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 consistently ranked among the best public high schools nationally and in the state of Illinois. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report named it among the nation's best high schools in 2021. Newsweek named Cary-Grove as a Top STEM High School, and Niche ranked District 155 as the best district in McHenry County.
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 2019, the production "All Shook Up" won Best Production in the state and Best Choreography. 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.
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