Oswego, Ill. (December 20, 2015) — Community Unit School District 308 and Oswego East High School (OEHS) continue to climb in the 2016 Niche top-100 rankings, both statewide and across the Chicago metropolitan area.
School District 308 ranked 35th out of 100 school districts in the Chicago metropolitan area and 39th out of the 868 school districts in Illinois. Last year, School District 308 ranked 41st in the Chicago metropolitan area and 52nd in the state.
OEHS ranked 86th out of the top-100 high schools in Illinois, affirming its status as a premier educational institution. Last year, OEHS ranked 97th statewide.
“The year-to-year increases for both the district and OEHS demonstrate the progress that School District 308 is making toward becoming an institution focused on preparing students to be college and career ready,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Wendt. “High school graduates must be capable of competing with not only local, state and regional peers, but those students from across the nation and world.”
He added that the marked improvements showcase the hard work of district students and staff.
“I remain confident in the amazing work performed by all staff members, the commitment to excellence from students, and our collective world-class vision throughout School District 308,” Wendt said. “Congratulations to all involved on the district level and at Oswego East High School.”
The top-100 rankings are compiled and published by Niche, a nationwide organization focused on providing students, families, and professionals with best-in-class content and insight for making major life decisions. Niche provides rankings for 14,431 high schools nationwide, based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. Niche offers rankings and statistics on every neighborhood and city in the United States to help people find the best places to live, visit, and raise a family.
The Niche district and high school rankings are based on a 10-part grading system that factors in academics, administration and policies, educational outcomes, extracurricular activities, food, health and safety, resources and facilities, sports and fitness, student culture and diversity, and quality and number of teachers.
“I anticipate more honors and achievements for schools throughout the district as we work together to implement the Board of Education's 2020 Strategic Plan, the goals and priorities approved by the board, and our vision to be one of the best school systems in America,” Wendt said.