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Top 10 Best Chicago Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 654 public schools serving 330,456 students in Chicago, IL (there are , serving 69,059 private students). 83% of all K-12 students in Chicago, IL are educated in public schools (compared to the IL state average of 88%).
The top ranked public schools in Chicago, IL are Northside College Preparatory High School, Payton College Preparatory High School and Jones College Prep High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Chicago, IL public schools have an average math proficiency score of 19% (versus the Illinois public school average of 26%), and reading proficiency score of 22% (versus the 31% statewide average). Schools in Chicago have an average ranking of 4/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Illinois public schools.
Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Illinois public school average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

Best Public Schools in Chicago, IL (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #1 - 21. - 2.
Northside College Preparatory High School
(Math: 94% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
5501 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-3954
Grades: 9-12
| 1,027 students
Rank: #1 - 21. - 2.
Payton College Preparatory High School
(Math: 96% | Reading: 94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
1034 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 534-0034
Grades: 9-12
| 1,167 students
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Jones College Prep High School
(Math: 90% | Reading: 92%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
700 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605
(773) 534-8600
Grades: 9-12
| 1,909 students
Rank: #3 - 43. - 4.
Young Magnet High School
(Math: 91% | Reading: 91%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
211 S Laflin St
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 534-7500
Grades: 7-12
| 2,051 students
Rank: #55.
Skinner North Elementary School
(Math: 89% | Reading: 85%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
640 W Scott St
Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 534-8500
Grades: K-8
| 493 students
Rank: #66.
Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School
(Math: 80-84% | Reading: 85-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
3020 W 108th St
Chicago, IL 60655
(773) 535-2636
Grades: 1-8
| 212 students
Rank: #77.
Lane Technical High School
(Math: 82% | Reading: 84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
2501 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5400
Grades: 7-12
| 4,330 students
Rank: #88.
Edison Elementary Regional Gifted Cntr
(Math: 85-89% | Reading: 80-84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
4929 N Sawyer Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-0540
Grades: K-8
| 256 students
Rank: #99.
Decatur Classical Elementary School
(Math: 75-79% | Reading: 80-84%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
7030 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 534-2201
Grades: K-8
| 311 students
Rank: #1010.
Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy
(Math: 71% | Reading: 68%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
3319 N Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 534-5550
Grades: K-8
| 575 students
Rank: #1111.
Skinner Elementary School
(Math: 62% | Reading: 67%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
111 S Throop St
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 534-7790
Grades: PK-8
| 1,097 students
Rank: #1212.
Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center
(Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
8101 S La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 535-0040
Grades: PK-8
| 280 students
Rank: #1313.
Lincoln Elementary School
(Math: 61% | Reading: 65%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
615 W Kemper Pl
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 534-5720
Grades: K-8
| 834 students
Rank: #1414.
Blaine Elementary School
(Math: 57% | Reading: 58%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
1420 W Grace St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 534-5750
Grades: PK-8
| 684 students
Rank: #1515.
Bronzeville Classical Elementary School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 50-54%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
8 W Root St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 535-8085
Grades: K-5
| 327 students
Rank: #1616.
Bell Elementary School
(Math: 57% | Reading: 53%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
3730 N Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5150
Grades: K-8
| 876 students
Rank: #1717.
Pritzker Elementary School
(Math: 51% | Reading: 57%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2009 W Schiller St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 534-4415
Grades: PK-8
| 664 students
Rank: #1818.
Mayer Elementary School
(Math: 50% | Reading: 58%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2250 N Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 534-5535
Grades: PK-8
| 651 students
Rank: #1919.
Coonley Elementary School
(Math: 56% | Reading: 51%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
4046 N Leavitt St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5140
Grades: K-8
| 864 students
Rank: #2020.
Burley Elementary School
(Math: 48% | Reading: 66%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1630 W Barry Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 534-5475
Grades: K-8
| 534 students
Rank: #21 - 2221. - 22.
Poe Elementary Classical School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
10538 S Langley Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 535-5525
Grades: K-7
| 203 students
Rank: #21 - 2221. - 22.
