Recently, as part of its partnership with to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools, Newsweek released its ranking of the top 5,000 STEM high schools for 2019. Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School was ranked 4,388 out of approximately 37,100 high schools in the United States, which puts PBL in the top 12% of all high schools in the nation.  This ranking also put PBL in the top 15% of all high schools in the state of Illinois (#184 of 1,292 high schools).

The list honoring excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics 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. The top 5,000 schools were curated from Educational Research™ (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019. To read more about, or the scoring process, please visit

The purpose of the study was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—as defined by the Congressional Research Service—while preparing them for post‐secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.

View the Newsweek STEM ranking results here