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St. Charles schools named 2 of the best

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North and St. Charles East High Schools are among the top 40 high schools in Illinois and rank among the top 1,000 high schools nationwide, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best High Schools Rankings.

North ranks 21st statewide and 511th nationally, and East ranks 39th and 977th, respectively.

This is the second consecutive year both St. Charles School District 303 high schools have ranked in the Top 1,000 nationwide and Top 40 in Illinois, according to a district news release.

“What is important about these rankings is the recognition of the team effort in our community to educate the students of District 303,” Superintendent Don Schlomann said in the release. “Our community is committed to providing resources, the parents of our students send their kids to school ready to learn, our staff members are prepared every day for their work in the classrooms and most importantly, our students are getting the job done.”

North and East are the only high schools in Kane County to appear in the Top 50 among Illinois public high schools, according to the district.

District 303 also includes students who live in DuPage County. Other schools in Kane and DuPage counties that made the statewide and nationwide lists include Hinsdale Central, York, Wheaton-Warrenville South, Naperville North, Glenbard South, Naperville Central, Downers Grove North and Wheaton North, according to District 303.

The 2013 U.S. News rankings of America’s Best High Schools include data on nearly 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia; Nebraska did not report enough data to be included. Schools were judged on state test results and how they prepare students for college based on student success in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

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