Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Lake Forest High School Semifinalists:
Clawson, John A
Kapsalis, Garifalia M
Lee, Elaina H
Murray, Kenneth C
Ortell, William
Quan, Rachel Y
Saginur, Carrie A
Ward, Carson
Wong, Megan W

Read more about Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit® Scholarship Program Announced

AP Exam Purchase MUST be Completed Before November 1

Back in mid-July, all LFHS Students taking AP Courses (and their families) received an email and hard copy letter about the changes regarding the College Board AP registration process.  As you know, the College Board has moved the AP registration process from the spring to the fall of the school year.  This change is non-negotiable.  As a result, and as soon as possible, please have your student complete the required steps listed below:

  • Sign in to using your College Board student account login.
  • Join your AP Class Section after receiving your Join Code(s) from your AP Teacher(s)
  • Use the Online Payments link on the LFHS Homepage to visit the LFHS Web-Store before NOVEMBER 1st and purchase your AP Exam.

 (Exam Cost $94 or Capstone $142)

Please click here to read additional important information!

Read more about Important Changes to College Board AP Registration Process

Schedule of Events!

Spirit Week - Sept 16-20
  • Monday: Jersey Day
  • Tuesday: Western Day
  • Wednesday: Decades Day!
  • Thursday: Class Distinction Day
    • Freshmen: Preppy
    •       Sophomore: Hats
    •       Junior: USA
    •       Senior: Toga!
    •       Staff: College Shirts
  • Friday: All Out Scout!

Look to purchase your Homecoming t-shirt ($10) during lunch periods during homecoming week.

Pep Rally - Sept 20

The Pep Rally will take place during the last hour of school so that everyone is ready for the big game later that night.

Homecoming Luau and Game

Luau BBQ for Students and Staff
Friday, September 20, 5:30pm. Come to West Campus and cheer on the sophomore team while attending the Luau BBQ. Food and drinks are provided. We have cowbells, stickers, face paint (and more) to be all geared up for the game!

Homecoming Football Game

Friday, September 20, 7:30pm vs Lake Zurich.

Aloha - Don't forget to wear your Homecoming shirt and Hawaiian best to the game.

Homecoming Dance

The Homecoming Dance is Saturday September 21 from 7:00pm-9:30pm - Tickets are ON SALE NOW online (Monday Sept. 9 - Friday Sept. 20 at noon). Tickets MUST be purchased in advance as there are no sales at the door. Tickets are $20 a person LINK TO PURCHASE:

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

Lake Forest High School is participating in an attendance competition against other high schools in Lake County. Our goal is to be the top high school with the best attendance percentage during the week of September 9 - 13. With your support, it is definitely within our reach. We hope that all Scouts will attend school during this week and throughout the semester.

Read more about Attendance Awareness Month

Lake Forest High School Sophomores are invited to participate in a SophCollegeBoard PSAT/NMSQT assessment on Wednesday, October 16. Participating in this practice SAT assessment will provide students an authentic testing experience and effective feedback on their performance. Sophomore participation in this assessment is completely voluntary.  All LFHS Juniors are taking this assessment. The Sophomore students that elect to take the PSAT/NMSQT will join the Juniors being assessed.
Please note: This PSAT/NMSQT assessment is used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.
Any sophomore who would like to take the PSAT/NMSQT must register by Wednesday, September 18, 2019 using the following link. LFHS Soph PSAT/NMSQT 2019 registration

Read more about SophCollegeBoard PSAT/NMSQT Assessment - Register by Sept 18

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 4pm

Where: New Trier High School-NORTHFIELD CAMPUS: 7 Happ Road, Northfield, IL 60093


The Choices Fair is Free of charge for all families, professional staff, and other community members. You do not have to be from one of the Choices Consortium Sponsoring Schools to attend Choices. Schools from all over the suburban and city area attend Choices. See the List of Attending Colleges and Organizations, Break out times and more information on the website:

Read more about Choices Fair 2019

Dear Class of 2024 Family:

We are utilizing multiple data points to assist with determining each student's placement. In the absence of a standard assessment given across all of our feeder districts, Lake Forest High School administers the PSAT 8/9 at our West Campus to all students with intentions of registering at LFHS.

