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The top 50 middle schools in the Chicago area

The Chicago Sun-Times bases its exclusive rankings of schools on average scores on state achievement tests.

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Area Rank School City Percentile Statewide Rank
1 Young Magnet* Chicago 95.54 1
2 Keller Gifted* Chicago 94.24 2
3 Edison Regional Gifted* Chicago 93.98 3
4 Lenart Regional Gifted* Chicago 92.81 4
5 Hawthorne Magnet Chicago 91.04 7
6 Skinner Classical Magnet West* Chicago 86.50 9
7 Oriole Park Chicago 85.50 10
8 Butler Oak Brook 85.15 11
9 Daniel Wright Lincolnshire 84.80 12
9 McClure Western Springs 84.80 12
11 Maple Northbrook 84.66 14
12 Marie Murphy Wilmette 84.57 15
13 Taft** Chicago 84.09 16
14 Lincoln Chicago 83.47 17
15 Kennedy Lisle 83.02 18
16 Bell Chicago 82.46 19
17 A Jackson Magnet Chicago 82.43 20
18 Chopin Chicago 82.20 21
18 Twin Groves Buffalo Grove 82.20 21
20 Clarendon Hills Clarendon Hills 81.51 23
21 Burley Chicago 81.00 24
22 Woodlawn Long Grove 80.98 25
23 Bannockburn Bannockburn 80.78 26
24 The Joseph Sears Kenilworth 80.43 27
25 Hinsdale Middle Hinsdale 80.01 28
26 Carleton W Washburne Winnetka 79.90 29
27 Gower Middle Burr Ridge 79.62 30
28 Wilmette Wilmette 79.33 31
29 Kenwood Acad.** Chicago 78.67 32
30 Central Glencoe 78.44 33
31 Roosevelt River Forest 78.32 34
32 Edgebrook Chicago 77.64 35
33 Rondout Lake Forest 76.94 37
34 Sunset Ridge Northfield 76.73 38
34 Haven Evanston 76.73 38
36 Gordon Gregory Naperville 76.64 41
37 Scullen Naperville 76.33 42
37 Thomas Arlington Heights 76.33 42
39 Plum Grove Rolling Meadows 75.96 46
39 Alan B Shepard Deerfield 75.96 46
41 Prairie Crossing Charter Grayslake 75.90 48
42 Margaret Mead JHS Elk Grove Village 75.65 49
43 Aptakisic Buffalo Grove 75.33 50
44 Lasalle Magnet Chicago 75.17 51
45 Blaine Chicago 74.79 52
46 Franklin Magnet Chicago 74.76 53
47 Lindblom Prep* Chicago 74.70 54
48 Norwood Park Chicago 74.28 55
48 Clifford Crone Naperville 74.28 55
50 Solomon Chicago 74.05 57

* Tests used to select all students
** Tests used to select 7th & 8th graders



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