U.S. News Again Ranks EPHS Among Best Public High Schools

Strong core academics have resulted in another EPHS appearance in U.S. News' annual listing of top public high schools.

Strong core academics have resulted in another EPHS appearance in U.S. News' annual listing of top public high schools. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)


Elmwood Park High School has once again earned a place among the best American public high schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report

In the latest edition of its annual assessment of public high schools, U.S. News ranked EPHS 146th out of 665 Illinois public high schools and 4,340th out of more than 23,000 high schools nationally.

Schools that finished in the top 40 percent of the national rankings qualified for a U.S. News "2019 Best High Schools" badge. EPHS ranked in the top 19 percent nationwide and top 22 percent statewide. 

The publication released its 2019 results April 30. The rankings were based on data compiled from the 2016-17 school year.

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; the number of ranked schools is up from more than 2,700 last year.

To assemble its rankings, the magazine worked with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. Together they used a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality:

College Readiness 
This is based on the proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams.

College Curriculum Breadth
This is based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.

Math and Reading Proficiency
This is based on student performance on state-required tests.

Math and Reading Performance 
This is based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of underserved students.

Underserved Student Performance
This is based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.

Graduation Rates 
This is based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2012-13 and graduated four years later.

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations, participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions.

Using the U.S. News indicators, EPHS finished with an overall score of 74.83 out of a possible 100. The underlying data included the following:

► Took at least one AP exam — 38 percent
► Passed at least one AP exam — 25 percent
► Mathematics proficiency — 35 percent
► Reading proficiency — 39 percent
► Graduation rate — 91 percent

The top-ranked school in Illinois was Walter Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago. Payton finished with an overall score of 99.95 out of 100. The underlying data included:

► Took at least one AP exam — 98 percent
► Passed at least one AP exam — 93 percent
► Mathematics proficiency — 97 percent
► Reading proficiency — 98 percent
► Graduation rate — 99 percent

Payton finished ninth in the national rankings. For the complete national and state rankings, please click here.

Last year, using a different system that was based on a four-step analysis, U.S. News ranked EPHS 53rd in Illinois and 2,005th nationally.


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