Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Jerry Cook
Welcome to the website for Wheeling High School. Please take the time to explore the information contained in this site. We hope that you will visit it often for up-to-date information about our school, its programs and events, student recognitions and achievements, staff information and their educational contributions to students’ successes, as well as parent and community support and involvement.
Wheeling High School opened in 1964 and serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Prospect Heights and Wheeling. This high school boasts a culturally diverse student body, and draws its strength from embracing the rich multicultural community of students and staff. Wheeling High School is one of six high schools in Township High School District 214.
Wheeling High School is a four-year, comprehensive, public high school that offers all students a 21st century focus in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). US News and World Report recently recognized Wheeling as one of the best high schools in the state of Illinois. Upon graduation, nearly 90% of its students pursue post-secondary opportunities.
Wheeling High School offers a strong academic program, including 24 advanced placement courses, dual credit offerings in business, engineering, architecture and nanotechnology, as well as multiple certifications in automotive technology, computer technology, health careers, and manufacturing. Because Wheeling is a comprehensive high school with a STEM focus, you will find that technology is embedded throughout the different curricula in the school, including arts, English, and humanities classes. There are 15 computer labs and a laptop loaner program, smart boards in classrooms and a 21st century Media/Library. In line with D214’s technology plan, Wheeling High School is a 1:1 school where every student is given an Apple IPad Air for their use throughout high school and gets to keep it upon graduation. Our 1:1 initiative allows our students access to unlimited possibilities in creativity and learning.
Wheeling High School, in conjunction with D214, is "redefining ready" for its study body and creating pathways of success for career and college readiness. We are very proud of our partnerships with local colleges and universities; including, Harper Community College, National Luis University, Northeastern University, and Eastern Illinois University. Through these partnerships, we can offer Dual Credit opportunities to our students, allowing our seniors to earn up to 12 hours of college credit before they even graduate. Through the Harper Promise program, students at Wheeling High School who meet certain requirements can receive two years of college education at Harper for free. Please click here for more information on this unique opportunity. In addition to the opportunity to earn college credits, many of our students also have the chance to earn certification in a variety of career fields like nursing, computer programming, and manufacturing. Wheeling High School is transforming what public education looks like; providing a relevant curriculum that prepares all of our students for career and college success.
At Wheeling, we believe that all students can be successful with the right amount of support. Wheeling High School is an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school (www.avid.org) and has recently received the designation as a Distinguished Site. Students enrolled in our AVID program receive explicit instruction in organizational skills, study skills, and college preparation. All of our AVID students eventually take an Advanced Placement course by their senior year, and 100% of our students attend college after high school with many attending regional four-year universities including Northwestern and the University of Illinois. Also, a significant amount of resources are spent to provide all students support through our Literacy Lab and the use of Resource Assistants. These initiatives allow us to provide a robust continuum of academic support for not only our students who need remediation but also for those seeking acceleration.
Lastly, Wheeling High School believes in extending access to a rigorous curriculum for all students. Research shows that even just taking one Advanced Placement course in high school increases the success rate of students in college. Also, for those students who earn a passing score of 3, 4 or 5 on an AP Exam automatically earn college credit which must be accepted by any public university in Illinois. Students who successfully pass multiple AP Exams can enter college as a sophomore and thus save tens of thousands of dollars. In the last several years we have been increasing our AP participation through a student identification process and support system that ensures that all students have access to a rigorous curriculum and opportunity to earn college credit. Since 2011 we have increased the total participation of our students in AP by 24% and the number of students earning a 3 or better has increased by 16% during that same period. We are very excited about our work around access here at Wheeling High School.