Community: Larkin High School is one of five high schools in School District U-46, the second largest unit district in Illinois. Located on the west side of the city of Elgin, approximately 40 miles west of Chicago, Larkin High School serves a diverse community from a wide range of socioeconomic, educational, and ethnic
Mission and Vision: Larkin High School is a PBIS school working to create a community of active learners. We strive to develop involved citizens, critical thinkers, and effective communicators who are prepared for their future. We believe that all stakeholders are to be held accountable for their learning, and we at Larkin High School are committed to providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge. We pursue strategies relentlessly which develop active learners, and we believe that through collaboration in teams we can best foster the growth and development of our students for their success after high school.
School: Larkin High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school with a certified staff of 152 administrators, teachers, and counselors that opened its doors in 1962. Enrollment in the 2014-15 school year is approximately 2000 students with an anticipated graduating class of 400 seniors. Larkin High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Illinois Department of Education. Larkin High School is the home of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy within School District U-46. This academy offers specialized training and curriculum to students in the areas of Dance, and Vocal and Instrumental music, including Orchestra and Band. We also offer Drama and the visual arts of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.
Curriculum: Over 200 courses are offered so that students may challenge themselves to meet their potential as well as to explore areas of interest. Classes are fifty minutes in length, five days per week. Students receive one credit per semester for each course successfully completed except for some Advanced Placement classes which meet for 1.5 periods per day and receive 1.5 credits. 40 semester credits are required for the graduating class of 2013, including the following:
8 credits in English
6 credits in Mathematics
4 credits in Lab Sciences (including 2 credits in Biology)
1 credit in Health
7 credits in Physical Education
2 credits in U. S. History
1 credit in Economics
1 credit in Civics
The following Advanced Placement classes are available:
Biology, English Language and Composition, Macroeconomics, Calculus AB, English Literature and Composition, Psychology, Calculus BC, European History, United States History, Environmental Sci, Government and Politics, World History.
In May, 2014, 334 AP Exams were taken, representing 167 different students. Of the students taking AP tests, 50.3% of them received a 3, 4, or 5. AVID is a major component of our academic program and this year has 393 students enrolled in the four levels representing an increase of 43% from last year. All AVID students are required to participate in the Honors program as Sophomores and in the AP program as Juniors and Seniors. AVID students last year received over $1,000,000 in scholarship awards.
Awards and Recognition: Twenty-eight students from the graduating class of 2014 were named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Larkin High School has a student that was selected to serve on the School District U-46 School Board to represent over 41,000 students. Our Poms Team earned TDI State Champion status for the last three years including a Grand Championship award. Our Varsity Basketball team has been undefeated in Upstate 8 Conference play for the last two seasons. Our Soccer team won the IHSA Sectional Championship for the Huntley section. We had state qualifiers in Girls Tennis, Boys Wrestling, Boys Track, Math team, Orchestra, and Speech. 71 of our Senior students medaled at the gold or platinum level on the National Career Readiness assessment. For the 3rd year in a row, we have had students accepted to military academies. We also had two students who were Golden Apple Scholars. Our current ACT Composite for the class of 2014 is 18.2.
Grading System: Larkin High School uses a weighted grading system. This weighted system is also used to calculate the rank of students.
Honors courses are identified on the transcript with “Honors” or “Hon”, or an HN or AP can be found in the course number indicating an Honors or AP class designation. Class rank is computed at the end of each semester, with the exception of 9th graders, as well as after summer school. This rank excludes Driver’s Education, any courses taken Pass/Fail, or any courses audited.
Grade Point Indicator (GPI) is calculated according to the following:
Semester 6 – the highest 34 classes are included
Semester 7 – the highest 40 classes are included
Semester 8 – the highest 45 classes are included
Note: Students who begin ninth grade in Geometry 1-2 are recognized as having completed Algebra 1-2 in eighth grade. No credit or grade is recorded for Algebra 1-2.
Post-Secondary Plans: The class of 2014 had approximately 82% of the students planning to enter college in the fall. 32% plan to attend a four year college directly out of high school, and 50% plan to attend a 2 year college. Approximately 5% of the class will attend technical schools or enter the military. These statistics are based on submitted requests for final transcripts.