Opened in 1997, Prairie Ridge 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 Prairie Ridge as the 44th best school in the state. The school also appeared on the 2017 Washington Post list of the country's most challenging schools.
Along with the other District 155 schools, Prairie Ridge appeared on the College Board's 2017 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 Prairie Ridge Wolves compete in the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference. The school has captured state titles in football (2016 and 2017), baseball (2008), and boys' soccer (1999). The Wolves finished second in the state in girls' volleyball in both 2004 and 2005, girls' soccer (2013), and boys' soccer (1998). Its girls' gymnastics team (which includes members from each of the district's schools) brought home state championship titles in 2017, 2016, and 2015 while also finishing second place in 2014 and 2013. The school's competitive cheerleading team took third place at the 2010 IHSA state competition. Among its alumni and former students, the school counts 2012 Olympic women's soccer gold medalist Amy LePeilbet (Class of 2000) and NHL player Jared Boll.
The school offers students more than 30 clubs and activities. These activities include several opportunities to participate in community service, the arts, music, and other specialized interests. Sports reporter Kristine Leahy (Class of 2005) and ESPN The Magazine associate editor Amy Brachmann (Class of 2007) are two of the school's notable alumni.
Prairie Ridge has 88 teachers, all instructing in his or her academic major. In fact, 85% hold a master's degree or higher. The school also employs four counselors, two social workers, and one psychologist on its student services team.
Located approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago, the school serves Crystal Lake, Prairie Grove, Bull Valley, Burton's Bridge, Oakwood Hills, and Ridgefield. The school is led by Dr. Steven Koch, who became principal in 2013.
PRAIRIE RIDGE BY THE NUMBERS
Enrollment & Staffing:
Prairie Ridge: 1,384
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: 87.57%
In-State Public 4-Year University/College: 8.45%
Out-of-State Public 4-Year University/College: 32.65%
In- or Out-of-State Private University/College: 17.20%
Two-Year Community College: 28.57%
4-Year Graduation Rate
Prairie Ridge: 98%
District 155: 97%
2017 SAT Composite
Prairie Ridge: 1116
District 155: 1102
2017 Advanced Placement
Prairie Ridge: 892
District 155: 3,559
Percentage of Exams Earning Honor Scores
Prairie Ridge: 81%
District 155: 80%