CPS high schools reach the top 

Northside, Payton make U.S. News list of best 100 high schools in the nation.

December 11, 2008

Two CPS high schools are among the top 100 high schools in the nation, according to a report released by U.S. News & World Report. Northside College Prep High School, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., was ranked 34th and Walter Payton College Prep High School, 1034 N. Wells St., was ranked 63rd. Both CPS schools were also ranked in last year's top 100. They were chosen this year from 21,000 high schools across America based on an analysis of college readiness and academic performance.

"We are excited to see some of our schools recognized among the top schools in the nation," CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan said. "As a district, our overall mission is to prepare
all of our students for college and careers with a multitude of school options that will keep our students continually engaged and on track for academic success."


The latest list of "America's 100 Best High Schools" ranks high schools based on student participation and performance on state standardized tests, Advanced Placement tests and International Baccalaureate tests during the 2006-07 school year. The analysis also tracked African-American, Hispanic and low-income student performance compared to their peers statewide.

Both CPS high schools provide a strong academic focus with extensive Advanced Placement and honors coursework that challenges students. Payton provides a globally focused curriculum with unique math, science and world language curriculums. At Northside, students receive intensive instruction in subjects ranging from physics to constitutional law.


CPS has placed an increasing emphasis on postsecondary preparation including expanding access to Advanced Placement courses, developing a rigorous curriculum across all high schools, and expanding college-planning resources. Read the U.S. News & World Report excerpts on Northside College Prep and Walter Payton College Prep.