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LTHS ranks in Top Ten Percent of all high schools

LTHS again ranks in Top 10%

Lockport Township High School District 205 once again ranks in the Top 10 Percent of all high schools in the nation, according to the Washington Post.

LTHS, which continues to be the only Will County high school to make the list, is ranked 73rd in the state of Illinois and 1,974 out of nearly 23,000 high schools nationwide for effectively preparing students for college.

The ranking makes LTHS one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, according to the Washington Post.

 “(A school’s) appearance on this list means that you are trying much harder than most schools to expose your students to the demands of college,” said Jay Mathews, reporter for the Washington Post who compiled the rankings.  

Since 1998, Newsweek Magazine has ranked public high schools. Five years ago, The Washington Post took over the ranking, using a similar formula of measurement: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gives by the number of graduating seniors. 

The Washington Post also added private schools to the rankings. 

 “This index serves as a measure of the rigorous curriculum offered within the school, which impacts the entire school environment,” said Assistant Superintendent Brett Gould. “Michelle Conway, our AP coordinator, does a remarkable job supporting the program, students and teachers, who are the core of our success.”

Lockport Township High School District 205 has continually ranked on the list. The district consistently has outranked most Illinois school districts, including magnet schools that draw from a large student population not limited to residential boundaries.

“Our high rank in the state of Illinois reflects the dedicated work to give the best opportunities to our students,” Gould said. “And without the efforts of our faculty, feeder schools and families, we wouldn’t be so successful.”