50 Best High Schools in Cook County

These are the best public schools in Cook county, according to Niche.

Choosing a high school is an important step in a child’s education. 

Some schools in Cook County have better scores than others. Niche, a data-analyzing website focused on schools, has graded some of the best public high schools in Cook County

The results stem from multiple ranking factors including teacher quality, state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity and more. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

Best Public High Schools in Cook County

  1. New Trier Township High School, Winnetka (A+)
  2. Glenbrook South High School, Glenview (A+)
  3. Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook (A+)
  4. William Fremd High School, Palatine (A+)
  5. James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates (A+)
  6. Evanston Township High School, Evanston (A+)
  7. Niles North High School, Skokie (A+)
  8. John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights (A+)
  9. Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove (A+)
  10. Prospect High School, Mt. Prospect (A+)
  11. Hoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates (A+)
  12. Niles West High School, Skokie (A+)
  13. Lyons Township High School, La Grange (A+)
  14. Oak Park & River Forest High School, Oak Park (A+)
  15. Lemont Township High School, Lemont (A+)
  16. Rolling Meadows High School, Rolling Meadows (A+)
  17. Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park (A+)
  18. Schaumburg High School, Schaumburg (A+)
  19. Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School, Chicago (A+)
  20. Maine East High School, Park Ridge (A+)
  21. Riverside Brookfield Township High School, Riverside (A)
  22. Maine South High School, Park Ridge (A)
  23. Palatine High School, Palatine (A)
  24. Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village (A)
  25. DeVry University Advantage Academy High School, Chicago (A)
  26. Wheeling High School, Wheeling (A)
  27. Victor J. Andrew High School, Orland Hills (A)
  28. Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Palos Hill (A)
  29. Westinghouse College Prep, Chicago (A)
  30. Proviso Math & Science Academy, Forest Park (A)
  31. Oak Forest High School, Oak Forest (A)
  32. Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor (A)
  33. Maine West High School, Des Plaines (A)
  34. Evergreen Park High School, Evergreen Park (A-)
  35. East Leyden High School, Franklin Park (A-)
  36. Argo Community High School, Summit (A-)
  37. Kenwood Academy High School, Chicago (A-)
  38. A.B. Shepard High School (Campus), Palos Heights (A-)
  39. Tinley Park High School, Tinley Park (A-)
  40. Hancock College Preparatory High School, Chicago (A-)
  41. Oak Lawn Community High School, Oak Lawn (B+)
  42. Harold L. Richards High School, Oak Lawn (B+)
  43. Back of the Yards IB HS, Chicago (B+)
  44. Solorio Academy High School, Chicago (B+)
  45. Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago (B+)
  46. Ridgewood Community High School, Norridge (B+)
  47. Reavis High School, Burbank (B+)
  48. West Leyden High School, Northlake (B+)
  49. Elmwood Park High School, Elmwood Park (B+)
  50. Senn High School, Chicago (B+)

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist and copy editor. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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