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2023 Best Public High Schools in Illinois

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  1. #3 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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    Public School,

    AURORA, IL,

    10-12,

    359 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 359 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 629,

  2. #4 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

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    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    1158 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 1158 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,121,

  3. #5 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    University of Illinois High School

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    Public School,

    URBANA, IL,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Overall, I’ve had a really good experience at Uni! Academics are mostly really good. I’ve had some less than stellar teachers—many of whom are knowledgeable in their subject areas, but struggle teaching them at a beginner level—but others have been...There’s a diversity of personalities in the student body, but kids are generally passionate and motivated, and mostly very friendly. There’s some competition in academics and extracurriculars...I’d say the biggest advantage of Uni is the breadth of opportunities offered by our connection with the U of I, from enrolling in college classes to working with professors to attending undergrad....

    Read 177 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 314,

  4. #6 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Adlai E. Stevenson High School

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

    9-12,

    1235 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My experience at SHS was pretty good this year as a freshman! Having this be my first year, I was pretty scared and a bit hesitant to continue the next 4 years at this huge school. But Stevenson is a....

    Read 1235 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 4,315,

  5. #7 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Jones College Prep High School

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    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Coming from the far south side of Chicago, attending Jones College Prep was a unique experience for me. I met people of various backgrounds, which opened my mind to different perspectives. To get to....

    Read 734 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,915,

  6. #9 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Lane Tech College Prep High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    3174 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 3174 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 4,369,

  7. #10 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Glenbrook South High School

    Glenbrook High Schools District 225, IL,

    9-12,

    537 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 537 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 3,139,

  8. #11 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Neuqua Valley High School

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

    9-12,

    1127 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I am going to be a senior at Neuqua Valley this upcoming school year. There is great diversity throughout all the grade levels and minority groups have tripled in size throughout all my 3 years. The....

    Read 1127 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 3,403,

  9. #12 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Glenbrook North High School

    Glenbrook High Schools District 225, IL,

    9-12,

    451 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 451 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,025,

  10. #13 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    William Fremd High School

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    Township High School District No. 211, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says As a senior, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my high school journey. I am proud to say that I have attended William Fremd for the past four years. Known as one of the most rigorous public....

    Read 632 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,650,

  11. #15 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    New Trier Township High School

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

    10-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says I never went to New Trier. I attended Loyola. And for the most part, we didn't like New Trier kids: rich, arrogant, brash. Fast forward 30 years and now I have a son who goes to New Trier. All the...This is a wonderful school. Yes it's big. Yes it lacks diversity. But that being said, its facilities and faculty are nothing less than excellent. You have tutors on standby for every subject. There...The athletics are on a different level. And I'm not talking about the competition. There is plenty of that. I am referring to the infrastructure: turf fields, training programs, physical trainers....

    Read 570 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 3,040,

  12. #17 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Barrington High School

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    Barrington Community Unit School District No. 220, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Barrington High School is a large high school in the heart of Barrington that offers its students a wide range of academic classes, activities, and clubs to participate in. What I personally enjoy....

    Read 490 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,872,

  13. #21 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Naperville North High School

    Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Many clubs and sports opportunities are available. That's great! Needs more enthusiastic teachers! More interaction with various subjects other than studies is helpful and needed. Also would....

    Read 535 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,713,

  14. #22 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Naperville Central High School

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    Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says As a junior who has been at Naperville Central for all three years of my learning career, I am excited to continue my senior year here! Naperville Central is a highly academic-focused high school....

    Read 603 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,640,

  15. #24 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Highland Park High School

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    Township High School District No. 113, IL,

    9-12,

    275 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 275 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,831,

  16. #25 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Waubonsie Valley High School

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

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I'm currently a senior and I honestly really like the school. Most of the teachers I've had impacted me in not only my academic life but my outside life. I've learned many new writing skills from my....

    Read 593 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,563,

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