Plainfield South High School

Public 9-12

 7800 Caton Farm Rd
       Plainfield, IL  60586-1687


(815) 439-5555

District: Plainfield School District 202

SchoolDigger Rank:
199th of 700 Illinois High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,164 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  17.0
Number of students:  2,416

Immunizations:

Measles:
99.2%
Polio:
99.3%
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Racial breakdown:

White:
53.1%
Hispanic:
27.8%
African American:
13.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  28.4%

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Compare Details Plainfield South High School ranks better than 71.6% of high schools in Illinois. It also ranks last among 4 ranked high schools in the Plainfield School District 202. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 64.61. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Plainfield South High School has the largest high school student body size in the Plainfield School District 202. Student population at Plainfield South High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (53.1%), Hispanic (27.8%), African American (13.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 28.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Plainfield South High School is 17. 2 high schools in the Plainfield School District 202 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Plainfield South High School is $10,164, which is the 2nd highest among 4 high schools in the Plainfield School District 202.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Plainfield South High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Plainfield South High School 199th of 700 Illinois public high schools. (See Plainfield South High School in the ranking list.)

Plainfield School District 202:

SchoolDigger ranks Plainfield School District 202 243rd of 814 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Plainfield South High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 56.41 288th 586 50.9%
2004 42.04 406th 592 31.4%
2005 39.99 427th 590 27.6%
2006 38.93 421st 596 29.4%
2007 32.52 462nd 612 24.5%
2008 47.09 381st 624 38.9%
2009 72.28 177th 632 72.0%
2010 72.77 163rd 643 74.7%
2011 60.54 292nd 655 55.4%
2012 41.13 452nd 665 32.0%
2013 58.85 316th 670 52.8%
2014 62.08 264th 670 60.6%
2015 15.75 547th 614 10.9%
2016 49.94 254th 637 60.1%
2017 61.80 229th 645 64.5%
2018 57.32 255th 646 60.5%
2019 64.61 199th 700 71.6%

Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a student
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Open Quote I just graduated and it's been quite a ride. By "ride", I mean the kind that gets stuck in the middle of the corkscrew and leaves you dangling upside down.
I was an honors student in high school, with a high GPA and a clean record for all 4 years. For some reason, the school believed I was this truant delinquent or something upon me being absent FOR ONE DAY OUT OF MY FOUR YEARS THERE. I unfortunately had to attend a funeral my senior year on the last day of homecoming week and, when I got back that Monday, I was accused of truancy even though I was called in before school started that day. I was reprimanded, interrogated, and utterly humiliated in the midst of grieving, and I would go on to be accused 35-40 times that year--I was, and still am, so humiliated upon having to say I went to this school.
However, like most things we perceive to be bad in this world--taxes, authority, other people--I feel like I did gain something from Plainfield South. It wasn't confidence or dignity or anything cheesy like that--this is what they would want you to say and, in fact, Plainfield South took these things away from me. Despite this, I still had passionate and caring teachers and loyal friends I bonded with inside those damned iron-clad walls. I still had valuable life experiences that will stay with me for a lifetime, though "valuable" is not always synonymous with "pleasant".
Exhibit A: All of our senior incentives were taken away or seriously compromised, though at no fault of our own. For example, they said we couldn't have a senior eating area outside the cafeteria due to the wear and tear of the floors. Their solution was to put tables on the same floor they said was so bad they couldn't put tables on it, smaller tables that were still used daily, but tables nonetheless.
Exhibit B: I was a drama geek in high school as well and I performed many a show on the old stage. It, like every other part of the school, had not been replaced for 15 years when the average lifespan of a stage like that is 12 years max. Chairs and doors IN THE AUDITORIUM ALONE were on their last legs, making interactive shows and concerts a hell of a challenge for our audience and performers.
Exhibit C (Yes, there is an Exhibit C): As honors and AP students, we were pushed significantly harder in order to achieve the school's "college-or-nothing" agenda. They promised us all this crap and they delivered it indeed. It came in the form of scholarship search engines that only really contain expired scholarship offers; lapses in communication between staff, students, and parents; assemblies meant to remind us that we're not hot shit and assemblies that reminded us that we never would be unless we did exactly what they said. Coming from a school that is "all-inclusive," this is quite appalling. With an average ACT score of about 20.3, what do they expect? We won't all be Harvard graduates at the end of this, and that's more than OK.
In closing, I deeply apologize for coming off so brash, but these things need to be addressed. And the "valuable" token of my unpleasant experience? It can be summed up with 3 words:
-Don't
-trust
-anyone.
Go Cougars.... Close Quote


by a student
Monday, May 23, 2016

Open Quote I couldn't wait to graduate from Plainfield South. As the years went on, the quality just kept taking a nosedive and attending this school became too overly cringe-worthy to withstand.

Simply put, the quality in everything -- from the facilities to the resources -- is exceedingly poor. The administration struggles to enforce school policies and is largely ignored by the student body. The cafeteria food is repulsive and is on par with what's served in prison. The social scene is too overly dominated by technology, and the majority of students are ignorant and obnoxious, never going out of their way to include others in their social circles.

Outside of a handful of good teachers, there's plenty here who are so bad that students lose confidence in themselves, feel misguided, and fail. The teachers also have their favorites, and tend to help only those who they like and do well. The school receives so little funding that the resources are slim, and the ones that ARE available show their age and constantly remind students of the school's abysmal financial situation.

