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 2017/18 school year and the class of 2018.



School and Community

Lake Forest High School serves the communities of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and the unincorporated areas of Arden Shores North, Arden Shores South, Knollwood and Shores Acres abutting Lake Bluff—and takes pride in developing compassionate, confident and accomplished 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 supported throughout their educational journey. In addition to comprehensive academic choices, Lake Forest High School students grow through participation in clubs, music programs, team and intermural sports, and community service programs that help build character, and strengthen collaboration and communication skills. Lake Forest High School offers a well rounded school experience 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 1628
  • Seniors 416
  • Certified Staff FTE 161
  • Certified Staff Student Ratio 10.4
  • Faculty holding a Master’s Degree or beyond 145
  • School Year Semesters 2
  • Per Pupil Expenditure $23,672.00
  • Courses in Curriculum 275

Distribution of Graduates

Distribution of Graduates: Class of 2018

  • Number of Graduates 426
  • Enrolled in 4 year college 91%
  • Enrolled in 2 year college 4%
  • Undecided 2%
  • Military 1%
  • Other ( travel, work, gap year) 2%



AP Scholars
International Diploma                             1
National Scholars                                  32
Scholars with Distinction                   126
Scholars with Honor                             78
Scholars                                                  82

National Merit Scholars
National Merit Scholarship Winner       2
National Merit Finalists                          4
National Merit Semifinalists                  4
National Merit Commended                20

Illinois State Scholars                        144

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  designated 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  evidenced  by95% of  our  student  body  which  are  college

Designation of Courses:
Advanced Placement: 32 courses offered
College  level  courses  which  adhere  to  the  nationally  standardized  syllabi  as  proposed  by  the  College  Entrance  Examination  Board.  AP  courses  represent  the  highest  level  of  performance 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

Graduation Requirements
Class of 2011 and subsequent graduates
Nineteen units of credit as follows:
4 units
3 units
2 units
Social Studies
2 units
U.S. History, Global Studies, Social Science
1 unit
Each student is required to enroll in Wellness every         
semester that they are enrolled at LFHS
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

Standardized Testing

ACT------ -------LFHS ----------National
English -- ------- 27.8 -------------20.2
Math -------------26.5 --------------20.5
Reading --------- 27.4-------------21.3
Science ----------26.3 -------------20.7
Composite ------27.1 -------------20.8

SAT ------------- LFHS ---------State ---------National
Evidence Based
Reading & Writing 601------------ 556 ------------538
Math -----------------603 -------------554------------ 533
Total Score --------1204 ---------- 1110-----------1070

652 Students took 1, 364 Advanced Placement Exams in
32 subjects.
1,364 Total AP Exams
89.5% received a score of 3 or better
31.8% received scores of 5
33.7% received scores of 4
24% received scores of 3
AP Courses Offered 31
Subject Tests Offered 31


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.”

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