About Us

  • Community: Larkin High School is one of five high schools in School District U-46, the second largest K-12 unit district in Illinois. 

    Mission and Vision: Larkin High School is working to create a community of active learners. We strive to develop involved citizens, critical thinkers, and effective communicators who are prepared for their future. We believe that all stakeholders are to be held accountable for their learning, and we at Larkin High School are committed to providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge. Our purpose is to create a community where everyone is safe, respected, and proud to be a Royal.  Our Motto is "Be Involved,  Be Engaged, and Be Prepared, but above all, Be Respectful and Safe because (y)our future depends on it."

    School:  Larkin High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school with a certified staff of approximately 150 administrators, teachers, and counselors that opened its doors in 1962. Enrollment in the 2017-18 school year is approximately 2100 students with an anticipated graduating class of 415 seniors. Larkin High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Illinois Department of Education. Larkin High School is the home of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy within School District U-46. This academy offers specialized training and curriculum to students in the areas of Dance, and Vocal and Instrumental music, including orchestra and band. We also offer drama and the visual arts of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Our demographic breakdown shows that our students are 67 percent Hispanic, 16 percent Caucasian, nine percent African American. Approximately 75 percent of our students receive free or reduced lunch.

    Curriculum:  More than 200 courses are offered so that students may challenge themselves to meet their potential as well as to explore areas of interest. Classes are fifty minutes in length, five days per week. Students receive one credit per semester for each course successfully completed except for some Advanced Placement classes and Academy classes which meet for 1.5 periods per day and receive 1.5 credits. 40 semester credits are required for the graduating class of 2017, including the following:

    8 credits in English                                                                                            1 credit in Health                               

    6 credits in Mathematics                                                                                    7 credits in Physical Education

    4 credits in Lab Sciences (including 2 credits in Biology)                                       1 credit in Economics

    2 credits in U. S. History                                                                                    1 credit in Civics

    The following Advanced Placement classes are available:

    Biology                                  English Language and Composition                      Macroeconomics                     Spanish Literature 

    Calculus AB                            English Literature and Composition                      Physics 1                               United States History

    Calculus BC                            European History                                               Psychology                             World History

    Environmental Science            Government and Politics                                     Spanish Language        

    There were 890 AP course enrollments. Of the students taking AP tests 138 of these students received a 3, 4, or 5. However, the number of minority students and 1st generation college students continues to increase. AVID is a major component of our academic program and this year has 464 students enrolled. All AVID students are required to participate in the Honors program as Sophomores and in the AP program as Juniors and Seniors. AVID students last year received over $1,500,000 in scholarship awards.

     

    Awards and Recognition:  Twenty-one students from the graduating class of 2017 were named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Larkin High School has a student that was selected to serve on the School District U-46 School Board to represent over 41,000 students. Our Varsity Basketball team and Soccer team both continue to have outstanding play in the Upstate 8 Conference with basketball advancing to the “Sweet 16”. Our current SAT Composite/Mean for the class of 2017 is a 908. Our school has been awarded Platinum status in PBIS for the Midwest Region for the third consecutive year; this is an award achieved by less than 10 percent of high schools nationwide, and we are the only high school in the state of Illinois to earn this level of distinction for three consecutive years.

    Grading System: Larkin High School uses a weighted grading system. This weighted system is also used to calculate the rank of students.                

    Regular Grade

    Honors Grades

    A = 4 points

    A = 5 points

    B = 3 points

    B = 4 points

    C = 2 points

    C = 2 points

    D = 1 point

    D = 1 point

    E = 0 points

    E = 0 points

     

    Honors courses are identified on the transcript with “Honors” or “Hon”, or an HN or AP can be found in the course number indicating an Honors or AP class designation. Class rank is computed at the end of each semester, with the exception of 9th graders, as well as after summer school. This rank excludes Driver’s Education, any courses taken Pass/Fail, or any courses audited.

    Grade Point Indicator (GPI) is calculated according to the following:

    Semester 6 – highest 34 classes are included   Semester 7 – highest 40 classes are included Semester 8 – highest 45 classes are included.

    Note: Students who begin ninth grade in Geometry 1-2 are recognized as having completed Algebra 1-2 in eighth grade. No credit or grade is recorded for Algebra 1-2.

     

     

    Guidance Office Staff:               Joan Riedel, Associate Principal/Divisional, ext. 5206                                              

                                                  Adriana Espinoza, Counselor for students with last names of A-De, ext. 5226

                                                  Stefany Montgomery, Counselor for students with last names of Di-He, ext. 5217

                                                  Scott Venters, Counselor for students with last names of Hi-M, ext. 5215

                                                  Jill Hunt, Counselor for students with last names of N-R, ext. 5218

                                                  Mersiha Abdic, Counselor for students with last names of S-Z, ext. 5234

                                                  Liz Verges, Counselor for all ELL students, ext. 5220

                                                  Lupe Gavina, Registrar, ext. 5216

  • Honors courses are identified on the transcript with “Honors” or “Hon”, or an HN or AP can be found in the course number indicating an Honors or AP class designation. Class rank is computed at the end of each semester, with the exception of 9th graders, as well as after summer school. This rank excludes Driver’s Education, any courses taken Pass/Fail, or any courses audited.

    Grade Point Indicator (GPI) is calculated according to the following:
    Semester 6 – the highest 34 classes are included
    Semester 7 – the highest 40 classes are included
    Semester 8 – the highest 45 classes are included

    Note: Students who begin ninth grade in Geometry 1-2 are recognized as having completed Algebra 1-2 in eighth grade. No credit or grade is recorded for Algebra
    1-2.

    Post-Secondary Plans: The class of 2014 had approximately 82% of the students planning to enter college in the fall. 32% plan to attend a four year college directly out of high school, and 50% plan to attend a 2 year college. Approximately 5% of the class will attend technical schools or enter the military. These statistics are based on submitted requests for final transcripts.