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Chicago Has Six of Top Ten Public High Schools in Illinois: U.S. News

By DNAinfo Staff | May 12, 2015 8:30am | Updated on May 12, 2015 8:48am
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DOWNTOWN — Northside College Prep has been named the top public high school in the state by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ranking.

The selective enrollment school at 5501 N. Kedzie Ave. was ranked 15th in the nation. It earned a "college readiness" score of 99.7. Its 1,069-student body is 58 percent minority and 36 percent economically disadvantaged, the survey says.

"Most classes at Northside College Preparatory High School are honors and Advancement Placement courses, and students can participate in study abroad programs to enhance their learning," said the U.S. News survey editors.

U.S. News evaluated schools in three areas: overall student performance in state-required tests; how schools educated their least-advantaged students; and how well they prepared students for college based on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

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Other high schools on the list and their state and national rankings include:

2. (state). Walter Payton College Prep, 1034 N. Wells St. (No. 66 nationally)

3. Jones College Prep, 606 S. State St. (99)

4. Whitney M. Young Magnet, 211 S. Laflin St. (115)

5. Adlai E. Stevenson, Lincolnshire. (191)

6. Lane Technical, 2501 W. Addison St. (217)

7. Deerfield High, Deerfield. (246)

8. Highland Park High, Highland Park. (313)

9. Prospect High School, Mt. Prospect. (327)

10. Lincoln Park High School, 2001 N. Orchard St. (363)

Other city schools on the top-20 state list include:

12. Uno Academy, 2317 W. 23rd Pl.

16. Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, 250 E. 111th St.

17. Lindbloom Math & Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave.

The top public high school in the nation is The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas.


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