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Westmont High School ranked in three national polls

Oct 08, 2015 02:31PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

 The high school is included in the Washington Post Challenge Index and is the most improved public high school in the United States. Westmont High School is ranked as one of the best high in the U.S. News and World Report poll. Westmont High School was included in Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” list. The list represents the top 500 schools who are preparing students for college regardless of their social economic background. Only 5% of high schools in Illinois were included in all three rankings.

The class of 2015 had a 97% graduation rate which was only second to the class of 2014 98% graduation rate. In addition, the high school has received $140,000 in competitive grants due to the success of the Advanced Placement (AP) program. In two years the high school has seen significant increase in the number of students participating in AP, taking AP tests, passing AP tests and who qualify as AP scholars.

The improvement at the High School is due to the collective efforts of students, staff, parents, administrators and the Board of Education. For more information about the many accomplishments of the High School, please visit the district webpage.

Westmont Junior High implements student service learning

Westmont Junior High School is implementing a student service learning requirements. Students are being asked to perform community service as a graduation requirement. The goal is for students to make a positive contribution to their community, their state, their world. Students will need to complete 36 hours of service by the end of their eighth grade year.

There are many reasons why the junior high is implementing the student service learning requirement. Students who complete community service perform better academically. Volunteering provide students with the opportunity to apply what they learned to real world situations. Community service can help build student self-confidence and problem-solving skills. Student service learning can lead to job and career opportunities and scholarships.

Students are encouraged find a variety of activities that will meet the student service learning requirement. The hope is that students will engage in meaningful service learning activities that will benefit their community. There are a variety of activities students can participate in to meet the student learning service requirement. Additional information is available on the Westmont Junior High School website.