Sterling High School

Sterling High School serves 1,031 students in grades 9 - 12.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is equal to the IL average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 37% 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 74% graduation rate is lower than the IL state average of 88%.

School Overview

The student population of 1031 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 57 teachers has declined by 10% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,031 students
Sterling High School Total Students (1987-2014)
Gender % Sterling High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 57 teachers
Sterling High School Total Teachers (1987-2014)
Students by Grade Sterling High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.52 is more than the state average of 0.31. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (IL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1 18:1
Sterling High School Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2014)
Hispanic
30%
25%
Sterling High School Black Students (1988-2014)
Black
3%
17%
Sterling High School Black Students (1988-2014)
White
63%
50%
Sterling High School White Students (1988-2014)
Two or more races
4%
3%
Sterling High School Two Or More Races Students (2011-2014)
All Ethnic Groups Sterling High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
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.
0.52 0.31
Sterling High School Diversity Score (1988-2014)
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.
45%
47%
Sterling High School Eligible for Free Lunch (2002-2014)
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.
2%
3%
Sterling High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2002-2014)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 3,442 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 74% has decreased from 96% over five years.
The district revenue/student of $9,297 is less than the state average of $11,118. The district revenue/student has grown by 15% over four years.
The district spending/student of $10,023 is less than the state average of $11,218. The district spending/student has grown by 28% over four years.
School District Name Sterling Cusd 5 School District
Number of Schools
Managed
6
3
Number of Students Managed 3,442 938
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Students Managed (1988-2014)
Graduation Rate 74% 88%
Sterling Cusd 5 School District Graduation Rate (1994-2010)
District Total Revenue $34 MM $11 MM
Sterling Cusd 5 School District District Total Revenue (1990-2010)
District Spending $36 MM $11 MM
Sterling Cusd 5 School District District Spending (1990-2010)
District Revenue / Student $9,297 $11,118
Sterling Cusd 5 School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2010)
District Spending / Student $10,023 $11,218
Sterling Cusd 5 School District District Spending / Student (1990-2010)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (latest year available) NCES, IL Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools:

The nearest high school is Regional Safe School Program (1.1 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 Grades Students
  • SterlingChalland Middle School
    0.2 miles | Grades: 6-8 | 745 students1700 6th Ave
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)626-3300
    0.26-8745
  • SterlingJefferson Elementary School
    0.3 miles | Grades: PK-2 | 410 students806 East Le Fevre Rd
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)625-6402
    0.3PK-2410
  • Sterling Lincoln Elementary School
    0.8 miles | Grades: 3-5 | 338 students1501 East 6th St
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)625-1449
    0.83-5338
  • SterlingWashington Elementary School
    0.8 miles | Grades: 3-5 | 371 students815 West Le Fevre Rd
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)625-2372
    0.83-5371
  • SterlingFranklin Elementary School
    0.9 miles | Grades: PK-2 | 430 students1510 East 25th St
    SterlingIL 61081
    (815)625-5755
    0.9PK-2430

School Reviews

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, 12/05/10

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