On top of all this, students here really feel the stigma of attending a lesser-quality school, especially when rivals -- such as Oswego East -- have significant advantages in quality over them. Plainfield South has been regarded by some as the "worst" high school in the district, but despite that, the school will do anything to look pleasing in the eyes of parents. At the same time, however, they largely ignore student feedback, placing less attention on the problems running amok every school year.

Perhaps Plainfield South's most critical and serious issue, however, is its educational outcomes. The curriculum -- outside of a few specific AP and Honors courses -- does more coddling than challenging, and moreover doesn't prepare students for college. The consolers are horribly incompetent, never going out of their way for students and tending to make screw-ups like leaving transcripts sent to colleges blank (I've heard many stories about this). This is especially frightening because one consoler's mistake could severely ruin a student's chances of attending a specific college. They're clearly disorganized and unprepared for properly helping students get ready for the future.

Plainfield South claims that there's "excellence" in "all" they do and "excellence for all they serve, but I couldn't disagree more. It's clearly behind in quality and truly doesn't live up to its motto, and students are being put at a disadvantage here for the future. I strongly suggest for people to avoid this school. Being a Plainfield South Cougar became less of a privilege for me and more of a burden that I'm now happy to have left behind me now. Close Quote


by a citizen
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Open Quote Plainfield south is a horrible school to go to due to the lack of cleanliness and poor mantainance. For example, in the school's fieldhouse you can still see dry blood stains, left over food, and molds growing out of the floor. Also, when you enter the building, the first thing you see is the dilapidated celling where there is water stains and missing celling tiles. Food in plainfield is the most disgusting food i have ever tasted, there are times that the chicken patty is undercooked and sometimes the milk is either frozen or expired. The school itself is full of jerks, biggots and incompetent people who brought shame to the intellectuals who had worked hard to succeed. To the students who happens to be a gang member or a drug addict that goes to this school you are a shame to yourself and society. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Plainfield South High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 1430 93 40 200 2 n/a n/a 0 1765
2003 1430 93 40 200 2 n/a n/a 0 1765
2004 1950 167 62 345 5 n/a n/a 0 2529
2005 2032 196 73 446 7 n/a n/a 51 2805
2006 1593 175 66 451 4 n/a n/a 36 2325
2007 1456 207 56 510 4 n/a n/a 48 2281
2008 1363 239 57 551 5 n/a n/a 70 2285
2009 1421 244 56 564 2 n/a n/a 81 2368
2010 1458 231 47 588 1 n/a n/a 86 2411
2011 1392 228 56 679 7 1 76 0 2439
2012 1406 230 68 661 2 2 70 0 2439
2013 1411 230 71 676 5 1 67 0 2461
2014 1454 232 92 692 10 1 65 0 2546
2015 1510 237 79 680 8 0 65 0 2579
2016 1498 244 77 692 11 0 71 0 2593
2017 1491 250 72 673 9 0 71 0 2566
2018 1425 275 74 670 9 1 67 0 2521
2019 1345 284 68 657 6 1 68 0 2429
2020 1283 327 63 671 8 1 63 0 2416

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Plainfield South High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 1765 118.0 15.0 0
2003 1765 118.0 15.0 0
2004 2529 149.1 17.0 0
2005 2805 169.5 16.5 0
2006 2325 152.1 15.3 0
2007 2281 139.0 16.4 0
2008 2285 120.0 19.0 0
2009 2368 145.1 16.3 0
2010 2411 139.5 17.2 0
2011 2439 131.9 18.4 24.3
2012 2439 131.7 18.5 23.9
2013 2461 189.6 12.9 22.8
2014 2546 128.5 19.8 24.9
2015 2579 131.0 19.6 29.9
2016 2593 132.0 19.6 25.5
2017 2566 138.0 18.5 28.1
2018 2521 138.8 18.1 27.6
2019 2429 138.4 17.5 26.8
2020 2416 141.3 17.0 28.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Student/Teacher Ratio Plainfield South High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 1765 118.0 15.0 0
2003 1765 118.0 15.0 0
2004 2529 149.1 17.0 0
2005 2805 169.5 16.5 0
2006 2325 152.1 15.3 0
2007 2281 139.0 16.4 0
2008 2285 120.0 19.0 0
2009 2368 145.1 16.3 0
2010 2411 139.5 17.2 0
2011 2439 131.9 18.4 24.3
2012 2439 131.7 18.5 23.9
2013 2461 189.6 12.9 22.8
2014 2546 128.5 19.8 24.9
2015 2579 131.0 19.6 29.9
2016 2593 132.0 19.6 25.5
2017 2566 138.0 18.5 28.1
2018 2521 138.8 18.1 27.6
2019 2429 138.4 17.5 26.8
2020 2416 141.3 17.0 28.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

Plainfield South High School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMeningococcal
201599.8%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.5%99.8%
201699.6%99.6%99.6%99.6%99.6%99.2%24.4%
201799.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.3%99.4%24.1%
201899.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.3%99.4%25.4%
201999.3%99.2%99.2%99.2%99.3%99.2%99.3%48.2%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Plainfield South High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $234 (2.4%) $9,571 (97.6%) $9,805
2020 $346 (3.4%) $9,818 (96.6%) $10,164

Data source: Illinois Department of Education




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