Hinsdale South High School has been recognized as being among the top high schools in Illinois based on two just released, prominent national rankings placing it in the top tier of all U.S. high schools. These rankings by U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Post reflect an examination of detailed data from thousands of high schools across the country. The annual lists include open enrollment public schools as well as those with selective enrollment, such as private, magnet and charter schools.
This year’s rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report reflect 2013-2014 academic year test performance for students from more than 29,000 high schools. U.S. Newspartnered with RTI International, a global nonprofit social science firm, to analyze the data based on four principles: performance better than the statistical average on math and reading parts of state proficiency tests, proficiency rates for disadvantaged students, college-readiness and graduation rates. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hinsdale South 30th in Illinois on its annual list of the “Best High Schools.”
The Washington Post ranked Hinsdale South High School 19th in Illinois on its annual list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” Education reporter Jay Matthews began the Challenge Index in 1998 originally ranking college preparedness in local high schools. The index now comprises approximately 22,000 high schools nationwide and reflects student performance on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests from 2015 for the 2016 rankings.