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Downers Grove North and South high schools receive top ratings

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 9:57 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 9:58 a.m. CST

DOWNERS GROVE – U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best High School rankings, released this month, names both Downers Grove North and Downers Grove South as among the best high schools in the state and nation.

North High ranked No. 42 out of 708 high schools in Illinois. Out of nearly 20,000 public U.S. high schools, North High ranked No. 961 and received a silver medal.

South High ranked No. 65 in the state out of 708 high schools in Illinois. Out of nearly 20,000 public U.S. high schools, South High ranked No. 1,635 and received a silver medal.

“A silver medal ranking is outside validation of the hard work of our students and staff,” Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Gina Ziccardi said in a news release. “All of us at District 99 strive to prepare students for the future, and this award recognizes that effort.”

According to U.S. News, the rankings are designed to capture how well high schools educate all of their students and prepare them for college-level work. U.S. News calculates its Best High Schools rankings based on state assessments, Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate exams.

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