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Our view: McHenry County high schools challenge students

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

One of the reasons McHenry County is such a great place to live is because of the excellent schools we have here.

We can find examples of this day in and day out simply by observing the fine students our schools turn out.

Outside recognition also is nice, and last week, several of our schools were honored nationally.

So congratulations to the five McHenry County schools that made the Most Challenging High Schools in America list for their commitment to preparing students for college.

Put together by The Washington Post, the Most Challenging High Schools in America list is compiled using a rather simple formula: adding up the total number of college-level tests (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests) taken at a high school each year and dividing that by the number of high school graduates.

For example, a ratio of 1 means the school had as many tests as graduates. The higher the number, the more college-level tests students at a given school are taking, meaning they’re being challenged with more advanced curriculum.

It’s certainly not the only way to evaluate the job your high school is doing, but it’s one way.

Recognized as Most Challenging High Schools in America were Cary-Grove High School, Crystal Lake Central High School, Huntley High School, Prairie Ridge High School and Woodstock High School.

A story published in Saturday’s Northwest Herald did not include Woodstock High School because The Washington Post inadvertently left it off the initial list.

The Washington Post list is further evidence that our schools are doing a good job preparing our students for college.

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