Best Elementary Schools in Chicago and the Suburbs

WINNING COMBINATIONS: We crunched data from more than 1,700 public elementary, middle, and junior high schools in the Chicago area and picked the 121 best. PLUS: how to get into the best of the best and a look at education’s financial crisis

photography: Katrina Wittkamp

School Rankings »
Rating the best elementary schools in Chicago and the suburbs

Getting In »
An admissions guide for the city’s most prestigious public schools

Six Great Schools »
A look inside some schools that performed well on our charts

Illinois’s Budget Crisis Leaves Schools Scrambling »
Educators are working to cut costs—without cutting classroom programs

Methodology »
How we ranked the schools

Additional research by Geoffrey Johnson, Kaitlin Petersen, and Margaret Rhodes

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