School Information

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,  and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The school is consistently ranked among the best public high schools in Illinois. In fact, in an 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 (2011, 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 and show host 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, 86% 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.

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2017 Washington Post - Most Challenging High School
2017 AP® District Honor Roll

Prairie Ridge: 1,436
District 155: 6,113

PR Average Class Size: 21
D155 Average Class Size: 18

Teachers with a 
Master's Degree or Higher
: 86%

4-Year Graduation Rate
Prairie Ridge:
District 155: 95%
State: 86%

Scholarships earned in 2017-2018: $2,707,937

Students continuing their education: 88% 

2017-2018 SAT Average
Prairie Ridge ELA: 542.8
Prairie Ridge Math: 560.6

District 155 ELA: 540.1
District 155 Math: 549.9

State ELA: 505.7
State Math: 504.1

2017-18 Advanced Placement® & Dual Credit

AP®Exams Taken
Prairie Ridge: 
District 155: 5,514

Number AP® Exams Resulting in College Credit 
Prairie Ridge: 
District 155: 4,286

Dual Credit Courses & Enrollment

Autos II                                      22
     -McHenry County College
Calculus                                     26
     - University of Illinois
Computer Business App.       282
      -McHenry County College
Culinary Arts II Commercial    32
      -McHenry County College
Marketing                                   81
      -McHenry County College
Music Appreciation                   33
      -McHenry County College
Spanish IV                                  289
      -McHenry County College