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Old 09-29-2016, 11:04 AM
 
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These rankings are good general assesments of the schools. If a school is on the list.. it's likely a high quality school.. but if one ranks a few spots above another.. it doesn't mean much.
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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These rankings are good general assesments of the schools. If a school is on the list.. it's likely a high quality school.. but if one ranks a few spots above another.. it doesn't mean much.
I'm not sure how Romeoville High School made the list for Will County.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:33 PM
 
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These rankings are good general assesments of the schools. If a school is on the list.. it's likely a high quality school.. but if one ranks a few spots above another.. it doesn't mean much.
Not true at all. Because the editors at Chicago Magazine choose to highlight schools that showed not the best performance but rather those that improved by the greatest percentage they created a false measure; schools that were doing well before and after the period in question were essentially penalized.

I would strongly advice NOT using this list to make any decisions regarding which school may be best for one's children nor would make sense to let this list guide one's home purchase.
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Any particular reason for omitting Kane, Will and McHenry?


The list is NOT accurate at all! If you look at the list for Will County, Neaqua Valley in Naperville is not on the list, but Romeoville is?
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I'm not sure how Romeoville High School made the list for Will County.


I laughed so hard when I saw that! NO WAY is that out performing Plainfield North or Neaqua Valley in Naperville! C'mon!
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:52 AM
 
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Not true at all. Because the editors at Chicago Magazine choose to highlight schools that showed not the best performance but rather those that improved by the greatest percentage they created a false measure; schools that were doing well before and after the period in question were essentially penalized.

I would strongly advice NOT using this list to make any decisions regarding which school may be best for one's children nor would make sense to let this list guide one's home purchase.
I'm not as familiar with other counties but lake county seems to have very good high schools on the list: libertyville, Vernon hills, lake forest, and Stevenson. All our top schools while some would agrue the rankings could be swapped
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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I'm not as familiar with other counties but lake county seems to have very good high schools on the list: libertyville, Vernon hills, lake forest, and Stevenson. All our top schools while some would agrue the rankings could be swapped
The performance of those affluent high schools have generally been quite good, very likely the "story" for Lake Co as if fits the methodology of the article is that even when poorer districts like Zion try to have a "speciality" or "magnet" type school there is still a tremendous gap in not just funding but performance.


_______________________________________________Spe nding per Pupil Freshmen-on-Track ACT-Attainment* 5Essentials Graduation Rate
#4____Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire_____$11,233_____95____85 __4.5__95
#5____New Tech High School at Zion Benton East, Zion___$8,037______74____43___2.0__99

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Old 09-30-2016, 04:37 PM
 
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I'm not as familiar with other counties but lake county seems to have very good high schools on the list: libertyville, Vernon hills, lake forest, and Stevenson. All our top schools while some would agrue the rankings could be swapped
Any list for Lake County high schools that is missing both Deerfield and Highland Park is not a good list.
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:41 AM
 
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Any list for Lake County high schools that is missing both Deerfield and Highland Park is not a good list.
Deerfield is usually ranked high but highland park I have seen ranked moderately high at times
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:41 AM
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Any list for Lake County high schools that is missing both Deerfield and Highland Park is not a good list.
Agree about Deerfield. No so much about Highland Park being top 5 - or at least consistently top 5. Deerfield and Stevenson have been trading places as #1 in Lake County - and the entire Chicago suburban area for that matter, for years. I don't see how any "top" list for Lake County could be excluding Deerfield. I would expect to see it at #1 or #2. Libertyville and Lake Forest have historically been in the very top tier in Lake County (and still are) and Vernon Hills more recently has consistently joined that club. VHS was built new about 15 years ago to relieve overcrowding at Libertyville. It took a little while to get going, but it now seems to have hit its stride. Both are in the same HS district (in fact they are the only schools in the district) and so have very similar goals and philosophies.
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