Lake Forest Schools

District Quick Facts 2016-2017

  • Established 1935
  • Type Public secondary
  • Grades 9-12
  • School Lake Forest High School
  • Enrollment 2016-2017 1693
  • Senior Class Enrollment 456
  • Junior Class Enrollment 419
  • Sophomore Class Enrollment 404
  • Freshman Class Enrollment 402
  • Outplaced 12

    School Profile


    Adopted June 24, 2014

    "Developing compassionate, confident,and accomplished students"

    District 115 Board of Education

    The data on this page reflects information from the 2015/16 school year and the class of 2016.

    School and Community

    Lake Forest High School serves the communities of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood—northern suburbs of Chicago—and takes pride in developing compassionate, confident and ac-complished students. LFHS faculty and staff are committed to student growth with dedicated adults who respect and value the individual. Students are guided by talented professionals who are passionate about their work of providing academic excellence for all learners.
    A rigorous curriculum is supported by innovative ways of learning and state-of-the-art facilities. Students are encouraged to take risks, and explore new ideas knowing that they will be support-ed throughout their educational journey. In addition to comprehensive academic choices, Lake Forest High School students grow through participation in clubs, music programs, team and inter-mural sports, and community service programs that help build character, and strengthen collab-oration and communication skills. Lake Forest High School offers a well rounded school experi-ence while being mindful of each student’s social emotional growth allowing students to be their best self as they move forward with the tools for life-long success.

    School Statistics

    School Statistics

    • Total Enrollment 1674
    • Seniors 441
    • Certified Staff FTE 154
    • Certified Staff-Student Ratio 10.8
    • Faculty holding a Master’s Degree or beyond 138
    • School Year Semesters 2
    • Per Pupil Expenditure $23,518.00
    • Courses in Curriculum 275

    Distribution of Graduates

    Distribution of Graduates: Class of 2016

    • Number of Graduates 430
    • Enrolled in 4 year college 90.5%
    • Enrolled in 2 year college 4.0%
    • Undecided 3.5%
    • Military .2%
    • Other ( travel, work, gap year) 1.5%

    Geographic Distribution

    • Illinois Colleges 22%
    • Midwestern Colleges 54%
    • Northeastern Colleges 11%
    • Southern Colleges 17%
    • Western Colleges 18%
    • International .5%


    AP Scholars
    International Diploma 1
    National Scholars 22
    Scholars with Distinction 106
    Scholars with Honor 64
    Scholars 85

    National Merit Scholars
    National Merit Scholarship Winner 1
    National Merit Finalists 4
    National Merit Semifinalists 5
    National Merit Commended 17

    Illinois State Scholars 138

    The Curriculum

    Lake Forest High School offers a strong, yet diverse college preparatory program. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are provided in most curricular areas in addition to quality enhanced courses in fine and applied arts and fifth year world language courses. Extensive offerings in music and performing arts enrich educational opportunities. The elective curriculum also includes vocational courses using state of the art technology and a continuum of multi-layer supports.

    Please note a change in the course titles beginning with the 2015-16 school year. In the past, some courses were desig-nated with a “CP” indicating a “College Prep” course. The “CP” label has been removed to aptly reflect the rigorous nature of all the coursework at Lake Forest High School. Our curriculum successfully prepares students for college as evi-denced by 95% of our student body which are college bound.

    Designation of Courses

    Designation of Courses:

    Advanced Placement: 30 courses offered
    College level courses which adhere to the nationally stand-ardized syllabi as proposed by the College Entrance Exami-nation Board. AP courses represent the highest level of per-formance within a specified area.

    Reflect courses which provide enriched and/or accelerated curriculum requiring students to possess analytical thinking skills.

    Individual Placement
    Individualized placement into a pre-existing course for which course expectations have been modified to meet student’s educational needs.

    Graduation Requirements

    Graduation Requirements

    Class of 2011 and subsequent graduates
    Nineteen units of credit as follows:
    English 4 units
    Mathematics 3 units
    Science 2 units
    Social Studies 2 units
    U.S. History, Global Studies, Social Science
    Wellness 1 unit
    Each student is required to enroll in Wellness every semester that they are enrolled at LFHS
    Electives 1 unit
    May be completed through study of: Applied Technology,
    Art, Business, Computer Science, Music, New Media.
    Competency Requirements:
    United States & Illinois Constitution
    Consumer Education
    Health Education

    Class Rank
    In accordance with board policy, Lake Forest High School does not rank students.

    Grade Distribution Range
    Highest for Class of 2016: 5.7
    Lowest GPA for Class of 2016: 1.5

    Standardized Testing

    ACT LFHS National
    English 26.8 20.1
    Math 25.9 20.6
    Reading 26.9 21.0
    Science 25.6 20.6
    Composite 26.4 20.8


    Verbal—Critical Reading Mean

    Percentile LFHS National
    75th 670 570
    50th 625 494
    25th 570 410

    Math Mean

    Percentile LFHS National
    75th 680
    50th 628 508
    25th 520 420


    Percentile LFHS National
    75th 650 560
    50th 604 482
    25th 520 400


    586 Students took 1245 Advanced Placement Exams in
    30 subjects. AP exams were taken by 50% of the class of 2016.

    • 1246 Total AP Exams
    • 93.7% received a score of 3 or better
    • 39.2% received scores of 5
    • 31.8% received scores of 4
    • 22.7% received scores of 3
    • AP Courses Offered 30
    • Subject Tests Offered 30


    Abeunt Studia in Mores, inscribed in stone over the main entrance, is the Lake Forest High School motto. Literally translated from the Latin it would read: Abeunt (“they leave” or “they go away from”), Studia (“eagerness, fondness, desire, striving after, devotion to, or “zeal”), in (“in” or “into”) and Mores (“morality, philosophy,” or “ethics”). Hence, it could be translated to read:

    “They leave, striving after morality.”

    Report Card: The 14 Most Picturesque High School Campuses in the U.S.