About Our School

By the time students reach high school in the Ball-Chatham district, their experiences and accumulated knowledge enable them to confidently make choices about their subject discipline and, ultimately, choices about their futures.


Many students at Glenwood High School enjoy flexible and broad-based college preparatory classes, as well as general education classes. Many others benefit from the school’s affiliation with the Capital Area Career Center and thus choose from a wide variety of vocational education classes. Glenwood High School also has in place an independent study program in which students, with the appropriate approvals, may explore curricula not included in the regular offerings.


A sampling of Glenwood’s interesting and innovative course offerings includes: Project Lead the Way; LLCC's First Semester program, Sangamon CES, theatre arts, sculpture, studio art, economics, environmental biochemistry, astronomy, human anatomy and physiology, personal finance and investments, business law, internet/web page design, desktop publishing, broadcasting, photography, show choir, A+ Computer Tech, world and British literature, peer helpers and facilitators, and strength and conditioning (physical education). Advanced Placement (AP) classes offered are: Music Theory, United States History, European History, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Micro and Macro Economics, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, Studio Art 2D Design, Spanish, and German.


In addition to the college preparatory and general education classes, students have an array of extra-curricular activities in which to participate: 19 varsity sports, along with cheerleading, and dance; Key Club; Science Club; publications; Cross Cultures Club; Scholastic Bowl; Technology Student Association; speech; jazz band; color guard, Art Club; FCA; Good Times Unlimited; Student Council; Yearbook; National Honor Society; and musical/theatrical performances.


Glenwood High School offers 21 varsity sports. Forty-three separate levels ranging from freshmen to varsity comprise the high school athletic program. These figures include Cheerleading and Dance one time even though both have fall and winter seasons. Cheer, Dance, and Bass Fishing are considered Activities by the IHSA. In addition, GHS offers eSports - eSports is currently an emerging activity within the IHSA. 

  • 492 athletes participated in at least one sport. This count includes the 17 students whose only participation was eSports.

  • 286 boys (40%) participated in athletics

  • 225 girls (30%) participated in athletics

The 2018-19 was a successful year for Glenwood Athletics in the CS8 conference. Glenwood High School finished second in the CS8 all-activity point totals for the 2018-19 school year. We crowned three CS8 champions, football, boys swimming and diving, & girls soccer.


Glenwood High School’s music programs have long been a source of pride for our school and community as well. In 2018-19, 15 GHS students were selected by strenuous audition for the Illinois All-State Music Festival in Peoria, earning positions in the Honors Jazz Combo, Honors Jazz Choir, All-State Band, Honors Chorus, All-State Orchestra, All-State Chorus, All-State Show Choir, and All-State Jazz Band.


In 2018-19, Glenwood High School boasted 45 National Honor Society members; 35 Glenwood Scholars; 59 Illinois State Scholars; and two National Merit finalists.

Glenwood graduates have a tradition of entering many fine colleges and universities including the following:  Augustana, Beloit, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Duke, Eastern Illinois University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gustavus Adolphus, Harvard University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Lincoln Land Community College, MIT, Michigan Tech, North Central, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Springfield, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Valparaiso, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis, Western Illinois University, Wheaton College, and Yale.