Sixteen area high schools are ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s evaluation of nearly 22,000 American public high schools.
The rankings were released as part of the Best High School rankings, now in its fourth edition.
The methodology to produce the rankings included test scores, state assessments and college-level coursework, such as Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which include college-level courses. U.S. News & World explained its methodology here.
Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college, and other factors.
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is the only west-suburban school that received a gold medal.
Hinsdale Central was the No. 235 high school nationwide, and No. 6 in Illinois, behind Northside College Prep (No. 1), Walter Payton College Prep (No. 2), Jones College Prep (No. 3), Whitney Young (No. 4), and Adlai Stevenson (No. 5).
Among the factors that contributed to that rating is the school's 62 percent Advanced Placement (AP) participation, 85 percent reading proficiency, and 88 percent math proficiency, according to U.S. News & World.
All the other ranked schools in the area are silver medalists. For the complete list, click here. Then filter by state to see all of Illinois’ ranked schools.
Below are the area rankings. The first number tells where the school placed nationally; the second number tells where the school is on the state list. Each link will take you to the information in the report about that school.
Hinsdale Central High School: No. 235 in the country; No. 6 in the state
Oak Park-River Forest High School: No. 516; No. 22
St. Charles North High School: No. 591; No. 24
Glenbard West High School: No. 594, No. 25
Neuqua Valley High School: No. 646, No. 27
Wheaton Warrenville South High School: No. 670, No. 28
York Community High School: No. 726, No. 31
Wheaton North High School: No. 732, No. 32
Naperville North High School: No. 786, No. 34
St. Charles East High School: No. 805, No. 35
Downers Grove North High School: No. 867, No. 37
Lyons Township High School : No. 874, No. 38
Glenbard South High School: No. 1,114, No. 44
Naperville Central High School: No. 1,138, No. 47
Geneva Community High School: No. 1,475, No. 55
Downers Grove South High School: No. 1,530, No. 57