Maine South High School comes in 29th place for top Illinois high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were released as part of the Best High School rankings, now in its fourth edition according to the Huffington Post.
The rankings were drawn from a pool of 22,000 public high schools in 49 states as well as the District of Columbia, and methodology included test scores, state assessments and college-level coursework, such as AP or IB programs.
For student/teacher ratio, , in District 207 scored 15:1. For college readiness, the report noted that Maine South is above the Illinois average, with 43 percent of students taking AP tests and 38 percent passing AP tests.
The report also found that 82 percent of Maine South students were proficient in math, as opposed to only 60 percent at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, which got a higher ranking of 8th in Illinois, based on the way the magazine calculated the rankings.
In Illinois, Northside College Preparatory High School took the top spot, followed by Walter Payton College Preparatory High School and Jones College Prep. Those are Chicago magnet schools, which admit only top scholars. Suburban high schools admit all students who live in their district.
Nearby, Deerfield High School was ranked No. 7; Highland Park was ranked No. 12; New Trier High School ranked 13; Lake Forest High School was ranked No. 15; Evanston Township High School was ranked No. 17; and Glenbrook North High School was ranked No. 19.
The magazine did not rank Niles West, Niles North or Maine East High Schools among the 77 Illinois high schools it ranked.
Niles West was ranked 28.1, and Maine East ranked 28.3, in the magazine's college readiness index, higher than the schools ranked 48th through 77th, but they did not appear on the list.
Niles North ranked 29.6 in the college readiness, index, higher than the schools ranked 44th though 77th, but it also did not appear.
U.S. News & World explained its ranking methodology here.