Newsweek ranks Homestead High School No. 1 in state

CREATED Aug 28, 2014

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MEQUON -- Newsweek's "Daily Beast" named Mequon’s Homestead High School No. 1 in Wisconsin.

When Carolyn Schuman moved here from Naperville, Ill., she wanted her kids to get a good education. Her son graduated from here two years ago and her daughter will be a senior.

Homestead just found out Wednesday that Newsweek ranked them No. 1.

“I'm really proud,” shares Schuman. “That's why we moved to Mequon years ago, because of the school district and the reputation that it had."

The honor was based on Homestead's high ACT and SAT scores, as well as their graduation and college acceptance rates.

Principal, Brett Bowers, says about 90 percent of the students go on to two or four year universities after they graduate.

"We have that unique combination of parents, students, faculty, and administration all holding themselves to the highest expectations," he said.

Carolyn admits she was worried about the high expectations. But now, she's grateful teachers pushed her son to excel.

"He actually thought that coming in from this school, this really prepared him for his college years. He actually thought college was easy based on the curriculum he had here," adds Schuman.

Her daughter's also got a full load this final year.  She's taking several AP and honors courses and will start college with several credits.