Woodstock North High School

WNHS Named One of America's Most Challenging High Schools Again!

Woodstock North High School is on the Washington Post's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools for the second year in a row! This is an amazing accomplishment that reflects the hard work of our teachers, counselors, associates, administration, assistants, and everyone else at Woodstock North that contributes and collaborates to offer rigorous opportunities to our students. But more significantly, the student body deserves to be recognized for their hard work and willingness to stretch themselves beyond their academic comfort zones.

The Washington Post uses what they call a 'Challenge Index Score', which is a ratio of the number of students that take a college-level test (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) divided by the number of seniors in the graduating class. A ratio of 1.00 or higher earns the distinction of being on the Washington Post's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools. Based on our ranking on the 2016 list, Woodstock North's Challenge Index Score was 1.545. This is a dramatic increase from just one year ago! (Description of the Calculation System)

Our collective efforts have helped us exceed the goals that our school improvement team set at the beginning of the year. As a result, the accomplishment has further motivated us to extend our expectations for the future. To put the Washington Post's recognition in perspective, consider the following:

  • Only 11% of over 22,000 high schools in the United States met their standard
  • Of the over 700 high schools in Illinois, only 74 high schools earned this distinction
For more information on the accomplishment, please consult the following sites:

Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools (2016) - National

Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools (2016) - Illinois

Congratulations Woodstock North High School!!

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