Niche Names Chicago’s Top Private High Schools

by James F. McClister


In January, Niche, a website that ranks and reviews schools at every level of education, gave us the top high schools with the best teachers. This month, it’s the best private high schools.

In its 2016 Best Private High Schools in America list, the ranking and review site compiled stats on a number of different metrics, including top college scores, student culture and diversity and matriculation rates, to determine which schools, metro by metro, are “the best.” (Niche’s full methodology)

In Chicago, it was the Latin School of Chicago, located in Old Town, that claimed the city title of “Best Private High School.” Founded in 1888, the school’s student body was well rated for the number of top-level colleges they are vying to get into it, as well as its diversity and matriculation rate – which was nearly perfect.

For more details on Chicago’s best private schools, see our list below:

Rank School Location Top College Score Student Culture & Diversity Grade Matriculation Rate
1 The Latin School of Chicago Chicago A+ B+ 96%
2 Lake Forest Academy Lake Forest A+ A 99%
3 University of Chicago Lab School Chicago A+ B+ 99%
4 North Shore Country Day School Winnetka A+ 100%
5 Francis W. Parker School Chicago A+ 99%
6 Chicagoland Jewish High School Deerfield A+ B+ 100%
7 Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Lake Forest A+ B+ 98%
8 Benet Academy Lisle A+ B- 99%
9 St. Ignatius College Preparatory School Chicago A+ B 99%
10 Morgan Park Academy Chicago A+ A+ 100%

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  • Tobias Armstrong says:

    I like the variables they included in their ranking. Culture and diversity is a huge factor for a lot of people, myself included. And matriculation is a pretty solid way to measure success. Thanks for the information – I’ve been looking at private schools for a while and this gave me some great things to think about. http://www.internationalschoolmn.com/academics/upper-school

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