Who’s afraid of New Trier High School?

From Winnetka’s New Trier High School:

New Trier High School students in the Class of 2011 achieved an average composite score of 27.5 on the ACT, the highest score the school has ever posted and among the top average composite scores in the nation among public open-enrollment high schools.

Overall, New Trier students achieved average scores of 28.1 in English, 27.8 in Mathematics, 27.3 in Reading, and 26.4 in Science.

An analysis of the Class of 2011 data finds that approximately half of New Trier’s graduating class performed in the top 6 percent of the nation on the ACT. In addition, 90 percent of New Trier’s Class of 2011 scored above the state and national average.

Some parents are intimidated by New Trier on their children’s behalf, and those numbers do nothing to dispel their concern. The numbers, however, don’t help parents understand how exceedingly well New Trier meets the needs of children who don’t fit the driven, high-achieving stereotype of the school’s typical student.

Three years ago this month I sat with Coldwell Banker’s Mary Ellen Stalzer to chat about that very subject. Mary Ellen has a graduate degree in education and had three children who attended New Trier, where my two children also graduated.

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