STUDY: LTHS Students More Stressed Than At Other Schools

LTHS students site homework load as the leading cause of academic stress, according to the Chicago Tribune survey.

According to a recent study, students at Lyons Township High School report a higher degree of stress than students at other suburban high schools, which has district officials thinking about ways to reduce stress at the competitive high school.

he district used an outside company, School Perceptions, to conduct the survey.

In response to a survey distributed to high schools around the region, 79-percent of LTHS students reported that academic stress is a problem. Seventy-five percent of the school’s teachers and 53-percent of parents reported experiencing similar levels of stress.

What are LTHS students stressing about?

Students report homework loads of four to six hours an evening as the primary cause of their stress, especially for those taking advanced level courses.

Teachers say family problems and competitive college requirements are causes of student stress, followed by homework, according to the Tribune.

Despite feeling stressed about homework, most students and their parents agree that LTHS schools prepare them well for college.

"When they're juniors and seniors in high school, they're experiencing what their parents did in college," Kate Brogan told the Tribune, whose two daughters recently graduated Lyons Township High School and whose son is a senior there.

Dist. 204 officials are also considering steps to removing some of the academic pressure from students at the competitive high school where the average GPA is 3.27.

For example, the district is thinking about eliminating class rankings, steps other high schools have taken; also, introducing a mandatory 25-minute study hall by 2015, Scott Eggerding, the school’s curriculum and instruction, said.

A student with a 4.0 GPA might rank 200th in her class. Eliminating class rankings might take some of the heat off students from taking AP classes, Eggerding told the Tribune.

Finally, the district wants to do a better job of educating freshmen and sophomore students about what classes to take, where there is a trend to take the most difficult classes.

About 800 of the schools 4,000 took the Chicago Tribune survey in fall 2013. Students answered questions about overall satisfaction with the school, fiscal management, bullying, communication and other details. LTHS nswers were compared to aggregated national responses.

Read more about the LTHS survey

This story has been updated with new information.
pigs3663 April 03, 2014 at 09:14 AM
"LTHS students site homework load. . . "? I think the verb you're looking for is "cite."
Sue Huml April 03, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Students SITE homework. I was 15 yrs old when I left school in the U.K. but I do know the difference between site ( as in a building site) sight ( as in seeing something) and when you cite something is to quote or mention as an example. Perhaps a better description would be to fault or blame or suggest. It disturbs me to see such a basic mistake in language from a writer of a published column.
Jo Ann McGarry April 04, 2014 at 10:02 AM
So the proposals to reduce stress are to eliminate class rank and add a 25 minute study hall to the day? How about reducing homework? And, if they can find 25 minutes for a study hall, why not shorten the school day by 25 minutes instead?
Joseph R. Martan April 14, 2014 at 04:29 PM
What is the problem Modern Education has with accomplishment and measuring it? A student who has consistently demonstrated academic achievement is entitled to the recognition of class rank. Is the administration prepared to subject athletics to the same treatment - i.e., to eliminate "pressure", anyone participating, regardless of lack of athletic ability, will get a medal or letter just for showing up? I doubt it...so why penalize the scholars? Take a few less AP courses, especially considering that so many are not academically competent to perform at that level by not even earning a "3" on the AP test (a fact established by the large number - at least 25% if not a third).


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