A+Bright A+ Award
An annual award for academic excellence given by SchoolSearch, a research firm that analyzes data from the annual Illinois School Report Card. Award recipients are among the top 5% of all Illinois school districts. Only 73 of 868 districts in Illinois were recognized with the Bright A+ Award in 2011.

District 96 received the Bright A+ Award in:
2011, 2010, 2009
2008, 2007, 2006
2005,  2004

appleBright Red Apple Award
Also given by SchoolSearch, this award is based on excellence in five categories: academic performance, pupil/teacher ratio, expenditure per pupil, educational level of teachers and average teacher salary. Only 73 of 868 districts won the award in 2011.

District 96 received the Bright Red Apple Award in:
2011, 2010 , 2009
2008, 2007, 2006
2005, 2004

2012ISBEAcademicExcellenceAcademic Excellence Award
Recognition given by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) to schools that have sustained very high academic performance over time. Only 454 schools – or approximately ten percent – in the state received the award for 2012. Schools must meet the following criteria:

  • 90 percent of students must have met or exceeded state standards in both reading and mathematics for at least three consecutive years
  • Schools must have made Adequate Yearly Progress

District 96 schools received the Academic Excellence Award in:

Ames School: 2012, 2011
Blythe Park School: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Central School: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Hollywood School: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006
Hauser Junior High School: 2010, 2009


ISBEISBE Recognition of Financial Strength
Illinois State Board of Education assess the Illinois school districts’ fiscal strength. The highest category of financial strength of “Recognition” is based upon fund balance to revenue ratio, expenditure to revenue ratio, days cash on hand, percent of short-term borrowing ability and percent of long-term debt remaining.

District 96 received a designation of Recognition in:
2012, 2011, 2010
2009, 2008, 2007, 2006