Oak Forest among U.S. News 2022 Best High Schools

Oak Forest High School ranks among U.S. News 2022 Best High Schools

Bremen High School District 228’s Oak Forest High School, located in Oak Forest, Illinois, is among thousands of  public high schools in the country to rank in the 2022 U.S. News Best Public High Schools list, according to a release from U.S. News. 


U.S. News reviewed nearly 24,000 schools, including 673 in Illinois. Oak Forest High School ranked at 233 in Illinois, and 6,941 in National Rankings. 

According to U.S. News, schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Read more about how U.S. News ranks the Best High Schools

“This is the second year in a row that our district schools have been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report 'Best High Schools' ranking. It is an honor to be mentioned alongside the many outstanding high schools in our area,” said Superintendent of Bremen High School District 228 Dr. Brad Sikora. 

“This recognition is a symbol of the excellent service we strive to provide to all of our students within Bremen High School District 228. I congratulate the leadership of each school for their efforts and pursuit of educational excellence,” Dr. Sikora said. 

Graduation rates and college readiness are key metrics within the 2022 Best High Schools rankings, released Tuesday. U.S. News ranked about 18,000 out of nearly 24,000 reviewed public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. News said.

According to the release, working with RTI International, a nonprofit research firm, U.S. News assessed schools on the following six factors:

  • College readiness, based on the proportion of 12th grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam (30% of ranking).
  • State assessment proficiency, based on aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation (20%).
  • State assessment performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of underserved students (20%).
  • Underserved student performance, based on how Black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state (10%).
  • College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th grade students who took and earned a qualifying score on AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas (10%).
  • Graduation rate, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2016-2017 and graduated four years later (10%).
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