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Downers Grove North and South ranked among top schools

Downers Grove North and South High Schools are in the top 70 high schools in the state of Illinois, according to recently released rankings issued by U.S News and World Report.

Downes Grove North High School was listed as the 37th best, while South High was ranked 57th in the state.

“The U.S. News silver medal award rankings are noteworthy recognitions that acknowledge the hard work of our staff and students at both schools,” Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Dr. Judy Minor said in an email.

The survey took into account numerous factors including student-to-teacher ratios, reading and math proficiency, as well as “college readiness.”

The survey found North High had a 16-to-one student-teacher ratio that is close to state average, but found that students who take advanced placement courses score well on AP tests – many above state average.

The survey also found the school was well above average when it comes to reading and math proficiency. According to the survey, 81 percent of students are proficient at math, while 77 percent have met reading standards.

The rankings indicate South High School has more students-per-teacher than does North High –  a ration of about 17-to-one.  At South High 68 percent of students met reading standards; 75 percent of student met math standards, according to the survey.

Of peer institutions in the West Suburbs, North High outperformed Lyons Township High School (38), Glenbard South High School (44), Naperville Central High School (47), and Willowbrook (58).

Hinsdale Central High School (6), Glenbard West (25), Wheaton Warrenville South High School (28) and Naperville North High School (34) were ranked higher than both schools.

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