Six District 181 schools cracked the Chicago Sun-Times' rankings of the 50 best elementary schools in the Chicago area, and both district middle schools cracked the top 50 on the newspaper's middle school rankings.
Of the elementary schools that made the grade, Prospect School was No. 21, Oak School was No. 25, and Elm School was No. 27. Walker School, The Lane School, and Madison School all cracked the top 50, too, at Nos. 34, 35, and 39, respectively.
Hinsdale Middle School was No. 19 on the Sun-Times' middle school list, and Clarendon Hills Middle School was No. 23.
Monroe School was the only District 181 school outside of the top 50 lists, but it wasn't far off. The Sun-Times says Monroe is the No. 72 elementary school in the Chicago area.
The Sun-Times says rankings are based on 2012 reading and math ISAT and PSAE results of students at each school, measured against a state average.
"The rankings include percentiles, reflecting the percentage of Illinois students who scored the same as or worse than the average student at each ranked school," reads the full explanation of how the Sun-Times ranked the schools.
The top five elementary schools and top seven middle schools all are located in Chicago.
Earlier this year, Chicago Magazine ranked the area's schools, and District 181 schools were all over the top 10.