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Neuqua Valley, Naperville Central and North Make Best Illinois High Schools List

U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of top high schools in the nation this week.

Neuqua Valley ranked No. 30 in Illinois. file photo.
Neuqua Valley ranked No. 30 in Illinois. file photo.
Written by Emily Stone and Jennifer Fisher.

All three high schools serving Naperville ranked among the top 50 in the state on a U.S. News & World Report list released this week.

Neuqua Valley High School came in 30th, followed by Naperville Central High School at 38th and Naperville North High School at 44th. 

The methodology, which was unchanged since last year, looks at three main factors to decide a school’s ranking: whether students are performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state; whether disadvantaged students are performing better in math and reading than the state average for their peers; and the school’s “college-readiness” performance, based on AP or International Baccalaureate test data.

In Illinois, the Prairie State Achievement Examination is used to gauge student performance to determine the ranking.

You can read more about the methodology here.

The top four schools are all Chicago selective enrollment high schools. The highest-ranked suburban school was Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire at No. 5, followed by Deerfield High School and Hinsdale Central High School. You can view the full list here.
East-Side Napervillian April 23, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Chicago has the top four spots and five in the top ten. What are we doing wrong in the suburbs? Naperville can't crack the top ten with the amount of property taxes we pay??
Marty Spielman April 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Naperville schools do not accept students based on test scores, they are purely public schools. While they are still great schools, the CPS magnet schools will always dominate these polls.
North Naperville April 24, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Congratulations to Neuqua Valley, Naperville North and Naperville Central! Great job! Your authors failed to include Metea Valley which actually came in at #29, ahead of Neuqua Valley. Metea Valley, while it is not in Naperville, it does serve Naperville students, thus making your first paragraph inaccurate. Congrats Metea Valley!
James L. Freeland April 24, 2014 at 03:18 PM
This is fantastic news for a great city. Congratulation to the fabulous students of Neuqua Valley, Naperville Central and Naperville North. You students are the ones who earned these honors.
East-Side Napervillian April 24, 2014 at 04:15 PM
James, this is fantastic news when there are 27 high schools ranked higher than those that serve our kids? Since when is mediocrity considered great?

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