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  • Best public high schools in Chicago, IL
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    Best public high schools in Chicago, IL

    Amongst the biggest crossroads parents will ever encounter is where to send their kids to receive an education—whether that be kindergarten, elementary school, or even as far in their development as college. There are tons of different factors to consider when picking a high school, and they all vary between schools. Not to mention, one’s adolescence is a period in their life responsible for some of the most significant physical, cognitive, and social changes they’ll ever experience.

    As such, it is important to consider not only the quality of education a child might receive at each respective school, but also the quality of the people and experiences at their disposal. While many parents consider investing in private school for their children in the hopes that their financial contribution to their child’s education will offer them a leg up on the competition, studies show that public schools may attract better teachers, offer more commitment to students, and ultimately expose children to more diverse people and experiences.

    In an attempt to make this stressful decision a little easier on parents, Stacker data from Niche in order to compile a ranking of the 20 best public schools in Chicago. The schools are ranked according to a collection of key factors such as student-to-teacher ratio, quality of students, quality of teachers, and degree of diversity.

    Read on to learn which school may be the best place to send your future superstar.

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  • #20. Metea Valley High School
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    #20. Metea Valley High School

    - Location: Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204, IL
    - Student population: 2,841; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    - Reading proficiency: 61%; Math proficiency: 62%
    - Average graduation rate: 97%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #19. John Hersey High School
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    #19. John Hersey High School

    - Location: Township High School District No. 214, IL
    - Student population: 1,901; Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
    - Reading proficiency: 67%; Math proficiency: 72%
    - Average graduation rate: 92%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #18. Naperville North High School
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    #18. Naperville North High School

    - Location: Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203, IL
    - Student population: 2,769; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    - Reading proficiency: 75%; Math proficiency: 62%
    - Average graduation rate: 98%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #17. Barrington High School
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    #17. Barrington High School

    - Location: Barrington Community Unit School District No. 220, IL
    - Student population: 3,007; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    - Reading proficiency: 48%; Math proficiency: 29%
    - Average graduation rate: 96%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #16. Neuqua Valley High School
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    #16. Neuqua Valley High School

    - Location: Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204, IL
    - Student population: 3,764; Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
    - Reading proficiency: 48%; Math proficiency: 59%
    - Average graduation rate: 98%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #15. Prospect High School
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    #15. Prospect High School

    - Location: Township High School District No. 214, IL
    - Student population: 2,176; Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
    - Reading proficiency: 57%; Math proficiency: 47%
    - Average graduation rate: 94%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #14. Naperville Central High School
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    #14. Naperville Central High School

    - Location: Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203, IL
    - Student population: 2,874; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    - Reading proficiency: 77%; Math proficiency: 67%
    - Average graduation rate: 96%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #13. Vernon Hills High School
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    #13. Vernon Hills High School

    - Location: Community High School District No. 128, IL
    - Student population: 1,287; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    - Reading proficiency: 47%; Math proficiency: 42%
    - Average graduation rate: 94%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #12. Glenbrook North High School
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    #12. Glenbrook North High School

    - Location: Glenbrook High Schools District 225, IL
    - Student population: 1,997; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    - Reading proficiency: 46%; Math proficiency: 45%
    - Average graduation rate: 97%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #11. Libertyville High School
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    #11. Libertyville High School

    - Location: Community High School District No. 128, IL
    - Student population: 1,987; Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
    - Reading proficiency: 69%; Math proficiency: 44%
    - Average graduation rate: 94%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #10. Lane Tech College Prep High School
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    #10. Lane Tech College Prep High School

    - Location: Chicago Public Schools, IL
    - Student population: 4,049; Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
    - Reading proficiency: 78%; Math proficiency: 77%
    - Average graduation rate: 96%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #9. Jones College Prep High School
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    #9. Jones College Prep High School

    - Location: Chicago Public Schools, IL
    - Student population: 1,667; Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
    - Reading proficiency: 80%; Math proficiency: 77%
    - Average graduation rate: 98%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A

  • #8. Glenbrook South High School
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    #8. Glenbrook South High School

    - Location: Glenbrook High Schools District 225, IL
    - Student population: 2,910; Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
    - Reading proficiency: 49%; Math proficiency: 29%
    - Average graduation rate: 96%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #7. Hinsdale Central High School
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    #7. Hinsdale Central High School

    - Location: Hinsdale Township High School District No. 86, IL
    - Student population: 2,802; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    - Reading proficiency: 72%; Math proficiency: 42%
    - Average graduation rate: 95%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #6. New Trier Township High School
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    #6. New Trier Township High School

    - Location: New Trier Township High School District No. 203, IL
    - Student population: 4,057; Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
    - Reading proficiency: 88%; Math proficiency: 89%
    - Average graduation rate: 98%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs & activities grade: A+

  • #5. Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
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    #5. Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

    - Location: Chicago Public Schools, IL
    - Student population: 2,153; Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
    - Reading proficiency: 82%; Math proficiency: 92%
    - Average graduation rate: 96%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #4. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
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    #4. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

    - Location: Aurora, IL
    - Student population: 649; Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
    - Reading proficiency: data not available; Math proficiency: data not available 
    - Average graduation rate: 99%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #3. Adlai E. Stevenson High School
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    #3. Adlai E. Stevenson High School

    - Location: Lincolnshire, IL
    - Student population: 3,932; Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
    - Reading proficiency: 74%; Math proficiency: 45%
    - Average graduation rate: 95%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #2. Northside College Preparatory High School
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    #2. Northside College Preparatory High School

    - Location: Chicago Public Schools, IL
    - Student population: 1,056; Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
    - Reading proficiency: 90%; Math proficiency: 98%
    - Average graduation rate: 99%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

  • #1. Walter Payton College Prep
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    #1. Walter Payton College Prep

    - Location: Chicago Public Schools, IL
    - Student population: 887; Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
    - Reading proficiency: 92%; Math proficiency: 95%
    - Average graduation rate: 93%
    - Overall Niche grade: A+
    - Academics grade: A+
    - Clubs and activities grade: A+

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