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Our School And Community

Wheeling High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school with a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that opened in 1964 and graduated its first class in 1966. Wheeling is one of the six schools in Township High School District 214, including Buffalo Grove, John Hersey (Arlington Heights), Prospect, and Rolling Meadows High Schools. Wheeling is a culturally diverse high school, as is District 214. The community is predominately middle income residential, with light industry providing a major portion of the tax base for the entire district. The Village of Wheeling is 28 miles Northwest of downtown Chicago, and has approximately 40,000 residents. The school serves Wheeling and sections of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, and Prospect Heights. 

Recognitions

Technology Education Association of Illinois 2011 Technology Program of the Year

This award is an acknowledgment of a superior technology education program which provides fundamental knowledge about the development of technology, its effect on people, the environment and culture, and draws its instructional contents from one or more of the following systems:  communication, energy utilization, production, and transportation.

The Wheeling High School technology education program is an integral part of the school's comprehensive STEM for ALL education initiative. Students are provided with connections to industry workplaces and clear career pathways in technical fields. As a STEM school, its focus is to prepare all students to think critically and solve complex problems, adapt to new technologies, and communicate effectively—all skills required to succeed in a global 21st century economy. Course offerings and content are grounded in relevance to the new economy, providing college credit bearing courses and entry-level career certifications as incentives for students to reach and achieve beyond expected levels. A network of industry professionals from an array of fields provides program guidance and support.  Programs of study include a full spectrum of courses in information technology, engineering, architecture and advanced manufacturing. With the leadership of a dedicated staff and engaged student population, the technology education program is both focused and integrated throughout the school in a manner that directly reflects the industries it is serving, and extends far beyond the walls of the classroom.
     
American School Counselor Association 2010 Recognized Model Program Designation
The Wheeling High School counseling program has met the criteria to become a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) by the American School Counselor Association. Wheeling is only one of 250 schools throughout the country and 12 in the state to have achieved RAMP status since the program's inception in 2004. Our counseling staff meets with students individually and in small groups to develop long term career plans, address social-emotional standards, and discuss college planning.  This recognition is a tribute to the staff's ability to deliver a comprehensive, data-driven school-counseling program. The accomplishments of Wheeling High School's Student Services counseling program was publicly acknowledged during the 2010 American School Counselor Association National Conference.
U.S. News and World Report 2009 Recognition as one of  "America’s Best High Schools"
Recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of "America’s Best High Schools". U.S. News and World Report has four levels of recognition which involves a three-step process that examines how well a school serves its entire student body, disadvantaged students, and college-bound students. 
Of the 21,069 public high schools examined by U.S. News, 604 were recognized for considerably outperforming their state's standards and, according to their research, "found to be doing an excellent job of preparing students for college-level coursework." Out of the 782 high schools in Illinois, Wheeling High School, along with only 37 other high schools in the state, is a Silver Medal recipient. The recognition by U.S. News and World Report as "One of America’s Best High Schools" ranks Wheeling High School in the top 3% nationally and top 5% statewide of all high schools—a distinction that makes the community’s namesake high school one we can proudly call our own.  

Recognition by the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education 2009 Kennedy Center School of Distinction in Arts Education Award
The Kennedy Center award recognizes schools throughout the country for the opportunities they provide all students in arts education.  Wheeling High School boasts an impressive range of opportunities from jazz to dance, student directed productions to award winning musicals, digital photography to slam poetry for all students at any level to engage with and be challenged in the arts. The Wheeling High School Jazz Band 1has been selected by the National Jazz Honors Project as a "National Winner." The Mark of Excellence/National Jazz Honors Project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement by high school and middle school jazz ensembles, the very best selected as National Winners. This year Wheeling was one of only two high schools selected for this unique and prestigious honor. Wheeling High School dancers worked for the 17th year as production assistants on Chicago’s Dance For Life.  In the past ten years, the Orchesis program has raised over $120,000 for the Dance for Life Foundation. Our dancers were chosen to perform "Subtle Execution" in the Student Choreography Showcase Performance at the Gusman Theatre in Miami during the National High School Dance Festival in March of 2010.

Our Facilities and Technology

We embed technology throughout our students’ school experiences.  With 15+ computer labs, over 450 computers, laptop loaners, smart boards, media projectors in every classroom, technology resources are available throughout the building. The school has made significant investments through extensive business partnerships in new technologies from a prototyping manufacturing facility and architecture lab, to a medical lab with state-of-the-art technologies and 1:1 laptop programs. Our students utilize technology to collaborate with industry leaders such as Abbott Labs and Northrop Grumman in problem based learning projects and conduct real-world research through partnerships with Northwestern University and I-Bio Institute. 
Our School And Community

Wheeling High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school with a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that opened in 1964 and graduated its first class in 1966. Wheeling is one of the six schools in Township High School District 214, including Buffalo Grove, John Hersey (Arlington Heights), Prospect, and Rolling Meadows High Schools. Wheeling is a culturally diverse high school, as is District 214. The community is predominately middle income residential, with light industry providing a major portion of the tax base for the entire district. The Village of Wheeling is 28 miles Northwest of downtown Chicago, and has approximately 40,000 residents. The school serves Wheeling and sections of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, and Prospect Heights.
Our Students

Our students hail from more than 17 different countries spread throughout the globe.  The graduating Class of 2011 boasted the highest ACT math sub-test score of 23.1 and composite score of 22.1 in our school’s history.  Participation in our Advanced Placement program has never been higher with an Advanced Placement pass rate double the national average at 84.7% on average in 24 courses in addition to post-AP offerings such as calculus 3 and differential equations.  Not to mention our students boast an impressive 90-100% pass rate in AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Psychology, Spanish, Microeconomics, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electronics, English Language, English Literature, and Studio Art potentially saving our families hundreds of thousands of dollars in college tuition. Wheeling High School is also exceptionally proud of the academic accomplishments of our National Merit honorees. National Merit Commended student’s PSAT scores rank among the top five percent nationally and National Merit Semi-Finalist rank among the top one percent nationally.  We have a record number of thirteen National Merit Scholars, four National Merit Scholar Finalists, one National Hispanic Recognition Scholar and one National African-American Recognition Scholar ranked among the top 2,500 students nationally.

College Admission and Wheeling Students

Our community places significant value in the pursuit of education beyond high school. Future plans of recent graduates indicate that about 96% continue their education in a college setting, 52% at four-year institutions, and 44% at two-year colleges. These numbers have remained relatively consistent over the past several years, while our students' ACT scores have increased during the same time period. We are proud of our students' accomplishments.