Two dozen schools in Illinois have been named among the top 500 public high schools in the country.
Newsweek released its annual ranking of the best public high schools in the country, rating thousands of high schools in the country based on their performance on state assessments, graduation rates, college readiness, and the percentage of students that are college bound. Among the 500 best, 24 of them were in Illinois.
Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago was the highest ranking school in Illinois and the only school to crack the top ten, coming in at no. 8.
New Trier Township High School in north suburban Winnetka followed behind, ranking 17th in the state.
Also among some of the highest ranked Illinois schools were Hinsdale Central High School and Lake Forest High School, which ranked at no. 34 and no. 37 respectively.
The only other Chicago school on the list was Whitney Young Magnet High School, ranking 77th.
In total, 24 Illinois schools ranked nationally on the list.
The top school in the country was the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
The 24 schools in Illinois were:
- Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, no. 8
- New Trier Township High School, Winnetka, no. 17
- Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, no. 34
- Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, no. 37
- Maine South High School, Park Ridge, no. 73
- Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago, no. 77
- Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, no. 103
- Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake, no. 138
- Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, no. 154
- Barrington High School, Barrington, no. 156
- District 211- William Fremd High School, Palatine, no. 176
- York Community High School, Elmhurst, no. 186
- Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, no. 204
- Cary-Grove High School, Cary, no. 242
- Deerfield High School, Deerfield, no. 249
- Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, no. 260
- James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, no. 279
- Lincoln-Way West High School, New Lenox, no. 349
- Grayslake North High School, Round Lake Beach, no. 424
- Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox, no. 434
- Grayslake Central High School, Grayslake, no. 449
- Galena High School, Galena, no. 452
- Hinsdale South High School, Darien, no. 454
- Morton High School, Morton, no. 467
See the full list of Illinois schools and national schools here.