These are the 25 best public Illinois high schools in 2018, says Niche

August 17, 2017

1-2-3! Illinois dominates list of best public high schools in the U.S.

Five of the nation’s Top 10 public high schools are right here in Illinois, according to a new ranking by Niche.

Of those five high schools, three are part of the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, which has been at the center of the education funding reform battle between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled General Assembly. At the time of this writing, the fight over how state education dollars should be doled out—and how much CPS should get—has yet to be resolved, even though classes are already underway in some districts.

Notwithstanding the political gridlock that’s holding up public school money and Illinois’ broken education funding formula that shafts hundreds of low-income and rural school districts, Niche’s latest list is a reminder that the Land of Lincoln still is home to some of the very best high schools in the country.

Niche determines its rankings by taking into account the usual indicators: test scores, graduation rates, college readiness, teacher quality as well as reviews from students, parents and alums, among other factors (more on the methodology here).

Check out the list below to see the Top 25 public high schools in Illinois for the 2017-18 academic year and how those schools rank nationally. For the complete list, click here. 

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25. Oak Park & River Forest High School

Oak Park

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24. Niles North High School

Skokie

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23. William Fremd High School

Palatine

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22. Metea Valley High School

Aurora

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21. University High School

Normal

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20. John Hersey High School

Arlington Heights

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19. Naperville North High School

Naperville

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18. Barrington High School

Barrington

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17. Neuqua Valley High School

Naperville

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16. Prospect High School

Mt. Prospect

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15. Naperville Central High School

Naperville

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14. University of Illinois Laboratory High School

Urbana

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13. Vernon Hills High School

Vernon Hills

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12. Glenbrook North High School

Northbrook

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11. Libertyville High School

Libertyville

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10. Lane Technical College Preparatory High School

Chicago

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9. Jones College Prep High School

Chicago

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8. Glenbrook South High School

Glenview

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7. Hinsdale Central High School

Hinsdale

National rank: 24

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6. New Trier Township High School

Winnetka

National rank: 20

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5. Young Magnet School

Chicago

National rank: 6

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4. Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy

Aurora

National rank: 5

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3. Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Lincolnshire

National rank: 3

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2. Northside College Preparatory High School

Chicago

National rank: 2

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1. Walter Payton College Preparatory High School

Chicago

National rank: 1

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