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Richwoods High School ranked by Newsweek as a top STEM school

PEORIA (HOI) — Richwoods High School has been recognized for its achievements in the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Newsweek released its rankings of the top STEM schools in the country, and Richwoods placed in the top 10 percent, according to a release by Peoria Public Schools.

Richwoods was ranked No. 2,968 on the list of the 5,000 schools, and 1,789 for public schools, according to the release.

“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.’”

PPS states Richwoods offers 50 advanced placement, international baccalureate, CTE and dual credit courses with an heavy influence in STEM. Additionally, in the last three years, Richwoods has added 516 minority students added to the first advanced placement or dual credit course program.

“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 Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat.

The top 5,000 schools were collected from Educational Research using a scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of data inputs collected from second quarter 2015 to third quarter 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in 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.

Drew Veskauf

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