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  1. #1 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Payton College Preparatory High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

    402 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 402 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,220,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  2. #2 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Northside College Preparatory High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Northside is very inclusive and lively. Students are involved in all parts of the school such as the production of a musical, the display of sculptural work, and even the spread of awareness for....

    Read 594 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,078,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  3. #5 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    1138 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says WY is heavily involved in student life. Either offering or creating offers to accommodate all. A primary example is student sports. However, some sports receive more support than others. But, even....

    Read 1138 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,198,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  4. #6 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Jones College Prep High School

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    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says My experience at Jones was wonderful! Every teacher I had was passionate about their subject and advocated for their students. They did a great job at navigating what high school looks like during a....

    Read 712 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,968,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  5. #16 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Lane Tech College Prep High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    3141 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 3141 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 4,500,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 19 to 1,

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  6. #33 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Niles West High School

    Niles Township Community High School District No. 219, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I love the community Niles West has! I have been involved in academics and extracurricular activities throughout my four years at Niles West. I am a National Honor Society member, a Literacy Center....

    Read 504 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,465,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

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  7. #39 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Maine South High School

    Maine Township High School District No. 207, IL,

    9-12,

    505 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I'm a rising senior this year, and overall, I've had a very positive experience with Maine South. Over the past couple years, Maine South has been undergoing construction. So, the new commons area....

    Read 505 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,375,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  8. #43 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    ITW David Speer Academy

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    Public School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    9-12,

    46 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Uniform really does help if you really don't want to keep on deciding what to wear each weekday. But also the teachers are great especially the opportunities that we have. For example we have summer....

    Read 46 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,018,

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  9. #25 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    Fairview South Elementary School

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    Public School,

    SKOKIE, IL,

    PK, K-8,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says The best school and I’m so happy we live here! We feel so welcomed and we have really nice teachers & community in general. All the haters don’t even live here. We have the best teachers &....

    Read 7 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 716,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  10. #62 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I've been attending Lindblom Math And Science Academy since 2018 and am now a Senior. The school overall has amazing programs that anyone can join or learn more about. I'm more of an arts student....

    Read 430 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 1,357,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  11. #68 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Elk Grove High School

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    Township High School District No. 214, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says My experiences at Elk Grove High School are greatly defined by the wonderful extracurricular programs and pleasant facilities. My personal experiences with the music and sports programs have....

    Read 449 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 1,889,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,

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  12. #74 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Lincoln Park High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

    622 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Arts are everywhere at Lincoln Park High School; We Lions take pride in our programming, whether it be in music, art, drama, writing, inventing, or creating, all who take interest are welcome. There....

    Read 622 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 2,192,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  13. #94 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    Clarence E. Culver School

    Public School,

    NILES, IL,

    PK, K-8,

    7 Niche users give it an average review of 2.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Going to Culver was a great decision my parents made for me. Since it is a smaller public school, all the teachers were able to work one on one with every student and give them their undivided....

    Read 7 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 642,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

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  14. #83 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Maine West High School

    Maine Township High School District No. 207, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says This is a very safe place here at maine west, the counselors get you where you want to be for grades. Food wise absolutely amazing, teachers teach you well, counselors and other teachers who help....

    Read 464 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 2,049,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  15. #174 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    Iroquois Community School

    Community Consolidated School District No. 62, IL,

    K-8,

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 479,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  16. #184 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    Union Ridge Elementary School

    Public School,

    HARWOOD HEIGHTS, IL,

    PK, K-8,

    3 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Middle School Student says The academic system is slowly becoming worse, and the rest is ok. The tax money is going no where. The teachers are the only ones that hold this school together..

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 661,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  17. #100 Best Public Middle Schools in Illinois.

    Lincoln Hall Middle School

    Blue checkmark.

    Lincolnwood School District No. 74, IL,

    6-8,

    3 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says Lincoln Hall Middle School is not only a topnotch school; it is also a school with a real sense of community. The teachers are excellent at their crafts; the administration is always available and....

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 439,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  18. #101 Best Public Middle Schools in Illinois.

    Emerson Middle School

    Park Ridge - Niles District 64, IL,

    6-8,

    4 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I moved from Chicago to Park Ridge in 8th grade in 2013. Although I was at Emerson Middle School for one year, I felt like I was there for all three years. The teachers and students were very....

    Read 4 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 872,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

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  19. #96 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Westinghouse College Prep

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says What I like about this school is its environment and the staff here making sure everyone is fair, safe, and helped. Students and teachers at this school are very outgoing and down-to-earth people.....

    Read 390 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 1,238,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,

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  20. #98 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    DeVry University Advantage Academy High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    11-12,

    222 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says This is a pretty small school so the teachers have more chances to have one on one time with their students and help them. All of the staff (both high school and college side) are very aware of their....

    Read 222 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 142,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  21. #99 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Evergreen Park High School

    Public School,

    EVERGREEN PARK, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Overall I really liked my time at Evergreen Park Community High School. I met some wonderful staff members who are passionate about teaching and were amazing support systems for their students. One....

    Read 185 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 819,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

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  22. #229 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    Plainfield Elementary School

    Community Consolidated School District No. 62, IL,

    K-5,

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 294,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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  23. #233 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    Rutledge Hall Elementary School

    Blue checkmark.

    Lincolnwood School District No. 74, IL,

    3-5,

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 389,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  24. #260 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    Hawthorne Scholastic Academy

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    K-8,

    3 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says Hawthorne is the best school I love it. Nice Teachers great Resourcer Aids and more! This school is like the 5th best school. The lunch is awesome, and the park is awesome. if I were you, I would go...- Aminata Kamara, A 4th grade student at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy.

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Students: 568,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

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  25. #265 Best Public Elementary Schools in Illinois.

    STEM Magnet Academy Elementary School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    K-8,

    4 Niche users give it an average review of 3 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says We are parents with a child at this school from K-4th. Academics are great up to this point - far above avg for CPS. We have had good teachers. Teachers differentiate for kids of different....

    Read 4 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Students: 448,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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