Illinois Schools Make List of Nation's Best High Schools for 2016: US News & World Report

Two Chicago schools have been named among the top 100 high schools in the country.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of the best high schools in the country, rating more than 21,000 public high schools in the country based on their performance on state assessments, graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.

Northside College Preparatory High School was the highest ranking school in Illinois, coming at no. 39 on the list. Payton College Preparatory High School followed closely at no. 41.

Also among some of the highest ranked Illinois schools were Young Magnet High School and Jones College Prep High School in Chicago, which ranked at no. 120 and no. 130 respectively.

The first suburban school to make the list was Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, which ranked at no. 166 nationally.

In total, 97 Illinois schools ranked nationally on the list.

The top school in the country was the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas. BASIS Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona; BASIS Tuscon in Tuscon, Arizona; School of Science and Engineering in Dallas; and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia rounded out the top five.

The top 20 schools in Illinois were:

  1. Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, no. 39
  2. Payton College Preparatory High School, Chicago, no. 41
  3. Young Magnet High School, Chicago, no. 120
  4. Jones College Prep High School, Chicago, no. 130
  5. Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, no. 166
  6. Lane Technical High School, Chicago, no. 172
  7. Deerfield High School, Deerfield, no. 229
  8. Phoenix Military Academy High School, Chicago, no. 234
  9. Lindblom Math and Science Acad High School, Chicago, no. 272
  10. Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, no. 356
  11. Prospect High School, Mount Prospect, no. 362
  12. John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, no. 444
  13. Evanston Township High School, Evanston, no. 452
  14. Lincoln Park High School, Chicago, no. 455
  15. Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, no. 478
  16. Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove, no. 531
  17. Highland Park High School, Highland Park, no. 548
  18. Libertyville High School, Libertyville, no. 554
  19. Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, no. 580
  20. Brooks College Prep Academy High School, Chicago, no. 585 

See the full list of Illinois schools and national schools here.

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