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The 10 most in-demand school districts in DuPage County

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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Last week, we reported on the Cook County school districts that commanded the highest home prices, and now we’re back with similar analysis for DuPage County.

Utilizing data from realtor.com, our list below compares the median price of the homes in DuPage’s school districts to the county’s overall median price of $350,000. We then ranked the districts based on the premium that homebuyers spend for properties within the district’s boundaries.

Additionally, we’ve included information from the state of Illinois on the districts’ performance and per-pupil spending:

1. Butler SD 53 School District (Oak Brook)

Median List Price: $1,200,000
List Price Premium: 343%
Average School Rating: 10
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 78%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $17,578
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $10,080
Total Enrollment: 491
Number of Schools: 2

2. Hinsdale CCSD 181 School District

Median List Price: $1,099,000
List Price Premium: 314%
Average School Rating: 10
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 71%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $16,674
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $9,461
Total Enrollment: 3,914
Number of Schools: 9

3. Hinsdale Twp HSD 86 School District

Median List Price: $727,000
List Price Premium: 208%
Average School Rating: 9.2
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 56%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $18,428
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $12,357
Total Enrollment: 4,407
Number of Schools: 2

4. CCSD 180 School District (Burr Ridge)

Median List Price: $700,000
List Price Premium: 200%
Average School Rating: 5.8
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 26%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $15,355
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $8,868
Total Enrollment: 688
Number of Schools: 2

5. Lyons Twp HSD 204 School District

Median List Price: $590,000
List Price Premium: 169%
Average School Rating: 9.7
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 52%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $16,516
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $10,119
Total Enrollment: 4,032
Number of Schools: 1

6. Pleasantdale SD 107 School District (Burr Ridge)

Median List Price: $590,000
List Price Premium: 169%
Average School Rating: 9.7
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 56%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $15,157
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $8,798
Total Enrollment: 833
Number of Schools: 2

7. Glen Ellyn SD 41 School District

Median List Price: $543,000
List Price Premium: 155%
Average School Rating: 9
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 55%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $12,929
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $8,066
Total Enrollment: 3,451
Number of Schools: 5

8. Gower SD 62 School District (Willowbrook/Burr Ridge)

Median List Price: $530,000
List Price Premium: 151%
Average School Rating: 9.1
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 59%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $15,241
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $9,395
Total Enrollment: 830
Number of Schools: 2

9. SD U-46 School District

Median List Price: $525,000
List Price Premium: 150%
Average School Rating: 7.6
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 32%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $10,672
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $6,095
Total Enrollment: 40,400
Number of Schools: 54

10. Elmhurst SD 205 School District

Median List Price: $508,000
List Price Premium: 145%
Average School Rating: 9.3
Share of Student Who Meet/Exceed State Standards: 55%
Operational Spending (Per Student): $13,417
Instruction Spending (Per Student): $8,588
Total Enrollment: 8,449
Number of Schools: 12

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Comments

  • john LeTourneau says:

    I think your Gower District median price may be a bit off… Also wondering how Burr Ridge 181 got on the list, as their scores and ratings are much lower than any of the others on the list? What were the selection criteria?

  • Thanks for your comment, John! To answer your question, we ranked the districts based on realtor.com’s analysis of median home price, and how much higher the prices were for those districts than the county average; we added the additional information about school performance for further context.

  • Luisa Hoch says:

    Med list price for Gower District is $50,000?

  • A typo from our source – thanks for pointing it out, Luisa!

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