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Wheaton High Schools 6th, 8th in 'Chicago Magazine' Rankings

Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South made the "Chicago Magazine" list of the top 10 public high schools in DuPage County.

Chicago Magazine has released its rankings for the top public high schools in the area, including and

Wheaton North was No. 6 on the list, behind No. 4 Naperville North High School, and ahead of No. 7 York Community High School.

Wheaton Warrenville South beat No. 9, Lisle High School at No. 8. Hinsdale Central High School topped the list of schools in DuPage County.

Chicago Magazine looked at spending per pupil, graduation rates, average composite scores on the ACT and the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards on the Prairie State Achievement exam.

J Adago August 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Is that correct, 25% of students at Wheaton North and 21% at WWS are low income? I thought Wheaton was listed as one of the most affluent towns in America. There are some smaller/less expensive homes in Wheaton, but hardly poverty level.
Tina Marie Bibergall August 23, 2012 at 09:25 AM
In Wheaton, we welcome refugee groups from several different countries. In addition, Wheaton has many rentals available from apartments to single family home. There might be a million dollar home across the street from an older home worth far less. Wheaton is probably the most diverse community ive ever lived in with regard to race and income status and the diversity "works". Overall, the sense of community, social acceptance and kindness in Wheaton is something my four kids and I have really enjoyed in the three years we've now lived here.
Tina Marie Bibergall August 23, 2012 at 09:30 AM
Sorry, so to answer Joes question - yes, those percentages are accurate. I've had the privilege of having young men around my dinner table where one is a Haitian refugee and the boy sitting next to him lives In A million dollar home. Before dinner, they've prayed together and they are all the best of friends. My Kids know they are very blessed to be here among such diversity and they fit in somewhere in the middle.
WheatonMom August 25, 2012 at 09:24 PM
To further elaborate on your inquiry, Wheaton North and its feeder schools bus in lower income children from Carol Stream. I can't speak for WWS, but I know that is part of the reason why Wheaton North has a higher percentage of low income families.
J Adago August 26, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Thanks, WheatonMom. I know this is probably opening a whole new can of worms, but why is Wheaton educating Carol Stream's lower income children? Last time I drove through Carol Stream there were Mercedes and Jaguars parked in the driveways, several new homes with pools, etc. Carol Stream has all kinds of industry and other commercial developments to assist in providing financial suport to the school district. We have section 8 housing in Wheaton, and we happily step up and educate those kids in Wheaton. We don't ship them to another suburb to be educated.

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