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In 2017 and again in 2019, Oak Lawn Community High School was named an Apple Distinguished School.  Apple defines a distinguished school as one who's leaders, faculty, and the extended community have a clear vision for how their technology-rich environments support learning goals. School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation that include culture, team, capacity, community, finance, and measurement. Supporting their school’s vision is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice, and improvement along the way. They use iPad and Mac products to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. And they cultivate environments in which students are excited and curious about learning.

In 2019, Apple recognized two Oak Lawn Community High School staff members as Apple Distinguished Educators.  In 1994, Apple created the Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) program to recognize K–12 and higher-education pioneers who are using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning. These are the educators who are looking to change the world. They are active leaders from around the world helping other educators rethink what’s possible with iPad and Mac to make learning deeply personal for every student.

OLCHS offers a unique credit-bearing internship program that puts students to work in customer service while offering the latest training in iPad technology. The team offers a wide-range of services for students and staff from assisting with battery issues to exploring new apps to cracked screens. Students study various customer service models to develop their own customer service model, becoming the iTeam. iTeam members also set-up the iPad for each new student and demonstrate how to use the important apps, providing new students with a friendly face that helps them start their new school experience on a positive note. iTeam students speak Arabic, Spanish, and Polish and regularly assist our students who are English language learners. This program provides iTeam members with both technology application and customer service experience while at the same time providing a valuable service to new students.

 

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In 2019 seventeen members of the Class of 2019 earned a Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish, Arabic, or Polish.  One additional student earned the Seal of Biliteracy in both Spanish and Polish!

 

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Oak Lawn Community High School offers 15 different AP level courses.   Between 2017 and 2019 the number of students taking AP tests more than doubled and the total number of exams administered grew by over 60%.  In 2019, 29 Oak Lawn Community High School students scored 33 perfect scores on AP tests.

AP Language & Composition AP Literature & Composition AP Spanish Language
AP Computer Science AP Calculus AP Biology
AP Physics Chem/Mech AP Chemistry AP World History
AP United States History AP Government and Politics AP Psychology
AP Micro Economics AP Macro Economics AP Computer Science Principles

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In 2019 Oak Lawn Community High School boasts 32 AP Scholarswhich is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams; 10 AP Scholars with Honor, which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams; and 5 AP Scholars with Distinction, which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

 

Oak Lawn Community High School offers 21 honors courses in addition to the AP course selections.  

Accounting 1 Music & Composition French III
English I Applied Music Theory

French IV

English II Ancora Honors Heritage Spanish I
English III Biology Spanish II
Algebra I Chemistry Heritage Spanish II
Geometry Physics Spanish III
Algebra II Pre-Calculus Spanish IV

 

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Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is nationally-recognized program that offers students the opportunity to engage in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. OLCHS offers a four-course sequence in the PLTW Engineering sequence, offering students multiple opportunities to develop solutions to real-world problems.  Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a course for all who are interested in engineering and 3D modeling. Principles of Engineering (POE) is the introduction to multiple different areas of engineering, including coding and robotics. In Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), students learn the important aspects of building and site design development and students work through hands-on site planning activities as well as in teams to complete 3D Architectural Designs. As the culminating experience in our PLTW Engineering program, students in the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course worked in small groups to research and choose a problem in society that needs to be solved. They spent the entire year creating and engineering a solutionto that problem. Groups are independent learners, and present their solutions (with prototypes) at a year-end event in front of judges and an audience.

 

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IHSA_Logo_Green_State STATE CHAMPIONS

1994

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

2010

SPEECH

2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

DRAMA

2004, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2019

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