Friday, October 31, 2008

Chicago area's best schools

Chicago claimed four of the state's 10 highest-scoring public high schools, six of the top 10 middle-grade schools, and four of the top 10 elementary-grade ones.
Hawthorne Scholastic Magnet — No. 4 statewide for its middle-grade scores — was the only Chicago top-10 standout that doesn't use tests to pick its kids, but as a magnet school, it does use a race-based lottery.

Hawthorne kids are motivated to excel, said Principal Anna Alvarado, because "they all want to go to one of the selective-enrollment high schools. Our kids aspire to that."

Chicago — with 84 percent low-income kids — dominated not only the top but the bottom of the Sun-Times' lists, producing 42 of the 50 lowest-scoring high schools; 39 of the 50 lowest-scoring middle-grade schools and 46 of the 50 lowest-scoring elementaries.
In the Sun-Times' analysis Northside College Prep High School was the top secondary school in this state.

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