20 Best Public High Schools in Illinois


20 Best Public High Schools in Illinois
Photo credit: leath / Flickr

There are 1,519 high schools in Illinois, made up of 1,188 public schools and 331 private schools. Illinois ranks as the 5th state in terms of student enrollment and 5th in terms of total number of schools. It ranks 12th for the student/teacher ratio.

Check out our list of 20 best public high schools in Illinois.

20. North High School, Downers Grove, IL

North High School is a public school in Downers Grove, Illinois. It has 2,107 students in grades 9-12. High school is bumpy ride for everyone. North helps make it as enjoyable as possible for everyone. The school has such a positive attitude that the school’s slogan is “Positively North.

There are many classes offered at this school, and many options depending on what type of learner a student is. The school has basic classes and advanced classes and the teachers are very understanding of the different work loads students may have.

North High School dedicates itself to preparing its students for the real world, and the teachers do not simply teach book lessons, but life lessons as well. The workload is heavy but attainable. Very popular classes include: AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP English and AP U.S. History.

Teachers are very excited about their job. Most teachers really care about their students and want to see them succeed in their classes. The teachers are very aware of each student and their ability in each subject. Most are very easy to understand and are willing to help students outside of class if they are struggling.

Downers Grove North has a club for everyone. Most of the clubs meet at least once a week sometimes even more. The staff is very supported in everything that the clubs do and help with anything that the clubs need to succeed. There are clubs ranging from bass fishing, to community service, and even computer gaming.

The school has almost an endless list of options for extra curricular activities there is no chance that somebody can do them all.

Downers Grove North is a titan when it comes to school spirit. The Trojans are recognized for their pride, athleticism, and quality.Students are encouraged to join sports, but never shunned if they chose not to do so.

The school has an Olympic size pool, weight room, turf field for football, brand new baseball and soccer field and 2 indoor gyms. There are a lot of opportunities to participate in sports: intramural, club, and teams.

  • North High School graduation rate is 91.0%. National average is 82.2%.
  • 75.0% students of North High School scored at or above proficiency levels on their state math assessment test.
  • 75.0% students of North High School scored at or above proficiency levels on their state reading/language arts assessment test.