CSK Named Among Top Schools in CHICAGO Magazine
Coretta Scott King Magnet among top elementary schools on CHICAGO Magazine’s 2016 Best Public Schools List
CSK ranked #8 on list of top public elementary schools in suburban Will County
CHICAGO Magazine has ranked Coretta Scott King Magnet School #8 on its annual list of the Best Public Schools in Chicago’s Suburbs.
The publication, known for its ranking of public schools in both Chicago and the suburbs, last released an annual list in 2012. The magazine acknowledges that this year’s list represent a shift in “how to measure hard-to-quantify” factors beyond a single standardized test score. For this year’s public school rankings, the magazine “talked to top professionals and educators inside and outside the school system, researched a wide array of new and improved metrics, drilled down deeper on the numbers, and asked the independent research nonprofit RTI International to crunch the data to generate the fairest possible results.”
Despite the various metrics used to determine the top slots, district administration officials view the ranking as recognition and a clear indicator of the invaluable efforts made by its teachers, support staff, to foster a successful collaboration between students, their families and our schools.
"We are elated to have been identified by Chicago Magazine as one of the top schools in Will County,” said Mr. Bryon Mane, CSK Principal. “It is a major accomplishment for our school, district, and the communities of University Park, Park Forest, Crete, and Monee. Our success is derived from a collection of talented, hardworking, and caring educators who have an undying passion for teaching children.”
Coretta Scott King is an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, has a total enrollment of 332 students in grades K-8. The school spends $6,305 per student and has a 96% attendance rate.
“We are blessed to have a large group of exceptionally supportive families, and conscientious students who work diligently towards becoming self-reflective world learners,” Mr. Mane added.
The acknowledgment comes on the heels of the school district’s grand opening of the redesigned Crete-Monee Middle School set to open next month. The highly anticipated expansion will provide 6th-8th grade students with a 21st century tech environment as the school prepares to become an accredited IB School. Research shows that students who participate in the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) build confidence in managing their own learning, connecting the classroom to a larger world and the ability to outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills.
“We have found that our students thrive in positive school cultures such as that of CSK, where they are engaged and motivated to excel,” said Supt. Nathaniel Cunningham, Jr. Crete-Monee Middle School has already began the 3 year process for the MYP IB implementation and will open this fall as an IB Candidate School.