Sterling High School

Tel: (815)625-6800
Grades: 9-12

1,018 students

Sterling High School serves 1,018 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the IL average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 50%.
Sterling High School operates within the Sterling Cusd 5 School District.
The school district's 77% graduation rate is lower than the IL state average of 88%.

Overview

The student population of 1018 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 58 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,018 students
Gender % 47% Male / 53%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 58 teachers
Sterling High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2013)
Students by Grade Sterling High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.51 is more than the state average of 0.30. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (IL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1 15:1
Hispanic
29%
23%
Black
3%
19%
White
64%
50%
All Ethnic Groups Sterling High School Sch Ethnicity Sterling High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.51 0.30
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
13%
23%
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
29%
26%

District Comparison

The district's student population of 3,341 students has decreased by 5% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 77% has decreased from 96% over five years.
School District Name Sterling Cusd 5 School District
Number of Schools
Managed
7
3
Number of Students Managed 3,341 949
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Number of Students Managed (1988-2013)
Graduation Rate 77% 88%
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Graduation Rate (1994-2009)
District Total Revenue $36 MM $10 MM
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $34 MM $10 MM
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $10,036 $10,546
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $9,569 $10,416
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2013 (latest year available) NCES, IL Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Whiteside Area Career Center (0.1 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Challand Middle School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Jefferson Elementary School (0.3 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • SterlingWhiteside Area Career Center
    Vocational School
    1608 5th Ave
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)626-5810
    Vocational School

    0.1 mi | n/a students | Gr. 11-12                      
  • SterlingChalland Middle School
    1700 6th Ave
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)626-3300
    0.2 mi | 766 students | Gr. 6-8                      
  • SterlingJefferson Elementary School
    806 East Le Fevre Rd
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)625-6402
    0.3 mi | 449 students | Gr. PK-2                      
  • SterlingHonored for National Blue Ribbon Award Lincoln Elementary School
    1501 East 6th St
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)625-1449
    0.8 mi | 375 students | Gr. 3-5                      
  • SterlingWashington Elementary School
    815 West Le Fevre Rd
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)625-2372
    0.8 mi | 373 students | Gr. 3-5                      

School Reviews

  • Recommended December 05, 2010 - If you are looking at this school to bring your child to, here's some helpful advice: don't. This school is mostly run on an athletic mentality. The administration respects the student more and let them get away with more than what they should because they are in sports. The 'quality' of teachers is embarrassing; everyone of them that I've had complained about the pay and how they want to leave the school. There is hardly ANY parent involvement whatsoever. If you want parent involvement, go to Morrison. Whatever you do as the parent, don't bring your child to Sterling. Not even as a last resort. - Posted by Student/Alumni

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Did You Know?
Whiteside County, IL public schools have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.23, which is lower than the Illinois average of 0.3. The most diverse school district in Whiteside County is Guam District School District. Read more about public school diversity statistics in Illinois or national school diversity statistics.