Best High Schools
in Illinois

We reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools; 138 Illinois schools made our rankings.View Rankings

High school juniors in Illinois take the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which assesses reading, math and science skills. Learn more from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Illinois has many schools ranked in 2013 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, including 19 gold medal schools, 50 silver medal schools and 69 bronze medal schools. Although the capital of Illinois is Springfield, the state's biggest city is Chicago, home to the Chicago Public Schools.

Top Ranked IL Schools

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

#1

Northside College Preparatory High School

5501 NORTH KEDZIE AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60625

#2

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School

1034 NORTH WELLS ST, CHICAGO, IL 60610

#3

Jones College Prep

606 SOUTH STATE ST, CHICAGO, IL 60605

#4

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

211 SOUTH LAFLIN ST, CHICAGO, IL 60607

#5

Deerfield High School

1959 WAUKEGAN RD, DEERFIELD, IL 60015

#6

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

1 STEVENSON DR, LINCOLNSHIRE, IL 60069

#7

Highland Park High School

433 VINE AVE, HIGHLAND PARK, IL 60035

#8

Hinsdale Central High School

5500 SOUTH GRANT ST, HINSDALE, IL 60521

#9

Prospect High School

801 WEST KENSINGTON RD, MT PROSPECT, IL 60056

#10

John Hersey High School

1900 EAST THOMAS ST, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL 60004

IL by the Numbers
Districts 479
High Schools 667
Full-Time Teachers 37,531
Students Enrolled 604,345

Featured Districts

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The Chicago Public Schools include 107 high schools that serve 95,704 students.

Schools in the Township High School District 211 are among the 2012 U.S. News Best High Schools.

There are five high schools in the Township High School District 211, serving 10,605 students.