Award Year: 2022

Deerfield High School

1959 Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL, 60015-1840

(224) 632-3001

Mrs. Kathryn Anderson, Principal at time of Nomination

Township High School District 113

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Mission

Township High School District 113 aims to provide each student with the opportunities and support needed to reach their unique potential. While a robust curriculum and engaging instruction may be at the heart of student success, it is further enhanced by a focus on equity, student social and emotional well-being, and school culture and climate.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Application
Performing Arts students come together to welcome incoming freshmen.

Performing Arts students come together to welcome incoming freshmen.

Deerfield High School is honored annually for our students' academic growth and success. While a robust curriculum and engaging instruction may be at the heart of student success, it is further enhanced by our focus on equity, student social and emotional well-being, and school culture and climate. In response to the pandemic, Deerfield reinforced the social-emotional learning constructs that underlie our everyday work together. We established a robust Multi-tiered System of Supports program, emphasizing social-emotional teaching and learning. When the events of the July Fourth mass shooting in our sister community, Highland Park, occurred, we relied upon this established social-emotional learning foundation, and further strengthened, through additional trauma-informed practices and positions, this critical effort. And just as our staff has responded in remarkable ways, our students have also gone to extraordinary lengths to make a difference in their school and community. Whether raising funds for a worthy cause, serving as a leader in an extracurricular activity, or creating a welcoming environment for incoming students, our students have proved to be engaged, respectful, and compassionate individuals who will go on to make an incredible impact in the world. Today, more than ever, we consider ways we may continuously improve our collective school experience. We pride ourselves on the fact that we truly see and know our students. Before the pandemic and events of July Fourth, we were already a school with a rich history for excellence. Now, in response to the events we have experienced, we are an exceptional school.