Illinois Schools Make List of Nation's Best Public High Schools: Report

Newsweek's annual list of the best public high schools in America named 24 Illinois schools, with one Chicago school cracking the top ten

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:

  1. Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago, no. 8
  2. New Trier Township High School, Winnetka, no. 17
  3. Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, no. 34
  4. Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, no. 37
  5. Maine South High School, Park Ridge, no. 73
  6. Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago, no. 77
  7. Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, no. 103
  8. Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake, no. 138
  9. Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, no. 154
  10. Barrington High School, Barrington, no. 156
  11. District 211- William Fremd High School, Palatine, no. 176
  12. York Community High School, Elmhurst, no. 186
  13. Wheaton North High School, Wheaton, no. 204
  14. Cary-Grove High School, Cary, no. 242
  15. Deerfield High School, Deerfield, no. 249
  16. Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora, no. 260
  17. James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, no. 279
  18. Lincoln-Way West High School, New Lenox, no. 349
  19. Grayslake North High School, Round Lake Beach, no. 424
  20. Lincoln-Way Central High School, New Lenox, no. 434
  21. Grayslake Central High School, Grayslake, no. 449
  22. Galena High School, Galena, no. 452
  23. Hinsdale South High School, Darien, no. 454
  24. Morton High School, Morton, no. 467

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

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