Prairie Ridge High School

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Prairie Ridge High School
6000 Dvorak Drive

Illinois 60012

Coordinates42°16′13″N 88°18′51″W / 42.27022°N 88.31411°W / 42.27022; -88.31411Coordinates: 42°16′13″N 88°18′51″W / 42.27022°N 88.31411°W / 42.27022; -88.31411
TypePublic High School
OversightCommunity High School District 155
DeanAmy Langelund & Connie Kendall[2]
PrincipalDr. Steven Koch[1][2]
Enrollment1,411 (2017–2018)[1]
Color(s)     Silver

Prairie Ridge High School is the newest of the four high schools in Community High School District 155 in Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States. The other three high school in the area include Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, and Cary-Grove. Prairie Ridge High school opened in 1997 to address the overpopulation of the three area high schools.

In addition to Crystal Lake's areas with the 60012 zip code, Prairie Ridge also accepts students from the Northern and Eastern areas of Crystal Lake with the 60014 zipcode, along with Prairie Grove, Oakwood Hills, Burtons Bridge, Ridgefield, and small portions of McHenry, Cary, and Bull Valley.[3] Prior to opening its doors, the first graduating class of students was allowed to vote on the name, colors, and song for the new High School. The District approved the name, and Prairie Ridge was born. As of the 2017–2018 school year, Prairie Ridge is the smallest high school in District 155.[1]


The four year of graduation rate of Prairie Ridge for the 2017-18 school year was 93%, which is below the district average of 95% and above the state average of 86%.[4] For this graduating class, 88% of 362 students continued their education into either a community college or a 4-year university, and the most popular choices are McHenry County College (97), Iowa State University (12), Illinois State University (10), University of Iowa (10), and University of Illinois (9).[4]

Prairie Ridge offers over 200 courses including Advanced Placement (AP), Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and Dual Credit.[4] It offers PLTW courses in Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Engineering Design and Development.[5] It also offers AP courses in English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Studio Art Drawing/2D/3D, Art History, Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Music Theory, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics C, Environmental Science, U.S. History, European History, U.S. Government and Politics, Psychology, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Human Geography, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, and Spanish Literature and Culture.[5] In addition to these AP classes, Prairie Ridge offers 6 Dual Credit courses (Autos II, Computer Business Applications, Culinary Arts II Commercial, Marketing, Music Appreciation, and Spanish IV) in conjunction with McHenry County College and 1 Dual Credit course (Calculus III) in conjunction with the University of Illinois.[4]

In the 2017-18 school year, Prairie Ridge students took 823 AP exams, and 647 of them resulted in college credit (needing a score of 3 or better) for a pass rate of 78.6%.[4] For the same year, Prairie Ridge's SAT averages were 542.8 for the English Language Arts section and 560.6 for the Mathematics section, both of which are above the district average and state average.[4] This also indicates a 54% proficiency rate in the English Language Arts section and a 58% rate of proficiency in Mathematics.[6]


Prairie Ridge competes in the Fox Valley Conference, which is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).[1] Both boys and girls swimming co-ops with Cary-Grove, CL Central, and CL South.

The baseball team won the 2007-08 IHSA State Championship.[1] The Football team has 3 Class 6A state titles. One in 2011 with a 13–1 record. Back to Back state champs in 2016 and 2017 with a win streak of 28 games.[1][7] The Boys' Soccer Team won the 1999–2000 IHSA State Championship.[1] The Boys' Wrestling Team has had two state champions, David Vinton in 2009–2010,[8] and Travis Piotrowski in 2015–2016.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Prairie Ridge High School About". Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. ^ a b "Prairie Ridge High School Administration". Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  3. ^ "Map of Crystal Lake" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "School Information". Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  5. ^ a b "District 155 Curriculum Guide 2019-2020". Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  6. ^ "Illinois Report Card". Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  7. ^ Stevenson, Joe (November 26, 2016). "High School Football: Prairie Ridge Wins 6A State Championship". Northwest Herald. Retrieved November 28, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
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  10. ^ Zaleon, Avi (June 23, 2018). "Kaczmarski goes from Prairie Ridge to Majors". Northwest Herald. Retrieved June 24, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ Gowins, Hilary. "On the Record With...Kristine Leahy," Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL), Friday, September 9, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2018
  12. ^ Musick, Tom (February 7, 2014). "Musick: New season, new swing for Prairie Ridge grad Martini | Northwest Herald". Retrieved June 6, 2018.
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