The address of our West Campus is: 300 S. Waukegan Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045.

We are offering the assessment on the following two dates:

Saturday, October 12 at  WEST CAMPUS of LFHS (8:30 AM – 12:00 PM)  OR
Saturday, October 19 at  WEST CAMPUS of LFHS (8:30 AM – 12:00 PM)

Sign up for the PSAT 8/9 by completing this form no later than Tuesday, October 8:

Read more about Attenton 8th Grade Families: Sign up for the PSAT 8/9 by Oct 8

During half-time of the Varsity Football exciting season-opening 10-7 victory over Antioch, the 2019 Images of Excellence was presented. The mural is a celebration of excellence at Lake Forest High School. While its focus is athletics, the mural is not intended to celebrate athletic achievement alone.

Wall of Excellence unveiled at season-opening football game vs Antioch

The vision for the mural is to use athletics as a backdrop to highlight the virtues, values and qualities LFHS seeks to instill and develop in our youth, and to honor LFHS students who have consistently displayed these attributes during their careers at Lake Forest High School, both on and off the field of play. The virtues written on the mural include: Acceptance, Character, Commitment, Courage, Empathy, Honor, Integrity, Leadership, Passion, Respect, Responsibility, Scholarship, Spirit, Sportsmanship, and Success.

The images depicted this year consist of nine student-athletes who are winners and finalists of the Boosters Outstanding Senior Athlete Award, recipients of the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, Bill Rawson Memorial Award, Gayla Clemons Athletic Award, Matt Coutu Award and Philip Sousa Band Award are depicted on the Wall, as are the LFHS Student Council President and LFHS Student Council Senior Class President.

Congratulations to this year's honorees (listed in alphabetical order):  Ashley Alghini, Emily Asmussen, Ryan Cekay, Sarah Considine,  Danny Fisher, Jake Fisher, Tommy Hanson, Leland Keller, Kevin Lamp, Claire Mahoney, JD O'Keane, Ellie Pearson, Katie Pierce, Addie Sidles, Oleksyi Vyshyvanyuk.  You have represented your school and our community well.

The Wall of Excellence came into existence in 2010 through the efforts of the LFHS Boosters, Brian Vandenberg's vision and their Corporate Sponsor NorthShore University HealthSystem, whose funding offsets costs associated with the mural.  This collaboration continues to this day. 

Read more about Images of Excellence Unveiled at Half-Time of Season-Opening Scout Victory Over Antioch

Students with disabilities may receive related services as part of their individual education programs (IEPs). Lake Forest High School District 115 will maintain related service logs that record the type and number of minutes of the related service(s) administered to such students. Copies of any related service logs will be available to parents/guardians at their child’s annual review IEP meeting. Parents/guardians of students with disabilities may also request copies of their child’s related service logs at any time.

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This year, we will offer an ACT Test Prep Course in the fall and an SAT Test Prep Course in the winter. Both courses will be free of charge to junior LFHS students. The ACT Test Prep Course will begin on October 5, 2019, and targets the December 14, 2019, ACT Test offered at Lake Forest High School.

Students registered for the LFHS ACT Test Prep course will receive support in English: Reading and Writing, Science, and Math. Additionally, students will learn testing strategies to support their success on the test. Classes will meet Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Students are strongly encouraged to attend every session.  Register for LFHS ACT Test Prep CourseIf you are absent for two or more of the course dates below, you will be required to return your study guide or pay for the cost of the book ($20.30).

Registration for the ACT Test Prep course does not mean that students are automatically registered for the December 14, 2019 ACT test. Please register your student for the ACT test no later than  September 15, 2019. You can use this ACT test Registration link to register.

Read more about Register for LFHS ACT Test by Sept 15 / ACT Test Prep Course Begins Oct 5

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