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Maine West Profile 2017-2018

Maine West Report Card (Digital)

Maine West Report Card (PDF)

The school and community

Maine Township High School West serves most of Des Plaines and a portion of Rosemont. Primarily residential, the attendance area also includes some light industry, office developments, and shopping areas. Neighborhoods range from low income to upper middle income and include a mix of apartments, townhomes, and condominiums as well as single family homes.

Low-income students constituted 39 percent of West’s enrollment in 2015-16. Maine West High School lies 40 minutes northwest of downtown Chicago. For the 2015-2016 school year, 50.8 percent of students come from homes in which a language other than English is spoken, and among those students, 50 different languages are spoken. In 2015-16, the student population was 47.1 percent white, 38.6 percent Hispanic, 9.6 percent Asian and 2.7 percent black. Enrollment for the 2015-16 school year was 2,054. Average class size was 21.

Maine West provides a comprehensive, innovative and rigorous public education program for its students. Curriculum offerings at Maine West are extensive, with over 200 courses offered in 11 departments, including the fine arts, foreign language and career technical education. As Google's first K-12 partner in using G Suite for Education and with all students and teachers having Chromebooks, there is a high level of access to technology to support and deepen authentic learning.

A rich curricula and outstanding programs provide students with multiple learning opportunities. Parental and community support further guarantee an outstanding secondary education, and the entire community benefits from West’s outstanding cultural and athletic events and from students’ active participation in community service. 

At a glance
Class of 2015
Class of 2016 

38% enrolled in a 4-year college

29% enrolled in a 2-year college

2 National Merit Finalists

3 National Merit Semifinalists

51 Illinois State Scholars


Class of 2016 ACT Information - Composite Scores

    Including "Extended Time" scores    Without "Extended Time" scores 
Maine West    20.5   20.8
Illinois   20.8   21.3
U.S.   20.8    

Graduation requirements
A minimum of 23.25 academic units of credit are required for graduation.

Course area   Credit


Social Sciences
Fine Arts, Career & Technical Education,
Foreign Language

Oral Communication
Consumer Education
Physical Education
Driver Education

Maine 207 Curriculum Guide
Note: Physical Education is required each semester except when enrolled in health class.

Exams are required on the Declaration of Independence, the Flag of the United States, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois.

Students graduating before 2008 were required to complete one less course in math, science, and social science, and one additional elective credit.

Advanced Placement Courses
American Government
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Comparative Government
Computer Science
Computer Science Principles
Environmental Science
European History
Language and Composition
Literature and Composition
Macro Economics
Micro Economics
Music Theory
Physics 1
Physics C
Studio Art - 2D Design
Studio Art - Drawing
U.S. History
World History

Grading system
District 207 reports a weighted and non-weighted grade point average on the transcript. GPA for all courses is calculated on a four-point scale. Accelerated and AP courses are given one additional bonus point. This is reflected in the weighted GPA. Driver Education does not count in the GPA. Physical Education counts in the non-weighted GPA. In a Pass/Fail course, a passing grade does not affect a student’s GPA. However, a failing grade will be figured into the student’s total GPA as a zero.

Subject and academic grade point averages are no longer used to determine a class rank for students. No information indicating a relative class rank using either the all-subject or academic grade point averages will be issued internally or externally to staff, students, parents, other academic institutions or agencies.

Transcript legend
Code    Description
ACC   Accelerated (Honors)
AP   Advanced Placement
CWT   Cooperative Work Training
ESL   English as a Second Language
IN   Incomplete - The grade must be earned during the first six weeks of the next quarter.
NG   Carries no credit and used under special circumstances such as an audit, which has been approved in advance.
PA   Passing grade in Pass/Fail course
RLTD   Classroom work for job training
SS   Summer School
T   Transferred Credit
TRNG   On-the-job training
RPTD   Repeated class

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