D303 High Schools Earn High Marks In U.S. News Rankings

Both St. Charles East and St. Charles North High Schools appear in the Top 50 of the 2016 U.S. News Rankings of public high schools in Illinois.  This is the fifth consecutive year both St. Charles North and St. Charles East have ranked in the Top 50 in Illinois according to the U.S. News Best High School Rankings.

The 2016 U.S. News Rankings of America’s Best High Schools include data on nearly 21,000 public high schools from all 50 states and from the District of Columbia. Among all Illinois public high schools, St. Charles North ranks 25th and St. Charles East ranks 47th in the 2016 rankings.

The U.S. News Rankings of America’s Best High Schools also includes magnet and charter schools.  Excluding the magnet and charter schools and comparing the two District 303 high schools against the remaining 628 Illinois public high schools, St. Charles North ranks 19th in Illinois and St. Charles East ranks 41st.  Those rankings place our two high schools in the top 6% among open enrollment public high schools in Illinois.

North and East are the only two high schools located in Kane County to appear in the Top 60 among Illinois public high schools.  St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 consists of students who reside in Kane County and a portion of DuPage County.  The following list shows the State and National Rank for the top ten public high schools located in either Kane or DuPage counties.

STATE RANK

HIGH SCHOOL

NATL RANK

10

Hinsdale Central

356

25

ST. CHARLES NORTH

690

30

Hinsdale South

829

31

York

864

35

Wheaton North

932

38

Naperville Central

997

40

Naperville North

1006

42

Metea Valley

1040

47

ST. CHARLES EAST

1184

48

Glenbard South

1232

U.S. News used a four-step process to determine the Best High Schools.  

· The first step determined if a school’s students performed better than statistically expected compared to other students in that state.

· The second step determined if a school’s disadvantaged students performed better than statistically expected compared to other disadvantaged students in that state.

· Step three was to determine if a school met or surpassed a graduation rate benchmark.

· The final step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work, based on student success in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.