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Prairie Ridge High School is a public, four-year high school with enrollment of 1,170 students. In 2020, Prairie Ridge earned a spot in the top 100 Best Public High Schools for 2020 for Illinois from U.S. News & World Report. Located approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago, the school serves Crystal Lake, Prairie Grove, Bull Valley, Burton’s Bridge, Oakwood Hills, and Ridgefield.

Prairie Ridge offers a comprehensive curriculum and extracurricular activities to help students expand their academic and social skills, learn about themselves, engage in positive experiences, and be involved with community outreach.

There are 25 different sports and more than 30 clubs and activities. In District 155, 83% of teachers hold a master’s degree. The teacher-student ratio is 20:1. The school also employs four counselors, two social workers, and one psychologist on its student services team.

Community High School District 155 includes four comprehensive high schools and one alternate education campus. Serving grades 9-12, each institution has full State of Illinois recognition and accreditation. Enrollment includes approximately 6,012 students from McHenry and Lake counties.

Grade Point Average: Class of 2020

Graduation Requirements

Computer Education..............................................................................0.5 credits
English......................................................................................................4.0 credits
Social Science*........................................................................................2.0 credits
Science.....................................................................................................2.0 credits
Mathematics...........................................................................................3.0 credits
Elective Courses**.................................................................................6.0 credits
Consumer Education***.......................................................................0.25 credits
Classroom Drivers Education...............................................................0.25 credits
Physical Education & Health.................................................................2.25 credits
Total for Graduation.....................................................................20.25 credits

All freshmen may take Freshmen Seminar, a decision-making and career awareness course.

*One year must be U.S. History including passing marks on Federal and State Constitution tests.
**One credit of electives must be in art, foreign language, music, or vocational education.
***Requirement may be completed through some business classes, family and consumer science courses, or the Cooperative Education program.

Semester Grade Determination

Semester grades are calculated based on weighted categories of formative and summative assessments and a possible final exam. Percentages assigned to each category may vary based on course, with the potential final exam counting for no more than 20% of the overall grade.

Summer School

Summer school grades may be indicated on the transcript with (SS). There are two sessions, each three weeks in length, with classes meeting five days per week. One half-credit is granted for successful completion of each three-week session.

Course Listing

District 155 offers a full array of courses to challenge and enhance its students' learning. To view a complete course catalog choose "Course Selection Guide" from the links list at www.d155.org.

District 155 separates courses into three categories: General (G), Honors (H), and Advanced Placement (AP). The grade point average (GPA) for these classes is calculated using the following scale:

Class of 2020 Matriculation

Prairie Ridge Class of 2020

Top Colleges:

  1. University of Missouri (12)
  2. Illinois State University (10)
  3. University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) (9)
  4. Iowa State University (9)
  5. Northern Illinois University (8)
  6. University of Wisconsin Whitewater (6)
  7. Winona State University (6)
  8. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5)
  9. University of Iowa (5)
  10. Carthage University (4)
  11. Carroll University (4)
  12. Western Kentucky University (4)

The class of 2020 can be found at 107 different post-high school educational institutions across the country.

College representatives are invited to visit Prairie Ridge throughout the school year. To schedule and appointment, contact the College & Career Center supervisor at 815-479-0404 ext. 5156.

Advanced Placement® Testing

Class of 2021 SAT Scores

Due to the limited access to testing opportunities as a result of the global pandemic, D155 is not publishing average SAT scores for the Class of 2021.  We appreciate the holistic, test-optional approach colleges and universities are using to determine admission for students.

Prairie Ridge School Profile 2020-21

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Contact Us

Sarah Schwartz​​
Student Services Coordinator
Phone: (815) 479-0404 Ext. 5120
Email: sschwartz@d155.org

Nicole Thigpen
Student Services Administrative Assistant
Phone: (815) 479-0404 Ext. 5110​
Email: nthigpen@d155.org

Tina Gonzalez
Registrar - Student Records
Phone: (815) 479-0404 Ext. 5111 Email: tgonzalez@d155.org