Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 is one of only 79 Illinois school districts to earn the 2012 Bright Red Apple Award for educational excellence from SchoolSearch, an independent research and consulting firm. It’s the 18th year that District 64 was selected for “providing students with an outstanding educational environment,” the award notes.
Using objective data from the 2011 Illinois State Report Cards, only 9 percent of the state’s 868 districts received the accolade.
“We are very fortunate that District 64 schools enjoy tremendous support from our community that allows us to perform at high achievement levels over such a sustained period of time,” Superintendent Philip Bender noted. “This tradition of great schools defines Park Ridge-Niles as a family-friendly community that continues to draw new generations of students here,” he added.
The award is based on five, “family-favored” factors: academic performance; pupil/teacher ratio; operating expenditure per pupil; educational level of teachers; and average teacher salary. “District 64 is strong in all five categories,” according to SchoolSearch.