Top 10 Best Illinois Charter Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 137 charter public schools serving 60,818 students in Illinois.
Learn more about how charter schools work. The top ranked charter public schools in Illinois are Ybmc Charter School, Prairie Crossing Charter School and Urban Prep West Charter School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Illinois charter public schools have an average math proficiency score of 9% (versus the Illinois public school average of 26%), and reading proficiency score of 14% (versus the 30% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 96% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the Illinois public school average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

Best Charter Public Schools in Illinois (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Ybmc Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
360 Wylie Dr Ste 305
Normal, IL 61761
(309) 454-3898
Grades: 11-12
| 18 students
Rank: #22.
Prairie Crossing Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1531 Jones Point Rd
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-9722
Grades: K-8
| 427 students
Rank: #33.
Urban Prep West Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
425 S Wabash Ave, Roosevelt Un
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 276-0259
Grades: 9-12
| 91 students
Rank: #44.
Southland College Prep Charter High School
Charter School
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4601 Sauk Trl
Richton Park, IL 60471
(708) 748-0100
Grades: 9-12
| 579 students
Rank: #5 - 75. - 7.
Ace Amandla Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
6820 S Washtenaw Ave
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 535-7150
Grades: 9-12
| 126 students
Rank: #5 - 75. - 7.
Yccs West
Charter School
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
4909 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 261-0994
Grades: 9-12
| 109 students
Rank: #5 - 75. - 7.
Yccs-community Youth Dev Inst High School
Charter School
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
7836 S Union Ave
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 224-2273
Grades: 9-12
| 107 students
Rank: #88.
Elgin Math And Science Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1600 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
(630) 883-5013
Grades: K-6
| 361 students
Rank: #99.
Learn Charter Sch 6 North Chicago Campus
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
3131 Sheridan Rd
Great Lakes, IL 60088
(847) 473-3845
Grades: K-8
| 484 students
Rank: #1010.
Yccs-truman Middle College High School
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1145 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-4840
Grades: 9-12
| 198 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Yccs- Mckinley-lakeside Leadership Academy
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2920 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 949-5010
Grades: 9-12
| 138 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Yccs-austin Career Educational Cntr High School
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
5352 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 626-6988
Grades: 9-12
| 59 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Yccs-scholastic Achievement High School
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
4651 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 921-1315
Grades: 9-12
| 161 students
Rank: #1414.
Cambridge Lakes Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
900 Wester Blvd
Hampshire, IL 60140
(847) 464-4300
Grades: K-12
| 660 students
Rank: #1515.
Horizon Science Acad-mckinley Park Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2245 W Pershing Rd
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 247-8400
Grades: K-12
| 864 students
Rank: #1616.
Kipp Chicago Campus
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
4818 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 938-8553
Grades: K-8
| 580 students
Rank: #1717.
Chicago Math & Sci Elementary Charter
Charter School
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
7212 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 761-8960
Grades: 6-12
| 588 students
Rank: #1818.
Yccs-innovations Of Arts Integr High School
Charter School
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
17 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 999-9360
Grades: 9-12
| 421 students
Rank: #1919.
Univ Of Chicago Chtr-nth Kenwood
Charter School
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1119 E 46th St
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 536-2399
Grades: PK-5
| 316 students
Rank: #20 - 2120. - 21.
Acero Chtr Sch Network - Rufino Tamayo Campus
Charter School
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
5135 S California Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
(773) 434-6355
Grades: K-8
| 268 students
Rank: #20 - 2120. - 21.
Learn Charter 9 Campus In Waukegan
Charter School
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1200 W Glen Flora Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 377-0690
Grades: K-8
| 428 students
Rank: #22 - 2322. - 23.
Siu Charter Sch Of East St Louis
Charter School
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
601 James R Thompson Blvd
East Saint Louis, IL 62201
(618) 482-8391
Grades: 9-12
| 118 students
Rank: #22 - 2322. - 23.
Yccs-olive Harvey Mid College High School
Charter School
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
10001 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 291-6517
Grades: 9-12
| 105 students
Rank: #2424.
Acero Chtr Sch Network - Spc Daniel Zizumbo Campus
Charter School
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
4248 W 47th St
Chicago, IL 60632
(773) 579-3470
Grades: K-8
| 570 students
Rank: #2525.
Cics - Irving Park Campus
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
3820 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 433-5000
Grades: K-8
| 511 students
Rank: #2626.
Kipp Chicago Charter School - Kipp One Academy
Charter School
(Math: 22% | Reading: 27% )
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
730 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 938-8578
Grades: K-8
| 1,009 students
Rank: #27 - 2827. - 28.
Cics - Avalon/south Shore
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1501 E 83rd Pl
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 721-0858
Grades: K-8
| 483 students
Rank: #27 - 2827. - 28.
Springfield Ball Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2530 E Ash St
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 525-3275
Grades: K-8
| 394 students
Rank: #2929.
Noble St Chtr-the Noble Academy
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1443 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 574-1527
Grades: 9-12
| 568 students
Rank: #3030.
Locke A Elementary Charter Academy
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
3141 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 265-7232
Grades: K-8
| 373 students
Rank: #3131.
Learn Chtr - Hunter Perkins Campus
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1700 W 83rd St
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 488-1634
Grades: K-8
| 470 students
Rank: #3232.
Horizon Science Acad-belmont Charter School
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2456 N Mango Ave
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 237-2702
Grades: K-8
| 555 students
Rank: #3333.
Intrinsic Charter High School
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
4540 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(708) 887-2735
Grades: 7-12
| 1,036 students
Rank: #3434.
Noble St Chtr Rauner College Prep
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1337 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 226-5345
Grades: 9-12
| 647 students
Rank: #3535.
Acero Chtr Sch Network - Jovita Idar
Charter School
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
5050 S Homan Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
(312) 455-5450
Grades: K-8
| 525 students
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked charter public schools in Illinois?
The top ranked charter public schools in Illinois include Ybmc Charter School, Prairie Crossing Charter School and Urban Prep West Charter School.
How many charter public schools are located in Illinois?
137 charter public schools are located in Illinois.
What is the racial composition of students in Illinois?
Illinois charter public schools minority enrollment is 96% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the Illinois public schools average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

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