Glenbard Eliminates Class Rank

Other suburban school districts that have done away with class rank include: Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 and Naperville Unit District 203, according to media reports.

Class rank will be a thing of the past starting with the 2015 graduating classes at Glenbard High School District 87 schools. 

The school board on Monday approved a new policy that eliminates class rank and instead, "provides colleges with the highest weighted and unweighted grade-point average of each graduating class," according to the Daily Herald. 

Those in support of the change say it will keep students from stressing over class rank, which they can't "entirely control;" will allow students to take more classes that interest them; and will help colleges evaluate students "in a more holistic way," the Daily Herald reports. 

Other suburban school districts that have done away with class rank include: Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 and Naperville Unit District 203, according to the article. 

Read more on the Daily Herald 

Are you happy to see class rank will no longer be used within Glenbard schools? Tell us in the comments section: Why or why not? 

Fred Savage June 18, 2014 at 07:38 AM
Kristina...have you read up on Common Core that kills independent thought? Probably not.
L. Malin Nevins June 18, 2014 at 09:26 AM
I don't know who these children are that stress about class rank, but my guess is that they are at the top. My personal experience is that my kids stress out over GPA, especially whether or not it is higher than their brother's or sister's. I have no idea what getting rid of class rank will change. It certainly won't make them more "cooperative learners, independent thinkers and problem solvers." They will still compete for grades, or are we getting rid of those too?
K Buchnat June 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM
It is really not about "everyone gets a trophy" (New Trier is one of many schools that has already eliminated rank...their students are certainly competitive). What is happening is that some colleges give automatic scholarships for certain ACT levels...and sometimes they have a class rank component to them. So, for instance if a school offers X amount of money to a student who gets a 28 ACT and is in the top 25% of their class, and you fall below the 25%-your student will not get this scholarship. The catch is, if your school does not rank, your student will get this scholarship. Leadership at the more competitive schools are finding that their students may have a more rigorous schedule and a better GPA than someone at a less competitive school, yet their students are missing out on these scholarships. From my research and understanding, the movement to eliminate class rank is largely due to this scenario. I have 3 kids in high school, and agree with the sentiments of the poster above me--their are motivated by their own GPA and not by rank.
Fred Savage June 18, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Harrison Bergeron


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