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Glenbrook South ‘Surprised’ by Rankings Snub

Officials said the school was not properly ranked in US News & World Reports’ most recent ‘Best High Schools’ list.

A Glenbrook South spokeswoman told Patch Wednesday that the school was incorrectly left off a ranking of the state's top high schools.

Typically included among the area's best schools and often an attractive draw for homebuyers moving to the area, Glenbrook South did not make the cut for this year's top Illinois high schools, according to recently release rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

While many North Shore high schools, including Glenbrook North (#19), New Trier (#13), Evanston Township (#17) and both Highland Park (#12) and Deerfield High Schools (#7) were included—many of them ranked nationally—.

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When Patch reached out to Glenbrook South’s Director of Public Relations and Communications Karen Geddeis she said the school was not ranked properly.

“Given that we submitted our data for this report in September of 2011, we are surprised to find that GBS has not been properly ranked by US News and World Report,” she said. “…We are confident that if our submitted data were used in this report, GBS would be ranked among the other top performing schools in Illinois.” 

Glenbrook South officials have reached out U.S. News & World Report directly, Geddeis said, and are awaiting a response.

“Glenbrook South is a great school,” she said. “Rankings such as this are one measure, of many, by which a school can assess if its strategies are effective in helping students succeed.”

Affect of school reputation on home buying trends 

Glenview real estate agent told Patch that schools are one of the village's strongest selling points and definitely something buyers care about. But she says, rankings like these aren't necessarily deal breakers. Inerviews with other area parents and teachers are most important, she explained. 

"The average buyer puts great emphasis on academic excellence and a strong school system," Anne said. "...While the rankings are important, personal experiences and school interviews tend to influence buyer’s decisions," Dubray said. 

The rankings were released as part of the Best High School rankings, now in its fourth edition, according to the Huffington Post. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be a national gold or silver medal winner, neither of which was awarded to Glenbrook South. 

Drawn from a pool of 22,000 public high schools in 49 states as well as the District of Columbia, the rankings incorporate factors such as test scores, state assessments and college-level coursework, including AP or IB programs.

What do you think? Should Glenbrook South have been included as one of the state's top schools? Do you give weight to rankings like this? Share with us in the comments or sound off on Facebook!

Dan May 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Well, when the Avoca district was left off Chicago Magazine's rankings of elementary schools in the Chicagoland area the parents and school staff raised hell in order to remedy the situation. Chicago Magazine wrote a retraction in the following month print publication and update their website with Avoca included in the results. Dr. Wegley should be on the phone daily, getting U.S. News & World Report to update their website with the correct data.
Joanna Schneider May 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM
We remember the Avoca mess, Dan. If anyone is interested in reading a local mom's column on parent reaction to the Chicago Magazine snafu: http://patch.com/A-LCF
Katherine January 17, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Wow, I am not too happy to have read this news. I brought a home two years ago and my main concern was school quality, I thought Glenbrook South was among the best schools. My daughter is an Honor roll student, now I am worried that I made a mistake and my research was poor. I hope that somehow I am wrong and that GBS is still one of the best schools in town. K
Stan Golovchuk (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Great point, Katherine, but I don't think you need to start shopping for new homes just yet. We published an article a few months ago about the Chicago Tribune's and Sun-Time's rankings of suburban schools and GBS was always in the top 20. And if your daughter is on honor roll, sounds to me like she's making the most of the great resources GBS offers! http://glenview.patch.com/articles/how-do-your-schools-rank-in-the-north-shore

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