10 Chicagoland School Districts with the Highest Graduation Rates

by James Bellandi


New Trier High School, which is part of the New Trier Township High School District 203

The Hechinger Report recently released the data for the graduation rates for nearly every school district in the U.S. The data, which draws from the 2013 graduating class, broke down the numbers past the typical statewide average.

We took a closer look at the graduation rates for the Chicagoland area, and found the 10 school districts with the highest graduation rates, along with the communities they cover:

  1. Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 (Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville) – 98.5 percent
  2. Community High School District 94 (West Chicago) – 98.1 percent
  3. New Trier Township High School District 203 (Glenview and Wilmette) – 98 percent
  4. Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 (Elburn and Kaneville) – 97.7 percent
  5. Northfield Township High School District 225 (Glenview and Northbrook) – 97.4 percent
  6. Geneva Community Unit School District 304 (Geneva) – 96.2 percent
  7. Grayslake Community High School District 127 (Grayslake) – 96.1 percent
  8. Naperville Community Unit School District 203 (Naperville) – 95.9 percent
  9. Hinsdale Township High School District 86 (Hinsdale) – 95.8 percent
  10. Lemont Township High School District 210 (Lemont) – 95.8 percent

As Chicago Agent previously reported, the quality of schools is one of the most important things consumers consider when buying a home, even if it means buying a more expensive home. In 2013, Redfin conducted a survey which found that the median price for a home in a top school district in the Chicagoland area was $257,500, compared to $162,250 for a the price of a home in an average school district.

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  • Bill Doyle says:

    When I graduated from HS(1960) the rate was 100%

  • karl says:

    Watch…with these statistics, the superintendents will get a raise. Teachers who actually did the work…probably not.

  • Bob says:

    Karl – The reason the rate is so high in Naperville is parent involvement not the teachers – the teachers are overpaid in Naperville.

  • Amy says:

    Really? Why would anyone want to live in boring suburban Plainefield or Naperville versus the North Shore. Not even a comparison. Think their figures are skewed.

  • Matt says:

    The graduation percentages have little to do with quality of teaching and opportunities and more to do with size of the district and value of education in the home. Looking at some of these districts, I wouldn’t consider them top 10 for quality of schools. Being a real estate publication, it is also clear that these rankings do not correlate to property values. Look elsewhere for quality of school data, particularly try to look at individual experiences and how the family and student attitudes in the stories correlate to your own family. That will give you a much better picture of what your child’s experience would be in those schools.

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