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The 10 most in-demand school districts in Cook County

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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Cook County features some of the top school districts in the country, but which of those districts have the most in-demand housing markets?

A new analysis from realtor.com provides a unique answer to that question. Comparing the median price of the homes in Cook County’s school districts to the overall median price of the county – which is $266,000 – realtor.com then ranked the districts based on the premium that homebuyers spend for properties within the district’s boundaries.

Below, we’ve detailed the Cook County districts with the highest premiums, in addition to information from the state of Illinois on the districts’ performance and per-pupil spending:

1. Kenilworth SD 38

Median List Price: $1,612,000
List Price Premium: 606%
Average School Rating: 10
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 77%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $22,289
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $13,187
Total Enrollment: 497
Number of Schools: 1

2. Winnetka SD 36

Median List Price: $1,385,000
List Price Premium: 521%
Average School Rating: 10
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 62%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $19,774
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $11,102
Total Enrollment: 1,807
Number of Schools: 5

3. Glencoe SD 35

Median List Price: $1,150,000
List Price Premium: 432%
Average School Rating: 9.7
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 72%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $17,858
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $10,368
Total Enrollment: 1,207
Number of Schools: 3

4. New Trier Township HSD 203

Median List Price: $985,000
List Price Premium: 370%
Average School Rating: 9.9
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 69%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $22,123
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $13,829
Total Enrollment: 4,099
Number of Schools: 2

5. Sunset Ridge SD 29 (Northfield)

Median List Price: $875,000
List Price Premium: 329%
Average School Rating: 9.7
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 76%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $24,453
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $16,091
Total Enrollment: 491
Number of Schools: 2

6. Wilmette SD 39

Median List Price: $780,000
List Price Premium: 293%
Average School Rating: 10
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 70%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $14,276
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $8,574
Total Enrollment: 3,703
Number of Schools: 6

7. Western Springs SD 101

Median List Price: $712,000
List Price Premium: 268%
Average School Rating: 9.9
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 74%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $9,608
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $6,009
Total Enrollment: 1,441
Number of Schools: 4

8. Glenview CCSD 34

Median List Price: $649,000
List Price Premium: 244%
Average School Rating: 9.3
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 55%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $12,647
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $7,986
Total Enrollment: 4,887
Number of Schools: 8

9. River Forest SD 90

Median List Price: $649,000
List Price Premium: 244%
Average School Rating: 9.5
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 69%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $14,756
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $9,290
Total Enrollment: 1,355
Number of Schools: 3

10. Northfield Township HSD 225

Median List Price: $598,000
List Price Premium: 225%
Average School Rating: 9.4
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 43%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $22,039
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $13,327
Total Enrollment: 4,965
Number of Schools: 2

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