3 Chicagoland High Schools Among the Nation’s Top 20

by Peter Thomas Ricci

The latest ranking in high schools provides further evidence of Chicagoland’s prominence in education


New Trier High School

Chicagoland high schools are highly represented in Newsweek‘s “America’s Top Schools 2015,” with three schools ranking in the top 20, five within the top 50 and 27 total amongst the top 500.

Here are the schools, along with their ranking:

  1. Payton College Preparatory High School (Chicago) – 10
  2. Northside College Preparatory High School (Chicago) – 12
  3. New Trier Township High School (Winnetka) – 14
  4. Lake Forest High School – 34
  5. Jones College Prep High School (Chicago) – 46
  6. Naperville North High School – 58
  7. Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire) – 82
  8. Glenbrook South High School (Glenview) – 90
  9. Naperville Central High School – 95
  10. William Fremd High School (Palatine) – 104
  11. Barrington High School – 161
  12. Lake Zurich High School – 175
  13. John Hersey High School (Arlington Heights) – 250
  14. Prairie Ridge High School (Crystal Lake) – 251
  15. Grayslake Central High School – 262
  16. Highland Park High School – 263
  17. Cary-Grove Community High School – 323
  18. Prospect High School (Mount Prospect) – 346
  19. Minooka Community High School – 349
  20. Main South High School (Park Ridge) – 380
  21. JB Conant High School (Hoffman Estates) – 382
  22. St. Charles North High School – 387
  23. Wheaton North High School – 388
  24. Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora) – 393
  25. Hinsdale South High School – 415
  26. Buffalo Grove High School – 442
  27. Metea Valley High School (Aurora) – 497

Newsweek‘s rankings utilized a metric that included the college readiness of students, the school’s graduation rate, the percent of students who were college bound and, most interestingly, the share of students who live in poverty. That final metric differed substantially across Chicagoland’s schools. At Walter Payton Prep and Northside Prep, for instance, 32.1 and 36.2 percent of students live in poverty, whereas at New Trier and Lake Forest, only 3.8 percent of students live in poverty.

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  • Dave Hanna says:

    Why no Whitney Young? They have consistently made this list in the past, wondering why they are not here now.
    Also, US News and World report had Lane tech in their top 10….

  • Thanks for your comment, Dave! To answer your question, we’d chalk it up to Newsweek’s ranking system, which likely differs from U.S. News and World Report.

  • Jordan Harris says:

    Where did Glenbrook North in IL fall on this list? Seems odd they were not mentioned.

  • Jordan,

    Glenbrook South came in at No. 90, but Glenbrook North was not on Newsweek’s list.

  • wy parent says:

    Whitney Young High School sent an email out to the student body and parents saying they had sent in the information in a format that Newsweek could not use so that is why they were left off of the rankings.

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