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Joliet, Frankfort public schools rank No. 1 in Chicago magazine list

Lincoln-Way East receives No. 1 spot second time in a row

Fifth-grade students at Eisenhower Academy take part in a Socratic circle discussion of "The Invisible Child" by Tove Jansson on Jan. 23, 2015, in Joliet. Eisenhower Academy and Lincoln-Way East High School were ranked the two top Will County schools by Chicago magazine.
Fifth-grade students at Eisenhower Academy take part in a Socratic circle discussion of "The Invisible Child" by Tove Jansson on Jan. 23, 2015, in Joliet. Eisenhower Academy and Lincoln-Way East High School were ranked the two top Will County schools by Chicago magazine.

Eisenhower Academy in Joliet and Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort have been chosen as the top Will County public schools by Chicago magazine.

The monthly magazine ranked top public schools in the Chicago region by attendance, spending per pupil, 5Essentials, ACT, PARCC and other factors. The data were taken from Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Eisenhower was No. 1 for elementary schools and Lincoln-Way East was No. 1 for high schools.

The last time Chicago magazine ranked public schools was in 2012 and Eisenhower Academy came in second behind Fry Elementary School in Naperville. Lincoln-Way East High School was still No. 1. 

Eisenhower Principal Wendy Wolgan said the school staff were excited about the ranking and proud of the students, teachers and support the school receives.

“It’s really our collaborative community of teachers who work hard every day,” she said. 

The school is a magnet program within Joliet Public Schools District 86 and offers students a variety of programs rooted in Problem-Based Learning with enhanced technology opportunities, according to its website.

Lincoln-Way East Principal Sharon Michalak said the high school was pleased and honored with its ranking. Students and teachers work hard for their achievement, she said.

“It’s nice that it came out or showed through the testing that has occurred recently,” she said, referring to ACT exam achievements.

The class of 2016 at East and three other schools earned record high ACT scores at Lincoln-Way District 210. 

Michalak said the parents are supportive of the educational process at East, and teachers work hard to continue their own professional development. 

“They’re constantly attuned to changes in their curriculum, meeting the core standards and looking to see different ways, different methodologies of delivering the curriculum so students learn best,” she said of the teachers.

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Other Will County elementary and high schools that were on the Chicago magazine list of top elementary schools were:

1. Eisenhower Academy, Joliet

2. Anna McDonald School, Manhattan

3. Goodings Grove School, Homer Glen

4. Freedom Elementary School, Plainfield

5. Pioneer Elementary School, Bolingbrook

6. William J. Butler School, Lockport

7. Luther J. Schilling School, Homer Glen

8. Coretta Scott King Magnet School, University Park

9. Ludwig Elementary School, Lockport

10. Three Rivers School, Channahon

The top 5 high schools in Will County, according to Chicago magazine, are:

1. Lincoln-Way East High School, Frankfort

2. Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox

3. Romeoville High School, Romeoville

4. Lincoln-Way West High School, New Lenox

5. Lockport Township High School, Lockport

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