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Most Crystal Lake-based School District 155 grads continue education, survey shows

Members of the Prairie Ridge High School Class of 2018 throw their caps into the air May 19 after the commencement ceremony in Crystal Lake.
Members of the Prairie Ridge High School Class of 2018 throw their caps into the air May 19 after the commencement ceremony in Crystal Lake.

Ninety percent of graduates in Community High School District 155’s Class of 2018 are continuing their studies at four-year universities, two-year community colleges and vocational and technical schools.

More than 60 percent of the students are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities. The Class of 2018 will continue its studies at post-secondary institutions in 42 of the 50 states. Two students plan to continue their education internationally in Scotland and Germany.

McHenry County College, Illinois State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are the top three schools the Class of 2018 are attending this fall. Students are most interested in studying health/nonmedical sciences, business and engineering. Forty-one students plan to serve in the armed forces.

Ninety percent of students said their experiences in high school allowed them to learn more about themselves and their personal aspirations.

“We are focused on the student experience, and by offering our students a chance to explore a variety of classes and extracurriculars, our students are finding their passions,” District 155 Superintendent Steve Olson said. “They are prepared to succeed beyond high school, and we are so proud of them.”

There were 1,529 graduates in the Class of 2018.

District 155 has conducted a uniform, districtwide senior survey for the past 11 years.

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