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District 181 Schools Dominate Chicago Magazine's 'Best Public Schools' List

Seven of the top 10 DuPage County schools, according to the magazine, are in District 181.

Seven of the top 10 elementary schools in DuPage County are District 181 schools, according to Chicago Magazine's "Best Public Schools 2012" list, and Hinsdale Central is No. 1 among high schools.

Chicago Magazine's list, featured in the magazine's September 2012 edition, ranked its top elementary school and top high schools in each Chicagoland county. The magazine also ranked the city of Chicago's top schools.

DuPage's elementary-school list was topped by No. 1 Brooke Forest Elementary School and No. 2 Butler Junior High, both of which are District 53 in Oak Brook. 

Seven of the eight remaining schools on the list are District 181 schools. was No. 3, was No. 4, was No. 5, was No. 7, was No. 8, was No. 9, and was No. 10.

District 62's Gower Middle School in Burr Ridge was No. 6.

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was No. 1 on the magazine's DuPage County high-school list. Behind it was No. 2 Naperville Central, and No. 3 Neuqua Valley High School.  

The magazine says elementary schools' scores were based on percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the ISAT test (50 percent), spending per pupil (25 percent), and pupil-to-teacher ratio (25 percent).

High schools' scores were determined based on four equal components: average ACT composite score, percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE test, spending per pupil, and graduation rate. 

"Using data from state report cards for the 2010-11 academic year (the most recent available),Chicago assigned points to each public school in the metro area based on how well it compares with its peers on those key measures. We then weighted the results to calculate our rankings," Chicago Magazine's explanation of its methodology reads. 

Read the full methodology on Chicago Magazine's website here.

While elementary-school rankings are less common, Hinsdale Central has gotten quite used to being ranked high among Illinois high schools. 

In 2012, , , and the  all ranked Hinsdale Central No. 6 in Illinois on their various best-high schools lists.

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