Top High Schools in the Chicago, IL Metro

Top High Schools in the Chicago, IL Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

Below are profiles featuring the top 40 high schools in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 TestRating of 10 out of 10.  The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.


Adlai E Stevenson High School

Adlai E Stevenson HSD 125


Although Adlai E Stevenson High School has over 4200 students on campus, the school works to provide opportunities for each student to develop relationships and find their niche.


The school takes pride in its AP program, which offers 28 different courses, and 80 percent of the students take at least one AP course. However, it’s not all academics on campus. The performing and fine arts departments have reputations for being one of the best programs in the nation.


To help freshmen acclimate to high school, all ninth grade students meet four days a week in small groups with an adult as part of the Freshmen Mentor program. Each student is randomly assigned to one of three “houses” for their entire high school career. Student support teams in each “house” meet weekly to ensure that the school intervenes quickly when a student is having an issue, either academically or socially.


Community service is a focus at the school, which has recently been recognized nationally for their efforts in serving others. Students engage in a variety of projects from an annual Give-A-Thon to providing holiday gifts for needy families, collecting baby items for expecting mothers, and a food drive that bring in enough food to fill the local food pantry for six months.




Barrington High School Barrington

Chicago Unified School District 220


Students at Barrington High School don’t need a hall pass to go the restroom or go back to their locker on campus. The administration treats students like young adults and gives them many opportunities to show responsibility. The school focuses on giving back to the community through ongoing efforts, like the annual student-run fundraising campaign that raised over 15K for a local charity.


On Friday nights in the fall, the surrounding community shows up in spades to support the team, watch the band, meet up with friends, and enjoy a pork chop sandwich. The athletic teams have a winning reputation and there is expectation of new state and regional trophies in the trophy case each year.


The popular AP program offers many courses and garners high participation. The foreign language department is strong, and even Chinese courses are offered. The school offers a wide range of electives including Jewelry Making, British Writers, Living Law, and 21st Century Issues. The visual arts program has the reputation as being one of the top arts programs in Illinois, and the performing arts program also has an excellent programs.


“One of the best things about our school it is that students live up to the responsibility that we give them and they create a great culture for learning.” said Stephen A McWilliams, Principal.




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