Plainfield High School

  • Plainfield High School serves 2,070 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 36% (which is higher than the Illinois state average of 32%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 35% (which is lower than the Illinois state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Illinois state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Illinois state average of 51%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • Plainfield High School's student population of 2,070 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 120 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,070 students
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Total Classroom Teachers120 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Plainfield High School's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Plainfield High School is 0.57, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.32. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (IL)
Overall School Rank#2227 out of 3,544 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
36%
32%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
38%
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Student : Teacher Ratio17:116:1
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Asian
4%
5%
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Hispanic
25%
26%
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Black
9%
17%
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White
60%
49%
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Two or more races
2%
3%
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Diversity Score0.570.32
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Graduation Rate
96%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
21%
46%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
8%
4%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NamePlainfield SD 202 School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, IL Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Plainfield Central High School, or PCHS, is a public four-year high school located in Plainfield, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is part of Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, which also includes Plainfield South High School, and Plainfield North High School.
  • History: The original building was completely destroyed by one of the worst tornadoes in Illinois history. The Plainfield Tornado struck the town on August 28, 1990, one day before classes were scheduled to begin. Three faculty and staff members lost their lives, but had school been in session, casualties would have been more significant as the tornado hit the school directly.
  • In the middle of the 1992-3 school year students moved into the new PHS building. At the time, it was one of the most technically advanced high schools in the state of Illinois, complete with its own observatory. In 1998, the school added a "freshman center" with its own gymnasium and cafeteria. The new freshman center has three floors and is connected to the main building by an enclosed catwalk. In 2005, the school constructed a new fan-friendly snack building, complete with restrooms, on the south end of the school's football/track stadium.
  • Athletics: Plainfield Central competes in the Southwest Prairie Conference and Illinois High School Association. Its mascot is the Wildcats.
  • School sports teams include boy's and girl's golf, boys' and girls' bowling, boy's hockey, boy's wrestling, boy's football, girl's and boy's basketball, girl's and boy's swimming, girl's badminton, girl's softball, girl's and boy's soccer, girl's and boy's tennis, track, cross-country, rugby, cheerleading, poms and baseball.
  • 2007 Sports Highlights: E.J. Luna, won 1st place overall for the Boys' JV Golf at the SPC Golf Tournament held in Morris, IL.
  • 2006 Sports Highlights: Girls bowling placed 3rd at the Illinois state tournament held in Rockford, IL.
  • Four state qualifiers for the wrestling state championship held at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL. They include Mike Smith (4th), Jeremy Ellingwood (2nd), Ryan Prater (2nd), Alex Macier (Qualifier).
  • 2005 Sports Highlights: Chris Unger, a bowler, placed 60th and the Illinois State Tournament held in St. Clair, IL.
  • 2004 Sports Highlights: The Boys' Bowling Team placed 8th at the Illinois State Tournament help in St. Clair, IL. The team consisted of Jason Kryst, Chris Unger, Patryk Bec, Charlie Kowalski, Nich Swan, and Dan Strubel. The coaching staff included Head Coach Sally Pagnusat, Assistant Coach David Barney and Volunteer Coach Mary Barney.
  • Nick Swan placed second overall.
  • Charlie Kowalski placed thirteenth overall.
  • 2002 Sports Highlights: The Boys' Football Team, coached by John Jackson, clenched the confrence championship, before losing in the play-offs due to the teacher strike.
  • Activities: The school holds a Marching Band during football season and a Concert and Symphonic Band out of season.
  • The Symphonic Band took first place out of 30 schools at the 2006 Midwest Music Festival held in Lemont, IL.
  • Selected art students took part in the Suburban Prairie Art Conference. Overall, the school came back with a 1st place title.
  • Sam T. Jensen currently is the coolest person in the school as of 2007.

Nearby Public Schools

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Plainfield Central Elementary School Magnet School
    Grades: K-5 | 753 students
    0.5 miles
    23723 Getson Dr
    Plainfield, IL 60544
    (815)436-9278
    0.5 K-5 753
  • Plainfield Plainfield Academy Magnet School
    Grades: 7-12 | 125 students
    0.5 miles
    23930 W Lockport St
    Plainfield, IL 60544
    (815)439-5521
    0.5 7-12 125
  • Plainfield Bonnie Mcbeth Learning Center Magnet School
    Grades: PK-K | 754 students
    0.8 miles
    15730 S Howard St
    Plainfield, IL 60544
    (815)439-4288
    0.8 PK-K 754
  • Plainfield Richard Ira Jones Middle School Magnet School
    Grades: 6-8 | 866 students
    0.8 miles
    15320 W Wallin Dr
    Plainfield, IL 60544
    (815)267-3600
    0.8 6-8 866
  • Plainfield Indian Trail Middle School Magnet School
    Grades: 6-8 | 743 students
    1.0 miles
    14723 S Eastern Ave
    Plainfield, IL 60544
    (815)436-6128
    1.0 6-8 743

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