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All Glenbard Schools Ranked Among Most Challenging in Illinois

Fewer than 10 percent of high schools nationally make the list.

Glenbard West has been named the eighth most challenging high school in Illinois in recently released rankings from the Washington Post. 

Out of approximately 682 public high schools and 146 non-public high schools in Illinois, 65 Illinois high schools  — and all four Glenbard high schools — were named to the Washington Post’s list, according to a Glenbard Township High School District 87 press release.  Fewer than 10 percent of high schools nationally make the list. 

Here is a look at how the Glenbard schools ranked: 
College Prep School of America in Lombard was ranked as the most challenging high school in Illinois. 

The Washington Post list ranks schools through an index formula that uses the following ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June of that year.

In releasing the list, the Washington Post also notes the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence.

“We are very proud of our students for challenging themselves and leveling up to take at least one Advanced Placement class in an area of interest," said Glenbard School District Superintendent David Larson. "Our Board of Education, administrators, faculty and staff have committed to the goal of increasing the number of students who take at least one AP class in order to experience college-level work and passing the AP exam.”

See the full list  and get more information on local school rankings on the Washington Post website. 

billy April 08, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Congratulation Glenbard, wish Wheaton/Warrenville could compete in the 9 adjacent schools listed! Overheard Glenbard HS Junior explaining his pre-engineering challenging his interest, knew he wasn't from Wheaton/Warrenville. Agrees with 2013 IL student Wheaton Warrenville South Survey of Learning Conditions, 64.7% disagree 'Sometimes I get so interested in my TARGET work, I don't want to stop' and only 20% 'Apply Math to situations in life outside of school' and only 21.7% believe 'What we learn in class is necessary for success in the future'. As the 2014 same survey will be public knowledge perhaps there will be change pressures in CUSD200?
billy April 08, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Very interesting Glenbard CUSD 87 was not compared with Wheaton/Warrenville CUSD 200 schools in the first 3 Engage200 CUSD200 meeting with residents. Not sure what that means in 10% mobility, test scores, achievements, disabilities, % on free lunches, 504 students needing coaching and the 65 languages in CUSD200 schools. Perhaps 4th Engage200 meeting will provide some comparison including teacher salaries and income per resident.
billy April 08, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Finally lacking comparison with CUSD 87 and CUSD 200 perhaps some part of the Engage200 cited 10% mobility is moving from Wheaton Warrenville schools to Home Schooling, Private Schools and CUSD 87?
unheard April 10, 2014 at 08:05 AM
At least Glenbard South has an activity bus. So many parents want the same and have voiced as much to WWSHS officials, all to no avail.

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