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2016 Best Public Schools
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The Best Public Schools in Chicago

How we ranked the schools

Published Aug. 22, 2016

Top 15 Elementary Schools

  Grades Enrollment NWEA/MAP
Growth (Math)
NWEA/MAP
Growth (Reading)
5Essentials Attendance
1 Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School (S)
Almost all students at Skinner West—99.3 percent—met or exceeded standards across all sections of the 2014 ISAT (PARCC’s predecessor).
Near West Side PK–8 947 62 62 4.5 97
2 Wildwood IB World Magnet School Forest Glen K–8 429 71 65 4.5 96
3 James G. Blaine Elementary School Lake View PK–8 895 54 66 n/a 96
4 Arthur Dixon Elementary School Chatham PK–8 646 83 76 3.5 95
5 Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Lake View K–8 576 76 61 3.5 96
6 Skinner North Classical School (S) Near North Side K–8 418 60 55 4.5 97
7 James E. McDade Classical School (S) Chatham K–6 182 59 63 4.0 96
8 Robert Healy Elementary School Bridgeport PK–8 1,398 70 65 4.0 96
9 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Paideia Community Academy South Shore K–8 582 74 72 4.5 95
10 John Whistler Elementary School West Pullman PK–8 270 70 79 4.5 95
11 Edgebrook Elementary School Forest Glen K–8 513 69 62 3.5 97
12 Jesse Sherwood Elementary School Englewood PK–8 352 78 71 4.5 96
13 Ellen Mitchell Elementary School West Town PK–8 359 64 65 5.0 96
14 William H. Prescott Elementary School Lincoln Park PK–8 324 61 66 5.0 96
15 John C. Coonley Elementary School (S) North Center K–8 797 57 62 5.0 96
(S) selective enrollment

Top 5 Charter Elementary Schools

  Grades Enrollment NWEA/MAP
Growth (Math)
NWEA/MAP
Growth (Reading)
5Essentials Attendance
1 UCSN–Esmeralda Santiago School
In 2015, third graders at this charter school were in the 99th percentile nationally for year-over-year growth in the reading section of the NWEA exam.
West Town K–8 265 89 93 5.0 98
2 UCSN–Bartolomé de Las Casas School Lower West Side K–8 284 96 64 4.5 97
3 Alain Locke Charter School East Garfield Park K–8 579 60 43 5.0 95
4 CICS–Lloyd Bond School Riverdale K–6 219 97 97 5.0 93
5 UCSN–Octavio Paz School South Lawndale K–8 359 77 95 2.5 97
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Top 20 High Schools

Enrollment Freshmen on Track ACT
Attainment
ACT Growth 5Essentials Graduation Rate
1 Walter Payton College Preparatory High School (S)
Walter Payton College Prep has made U.S. News & World Report’s list of top 100 high schools for 10 years running.
Near North Side 874 99 98 95 5.0 93
2 Northside College Preparatory High School (S) North Park 1,028 99 99 58 5.0 100
3 Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (S) Near West Side 2,110 99 94 62 5.0 99
4 William Jones College Preparatory High School (S) Loop 1,381 99 98 73 3.5 98
5 Albert G. Lane Technical High School (S) North Center 3,995 97 89 66 4.0 96
6 Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Academy (S) Roseland 757 96 81 73 3.0 98
7 Friedrich W. Von Steuben Metro Science Center (S) North Park 1,664 87 38 70 5.0 94
8 Lindblom Math and Science Academy (S) West Englewood 1,129 97 82 50 5.0 97
9 Phoenix Military Academy (S) Near West Side 501 92 33 54 5.0 100
10 Kenwood Academy Kenwood 1,792 91 42 62 5.0 87
11 Lincoln Park High School Lincoln Park 2,292 91 65 70 3.0 90
12 Nicholas Senn High School Edgewater 1,403 92 28 70 4.0 71
13 Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences (S) Mount Greenwood 617 94 46 42 4.5 91
14 World Language High School South Lawndale 343 85 18 58 5.0 90
15 George Westinghouse College Preparatory High School (S) East Garfield Park 1,078 95 52 34 5.0 95
16 Roald Amundsen High School Lincoln Square 1,157 91 18 66 3.5 81
17 Louisa May Alcott College Preparatory High School Lake View 264 87 20 38 5.0 96
18 Charles Allen Prosser Career Academy (S) Belmont Cragin 1,451 87 29 46 4.5 93
19 Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy (S) Edgewater 552 95 24 38 4.5 91
20 Eric Solorio Academy Gage Park 1,112 90 17 34 5.0 81
(S) selective enrollment

Top 5 Charter High Schools

Enrollment Freshmen on Track ACT
Attainment
ACT Growth 5Essentials Graduation Rate
1 Noble–Butler College Preparatory High School
In 2015, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools recognized Noble-Butler as the state’s highest-performing charter school (in terms of test growth) with a predominantly black student body.
Pullman 619 83 40 99 5.0 n/a
2 Chicago Math And Science Academy Rogers Park 563 78 42 96 4.0 86
3 Noble–UIC College Preparatory High School Near West Side 964 72 77 70 5.0 87
4 CICS–Northtown Academy North Park 944 93 52 66 5.0 84
5 Noble–Baker College Preparatory High School South Chicago 442 73 34 89 5.0 n/a

How We Ranked the Schools

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