And the award for the top public high school in East Central Illinois goes to … Mahomet-Seymour.
So say the numbers crunchers at U.S. News & World Report and the non-profit research firm RTI International, who used a six-pronged formula to rank 17,857 high schools nationwide and 647 in Illinois — from Chicagoland (home to 51 of the state’s top 52, including No. 1 Payton College Prep) to Champaign County (home to the top four in this area, including No. 53 Mahomet-Seymour).
The magazine’s metrics include college readiness (30%), college curriculum breadth (10%), reading and math proficiency (20%)/performance (20%), underserved student performance (10%) and graduation rate (10%). The 64 state schools U.S. News said it couldn’t track down complete data for — including Uni High — weren’t ranked.
Here’s where area high schools ranked among Illinois’ top 400 landed on both the state and national lists:
U.S. News & World Report high school rankings