Lincoln-Way High Schools recognized for educational excellence
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, and Lincoln-Way West have received the highest recognition for high schools by two national magazines. Newsweek ranked Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West as two of America’s top 500 high schools, and U.S. News & World Report placed Lincoln-Way East as one of the nation’s top schools. Lincoln-Way North was ranked by U.S. News in 2015 and again received high marks in 2016.

“The teachers and students at all schools have done amazing work, and all have been deserving of that recognition,” says Assistant Superintendent Tim Reilly. “The ranking system and criteria for each list differ a bit, but to have three schools--and almost a fourth--recognized nationally is a unique accomplishment for one district.”

According to the Newsweek website, high school rankings “assess schools based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college.” Among that data are factors such as graduation rate, Advanced Placement scores, dual credit, and average ACT/SAT scores.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be recognized as one of the ‘Top Public High Schools in America for 2016’ in Newsweek,” says Lincoln-Way-Central Principal, Steven Provis. “It’s commendable that our students, staff, and community are recognized for all of their hard work.”

Principal Monica Schmitt of Lincoln-Way West, says, “We were very excited to hear the great news about our rankings among America’s top high schools. We are extremely proud of our students and staff who work diligently to make West the great school that we are!”

Lincoln-Way East also made the rankings in U.S. News & World Report. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal. The U.S. News rankings are based on three major areas, including performance on Advanced Placement tests, performance of a school’s least advantaged student groups, and performance that “exceeds expectations” in reading and math for all of its student groups. This is the third year in a row that Lincoln-Way East has received this distinction.

Principal of Lincoln-Way East, Sharon Michalak, says, “We are very proud of our students and the hard work that they put forth to make Lincoln-Way East an excellent school. Teachers and staff dedicate themselves daily to ensure our students are given the best education possible, and the continued recognition is an excellent reflection of their ongoing dedication.”