Get Schooled: Illinois’ Best Schools are in Chicago

June 12, 2014

high school in ChicagoSearching for a place to settle that offers top-notch academics? Then look no further than the Windy City. According to U.S. News and World Report, Illinois’ top 10 public high schools are all located in or around Chicago, and, with the summer months already flying by and the new school year in sight, now is the perfect time to look at the diverse housing options that surround some of Illinois’ top schools.

Scored on their student to teacher ratio, the number of students who pass AP exams and the students’ math and reading scores on the state exit exams, Illinois’ top ten schools are:

  1. Northside College Preparatory High School
  2. Walter Payton College Preparatory High School
  3. Jones College Prep
  4. Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
  5. Adlai E. Stevenson High School
  6. Deerfield High School
  7. Hinsdale Central High School
  8. Lane Technical High School
  9. John Hersey High School
  10. Highland Park High School

Visit U.S. News and World Report’s list of top Illinois public high schools to see a short description of each school and a breakdown of each school’s scores, as well as other top-ranked Chicago-area public schools.

Half of these ten schools, including Northside College Preparatory High School, which was also ranked No. 36 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, are selective enrollment public schools in the Chicago Public School System, meaning students must apply to attend. The other five schools, including Adlai E. Stevenson, Deerfield, Hinsdale, John Hersey and Highland Park, are regular neighborhood public schools, meaning children living within each school’s surrounding district are automatically slated to attend that school.

Regardless of whether a school is designated “selective enrollment” or “neighborhood,” these 10 Chicago-area academic powerhouses offer students world-class educational opportunities and loads of one-on-one time with educators, with student-to-teacher ratios as low as 15-to-1.

The abundance of great Chicago schools and their locations in and around the city means parents who want to move near to and have their children attend one of these schools have a wide variety of housing options from which to choose. So, whether you are looking for a spacious townhome, beautiful condo, economical apartment or a suburban single-family house, you can be sure to find both your family’s dream home and your children’s dream school in Chicago.

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