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About Our School

By the time students reach high school in the Ball-Chatham School 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 CEO, 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: 23 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.


The 2019-20 Glenwood Athletic Department consisted of 53 paid and 29 volunteer coaches at the high school 


During the 2019-20 school year, our high school programs competed in approximately 653 contests. Of these contests, roughly 241 were home contests. That year we hosted 11 post-season contests -  four IHSA regionals/sectionals/playoffs.


Highlights and specifics for Glenwood High School include:

  • 23 varsity sports offered; 43 separate levels

  • 34 boys (45%) and 225 girls (32%) participated in athletics

  • Five varsity sports won CS8 championships

  • 1st place in the CS8 All-Activity Award competition

  • Four regional championships

  • One playoff semifinal appearance

  • One sectional championship

  • Multiple team & individual State qualifiers

  • GHS gate receipts for 2019-20 were $8,559


Glenwood High School’s music programs have long been a source of pride for our school and community as well. In 2019-20, several 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 2019-20, Glenwood High School boasted 44 National Honor Society members; 31 Glenwood Scholars; 47 Illinois State Scholars; and five National Merit Commended Students.

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.