Collinsville High School is building on positive momentum experienced in recent years. CHS 2017 graduates set another school record for scholarship awards — $4.6 million earned in academic scholarships. We continuously seek to improve CHS and enhance opportunities for all students. In the last two years, we successfully implemented the 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all students, established the thriving CHS Writing Center and earned a prestigious Illinois Democracy School designation.
CHS is the birthplace of KAHOKstrong — the homegrown organization where students, staff and the community join together for the sole purpose of helping others in our district in their times of need. Clubs — such as Key Club and Student Council — focus on volunteerism and community service, but most other school groups and athletic teams give back to our community, too. We participate in the Mannie Jackson Foundation’s Conversation for a Brighter Future and #startswithus programs to help prevent bullying and build bridges among our diverse students and staff. We empower our students to actively participate in problem solving in our school, our community and our world.
Our student athletes have a winning tradition. In 2017, the Lady Kahoks Girl’s Soccer team advanced once again to the state finals after achieving consecutive titles at regional and sectional levels. We have clubs competing in sports such as swimming and hockey. Kahok fans fill our fields, stadium and Vergil Fletcher Gymnasium with a sea of purple pride.
Our exemplary bands are known for their exceptional performances. Their reputation expands beyond Collinsville and the state of Illinois. Marching Kahoks participated in the 2016 Outback Bowl parade and halftime show, and the concert band is currently preparing to perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In addition to band concerts, our Performing Arts Center hosts plays, choral performances and the annual Write-on Fest featuring professional authors and poets — as well as our own students’ poetry and essays. Our visual arts program includes projects to bolster both traditional and computer-assisted creative skills.
Our faculty provides students with challenging academic opportunities based on students’ needs, as well as a standards-based curriculum. Our comprehensive curriculum includes college preparatory classes, vocational offerings and elective courses. We encourage students to challenge themselves with a rigorous schedule as they prepare for their future after Collinsville High School. CHS also believes students should grow socially. We strongly encourage students to get involved in clubs and activities at CHS. Life-long learning experiences can occur in and outside the classroom.
We help each individual student take ownership of his or her future. We offer and embrace opportunities for everyone to reach his or her fullest potential. Go Kahoks!