Grayslake High Schools Named Among Most Challenging in State

Grayslake Central High School has been named the 13th most challenging high school in Illinois in recently released rankings from the Washington Post. 

The ranking is an improvement from last year when Grayslake Central received a ranking of No. 18 on the prestigious list, which includes fewer than 10 percent of high schools nationally. Grayslake North also made the list ranked as the 34th most challenging high school in the state. In 2013, Grayslake North was 24th on the list. 

Nearby, Libertyville High School was ranked 15th on the list. 

In Illinois only 65 high schools of the 682 public high schools and 146 non-public high schools in the state were named to the Washington Post’s list

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.

Source: Glenbard Township High School District 87 press release 
Resident April 07, 2014 at 10:54 PM
thats not grayslake central in the picture.
Ryan Hall April 08, 2014 at 12:23 AM
Yes it is, its a picture of the field house from the football field.
Jim Marshall April 08, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Relax everyone, North got the front page pic, Central got the article page pic. We're still one district, which is something the author could have pointed out in the article which sets our HS School District apart from all others on the list. Congratulations Grayslake District 127! Now if we could only compete on the salary scale to keep our teacher here instead of leaving for Libertyville.
Pete April 08, 2014 at 10:22 AM
No worries there, just raise the taxes again so there isn't another strike. The economy is booming now and I'm sure people don't mind paying close to $1,000 /month for real estate taxes.
Jordan Weimer April 09, 2014 at 06:01 PM
I remember a school where cheating before the teacher got to class was the norm. So, challenging seems inaccurate. Perhaps, it just means that the school scored well by any means necessary. "Any means" clearly has included dividing the high school down economic lines. So, "challenging", again, doesn't seem to be the best term to describe the school. "Machiavellian" seems like a better descriptor.


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