PEORIA — Richwoods High School has been recognized as one of the top STEM schools in the nation, according to a Newsweek ranking.

The news magazine announced its listing of the 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019, honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Out of 5,000 schools, Richwoods was 2,968 on the overall list and 1,789 for public schools, according to a news release from Peoria Public Schools.

Newsweek partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.

“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.’”

The high school offers more than 50 Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, CTE and Dual Credit courses with a heavy STEM focus that is embedded throughout all course offerings for all students and subjects.

“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 Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat.

STEM.org used a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from 2015 to 2019.



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