Now what about High School in the city?

So you have researched and poured over a gazillion pages of pre-school and elementary school paperwork, but have you thought as far ahead to High School?

There are definitely some dud High Schools, however there are a lot of top ranked high schools right in our back yard!  I too fell into the misconception that I can handle city elementary school, but would have to do something else when High School approached, and that meant heading to the burbs or going private, however I would like to be able to afford college for my children, so private is out.  After a lot of research and digging on my own I can now say that I would feel perfectly comfortable sending my children to one of the several top ranked high schools that are right here in the city, that’s right several!

I think we automatically assume all high schools in the city are, in one word, bad, however have you check the school ranking website lately?  You will be amazed to find that out of the top 10 ranked schools in all of Illinois, the city of Chicago has 5 on the list where the top 1-4 spots are right here in the city, pretty amazing if you ask me!

I have posted a screen shot from http://www.schooldigger.com so you can see for yourself.

The tricky part is navigating on how to actually get in to one of these fabulous schools.  On my next post I will be focusing on the infamous Tier system and selective enrollment process that CPS has developed.  However, the list below should get your pre-planning juices flowing so you can also think about buying your 30 year home right here in the city!

Illinois High School Rankings

11th Grade

PSAE Reading & PSAE Math
2011-2012

Rank* (of 669)

School District City Low Grade High Grade Total students (2011) Student/ Teacher Ratio (2011) PSAE, avg Math** (2012) PSAE, avg Reading** (2012) PSAE Combined Rank Change From 2011
1 Northside College Preparatory High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 1088 16.4 99.6 99.2 198.8
2 Young Magnet High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 07 12 2177 18.9 98.7 96.9 195.6
3 Payton College Preparatory High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 895 15.7 98.3 95.9 194.2
4 Jones College Prep High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 848 16.0 97.8 91.2 189.0
5 Deerfield High School Township Hsd 113 Deerfield 09 12 1705 14.9 91.7 88.7 180.4

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6 Lane Technical High School City Of Chicago School District 299 Chicago 09 12 4170 18.3 90.1 88.6 178.7
7 New Trier Township H S Winnetka New Trier Township Hsd 203 Winnetka 10 12 3075 13.0 90.0 88.0 178.0

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8 Hinsdale Central High School Hinsdale Township Hsd 86 Hinsdale 09 12 2723 16.5 87.2 85.7 172.9
9 Adlai E Stevenson High School Adlai E Stevenson Hsd 125 Lincolnshire 09 12 4182 16.3 88.3 82.4 170.7

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10 Glenbrook North High School Northfield Township Hsd 225 Northbrook 09 12 2102 13.1 86.4 80.1 166.5

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Enjoy Chicago,

Juliana

The Yeager Team:  A Chicago Real Estate Family Helping Chicagoans Move 

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