Opened in 1961, Cary-Grove High School offers students a comprehensive 9-12 grade education including more than 200 courses. These include specialized Advanced Placement, dual credit, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) course offerings. The school is consistently ranked among the best public high schools in Illinois. In fact, in its most recent annual ranking of all 677 Illinois public high schools, the Chicago Sun-Times listed Cary-Grove as the 58th best school in the state. The school also appeared on the 2014 Washington Post list of the country's most challenging schools.
Along with the other District 155 schools, Cary-Grove earned a spot on the College Board's 2016 AP District Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year. The honor roll recognizes districts that increased AP participation while maintaining student success rates on the exams. Only 447 districts in the United States and Canada appeared on the 2017 honor roll.
In athletics, the Cary-Grove Trojans compete in the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference. The school has captured recent state titles in football (2009) and girls' volleyball (2009). The girls' volleyball team capped off the 2010 and 2011 seasons with second place finishes while the baseball team finished fourth in the IHSA during the 2009 season. The Trojans' football team was runner-up in the state in both 2004 and 2012.
The school offers students several opportunities in the performing and fine arts. The school's musicals and Fall Follies sell out annually and are received warmly by the community. In 2014, Downbeat Magazine recognized the Cary-Grove Jazz Combo as the "Best High School Blues/Pop/Rock Group" in its 37th annual Student Music Awards. This was the third consecutive year the CG Jazz Combo received an award in this category, and second time in three years that the group won the category. In total, Cary-Grove music groups have been honored in the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards nine times since 2004. The school counts seven-time Grammy-winning drummer Paul Wertico, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sam Dillon, and Jimmy John's founder Jimmy Liautaud among its alumni and former students.
Cary-Grove has 99 teachers, all instructing in his or her academic major. In fact, 85% hold a master's degree or higher. The school also employs five counselors, two social workers, and one psychologist on its student services team.
Located approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago, the school serves students from Cary, Fox River Grove, Oakwood Hills, and Barrington. The school is led by Neil Lesinski, who became principal in 2017.
CARY-GROVE BY THE NUMBERS
Enrollment & Staffing
District 155: 6,395
District 155 Average Class Size: 20
Teachers with a Master's Degree or Higher: 85%
Students Continuing Their Education After High School: 91%
In-State Public 4-Year University/College: 13%
Out-of-State Public 4-Year University/College: 27%
In- or Out-of-State Private University/College: 22%
Two-Year Community College: 29%
4-Year Graduation Rate
District 155: 97%
2017 SAT Composite
District 155: 1102
District 155's Mission Statement:
For each student, we will inspire a love for learning, empower the
pursuit of personal aspirations, and nurture the desire to contribute to