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Lake Forest High School Ranked 5th Best Among Suburban Public Schools

LAKE FOREST, IL — Lake Forest High School ranked as the 14th best public high school in the state and No. 5 in the Chicago suburbs in the latest analysis from U.S. News and World Report.

The news outlet compiled data on 673 schools in Illinois and 17,655 schools nationally, ranking them on their students’ performance on state-mandated standardized tests, their graduation rates and college readiness levels.

According to the list, Lake Forest High School is the 374th best public high school in the United States.

In Illinois, broken down by individual ranking factors, LFHS was 8th for the breadth of its college curriculum, 13th in college readiness, 17th for proficiency on state assessments, 32nd for its graduation rate and 47th in performance on state assessments.

The top five public high schools in the state are all selective-enrollment Chicago Public Schools. In the suburbs, the top-ranked school is Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, followed by Vernon Hills High School, New Trier Township High School, Hinsdale Central High School, Libertyville High School and William Fremd High School.

U.S. News compiled the following scorecard for use in calculating :

  • 76 percent of LFHS students are proficient in science
  • 64 percent are proficient in math
  • 61 percent are proficient in reading
  • 61 percent passed at least one Advanced Placement exam
  • 98 percent of the class of 2022 graduated on time

In the list, Illinois ranks 24th among U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Among the 673 of ranked schools, 37 are in the top 5 percent nationally, 159 were in the top 25 percent. State-by-state performance is based solely on which states have the largest proportion of schools in the top 25 percent.