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Byron CUSD 226 Scores High on NICHE Rankings

The Byron Community Unit School District ranks as the top school district in the greater Rockford area, according to the 2022 NICHE rankings.  The District was also ranked #35 across all of Illinois, placing as one of the top districts throughout the State.
Overall, Byron CUSD #226 was given a grade of “A.”  The District also received “A” marks in the following subcategories:  Academics, Teachers, Clubs & Activities, Sports, Health & Safety, Food, and Resources & Facilities.  The ranking system is based on a rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.   
Also topping the charts were Mary Morgan Elementary School and Byron Middle School.  Both schools received the number #1 ranking in the Rockford area for their respective (elementary and middle school) categories.  Byron High School was #3 in the greater Rockford Area. 
“Despite the challenges of the past couple years, our students and staff have continued to push forward and accomplish great things,” stated Byron CUSD superintendent Buster Barton.  “We are proud of their effort and grateful for the support we have received by our overall school community.”   
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  • financialaid District Finances Per pupil spending is $9,462 for instructional expenses and $17,529 for operational expenses.
  • boardoftrustees Sizing It Up The district average class size is 18 students compared to the states average of 21.
  • Health & Wellness Byron students average 5 days of PE per week compared to the states average of 4 days per week.
  • Enrollment Total district enrollment for PK-12 is 1,482.
  • Student Attendance The average daily attendance across the district is 95%.
  • Extraordinary Faculty Total full time teachers in the district is 110 of which 39.2% have a Bachelor’s degree and 59.9% have a Master’s degree or higher.
  • Future Prospects Within 12 months of graduating, 64% of seniors enroll in a 2 or 4 year college.
  • volunteer Exceptional Services We are a “stand alone” district meaning we house all 27 of our special need services personnel within our district. Currently 16% of our student population qualify for special services.

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