Best Public High Schools in Illinois? US News & World Report Weighs In

US News & World has released its 2020 report of the best public high schools in the country. Five Illinois high schools ranked in the top 100 nationally with Payton College Prep ranked No. 9.

 

Other Illinois high schools ranked in the top 100 include Northside College Prep at No. 38, Jones College at No. 66, Whitney Young Magnet High School at No. 77 and Lane Tech College Prep at No. 81.

 

By working with global nonprofit research firm RTI International, US News analyzed data from more than 24,000 public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 

The ranking method

 

Each school is scored in each of these areas for quality: College readiness, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breath and graduation rate.

 

From there, the US News and RTI International computed an overall score to rank the school on a national percentile basis. “We did this by summing their weighted scores across six indicators of school quality, then computed for each school a single zero to 100 overall score reflective of performance across these metrics,” stated the US News team on their website.

 

The local winners

 

We’ve rounded up the top 50 Chicagoland public schools that scored highest and provided both their state and national ranking.

 

All schools listed here are in numerical order locally. Their overall state score is listed in the parenthesis, followed by their national score.

 

    1. Payton College Preparatory High School, Chicago (state #1, national #9)

 

    1. Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago (state #2, national #38)

 

    1. Jones College Prep High School, Chicago (state #3, national #66)

 

    1. Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago (state #4, national #77)

 

    1. Lane Tech College Prep High School, Chicago (state #5, national #81)

 

    1. Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire (state #6, national #150)

 

    1. Libertyville High School, Libertyville (state #7, national #289)

 

    1. John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights (state #8, national #290)

 

    1. Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago (state #9, national #296)

 

    1. Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy High School, Chicago (state #10, national #304)

 

    1. Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale (state #11, national #310)

 

    1. Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook (state #12, national #312)

 

    1. New Trier High School, Winnetka (state #13, national #313)

 

    1. Deerfield High School, Deerfield (state #14, national #316)

 

    1. Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills (state #15, national #349)

 

    1. Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville (state #16, national #376)

 

    1. Glenbrook South High School, Glenview (state #17, national #383)

 

    1. Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest (state #18, national #411)

 

    1. William Fremd High School, Palatine (state #19, national #419)

 

    1. Proviso Mathematics & Science Academy, Forest Park (state #20, national #420)

 

    1. Prospect High School, Mt Prospect (state #21, national #425)

 

    1. Lincoln Park High School, Chicago (state #22, national #432)

 

    1. Phoenix Military Academy, Chicago (state #23, national #547)

 

    1. Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn (state #24, national #555)

 

    1. Noble Street College Prep, Chicago (state #25, national #610)

 

    1. St. Charles North High School, St. Charles (state #26, national #611)

 

    1. Metea Valley High School, Aurora (state #27, national #618)

 

    1. Highland Park High School, Highland Park (state #28, national #619)

 

    1. Westmont High School, Westmont (state #29, national #624)

 

    1. Naperville Central High School, Naperville (state #30, national #661)

 

    1. Pritzker College Prep, Chicago (state #31, national #677)

 

    1. George Westinghouse College Prep, Chicago (state #32, national #682)

 

    1. York Community High School, Chicago (state #33, national #690)

 

    1. Maine South High School, Park Ridge (state #34, national #698)

 

    1. Barrington High School, Barrington (state #35, national #735)

 

    1. Naperville North High School, Naperville (state #36, national #768)

 

    1. Evanston Township High School, Evanston (state #37, national #773)

 

    1. Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich (state #38, national #779)

 

    1. Muchin College Prep, Chicago (state #39, national #783)

 

    1. UIC College Prep, Chicago (state #40, national #833)

 

    1. Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park (state #41, national #871)

 

    1. Lyons Township High School, La Grange (state #42, national #933)

 

    1. Golder College Prep, Chicago (state #43, national #945)

 

    1. Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove (state #44, national #951)

 

    1. North High School, Downers Grove (state #45, national #1,000)

 

    1. James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates (state #46, national #1,011)

 

    1. Crystal Lake South High School, Crystal Lake (state #49, national #1,056)

 

    1. Schaumburg High School, Schaumburg (state #50, national #1,057)

 

    1. Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora (state #51, national #1,098)

 

    1. Lemont High School, Lemont (state #52, national #1,148)

 

 


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