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The best high schools in Illinois — public and private

by Emily Mack

School districts and property values are entirely interdependent. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, for every $1 spent on school funding, nearby home values increase by about $20. And as any parent can tell you, schools are a top — if not the top — consideration when buying a new home.

However, in the Chicagoland area, there are also many non-neighborhood school options. Among them, private schools, charter schools and CPS selective enrollment schools. Taking these all into account, Stacker has revealed this year’s high school rankings, based on statistics from the online education resource Niche. Niche uses various factors to determine the best of the best. Academics weighs the most heavily, deriving from statistics like state test assessments, SAT and ACT test scores, graduation rates and AP enrollment. Less quantifiable attributes, like culture and diversity, teachers, clubs, health and safety, resources, facilities and sports, are based on parent and student surveys. According to the diverse set of data, these are the best Illinois schools.

Private schools

No. 25: Wolcott College Prep

Chicago, Ill.

No. 24: Ida Crown Jewish Academy

Skokie, Ill.

No. 23: GEMS World Academy Chicago

Chicago, Ill.

No. 22: Benet Academy

Lisle, Ill.

No. 21: Keith Country Day School

Rockford, Ill.

No. 20: Fenwick High School

Oak Park, Ill.

No. 19: Loyola Academy

Wilmette, Ill.

No. 18: The Chicago Academy for the Arts

Chicago, Ill.

No. 17: The Einstein Academy

Elgin, Ill.

No. 16: Elgin Academy

Elgin, Ill.

No. 15: Christian Heritage Academy

Northfield, Ill.

No. 14: Northridge Preparatory School

Niles, Ill.

No. 13: Morgan Park Academy

Chicago, Ill.

No. 12: St. Ignatius College Prep

Chicago, Ill.

No. 11: Lycée Français de Chicago

Chicago, Ill.

No. 10: Rochelle Zell Jewish High School

Deerfield, Ill.

No. 9: Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Lake Forest, Ill.

No. 8: Beacon Academy

Evanston, Ill.

No. 7: Francis W. Parker School

Chicago, Ill.

No. 6: Roycemore School

Evanston, Ill.

No. 5: British International School of Chicago, South Loop

Chicago, Ill.

No. 4: North Shore Country Day

Winnetka, Ill.

No. 3: Latin School of Chicago

Chicago, Ill.

No. 2: Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, Ill.

No. 1: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Chicago, Ill.

Public schools

No. 25: Libertyville High School

Libertyville, Ill., Community High School District 128

No. 24: Evanston Township High School

Evanston, Ill., Evanston Township High School District No. 202

No. 23: Naperville North High School

Naperville, Ill., Evanston Township High School District No. 202

No. 22: Naperville Central High School

Naperville, Ill., Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203

No. 21: James B. Conant High School

Hoffman Estates, Ill., Township High School District No. 211

No. 20: Metea Valley High School

Aurora, Ill., Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204

No. 19: Glenbard West High School

Glen Ellyn, Ill., Glenbard Township High School District No. 87

No. 18: Highland Park High School

Highland Park, Ill., Township High School District No. 113

No. 17: Deerfield High School

Deerfield, Ill., Township High School District No. 113

No. 16: Lane Tech College Prep High School (formerly Lane Technical High School)

Chicago, Ill., Chicago Public Schools

No. 15: University of Illinois High School

Urbana, Ill.

No. 14: William Fremd High School

Palatine, Ill., Township High School District No. 211

No. 13: Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest, Ill., Lake Forest Community High School District 115

No. 12: Neuqua Valley High School

Naperville, Ill., Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204

No. 11: Vernon Hills High School

Vernon Hills, Ill., Community High School District 128

No. 10: Glenbrook South High School

Glenview, Ill., Glenbrook High Schools District 225

No. 9: New Trier Township High School

Winnetka, Ill. New Trier Township High School District No. 203

No. 8: Hinsdale Central High School

Hinsdale, Ill., Hinsdale Township High School District No. 86

No. 7: Glenbrook North High School

Northbrook, Ill. Glenbrook High Schools District 225

No. 6: Jones College Prep High School

Chicago, Ill., Chicago Public Schools

No. 5: Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Chicago, Ill., Chicago Public Schools

No. 4: Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Lincolnshire, Ill., Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125

No. 3: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Aurora, Ill.

No. 2: Northside College Preparatory High School

Chicago, Ill., Chicago Public Schools

No. 1: Payton College Preparatory High School

Chicago, Ill., Chicago Public Schools

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