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5 Chicago Schools Make Top 100 on 2022 List of Best Public High Schools – NBC Chicago

In a new ranking of the nation’s best public high schools, five Chicago schools ranked in the top 100.

US News and World Report on Tuesday released its 2022 ranking of the best public high schools across the country by weighing six factors: college readiness, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, performance underserved students, scope of the university program and graduation rate.

According to the report, about 18,000 public high schools across the country are ranked. Locally, 673 schools are ranked in Illinois.

Thirteen Arizona high schools are in the top 100, the most of any state. Florida and New York follow closely with 11 schools.

In Illinois, five schools are in the top 100, and they are all located in Chicago.

Walter Payton College Preparatory High SchoolNear the north side

  • National ranking: Number 5
  • Illinois Ranking: Number 1
  • Overall score based on the report’s weighted measures: 99.97/10

According to the report, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School’s curriculum centers on honors and advanced placement courses in math, science, language arts and social studies, among other subjects. Students can also participate in global exchanges and study programs in countries like France, Belize, and South Africa.

Northside College Preparatory Secondary School, Budlong Woods

  • National ranking: Number 31
  • Illinois Ranking: Number 2
  • Overall score based on the report’s weighted measures: 99.83/10

According to the report, the curriculum at Northside College Preparatory High School focuses on the in-depth study of subjects such as physics, constitutional law, and computer science. Most courses are at the Honors or Advanced Placement level.

Jones College Prep High School, South Loop neighborhood

  • National ranking: Number 51
  • Illinois Ranking: Number 3
  • Overall score based on the report’s weighted measures: 99.71/10

According to the report, the advanced placement attendance rate at Jones College Prep High School is 95% and the total minority enrollment is 59%.

Young Magnet High School, West Loop

  • National ranking: Number 67
  • Illinois Ranking: Number 4
  • Overall score based on the report’s weighted measures: 99.63/10

According to the report, the advanced placement participation rate at Young Magnet High School is 91%. Total minority enrollment is 73 percent.

Lane Technical High School, Roscoe Village

  • National ranking: Number 84
  • Illinois Ranking: Number 5
  • Overall score based on the report’s weighted measures: 99.53/10

According to the report, the advanced placement participation rate at Lane Technical High School is 95%. Total minority enrollment is 61 percent.

Statewide, in the suburbs, other high schools ranked in the top 500 of the list include Adlai E Stevenson High School (number 185) in Lincolnshire, Hinsdale Central High School (number 277) in Hinsdale, New Trier Township High School (number 285) in Winnetka, Libertyville High School (number 334) in Libertyville, Prospect High School (number 398) in Mt. Prospect, Neuqua Valley High School (number 417) in Naperville, and John Hersey High School (number 482) in Arlington Heights.

See the full list of rankings from US News and World Report here.

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