John Hersey High School


Student Enrollment
Best High School in Illinois
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Township High School District 214
Type Public
 Phone (847)718-4800
 Location 1900 E Thomas St
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Charter School No

John Hersey High School has an academic rating significantly above the average for Illinois high schools based on its high test performance, high graduation rate and high AP course participation. It is ranked 8th in the best public high schools in Illinois.



The John Hersey High School student body is mostly White with a smaller Hispanic population and has low racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific8.9%173
Native American Indian0.1%2
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0%0
Two or more races2.4%46

Family Income

vs. other Illinois high schools
Upper 10%

17.3% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the Illinois high school median of 42.4%. By this measure, John Hersey High School students are largely wealthy and rank 68th in Illinois for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students



Graduation Rate

8 out of 10

Rank: 148th in Illinois

Subgroup Graduation Rate
All Students92%
Illinois Median87%
Black50% or more*
Hispanic80% to 84%*
Asian Pacific90% or more*
Native Americansuppressed*
Two or more races50% or more*
Economically Disadvantaged80% to 84%*
Limited English Proficiencysuppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

State Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 7th in Illinois

Students at John Hersey High School scored an average 70% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the Illinois State Board of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 24% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 1.9% of Illinois high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls70% to 74%*70% to 79%*
Boys65% to 69%*60% to 69%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indian--
Asian & Pacific Islander60% to 79%*50% or more*
Hispanic50% or more*less than 50%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White70% to 74%*70% to 79%*
With Disabilitesless than 50%*21% to 39%*
Limited English--

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average ACT Score

The average ACT score for John Hersey High School students in 2017 was 25.2. This indicates that the average student scores in the 78th percentile nationally on the ACT.

College Admission Test Participation

7 out of 10

Rank: 135th in Illinois

604 out of 980 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (62%). College admission testing participation is well above the Illinois median rate of 53% and in the top 23% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

8 out of 10

Rank: 46th in Illinois

John Hersey High School offers 22 AP courses. 53 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 99% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all Illinois schools of 16%. John Hersey High School had 862 taking AP exams with a 746 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 86% percentile and well above the state median of 57 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 87% 57%
Students enrolled in an AP class 53% 16%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 12%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 11%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 49%
AP Courses Offered 22

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate14%17%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate15%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate13%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
Illinois Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0.1%2

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
Illinois Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students1.7%35
Illinois Median4.6%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.4%9


John Hersey High School
1900 E Thomas St
Arlington Heights, IL

10 out of 10 1


Township High School District 214
Arlington Heights, IL