Several Illinois high schools rank among best in the nation — see the full list

by Emily Mack

As any parent can tell you, school districts are a top consideration when buying a new home. But where exactly are the top schools? The online education resource Niche has released a new national ranking of the best public high schools — and the city of Chicago features heavily on the list.

To determine college readiness and the overall school experience, Niche looks at a number of factors. The comprehensive methodology considers test scores, graduation rates, student-teacher ratios and advanced placement enrollment alongside more qualitative assets like athletics, extracurricular opportunities and positive student body feedback. Taking this all into account, Niche’s national high school ranking is as follows:

No. 1: The Davidson Academy
Reno, Nev.

No. 2: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Durham, N.C.

No. 3: MA Academy for Math and Science School
Worcester, Mass.

No. 4: Maggie Walker Governor’s School
Richmond, Va.

No. 5: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, Va.

No. 6: Payton College Preparatory High School
Chicago, Ill.

No. 7: Northside College Preparatory High School
Chicago, Ill.

No. 8: High Technology High School
Lincroft, N.J.

No. 9: Bergen County Academies
Hackensack, N.J.

No. 10: School for the Talented & Gifted
Dallas, Texas

No. 11: Stuyvesant High School
New York City, NY

No. 12: Bronx High School of Science
New York City, NY

No. 13: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aurora, Ill.

No. 14: Staten Island Technical High School
New York City, NY

No. 15: Townsend Harris High School
New York City, NY

No. 16: South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
Hartsville, S.C.

No. 17: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
Columbus, Miss.

No. 18: Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Lincolnshire, Ill.

No. 19: Liberal Arts & Science Academy
Austin, Texas

No. 20: Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
Oklahoma City, Okla.

No. 21: Biotechnology High School
Freehold, N.J.

No. 22: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology
Laurenceville, Ga.

No. 23: Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
Chicago, Ill.

No. 24: Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science
Manahawkin, N.J.

No. 25: The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering
Rockaway, N.J.

You can also learn about the best private high schools in Illinois here.

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