U.S. News & World Report released its “Best High Schools” rankings for 2016, placing Evanston Township High School at 13 in Illinois and 452 in the nation.

ETHS was awarded a gold medal ranking based on a comprehensive rankings methodology developed by U.S. News & World Report and a global nonprofit social science research firm. A four-step process determined the Best High Schools list, with the first three steps examining how well the schools serve all their students. The fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

This year marks the first time that graduation rates have been used by U.S. News to rank high schools at the national level.

“Seeing our high state and national ranking in recent years is a tribute to our students and staff. We set out a few years ago to create equity and excellence at ETHS, to restructure and change practices that were limiting many of our students in the past,” said ETHS District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. “We have raised expectations for all students and have built a system of supports to increase the achievement of all students.”

 “It is notable that ETHS is a Gold Medal School, one of only 15 high schools in Illinois out of 674, placing us among an elite group of high schools,” Dr. Witherspoon added. “By being recognized as one of the top high schools in the nation, we are striving to model that a comprehensive public high school which is truly diverse racially and socio-economically can, indeed, provide opportunity for all students to thrive in our most challenging classes, for all students to get the best education preparing them for college and career.”

The U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” 2016 ranking for ETHS can be viewed online at usnews.com.