Illinois Dominates List of Best Public High Schools in U.S.

Illinois Dominates List of Best Public High Schools in U.S.

Seven Illinois high schools — including one from Kane County — are among the best in the nation, according to a recently released list from a respected online school-ranking website.

According to, seven Illinois high schools were among the top 25 in the U.S., including No. 1 rated Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago. In fact, four of the top five schools were from Illinois.

The Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora was ranked No. 5 on the updated list.

Other schools from Illinois include:

  • No. 2: Northside College Preparatory High School, Chicago
  • No. 3: Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire
  • No. 5: Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy, Aurora
  • No. 6: Young Magnet High School, Chicago
  • No. 20: New Trier Township High School, Winnetka
  • No. 24: Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale

IMSA was No. 2 among 18,793 U.S. public high schools in a Niche ranking in November 2016.

The updated Niche ranking gives IMSA an A+ rating overall and an A+ grade in Academics, Teachers, Clubs & Activities, Health & Safety and Food.

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Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked five Kane County high schools among the best in the state of Illinois.

In January, Niche ranked seven Kane County school districts among the best in Illinois.

7 Kane Public School Districts Among Best in Illlinois

U.S. News: 5 Kane High Schools Among Best in State

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