District 230 high schools ranked among the top 640 in the country and the top 40 in Illinois.
The publication used U.S. Department of Education data to develop an initial list of schools with graduation rates of at least 85 percent. Those schools were sent a survey to complete. About 1,200 schools took part.
According to the publication, it considered “six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included: college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores - another mark of how well a school prepares students for college.”
“The top indicator of success for District 230 is having our graduates prepared for whatever path they choose upon graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay. “External recognition of our schools’ success brings us great pride. It reinforces the commitment our students, parents, staff and community have to providing a high quality education for each of our students.”
This recognition was previously announced by Newsweek magazine who has since purchased The Daily Beast and moved the recognition to that publication.