Whether you have children or not, buying a home in a community with good schools is very important. Well- regarded schools increase property values and add to the desirability of a community.
In the recent October edition of Chicago Magazine, Adlai E. Stevenson High school located in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs fared extremely well. According to the article Stevenson Highschool, pays its teachers better than most Chicago- area schools and also spends more per student than most schools. More importantly, the magazine article also places spending in context, comparing school spending with ACT results. In that regard, Stevenson Highschool also does well, testing better than many other schools that also spend on the higher range per student.
It appears from the article that Stevenson Highschool is using its dollars wisely. Their average ACT score for 2007 was 25.6, compared to the state average of 20.3. The Chicago Sun- Times' analysis of 2007 ISBE School report card data also exemplified these findings and recently reported that Stevenson High school was rated 6th in the state using test scores as one of their measures.
Another important statistic about the school it that its Advanced Placement program is among the nation's best. More than 20 AP classes are available and SHS regularly leads the Midwest region in AP participation and has ranked in the top five worldwide.
Students who live in certain areas of Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove attend Stevenson Highschool if they are included in the school's district boundaries. A small percentage of Vernon Hills, Riverwoods, Lake Zurich and Hawthorn Woods residents also attend Stevenson. The Junior High feeder schools include Woodlawn Junior High(District 96), Aptakistic Junior High(District 102), Daniel Wright Junior High (District 103) and portions of West Oak Junior High and Fremont Junior High Schools( District 76).
Schools are often the backbone of the community. Stevenson is included annually in the School Watch and School Match listings of schools that offer features most sought by parents As both a realtor and mother of 3 boys teenage boys, I understand the value of a good education and the challenges of finding the right educational match. Please check out my website www.buffalogrovehomes.com to find additional links to school web pages, school activities and just about anything you need to do your due diligence on your quest to determine the best local area schools.
If you are considering a move to Chicago Northwest Suburbs, you owe it to yourself to talk with Judy Greenberg at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Buffalo Grove, Illinois
The above blog post was written by Judy Greenberg.
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