ROCKTON -- The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and Newsweek have all ranked Hononegah High School on their list for Best High Schools in America. These publications take into account achievement on standardized tests as well as how effective schools prepare students for college.
The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools in America list has Hononegah registering as number 1,225 in the nation and number 36 in the state of Illinois. U.S. News and World Report ranks Hononegah as the 1,088th best high school in the nation as well as the 44th best high school in the state. Finally, Newsweek ranks Hononegah as the 879th best high school in the nation and the 44th best high school in Illinois.
The Washington Post ranks schools using an index formula which takes into account the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests given at a school each year. They also look at the number of seniors who take these tests when considering if a school would make the “most challenging high school” list. The Washington Post considered Hononegah as a challenging high school because during the 2012-2013 school year 920 AP tests were taken and 35% of the graduating class of 2013 took at least one AP exam in their four years at Hononegah.
When ranking schools, U.S. News and World Report believes a strong high school education must challenge students academically while giving them ample opportunity to explore interests. This combination is intended to help teens succeed long after graduation. Hononegah High School has a rich history of challenging students to make a successful transition from high school to college or the workforce. In the 2012-2013 school year, of the 525 students who took an AP tests, 409 scored a 3 or higher. Scoring high on an AP exam allows students to waive out of entry level courses once they get to college. Additionally, Hononegah has many career and technical education and fine arts courses where students experience hands-on learning and training. These courses allow students an opportunity to explore interests and future career opportunities. Out of the 750 high schools in the state of Illinois, Hononegah High School is proud to be in the top 6%.
Each year, Newsweek weighs factors that have been proven to be the best indicators of college readiness: graduation rates, participation in college-level classes via Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and acceptance into a two or four-year college program then ranks schools based on these factors. Hononegah was ranked in the top 6% of schools in Illinois because of the number of AP tests that were taken in the 2012-2013 school year, the graduation rate for the Class of 2013, and the number of students who went on to a two or four-year college or university. Each year, Hononegah High School strives to offer more opportunities for students to take AP classes and to prepare them for college. This rigorous education is paying off for Hononegah students. Because the Class of 2013 graduation’s rate was 89.76%, of which 84.2% of these graduates attended a two or four-year college or university after graduation, and because we had 77.9% pass rate on the AP tests taken, Newsweek considered Hononegah as one of America’s Best High Schools.
Hononegah is proud to be ranked by these three prestigious publications. It takes hard work from our students, staff, parents, and community. Our staff work tirelessly to offer rigorous and experiential learning for students so they are prepared to leave high school with skills to be successful in college or in a career and our students are dedicated and active learners in the process. The partnership among staff, students, parents, and our community make these awards possible.