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Best Public Schools 2018

Chicago Suburban Cook County Other Suburbs Principal Spotlights

The Best Public Schools in Suburban Cook County

Published Sept. 10, 2018

Read about our methodology here.

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Top Elementary & Middle Schools

Grades Enrollment Spending per pupil PARCC
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1 Shabonee Elementary School
Shabonee has narrowed the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students to 3 percentage points, compared with 20 percentage points statewide.
Northbrook 3–5 405 $12,474 83 n/a
2 Greeley School Winnetka K–4 233 $12,454 81 n/a
3 Middlefork School Northfield PK–3 201 $17,148 79 64
4 Wood Oaks Junior High School Northbrook 6–8 416 $12,474 80 84
5 South Elementary School Des Plaines K–5 227 $10,442 59 76
6 Willowbrook School Glenview PK–5 391 $11,620 82 75
7 Sunset Ridge School Northfield 4–8 259 $17,148 73 72
8 Grove Avenue Elementary School Barrington K–5 526 $9,719 78 77
9 Marie Murphy School Wilmette PK–8 286 $10,746 79 58
10 Barbara B. Rose Elementary School South Barrington K–5 394 $9,719 78 87
11 Glen Oaks Elementary School Hickory Hills 2–5 686 $7,284 61 n/a
12 Centennial Elementary School Orland Park PK–3 476 $8,722 83 58
13 Forest Hills Elementary School Western Springs PK–5 251 $6,579 84 80
14 Maple School Northbrook 6–8 392 $11,620 77 78
15 Thomas Dooley Elementary School Schaumburg K–6 447 $8,624 78 86
16 Wescott School Northbrook 1–5 372 $11,620 77 72
17 Hough Street Elementary School Barrington K–5 296 $9,719 76 75
18 Central Elementary School Des Plaines K–5 301 $10,442 63 75
19 The Joseph Sears School Kenilworth K–8 472 $13,552 75 68
20 Lincoln Elementary School River Forest K–4 402 $9,125 80 65

Top High Schools

Enrollment Spending per pupil Freshmen on track SAT attainment Graduation rate
1 New Trier Township High School Winnetka
New Trier has more than 150 student clubs and offers 35 sports, from fencing to bass fishing.
Winnetka 2,960 $15,535 n/a 84 98
2 Glenbrook North High School Northbrook 2,010 $14,137 96 76 98
3 Proviso Math and Science Academy Forest Park 742 $7,811 90 74 100
4 Glenbrook South High School Glenview 2,972 $14,137 98 65 98
5 John Hersey High School Arlington Heights 1,895 $12,405 97 75 94
6 William Fremd High School Palatine 2,687 $11,265 95 69 97
7 Prospect High School Mt. Prospect 2,152 $12,405 96 70 98
8 Niles West High School Skokie 2,486 $15,134 90 55 96
9 Evanston Township High School Evanston 3,285 $12,340 91 57 93
10 Oak Park & River Forest High School Oak Park 3,294 $14,822 92 61 95
11 James B. Conant High School Hoffman Estates 2,313 $11,265 96 59 95
12 Buffalo Grove High School Buffalo Grove 1,968 $12,405 95 63 95
13 Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates 1,855 $11,265 92 48 98
14 Niles North High School Skokie 2,030 $15,134 85 54 92
15 Maine South High School Park Ridge 2,401 $12,704 95 66 94
16 Lyons Township High School La Grange 3,980 $10,982 96 65 94
17 Lemont Township High School Lemont 1,360 $10,927 96 61 93
18 Schaumburg High School Schaumburg 2,147 $11,265 95 50 96
19 Rolling Meadows High School Rolling Meadows 1,925 $12,405 89 52 94
20 Maine West High School Des Plaines 1,995 $12,704 93 42 91
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