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Payton College Prep Is Among Country's Top 10 High Schools: Rankings

By Kelly Bauer | August 19, 2015 2:08pm
 Walter Payton College Prep High School on the Near North Side.
Walter Payton College Prep High School on the Near North Side.
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CHICAGO — Walter Payton College Prep is the 10th-best high school in the United States, according to Newsweek rankings.

Payton, 1034 N. Wells St., was the top-ranked Illinois school on the list, which ranks 500 high schools based on how they prepare students for college. Payton ranked high due to high marks in college readiness (93.8 percent), graduation rate (98.6 percent) and students bound for college (97.8 percent). 

Northside College Prep (No. 12), 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., and Jones College Prep (No. 46), 700 S. State St., also made the rankings, though no other Chicago schools broke the top 500.

Payton is slated to have its budget slashed by $362,411 with unchanged enrollment this year, while Northside is facing $411,024 in cuts while adding three students, raising its enrollment to 1,054.

Jones College Prep, which is expected to see its enrollment grow by 234 to 1,670, will gain $1,452,076.

The top 10 high schools in the United States, according to Newsweek rankings:

No. 10: Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago

No. 9: Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, New Jersey

No. 8: International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

No. 7: Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison, New Jersey

No. 6: Gretchen Whitney High in Cerritos, California

No. 5: Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey

No. 4: Union County Magnet High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey

No. 3: Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering in Rockaway, New Jersey

No. 2: High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey

No. 1: Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia

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