Mendota High School is a ‘commendable school’ on the latest School Report Card

Denise Aughenbaugh, Mendota High School Principal

MENDOTA - The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the annual 2019 Illinois Report Card, which provides a detailed look at each school’s progress in academics, student success, school culture and climate, and financial investments. Mendota High School received a commendable designation based on a four-tier system, which includes exemplary (highest), commendable, underperforming, and lowest performing.

MHS has prioritized college and career preparation and demonstrated growth in its graduation rate. The high school’s rating is based on proficiency in English Language Arts, Math, English Learner progress, and graduation rate. MHS continues to invest in offering additional summer opportunities and career and technical options for students. Last summer, select incoming freshmen students were able to attend a Summer Bridges Program. In November, the current eighth graders will experience a Career and Technical Education (CTE) day in collaboration with the Area Career Center and MHS CTE teachers.

“Our faculty and community work very hard to maintain a four-year graduation rate at and above the state level,” said Principal Denise Aughenbaugh. “It requires we focus on helping our freshmen be on track and exposed to a variety of curriculum. It is important that our students can take a well-rounded curriculum with required coursework and electives that allow them to experience career options.”

MHS’s ongoing efforts to maintain a 9th grade on-track rate of 87 percent and four-year graduation rate of 87 percent are reported. There are 379 MHS students enrolled in at least one CTE course. CTE courses help prepare students to be college and career ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills, and technical, job-specific skills.

Mendota High School is committed to gathering feedback from the Mendota District 280 community to ensure each and every student has the support they need to reach their goals. MHS is hosting parent nights/workshops to engage in dialogue on how the high school can continue to support all students and help them thrive. Aughenbaugh encourages parents and the community to see their event postings on the events page on Facebook and also in local newspaper press releases.

View Mendota High School’s complete report card data at


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