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St. Charles high schools rank among best in nation

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:48 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North and East are the only two Kane County high schools listed among Illinois’ Top 50 public schools in the U.S. News 2014 Best High Schools rankings.

Among all Illinois public high schools, St. Charles North ranks 26th, and St. Charles East ranks 41st in the 2014 rankings, which were released Tuesday. This is the third consecutive year both St. Charles East and St. Charles North have ranked in both the Top 1,000 nationwide and the Top 50 in Illinois, according the U.S. News Best High School Rankings.

The only other local school to rank statewide and nationally is Geneva High School. It is 63rd among all Illinois public schools, according to U.S. News.

The 2014 U.S. News rankings of America’s Best High Schools include data on nearly 31,000 public high schools from all 50 states and from the District of Columbia.

A three-step process determined the best high schools. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks.

For schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

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