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For the 2021 school year, there are 1374 public schools serving 765,731 students in Cook County, IL. Cook County has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in Illinois.
The top ranked public schools in Cook County, IL are Payton College Preparatory High School, Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School and Northside College Preparatory High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Cook County, IL public schools have an average math proficiency score of 29% (versus the Illinois public school average of 32%), and reading proficiency score of 34% (versus the 37% statewide average). Schools in Cook County have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of Illinois public schools.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the Illinois public school average of 52% (majority Hispanic).

Top Cook County Public Schools (2021)

  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Grades Students
  • Rank: #11.
    Payton College Preparatory High School Magnet School
    Math: 97% | Reading: ≥99%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    1034 N Wells St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (773) 534-0034

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,073 student
  • Rank: #2-42.-4.
    Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School Magnet School
    Math: ≥95% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    3020 W 108th St
    Chicago, IL 60655
    (773) 535-2636

    Grades: 1-8 | 242 students
  • Rank: #2-42.-4.
    Northside College Preparatory High School Magnet School
    Math: 93% | Reading: 97%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    5501 N Kedzie Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 534-3954

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,061 student
  • Rank: #2-42.-4.
    Skinner North Elementary School Math: 95% | Reading: 95%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    640 W Scott St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (773) 534-8500

    Grades: K-8 | 494 students
  • Rank: #5-75.-7.
    Decatur Classical Elementary School Magnet School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    7030 N Sacramento Av
    Chicago, IL 60645
    (773) 534-2201

    Grades: K-6 | 281 students
  • Rank: #5-75.-7.
    Edison Elementary Regional Gifted Center Magnet School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    4929 N Sawyer Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 534-0540

    Grades: K-8 | 271 students
  • Rank: #5-75.-7.
    Mcdade Elementary Classical School Magnet School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    8801 S Indiana Ave
    Chicago, IL 60619
    (773) 535-3669

    Grades: K-6 | 195 students
  • Rank: #88.
    Young Magnet High School Magnet School
    Math: 91% | Reading: 91%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    211 S Laflin St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (773) 534-7500

    Grades: 7-12 | 2,157 students
  • Rank: #99.
    Jones College Prep High School Magnet School
    Math: 90% | Reading: 90%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    700 S State St
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (773) 534-8600

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,861 student
  • Rank: #1010.
    Lenart Elementary Regional Gifted Center Magnet School
    Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    8101 S La Salle St
    Chicago, IL 60620
    (773) 535-0040

    Grades: PK-8 | 284 students
  • Rank: #1111.
    Lane Technical High School Magnet School
    Math: 86% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    2501 W Addison St
    Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 534-5400

    Grades: 7-12 | 4,429 students
  • Rank: #1212.
    Thomas Dooley Elementary School Math: 78% | Reading: 87%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    622 Norwood Ln
    Schaumburg, IL 60193
    (847) 357-6250

    Grades: K-6 | 470 students
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Marie Murphy School Math: 78% | Reading: 84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    2921 Illinois Rd
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (847) 251-3617

    Grades: 6-8 | 284 students
  • Rank: #13-1413.- 14.
    Shabonee School Math: 79% | Reading: 83%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    1000 Pfingsten Rd
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 498-4970

    Grades: 3-5 | 430 students
  • Rank: #1515.
    Greeley Elementary School Math: 85-89% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    275 Fairview Ave
    Winnetka, IL 60093
    (847) 446-6060

    Grades: K-4 | 274 students
  • Rank: #1616.
    Lincoln Elementary School Math: 75% | Reading: 86%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    615 W Kemper Pl
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 534-5720

    Grades: K-8 | 897 students
  • Rank: #1717.
    Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy Magnet School
    Math: 78% | Reading: 79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 1%
    3319 N Clifton Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657
    (773) 534-5550

    Grades: K-8 | 567 students
  • Rank: #1818.
    Grove Avenue Elementary School Math: 76% | Reading: 81%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    900 S Grove Ave
    Barrington, IL 60010
    (847) 381-1888

    Grades: K-5 | 553 students
  • Rank: #1919.
    The Joseph Sears School Math: 74% | Reading: 82%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    542 Abbotsford Rd
    Kenilworth, IL 60043
    (847) 256-5006

    Grades: PK-8 | 451 students
  • Rank: #20-2120.- 21.
    Maple School Math: 77% | Reading: 77%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2370 Shermer Rd
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 400-8900

    Grades: 6-8 | 384 students
  • Rank: #20-2120.- 21.
    Poe Elementary Classical School Magnet School
    Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    10538 S Langley Ave
    Chicago, IL 60628
    (773) 535-5525

    Grades: K-6 | 208 students
  • Rank: #2222.
    New Trier Township H S Winnetka Math: 76% | Reading: 80%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    385 Winnetka Ave
    Winnetka, IL 60093
    (847) 446-7000

    Grades: 10-12 | 2,934 students
  • Rank: #2323.
    Proviso Math And Science Academy Magnet School
    Math: 73% | Reading: 82%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    8601 Roosevelt Rd
    Forest Park, IL 60130
    (708) 338-4100

    Grades: 9-12 | 792 students
  • Rank: #2424.
    Middlefork Primary School Math: 80-89% | Reading: 70-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    405 Wagner Rd
    Winnetka, IL 60093
    (847) 881-9505

    Grades: PK-3 | 202 students
  • Rank: #25-2625.- 26.
    Barbara B Rose Elementary School Math: 78% | Reading: 75%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    61 W Penny Rd
    Barrington, IL 60010
    (847) 844-1200

    Grades: K-5 | 411 students
  • Rank: #25-2625.- 26.
    Forest Hills Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 80-84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    5020 Central Ave
    Western Springs, IL 60558
    (708) 246-7678

    Grades: PK-5 | 271 students
  • Rank: #2727.
    Glenbrook North High School Math: 76% | Reading: 76%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    2300 Shermer Rd
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 272-6400

    Grades: 9-12 | 1,988 student
  • Rank: #2828.
    Wood Oaks Junior High School Math: 71% | Reading: 84%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1250 Sanders Rd
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 272-1900

    Grades: 6-8 | 429 students
  • Rank: #29-3229.- 32.
    Hough Street Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    310 S Hough St
    Barrington, IL 60010
    (847) 381-1108

    Grades: K-5 | 294 students
  • Rank: #29-3229.- 32.
    Lincoln Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    511 Park Ave
    River Forest, IL 60305
    (708) 366-7340

    Grades: K-4 | 402 students
  • Rank: #29-3229.- 32.
    Spring Ave Elementary School Math: 70-74% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1001 S Spring Ave
    La Grange, IL 60525
    (708) 482-2710

    Grades: K-6 | 320 students
  • Rank: #29-3229.- 32.
    Sunset Ridge Elementary School Math: 72% | Reading: 77%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    525 Sunset Ridge Rd
    Winnetka, IL 60093
    (847) 881-9459

    Grades: 4-8 | 272 students
  • Rank: #3333.
    Wescott Elementary School Math: 79% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    1820 Western Ave
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (847) 272-4660

    Grades: 1-5 | 421 students
  • Rank: #34-3534.- 35.
    Campanelli Elementary School Math: 76% | Reading: 74%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    310 S Springinsguth
    Schaumburg, IL 60193
    (847) 357-5333

    Grades: K-6 | 538 students
  • Rank: #34-3534.- 35.
    Central Elementary School Math: 78% | Reading: 72%
    Rank
    10/
    10
    Top 5%
    910 Central Ave
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (847) 251-3252

    Grades: K-4 | 459 students
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