Stem Magnet Elementary School
(Math: 45-49% | Reading: 60-64%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1522 W Fillmore St
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 534-7300
Grades: K-8
| 386 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Ace Amandla Charter School
Charter School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
6820 S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 535-7150
Grades: 9-12
| 126 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Armour Elementary School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
950 W 33rd Pl
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 535-4530
Grades: PK-8
| 257 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Beard Elementary School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
6445 W Strong St
Chicago, IL 60656
(773) 534-1228
Grades: PK-3
| 167 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Cook Co Juvenile Detention Ctr - Jefferson Alt High School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1100 S Hamilton Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 433-7110
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Douglass High School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
543 N Waller Ave
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 534-6176
Grades: 9-12
| 43 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Englewood Stem High School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
6835 S Normal Blvd
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 535-9750
Grades: 9-11
| 1,061 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Excel - Englewood High School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
7141 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 675-6654
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Kipp Chicago Campus
Charter School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
4818 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 938-8553
Grades: K-8
| 580 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Pathways In Education - Humboldt Park High School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
2421 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 553-1530
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Rudolph Elementary Learning Center
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1628 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 534-7460
Grades: PK-7
| 7 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Simpson High School For Young Women
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1321 S Paulina St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 534-7812
Grades: 6-12
| n/a students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Uplift Community High School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
900 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 534-2875
Grades: 9-12
| 53 students
Rank: #23 - 4223. - 42.
Vaughn Occupational High School
Alternative School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
4355 N Linder Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 534-3600
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
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Chicago, Illinois Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
730 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 534-6980
Grades: 9-12
| 488 students
3630 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 535-1660
Grades: K-8
| 95 students
4319 West Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 626-4200
Grades: 7-12
| n/a students
5410 S State St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 548-8705
Grades: 9-12
| 306 students
1455 S Mich Ste 218
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 880-0261
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
4655 South Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 535-8500
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
1340 West 71st St
Chicago, IL 60636
(773) 535-3250
Grades: PK-8
| 437 students
4747 South Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 534-4276
Grades: 3-8
| n/a students
6315 S Claremont Av
Chicago, IL 60636
(773) 535-9070
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
900 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 534-2610
Grades: 8
| 36 students
5345 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 534-6365
Grades: 3-6
| 95 students
1855 N Sheffield Av
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 534-8586
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Aspira Charter Schools (Closed 2018)
Magnet School
Charter School
1711 N California
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-0970
Grades: 6-12
| 1,290 students
5055 S State St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 535-1270
Grades: 2-8
| 133 students
231 N Pine Ave
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 534-6316
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
231 N Pine Ave
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 534-6300
Grades: 11-12
| 580 students
231 N Pine Ave
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 534-6300
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
2945 North Sawyer Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5244
Grades: PK-5
| n/a students
6656 South Normal Blvd
Chicago, IL 60621
(773) 535-3020
Grades: PK-8
| 331 students
2755 North Marshfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-8070
Grades: 7-12
| 27 students
2330 East 99th St
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 356-9988
Grades: 9-12
| 241 students
819 N Leamington Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 854-1188
Grades: 9-12
| 65 students
2040 West Adams St
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 534-7610
Grades: 9-12
| 73 students
3030 West Arthington St
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 534-6890
Grades: PK-8
| 374 students
2710 S Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60616
(773) 534-9160
Grades: 11-12
| 47 students
4946 S Paulina St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 535-9219
Grades: 11-12
| 53 students
1241 West 58th St
Chicago, IL 60636
(773) 535-9175
Grades: PK-8
| 310 students
2710 East 89th St
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 535-6597
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
10928 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 468-1505
Grades: 9-12
| 587 students
8908 S Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 239-2037
Grades: 9-12
| 89 students
2421 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 276-0620
Grades: 9-12
| 61 students
230 N Kolmar Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 826-1137
Grades: 9-11
| 80 students
10928 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 468-1480
Grades: 9-12
| 112 students
8 W Root St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 535-1460
Grades: K-8
| 465 students
9207 South Phillips Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 535-6422
Grades: 2-8
| 35 students
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Chicago, IL?
How many public schools are located in Chicago, IL?
654 public schools are located in Chicago, IL.
What percentage of students in Chicago, IL go to public school?
83% of all K-12 students in Chicago, IL are educated in public schools (compared to the IL state average of 88%).
What is the racial composition of students in Chicago, IL?
Chicago, IL public schools minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Illinois public schools average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

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