Grayslake Central and Grayslake North High Schools are again honored as among the best in the state and nation by The Washington Post in their Most Challenging High Schools list published in the spring of each year. In 2016, Grayslake Central is ranked 26th most challenging in the state and 842nd most challenging in the nation. Grayslake North is 33rd most challenging in the state and 1081st most challenging in the nation. This ranking puts Grayslake Central amongst the top 3% of the 22,000 public schools included from across the nation and Grayslake North amongst the top 4% nationally. According to the Washington Post, only about 10%, or 2200 of the 22000 public schools, qualified to be ranked at all, and of those only 71 are in Illinois.
The Washington Post Most Challenging High School list seeks to identify schools which make college level coursework available to all students, not just high-performing senior students. They accomplish this by dividing the number of Advanced Placement Exams given in a year by the number of graduating seniors. Other factors such as percent of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, graduation rates, ACT or SAT scores, and other data is included in the school profiles. For more information on the list and how the rankings are computed visit the Washington Post at the link below.
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Dr. Renee Zoladz