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Public high schools in Chicago: What are this year's top rated and most improved?

Public high schools in Chicago: What are this year's top rated and most improved?
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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the public high schools in Chicago stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

John Marshall Metropolitan High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Chicago, rising from a D- to a D+, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 3250 W. Adams St., enrolls 359 students. Niche gave the school mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and C+ for clubs and activities.

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 5% of John Marshall Metropolitan High School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 5% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 18% in math and 21% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less-affluent population, with 99% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 12% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Manley Career Academy High School saw its overall rating jump from a D to a C-. The school is located at 2935 W. Polk St. and is much smaller, currently serving 170 students.

Niche gave Manley Career Academy High School mixed grades: C- on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and C for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was 10%, and reading proficiency was 10%. Manley Career Academy High School also serves a less-affluent population, with 95% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Harper High School also saw improvement in its overall rating, from a D to a C-. The school is located at 6520 S. Wood St. and has 165 students currently enrolled.

Niche gave Harper High School mixed grades — C- on an A-D scale for academics, C- for administration and B- for clubs and activities. Its latest math proficiency was at 10%, and reading proficiency was 10%. The school also serves a less-affluent community, with 98% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

While some public high schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Lane Tech College Prep High School, with an overall rating of A+.
  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, with an A+ rating overall.
  • Jones College Prep High School, rated A+ overall.

This story was created automatically using data from Niche.com, then reviewed by an editor before publication. Click here for more about how and why Hoodline is automating local news. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.