The best public high schools in Illinois — see the full list

by Emily Mack

In Illinois, your child’s school district can determine their education. And though private schools remain a popular option, public high schools throughout the state offer plenty of free alternatives. With the rise of selective enrollment and charter schools, many public schools now outrank private — even within the city of Chicago.

Taking these all into account, the online education resource Niche has unveiled this year’s list of the best public high schools in Illinois. According to the site, this high school ranking is based on various factors: state test scores, SAT and ACT scores, student-teacher ratios, graduation rates and AP enrollment. Less quantifiable attributes, like school culture, teachers, clubs and sports, were also included, based on parent and student surveys.

Notably, of the top five, three are Chicago Public Schools.

Check out all of the top 20 public Illinois schools for yourself:

1. Payton College Preparatory High School

Chicago, Ill.

2. Northside College Preparatory High School

Chicago, Ill.

3. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Aurora, Ill.

4. Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Chicago, Ill.

5. University of Illinois High School

Urbana, Ill.

6. Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Lincolnshire, Ill.

7. Jones College Prep High School

Chicago, Ill.

8. Hinsdale Central High School

Hinsdale, Ill.

9. Lane Tech College Prep High School

Chicago, Ill.

10. Glenbrook South High School

Glenview, Ill.

11. Neuqua Valley High School

Naperville, Ill.

12. Glenbrook North High School

Glenview, Ill.

13. William Fremd High School

Palatine, Ill.

14. Vernon Hills High School

Vernon Hills, Ill.

15. New Trier Township High School

Wilmette, Ill.

16. Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest, Ill.

17. Barrington High School

Barrington, Ill.

18. Metea Valley High School

Aurora, Ill.

19. James B. Conant High School

Hoffman Estates, Ill.

20. Glenbard West High School

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

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