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Newsweek Magazine names RHS as one of the Top STEM High Schools in the Nation!!!

Newsweek announces top STEM schools in the country; Richwoods ranks in the elite 10% of all high schools

PEORIA — Newsweek announced its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Richwoods High School was named No. 2,968 on the overall list and No. 1,789 for public schools.

With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions, and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students. 

“Richwoods High School is humbled at the incredible honor of being rated in the Top 10 percent of all STEM High Schools in the Nation,” said Richwoods principal Brett Elliott. “Our faculty, students and staff deserve all of the credit for their dedication to the highest academic expectations, truly making us ‘The Standard of Excellence.’”

Richwoods High School offers over 50 Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CTE and Dual Credit courses with a heavy STEM focus that is embedded throughout all course offerings for all students and subjects. We have added 516 minority students to their first Advanced Placement or Dual Credit Course in the past 3 years. Our community partnerships, clubs and organization further enhance our STEM focus through additional STEM opportunities for our students. 

“I would like to congratulate Principal Elliott, his dedicated staff, and the students and parents of Richwoods High School for earning this distinction as a top STEM school in the country,” said Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat.

The top 5,000 schools were curated from STEM.org Educational Research™ (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—as defined by the Congressional Research Service—while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.