The U.S. News and World Report has published their annual Best High School rankings. Elmhurst’s own York Community High School has ranked highly in the state of Illinois and nationally. Out of 667 high schools in Illinois, York placed 29th. Nationally, the school ranked 809 out of more than 21,000 public U.S. high schools. By ranking 809, York Community High School was awarded a silver medal. The top 500 schools receive gold medals, and the next 1,790 receive silver medals.

The report shows that 39% of York students take Advanced Placement exams, with a ninety percent pass rate. This gives the school a College Readiness Index of 36.6. Scores for reading and math proficiency were above average for Illinois. Math proficiency was 73%, and reading proficiency scored 72%.

The U.S. News and World Report conducts the Best High School rankings once yearly. They obtain data from over 21,000 public U.S. high schools from 49 states and Washington, DC. To determine the Best High Schools nationally, the U.S. News and World Report uses a three-step process. The first step determines how well students are performing based on reading and math results in the state’s high school proficiency tests. Schools rank highly if their students performed better than the expected average for a student in that state. The second step compares how well least-advantaged students are performing and compares this to the state average. Lastly, the report judges schools on college readiness, using the College Readiness Index. This takes Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test scores to evaluate percentage of participants passing these exams.

Four Chicago schools made the top four high schools in Illinois. Nearby schools that almost made the top of the list include Hinsdale Central (ranked 8th), Neuqua Valley (ranked 23rd), Wheaton Warrenville South (ranked 32nd), Naperville North (ranked 33rd), Glenbard South (ranked 34th) and Naperville Central (ranked 35th).

Here at the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group, we’re proud of York Community High School for their dedication to the education of our children. We think Elmhurst is a great place to have a family and, as this report shows, it’s a great place to get an education. We’re happy to help you find the perfect home in Elmhurst. Come by for a visit at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570.