School Information

Cary-Grove High School ranks among the top 10 percent of high schools in the state and offers students a comprehensive 9-12 grade education. Students have more than 200 courses to choose from including specialized Advanced Placement®, dual credit, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) course offerings.

Cary-Grove is recognized nationally and appeared on the 2017 Washington Post list of the country's most challenging schools. Along with the other District 155 schools, Cary-Grove earned a spot on the College Board's 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year. The honor roll recognizes districts that increased AP participation while maintaining student success rates on the exams. District 155 is one of 23 school districts in the state that received this recognition.

In athletics, the Cary-Grove Trojans compete in the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference. The school has captured recent state titles in football (2018 and 2009) and girls' volleyball (2009). The girls' volleyball team capped off the 2010 and 2011 seasons with second place finishes while the baseball team finished fourth in the IHSA during the 2009 season. The Trojans' football team was runner-up in the state in both 2004 and 2012.

The school offers students several opportunities in performing and fine arts. The school's musicals and Fall Follies sell out annually and are received warmly by the community. In 2017, the EVITA production won Best Scenic Design from the Illinois High School Music Theater Awards, and “Cinderella” was named Best Production in 2016.

Cary-Grove High School opened in 1961, and serves students from Cary, Fox River Grove, Oakwood Hills, and Barrington and is located approximately 45 miles northwest of Chicago. The school counts seven-time Grammy-winning drummer Paul Wertico, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sam Dillon, and Jimmy John's founder Jimmy Liautaud among its alumni and former students.


2017 Washington Post - Most Challenging High School
8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

Cary-Grove: 1,702
District 155: 6,113

CG Average Class Size: 21
D155 Average Class Size: 18

Teachers with a 
Master's Degree or Higher
: 86%

Graduation Rate
District 155: 95%
State: 85%

Scholarships earned in 2017-2018: $3,000,000

Students continuing their education: 88% 

2017-2018 SAT Average
Cary-Grove ELA: 539.2
Cary-Grove Math: 545.3

District 155 ELA: 540.1
District 155 Math: 549.9

State ELA: 505.7
State Math: 504.1

2017-18 Advanced Placement® & Dual Credit

AP®Exams Taken
District 155: 3,130

Number AP® Exams Resulting in College Credit 
District 155: 2,499

Dual Credit Courses & Enrollment

Autos II                                      22
     -McHenry County College
Calculus                                     26
     - University of Illinois
Computer Business App.       282
      -McHenry County College
Culinary Arts II Commercial    32
      -McHenry County College
Marketing                                   81
      -McHenry County College
Music Appreciation                   33
      -McHenry County College
Spanish IV                                  289
      -McHenry County College