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2024 Best Public High Schools in the Chicago Area

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

    Payton College Preparatory High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

    428 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 428 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,167,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

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

    Northside College Preparatory High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Northside College Prep High School, a crucible of leadership and challenge, stands out for its unique blend of empowerment and rigorous academics. The administrators shine in fostering a safe space....

    Read 622 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,027,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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

    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Public School,

    AURORA, IL,

    10-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says IMSA is a fantastic school for students who want to take their education to the next level. The diversity and academics are excellent, and the shared culture between the students is incredible. That....

    Read 377 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 624,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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

    Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    1179 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Whitney Young is a great school with great academics and athletics. There are hundreds of clubs to choose from. The school prepares kids for academic success and college readiness. The teachers are....

    Read 1179 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,051,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson High School

    Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125, IL,

    9-12,

    1252 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Stevenson High School is considered one of the best public high schools in Illinois. It provides students with abundant opportunities, including classes, clubs, activities, social events, etc.....

    Read 1252 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 4,392,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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

    Jones College Prep High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says The experience I have had at Jones College Prep has been decent! It is definitely a very academically focused school, and that is a good thing because it motivates students to do well, but it is....

    Read 766 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,909,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,

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

    Lane Tech College Prep High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    3230 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Easy to be a stranger here, but it's wonderful when you choose not to be one. Room numbering system is odd, but you'll get it in a few weeks. Most students will be happy to assist you w finding....

    Read 3230 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 4,330,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,

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

    New Trier Township High School

    Blue checkmark.

    New Trier Township High School District No. 203, IL,

    10-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says I cannot say enough about the opportunities New Trier provides for ALL students. My two sons (one a graduate, another a current student) have very different interests, needs, and learning styles.....

    Read 597 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,995,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

  9. #10 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Glenbrook South High School

    Glenbrook High School District 225, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Great School! A lot of resources available to students to guarantee success, but it all depends on the student's intent. Advising could definitely be better in terms of a more thorough pipeline....

    Read 555 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 3,080,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

  10. #11 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Glenbrook North High School

    Glenbrook High School District 225, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says As a current junior, There is no doubt that I am beyond privileged to go to a high school as great as Glenbrook North. The school does the absolute most to ensure that their students are well....

    Read 464 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,052,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

  11. #12 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Hinsdale Central High School

    Hinsdale Township High School District No. 86, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Going to school at Hinsdale Central was a wonderful experience for me. One thing I loved about Hinsdale Central was the challenging academic curriculum. The teachers were passionate and knowledgeable, and they pushed me to reach my full potential. I felt well-prepared...Another thing I appreciated was the extensive extracurricular opportunities. There were numerous clubs, sports teams, and other programs available, which allowed me to explore my interests and...The school culture at Hinsdale Central was also positive and inclusive. The community was diverse and welcoming, and I felt like I belonged there. Overall, my experience going to school at Hinsdale Central was excellent. The challenging academics, extensive extracurricular opportunities, supportive community, and modern facilities made it a....

    Read 392 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,544,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

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

    Barrington High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Barrington Community Unit School District No. 220, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I am a senior at Barrington High School. I'm a three-sport athlete playing field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse year-round. I have also taken five aps. There is a lot of academic pressure at....

    Read 502 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,834,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  13. #16 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    James B. Conant High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Township High School District No. 211, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Conant is an amazing school. I was not in any sports or clubs but they have so many activities and if they don’t have something you’re interested in they will help you start a club! There were a few....

    Read 562 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,468,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  14. #20 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Deerfield High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Township High School District No. 113, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says My high school is in a very wealthy area. Sports are very well funded and we have well-maintained training areas. The theatre programs are able to fundraise to get the remaining funds not provided by....

    Read 318 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,492,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

  15. #22 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Naperville Central High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says We are lucky enough to live in a wonderful town and have a beautiful school. The teachers actually care about us. If we need extra help, it is always available the senior events that they gave us....

    Read 619 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,612,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

  16. #23 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Evanston Township High School

    Evanston Township High School District No. 202, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says I have two children with very different strengths, needs, and interests who’ve attended ETHS all four years. It frequently feels like they attend two completely different schools under the same roof.....

    Read 715 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 3,727,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

  17. #24 Best Public High Schools in Chicago Area.

    Highland Park High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Township High School District No. 113, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Highland Park High School is inclusive for all students and the value of learning and academics HPHS holds is incomparable. Recently, the lunch room and library were updated to provide an inclusive....

    Read 280 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,806,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

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