5 Chicago high schools make top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking

Walter Payton College Prep was the best locally, coming in at fourth.

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Students congregate outside Walter Payton College Prep High School.

Walter Payton College Prep High School ranked fourth in the nation of top American high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Five Chicago schools made the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual high school rankings, including Walter Payton College Prep, which came in fourth on the 2021 list.

The report notes, among other things, that Payton has a 98% graduation rate and that 100% of students are enrolled in at least some advanced placement classes.

Payton was also ranked as the nation’s third-best magnet school.

North Side College Prep comes in at 26th on the list of the nation’s top high schools, with a graduation rate of 97%. Jones College Prep is ranked 57th, with Whitney Young Magnet School coming in at 70th. Lane Tech ranked 79th.

Almost 18,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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