A 2016 national ranking by U.S. News and World Report recognizes Bartlett High School as one of many educational institutions listed as best high school.
Within Illinois, the U46 high school ranked at no. 81 and earned a silver medal, based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.
Bartlett High School principal Mike Demovsky said it’s a great feeling knowing the school has been recognized.
“I know that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done still,” he said. “I really do want to make it to the next list to the gold level. Also, our focus is really just simple: we care about kids, we want to support them, we want to push them to the advanced level.”
This year is the second time that Bartlett High School has clinched a spot in a national ranking.
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary School, Instruction, and Equity Dr. Terri Lozier said the honor shows the efforts to support the needs of the community.
“It was because of Bartlett High School’s dedication to rigorous coursework,” she said. “All the schools offer AP courses. I think Bartlett High School works hard at making sure that students take the courses that will challenge them.”
Lozier said the level of student success exhibited is predicated in part by the support shown by parents.
“The Bartlett community is very strong,” she said. “They have very strong parents. They work to make sure kids are connected to some sort of activity.”
Bartlett High School is home to the school district’s science, technology and engineering academy.
Lozier explained that students enrolled in the academy, focused on math and science, embrace the hands-on experience they receive and often can be seen integrating what they learn into their coursework.
Noting that District U46 has hired a new principal at Bartlett High School this year, Lozier said, Demovsky has a lot of enthusiasm for making sure students are fully engaged and supported.
“We are there to back him and support him,” she said. “But, I can tell you he’s already done a good job.”