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2022 Best Schools in Chicago

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  1. #1 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    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,

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  2. #1 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Payton College Preparatory High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    9-12,

    403 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 403 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,220,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  3. #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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  4. #5 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

    Chicago Public Schools, IL,

    7-12,

    1139 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 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 1139 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,198,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  5. #3 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Latin School of Chicago

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    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Middle School Student says At Latin there is an excellent academic program. The staff tries their best to make sure we succeed no matter what we are trying to do. You can choose almost any sport and the teachers will train you....

    Read 112 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,155,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

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  6. #4 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    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,

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  7. #5 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    British International School of Chicago, South Loop

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    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says Our two children have attended BISC since nursery and they are now in 7th and 5th. Our children have developed a true love of learning and they love going to school. The teachers are so....

    Read 54 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 604,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

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  8. #6 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Jones College Prep High School

    Blue checkmark.

    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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  9. #6 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Roycemore School

    Blue checkmark.

    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,

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  10. #7 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Francis W. Parker School

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    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,

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  11. #8 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    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,

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  12. #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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  13. #10 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Rochelle Zell Jewish High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    DEERFIELD, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Niche User says Amazing school! Both of my siblings attended this high school and received great well rounded educations. There is a strong sense of community! Leadership is encouraged throughout many school....

    Read 50 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 185,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 6 to 1,

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  14. #11 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Lycée Français de Chicago

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    17 Niche users give it an average review of 4 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 17 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 790,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

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  15. #12 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    St. Ignatius College Prep

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    9-12,

    380 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 380 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,480,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  16. #13 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Morgan Park Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says I have 2 children at Morgan Park Academy in the Early Childhood program and we love it! My kids are engaged and challenged academically and are taught about kindness in a world that seems to have....

    Read 120 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 423,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1,

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  17. #14 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Northridge Preparatory School

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    NILES, IL,

    6-12,

    67 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 67 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 330,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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  18. #15 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Christian Heritage Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    NORTHFIELD, IL,

    PK, K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says CHA’s Christ-centered culture, and its heart for Christ and for His Kingdom uniquely permeate all aspects of the community! The staff, faculty, administrators are earnestly seeking God and serving....

    Read 92 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 420,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  19. #33 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    Niles West High School

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

    9-12,

    505 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 505 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,465,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

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  20. #18 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    The Chicago Academy for the Arts

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says The Chicago Academy For The Arts provided our daughter with the artistic training and development in a pre-professional structure and an academic foundation that prepared her for college. The....

    Read 92 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 145,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 4 to 1,

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  21. #19 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Loyola Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    WILMETTE, IL,

    9-12,

    296 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 296 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,000,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

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  22. #20 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    Fenwick High School

    Private School,

    OAK PARK, IL,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Fenwick is an amazing place! I am so grateful to have attended my high school years at Fenwick and my experience has been life-changing. As a highly motivated and achieving academic student, the....

    Read 187 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,197,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  23. #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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  24. #43 Best Public High Schools in Illinois.

    ITW David Speer Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    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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  25. #23 Best Private High Schools in Illinois.

    GEMS World Academy Chicago

    Blue checkmark.

    Private School,

    CHICAGO, IL,

    PK, K-12,

    29 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 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,

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