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Best Public Schools 2018

Chicago Suburban Cook County Other Suburbs Principal Spotlights

The Best Public Schools in Chicago

Published Sept. 10, 2018

Read about our methodology here.

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Top Elementary Schools

Grades Enrollment PARCC
attainment
NWEA/MAP growth (reading) NWEA/MAP growth (math) 5Essentials
1 Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School (S)
In 2017, 100 percent of girls in the fifth and eighth grades at Keller tested as proficient in the Illinois Science Assessment, compared with 55 percent statewide.
Mount Greenwood 1–8 240 94 78 87 93
2 Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (S) Lincoln Park K–8 857 83 77 78 78
3 Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School (S) Near West Side PK–8 1,058 74 72 69 n/a
4 Edison Regional Gifted Center (S) Albany Park K–8 2,601 94 75 83 62
5 Skinner North Classical School (S) Goose Island K–8 488 95 76 62 72
6 Oscar Mayer Magnet School Lincoln Park PK–8 719 65 74 75 n/a
7 Arthur Dixon Elementary School Chatham PK–8 578 34 78 84 80
8 Jackie Robinson Elementary School Oakland PK–3 128 36 96 75 67
9 Ravenswood Elementary School Ravenswood PK–8 547 51 75 76 73
10 John C. Coonley Elementary School (S) North Center K–8 951 66 72 71 72
11 Ebinger Elementary School Edison Park K–8 796 62 68 69 79
12 Sauganash Elementary School Sauganash K–8 584 60 67 70 79
13 Talman Elementary School Gage Park PK–8 435 28 74 74 82
14 Mitchell Elementary School West Town PK–8 398 53 63 56 97
15 Mount Greenwood Elementary School Mount Greenwood K–8 1,106 64 63 66 83
16 Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Lake View K–8 575 80 68 79 58
17 James Ward Elementary School Bridgeport PK–8 553 53 66 69 73
18 John H. Kinzie Elementary School Garfield Ridge PK–8 676 43 71 63 85
19 Wildwood Elementary School Wildwood K–8 487 61 64 71 75
20 Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center (S) West Chatham PK–8 283 79 70 60 66

Top Charter Elementary Schools

Grades Enrollment PARCC
attainment
NWEA/MAP growth (reading) NWEA/MAP growth (math) 5Essentials
1 Christopher House Elementary School
Christopher House received a Creative Schools Certification from CPS in 2017, entitling it to a dedicated arts liaison and additional funding for its arts programs.
Hanson Park K–4 276 38 80 71 95
2 Acero Schools–Santiago Humboldt Park K–8 279 26 76 74 94
3 KIPP One Academy West Garfield Park K–1, 5–6 179 19 75 88 94
4 Great Lakes Academy Charter School South Chicago K–3 251 45 68 74 64
5 LEARN Charter School Network–Excel Campus East Garfield Park K–5 447 22 65 61 86

Top High Schools

Enrollment Freshmen on track SAT attainment 5Essentials Graduation rate
1 Phoenix Military Academy
In 2017, Phoenix received a College and Career Transition Award from the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, which honors the schools that most effectively prepare students for higher education and the job market.
Near West Side 540 98 44 89 99
2 Northside College Preparatory High School (S) North Park 1,069 99 96 95 98
3 Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy (S) Roseland 921 95 71 58 99
4 Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (S) Near West Side 2,114 96 92 78 97
5 Albert G. Lane Technical High School (S) Lake View 4,195 97 88 66 98
6 Eric Solorio Academy Gage Park 1,138 92 33 76 98
7 Robert Lindblom Math and Science Academy (S) West Englewood 1,292 100 65 70 100
8 Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School Back of the Yards 1,042 100 30 68 99
9 George Westinghouse College Preparatory HS (S) East Garfield Park 1,151 96 42 88 99
10 Walter Payton College Preparatory High School (S) Near North Side 978 99 97 81 99
11 William Jones College Preparatory High School (S) South Loop 1,817 99 87 74 95
12 Marine Leadership Academy Logan Square 838 99 15 85 97
13 Infinity Math, Science & Technology High School Little Village 409 94 21 66 100
14 Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center North Park 1,734 91 38 69 97
15 Carver Military Academy Riverdale 500 96 17 66 99
16 Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School (S) North Kenwood 638 92 40 43 98
17 Hubbard High School West Lawn 1,755 81 15 66 97
18 North-Grand High School Hermosa 959 94 8 81 88
19 Christian Fenger Academy West Roseland 226 87 7 78 100
20 John Hancock College Preparatory High School (S) West Eldson 887 98 14 68 94

Top Charter High Schools

Enrollment Freshmen on track SAT attainment 5Essentials Graduation rate
1 Noble–UIC College Preparatory High School
A 2017 Stanford University study found that students at Noble charter schools receive nearly two years’ worth of math education during just one school year.
Near West Side 904 90 53 72 94
2 Noble–Noble Academy Goose Island 346 92 44 82 n/a
3 Noble–Pritzker College Preparatory High School Hermosa 1,007 88 38 78 99
4 Noble–Noble Street College Preparatory High School Noble Square 636 91 39 85 97
5 Noble–Chicago Bulls College Preparatory High School Near West Side 1,142 89 43 70 98

(S): Selective Enrollment School

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