Plainfield South High School in Joliet, IL - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    2,546
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    471 3.3
  • Ranking

Plainfield South High School is a public coed school in Joliet, Illinois. It has 2,546 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 54% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 471 reviews written and they have been mixed.

7800 Caton Farm Rd
Plainfield, IL 60586
(815) 439-5555

Ratings and Reviews
3.3 from 471 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Even though there are always the different social groups, we all stick together and don't create the obnoxious cliques.
    • High School Senior
    • 1
    Overall Experience: The parents I have witnessed walking in and yelling at staff for no reason, and the parents I have personally talked to, that complain and blame the school for their son/daughter being late, they are the most ungrateful and impatient adults I have ever met.
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Teachers: This school is run terribly.
    • Parent
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: There seems to a variety of clubs and organizations in the school, my child had to prioritize which ones to attend.
    • Parent
    • 3
    Teachers: Of course there is a mix of teachers. Some are better at communication with parents than others. New teachers need more mentoring to communication with parents. Seasoned teachers use the email and texting to communicate with parents.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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2.66 Minooka Junior High School Public, Coed
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2.66 Lakewood Falls Elementary School Public, Coed
3.33 Families of Faith Christian Academy Private, Religious, Coed
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N.B. Galloway Elementary School Public, Coed
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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Plainfield High School 4 mi. 2,067
3.33 Minooka Community High School 8 mi. 2,490
3.00 Plainfield North High School 8 mi. 2,130
3.66 Oswego East High School 9 mi. 2,131
3.00 Oswego High School 9 mi. 2,559

Around Plainfield South High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Female 48%
Male 51%

Student Diversity

Plainfield South High School United States Illinois Minooka Community High School Oswego East High School Oswego High School Plainfield High School Plainfield North High School
White 57.0% 51.0% 48.4% 77.0% 53.0% 66.0% 62.0% 66.0%
Hispanic 27.0% 25.0% 25.3% 15.0% 21.0% 20.0% 24.0% 15.0%
African American 9.0% 15.0% 18.0% 4.0% 13.0% 6.0% 7.0% 7.0%
Asian 3.0% 4.8% 4.5% 0% 7.0% 2.0% 2.0% 5.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 3.1% 2.0% 4.0% 3.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.3% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 25.9%
Grade 10 25.8%
Grade 11 24.0%
Grade 12 24.2%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 66 responses

  • 56% Yes
  • 30% Not sure.
  • 14% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 59 responses

  • 30% The memories you can make
  • 25% Your friends
  • 23% School spirit
  • 15% The involved and dedicated teachers
  • 7% Variety of perspectives

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 40 responses

  • 31% Tension and cliques
  • 22% Food
  • 20% Counselors
  • 14% Teachers
  • 8% Academic
  • 5% Disciplinary action

What one change would you suggest to improve the overall experience at this school?     Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Change the start time to later
  • 50% Better college advice

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 51 responses

  • 57% School spirit
  • 20% Ethnic variety
  • 12% A bit poorer than the other schools
  • 8% Unity
  • 4% Known for the worst high school in our district

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 60 responses

  • 45% You get what you put into it
  • 20% School Spirit
  • 18% Courgarific
  • 7% Ghetto
  • 7% Ghetto ish
  • 2% Dilapidated
  • 2% Cougar Pride & Excellence

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 37 responses

  • 38% Become involved to stay out of trouble.
  • 22% Get into honors classes if you intend on learning
  • 19% Be yourself and get involved
  • 14% Be yourself and you will find great friends
  • 8% Get involved a lot and meet a variety of people

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 58 responses

  • 9% I love everything about this school.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 17% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 3% I hate everything about this school.