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2022 Best High Schools in the Chicago Area

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  1. #1 Best Private High Schools in Chicago Area.

    University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    131 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I was a student at lab since preschool, and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The lower grades especially had something special about them. Elementary classes were based on projects and exploration,....

    Read 131 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,051,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  2. #1 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Payton College Preparatory High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

    400 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I've been here for all four years and I love this school! Truly, the best part of the school is the teachers. Of course, you'll have a few that aren't your favorite, but I've found teachers I really....

    Read 400 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,220,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  3. #3 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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    Public School,

    AURORA, IL,

    10-12,

    344 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I truly enjoy the community and culture at IMSA. Students are like-minded and academically driven toward higher education and accomplishments. Staff and teachers are very knowledgeable and helpful,...If I could change anything about IMSA it would be to improve better inclusion of teacher preparation for student extended so that academic workload is better balanced. Additionally, I would like to....

    Read 344 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 631,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

  4. #4 Best Private High Schools in Chicago Area.

    North Shore Country Day

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    Private School,

    WINNETKA, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    69 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says North Shore is by no doubt an amazing school. While it is small and a bit sheltered, the school culture promotes independence and hard work in their students through rigorous courses and workloads.....

    Read 69 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 525,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  5. #7 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Glenbrook North High School

    Glenbrook High Schools District 225, IL,

    9-12,

    443 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says In general, Glenbrook North High school offers one of the best education program and curriculum in Illinois! Our school provides many educational opportunities and challenges for each and every....

    Read 443 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,040,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

  6. #6 Best Private High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Roycemore School

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    Private School,

    EVANSTON, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    149 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says We could not be happier with our son's high school experience. His teachers were all very strong, personable and with the small class sizes were able to taylor teaching to the student. The head of....

    Read 149 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 244,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  7. #8 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Hinsdale Central High School

    Hinsdale Township High School District No. 86, IL,

    9-12,

    375 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says My experience prepared me well for college and provided a number of opportunities for academic competition. I especially enjoyed participating on the Math Team and Scholastic Bowl team. Competition...The teachers were of high caliber. They cared about our success and challenged us. Some of the toughest classes were also some of the most enjoyable because of the quality instruction.One area for improvement would be better integration with the program for the hearing-impaired. A few deaf students attended normal classes with the help of a sign-language interpreter, but it would....

    Read 375 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,682,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

  8. #7 Best Private High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Francis W. Parker School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    60 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I have had an awesome experience at Francis W Parker. Teachers at Parker are creative (and free to make their own curricula because of Parker's progressive philosophy) and teach students mind-blowing...However, the unavoidable smallness of each class makes some students too comfortable with one another - everyone knows everything about everyone. Additionally, many reputations stick from middle...Yet the education, especially in history and English classes, is great. Parker has, however, been trying to improve their STEM classes - they finally introduced higher-level math courses into middle...Recently, because the administration in the high school has been changing for around 5 years now, some students feel that they have less influence in school processes than they used to.Overall, though, definitely come to Parker!.

    Read 60 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 935,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  9. #8 Best Private High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Beacon Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    EVANSTON, IL,

    9-12,

    23 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says In our third year at Beacon, we couldn't be happier with the balance of real academic, intellectual curiosity and a supportive environment for students. Gone are the days of "skill and drill" and....

    Read 23 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 213,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  10. #12 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Neuqua Valley High School

    Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204, IL,

    9-12,

    1107 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I loved my time at Neuqua, because for the most part, I had excellent teachers who were excited and knowledgeable about the material they were teaching; if I ever struggled with classroom material,....

    Read 1107 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 3,477,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  11. #14 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    William Fremd High School

    Township High School District No. 211, IL,

    9-12,

    614 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I love Fremd high school, it is like a second home to me. This school does so much for its students, both in academics and extracurriculars. The course options are incredible with unique classes like....

    Read 614 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,599,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  12. #15 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Lane Tech College Prep High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    3131 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Lane Tech is an amazing school where the students are diverse and the resources are numerous. Students have access to well-qualified teachers and aid. Lane Tech excels in all areas: the sports teams....

    Read 3131 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 4,500,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 19 to 1,

  13. #9 Best Private High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    LAKE FOREST, IL,

    9-12,

    63 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says I am not going to sugar coat this. I was skeptical of Woodlands at first. It is small, tucked away in Lake Forest, and single gender. Maybe this was an environment that was too protected,...The school is diverse and composed of students from the City, the burbs, and international locations that span the socio-economic spectrum. The academics are great and exceed expectation. If a student seeks challenge, the answer is always yes! If a student tries to back away from their potential, a teacher is on it. Students...Girls learn to advocate & take pride in their accomplishments. Upon graduation they leave WA self-sufficient & confident women. They are ready to define their unique place in society.Despite school size, college placement is amazing! Deserves all the accolades!.

    Read 63 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 131,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,