U-46 strives to promote academic success for all of our more than 12,000 high school students at our five comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. U-46 recognizes that high school students face a number of challenges including busy social lives, learning to drive and follow the rules of the road, graduation goals, and making college and career choices.
We believe that parent engagement at every grade level is critical to student’s academic success. Here are some helpful tips to help your middle school student excel in school.
- Create a welcoming learning environment in the home for your child to do homework.
- Visit your child's school, meet your child’s teachers and principal and attend Parent Teacher Conferences.
- Familiarize yourself with what your student is learning, graduation requirements, high school course options, Advanced Placement options, and High School Academies and Career & Technical Education programs so that you can help prepare your students for a bright future after U-46.
- Visit the U-46 Curriculum & Instruction webpage to understand the curriculum and learning standards implemented in U-46 classrooms.
- Visit the U-46 Assessment & Accountability webpage to learn what tests your students are taking and an explanation of assessment used in U-46.
- Teach your children about appropriate social behavior at school. U-46 uses PBIS to promote positive behavior and an effective learning environment.
- U-46 places school safety among its highest priorities. Learn about our safe school practices.
Resources for Parents of High School Students
Our High Schools
Visit the website of your student's high school.
Parent Grading Guide - English
This Grading Guide explains the fair and equitable grading practices and details about the 0-4 scale used at U-46 middle and high schools.
High School Curriculum Guide
Read the high school course guide to determine the best course selection for your student to achieve their college and career goals.
High School Graduation Requirements
Help your high school student ensure that they meet all requirements for graduation.
Advanced Placement Classes
U-46 high schools offer up to 25 AP courses.
U-46 has agreements with College of DuPage, Elgin Community College, Harper College, The Illinois Institute of Art, Judson College, Lincoln Technical Institute, Triton College and Universal Technical Institute. Students meeting requirements are able to take courses and receive college credit at these schools.
Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education provides relevant learning opportunities that prepare
all students for post-secondary education and future careers. Programs of Study include opportunities to earn articulated college credit in high school, and industry-recognized credentials or certificates at secondary/post secondary level, and an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Career Cruising is an online tool used to help students determine higher education and career interests.
High School Academies
For parents of students who have not yet entered high school, learn about our five high school academies that help students get a head start on their college and career goals.