School Profile

Maine South Circle Drive
The school and community
Maine Township High School South serves most of Park Ridge and portions of Harwood Heights, Niles, Norridge and Norwood Park Township. Primarily residential, the attendance area also includes some light industry, office developments, and shopping areas. Comprised mostly of single-family homes, neighborhoods range from low income to upper middle income and also include a mix of apartments, townhomes, and condominiums. Low-income students constituted 8 percent of South’s enrollment in 2015-16. Maine South High School lies 30 minutes northwest of downtown Chicago.

Primarily homogenous, Maine South also includes a small language minority population. For the 2015-16 school year, approximately 21.4 percent of students live in a home in which one of 41 languages other than English is spoken. For the 2015-16 school year, the student population was 85.5 percent white, 8.8 percent Hispanic and 2.6 percent Asian. Enrollment for the 2015-16 school year was 2,390. Average class size was 21. Maine South provides a comprehensive, innovative and rigorous public education program for its youth. Curriculum offerings at Maine South are extensive, with over 200 courses offered in 10 departments, including the fine arts, foreign language and career technical education. As Google's first K-12 partner in using G Suite for Education and with all students and teachers having Chromebooks, there is a high level of access to technology to support and deepen authentic learning.

A rich curricula and outstanding programs provide students with multiple learning opportunities. Parental and community support further guarantee an outstanding secondary education, and the entire community benefits from South’s outstanding cultural and athletic events and from students’ active participation in community service.


At a glance
Class of 2015
 
Class of 2016 

70% enrolled in a 4-year college

19% enrolled in a 2-year college

 
6 National Merit Finalists

6 National Merit Semifinalists

131 Illinois State Scholars

 


Class of 2016 ACT Information - Composite Scores

    Including "Extended Time" scores    Without "Extended Time" scores 
Maine South    24.6   25.1
Illinois   20.8   21.3
U.S.   20.8    



Graduation requirements
A minimum of 23.25 academic units of credit are required for graduation.

Course area   Credit
English

4.0
Mathematics

3.0
Social Sciences
3.0
Science
3.0
Fine Arts, Career & Technical Education,
Foreign Language

2.0
Oral Communication
0.25
Consumer Education
0.25
Health
0.50
Physical Education
1.75
Driver Education
0.50 
Electives
5.0

Maine 207 Curriculum Guide
 
Note: Physical Education is required each semester except when enrolled in health class.

Exams are required on the Declaration of Independence, the Flag of the United States, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois.

Students graduating before 2008 were required to complete one less course in math, science, and social science, and one additional elective credit.


Advanced Placement Courses
American Government
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
Chinese
Comparative Government
Computer Science
Computer Science Principles
Environmental Science
European History
French
German
Language and Composition
Literature and Composition
Macro Economics
Micro Economics
Music Theory
Physics 1
Physics C
Psychology
Spanish
Statistics
Studio Art - 2D Design
Studio Art - Drawing
U.S. History
World History


Grading system
District 207 reports a weighted and non-weighted grade point average on the transcript. GPA for all courses is calculated on a four-point scale. Accelerated and AP courses are given one additional bonus point. This is reflected in the weighted GPA. Driver Education does not count in the GPA. Physical Education counts in the non-weighted GPA. In a Pass/Fail course, a passing grade does not affect a student’s GPA. However, a failing grade will be figured into the student’s total GPA as a zero.

Subject and academic grade point averages are no longer used to determine a class rank for students. No information indicating a relative class rank using either the all-subject or academic grade point averages will be issued internally or externally to staff, students, parents, other academic institutions or agencies.


Transcript legend
Code    Description
ACC   Accelerated (Honors)
AP   Advanced Placement
CWT   Cooperative Work Training
ESL   English as a Second Language
IN   Incomplete - The grade must be earned during the first six weeks of the next quarter.
NG   Carries no credit and used under special circumstances such as an audit, which has been approved in advance.
PA   Passing grade in Pass/Fail course
RLTD   Classroom work for job training
SS   Summer School
T   Transferred Credit
TRNG   On-the-job training
RPTD   Repeated class



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