ago)

    I don't like this school. When I attended it was in a better standing. Now I hear it's a horrible school to attend. But the reason I'm voting for it it's because it SERIOUSLY needs the money SO IT CAN IMPROVE because I still believe in WAUKEGAN HIGH. GO BULLDOGS!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Waukegan High School can be a great school for any student. They almost got every class a student would want to take in high school. It can be a great learning experience for anyone. But like any other schools Waukegan has its downfall. Most of the teachers there are great and know what they are talking about. Then there are those other teachers who have temper problems or just don't know how to connect with the students. Another problem are the students. There are too many ghetto kids who are a waste of space and don't want to learn. They need to get kicked out asap. And security is horrible at the school. They just sit all day doing nothing. other then that waukegan can be a AMAZING school. If these problems were fixed Waukegan would get the respect it deserves

  • (5 years ago)

    the only students that learn anything of substance are those who seek for knowledge elsewhere

  • (5 years ago)

    waukegan high school is the best high school ever and the basketball teams are always good i love tht school

  • (6 years ago)

    Waukegan High School has it's pros and cons. Then again what school doesn't? I'm a sophmore in the College Studies Program and I do have to say it's great. The teachers...are exceptional. Each and every one of them is unique and they honestly care about their students. At least my teachers do. People say that our school isn't very good but who are they to judge? Every student that attends Waukegan High has the potential and opportunity to be great.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from WHS in 2007. Throughout my four years there we had 3 (technically 4 principals) and they weren't that great. They all had their own flaws and didn't do much to try to improve the school. Teacher quality was pretty decent. I was in the College Studies Program so of course we seemed to have better teachers. They really cared for their students' success and development as young adults. The extracurricular activities were the best! We have one of the best JROTC programs in the country along with one of the best fine arts programs in the state. Parent involvement wasn't too great but I think that has to do with the administration not motivating the parents either. Safety was terrible (the security guards were all lazy)...we had the millions of fire alarms and the numerous bomb threats...but I do believe that WHS can improve!

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a student at WHS. I will be a sophomore this fall. There are 2 buildings one which only houses freshman and another which houses sophomores juniors and seniors. Major changes will be made as of next year- both campuses will house freshman-seniors. Waukegan High School has some fun and educating programs. 'CSP' are college-prep classes the only bad thing about the program is that many students think they are more than what they really are. Rotc is fun it teaches a student about discipline alongside with leadership skills which most students find interesting. The campus overall has both; cons and pros. The NGC could use a little bit more re-modeling along with better staff. The UGC needs more space on my part. Overall both buildings are fun- you just need to make the best of it!

  • (7 years ago)

    Waukegan High School is the type of school that only cares for you if you have good grades. They don't try to motivate the students at all. It's very sad to be in a school where there are constant fights. None of the students take school seriously. They think its a big popularity contest or a fashion show. The teachers the principals and the security really need to work harder in motivating our students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Others have commented very well on the excelence of the advanced programs and problems with others; my comments relate to the school board and lack therein for a group effort to improve the overall district.

  • (8 years ago)

    The College Studies Program is dynamite. Kids are well prepared for college level work. Honors level is exceptionally good. These kids' abilities are not accurately reflected in overall average for the district. But be aware there is a top end present that does a great job. Average students could be challenged better and the bottom end which constitutes the majority of the population is in real trouble in spite of serious efforts to reach out to them and provide opportunities to remediate and appropriately challenge these kids to excell. New principal will take over duties in July '06 and so it is not clear how his leadership will affect the school at this time.

  • (8 years ago)

    The CSP Program is a great program. It exposes students to a vast amount of knowledge. The student who complete this program are well rounded for college. This school has a band and music classes. The sports program for track could be better though. They could use better coaches that take the team seriously and motivate the students better. This school has many clubs you can join during and after school. Parents are involved somewhat. I would like to see gymnastics back at this school. One problem this school has is that it is over crowded. The halls during passing periods are real tight. The could use a bigger building.

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