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2023 Best Private High Schools in Illinois

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  1. #1 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

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    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    133 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 133 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,051,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

  2. #4 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    North Shore Country Day

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    Private School,

    WINNETKA, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    70 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 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 70 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 547,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  3. #6 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Roycemore School

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    Private School,

    EVANSTON, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says Our family came to Roycemore in 8th grade from another independent school in the Chicagoland area. We chose Roycemore because of the small, individual attention each student receives. When my....

    Read 153 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 244,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  4. #7 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Francis W. Parker School

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    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    61 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 61 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 935,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

  5. #8 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

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    Private School,

    LAKE FOREST, IL,

    9-12,

    70 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 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 70 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 131,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

  6. #9 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Lycée Français de Chicago

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    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says It's a small school. Everyone knows each other. It's very much a community of foreigners in Chicago. However, there are Americans. Students always come out of my school as bilingual in French and....

    Read 20 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 746,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  7. #11 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    St. Ignatius College Prep

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    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Diversity has definitely improved since my freshmen year. The school has become more inclusive towards minorities and the LGBTQ+ community. Academics are tough. How hard your class is doesn’t depend....

    Read 382 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,512,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  8. #12 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Beacon Academy

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    Private School,

    EVANSTON, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says I wasn't sure what to expect when I heard there was a Montessori inspired high school. The more I learn, I realize that Montessori goes hand-in-hand with International Baccalaureate and Real-life...The students have a lot of choice in their course selection, and within courses the students who have a burning desire to dive deeper are given that runway. My teen happens to be fairly aggressive in...Honestly the students are thriving because their teachers are amazing - they bring creativity, joy, authenticity AND rigor to the classroom. Thank you Beacon for recruiting, hiring, and retaining...I haven't seen anything like Beacon and wholeheartedly I support this model of educating students..

    Read 24 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 213,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  9. #13 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Northridge Preparatory School

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    Private School,

    NILES, IL,

    6-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Northridge was a once in a lifetime experience for me. I walked in the halls as a young boy not knowing what to expect and came out as a man. That includes knowing my goals in life, learning my...-Jack Figliuolo.

    Read 68 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 330,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

  10. #14 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Elgin Academy

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    Private School,

    ELGIN, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says Our rising junior will be entering their 14th year at Elgin Academy, having attended since pre-K. That alone speaks volumes - we've offered our child the opportunity to change schools at lower....

    Read 43 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 227,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 5 to 1,

  11. #19 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Loyola Academy

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    Private School,

    WILMETTE, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Loyola Academy is a great school as long as you can foot the bill and desire Jesuit values in education. Loyola’s strengths are its athletics and college readiness. Athletics are a huge part of the....

    Read 306 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,000,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

  12. #22 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    GEMS World Academy Chicago

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    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says Our daughter has been at GEMs for 5 years now. I am so impressed by this institution. The faculty, teachers, students, peers, mentors, and just the campus itself exceeds any expectation I could have....

    Read 29 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 440,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 5 to 1,

  13. #24 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    St. Francis High School

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    Private School,

    WHEATON, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says As a new Freshman parent I've been continually impressed with each interaction with St. Francis. The onboarding process is organized and informative, not only for the Freshman students, but the....

    Read 127 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 698,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

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