Both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times have published their 2012 lists of the top schools in the area based on standardized test scores. Their methodology varies — the Tribune ranks by the percent of students who met or exceeded standards while the Sun-Times ranks by average test score.
Not surprisingly, North Shore schools appeared on both paper's lists.
Deerfield High School was the first non-Chicago school on the Tribune's top 50 Chicago-area high schools list, appearing at #5, followed by New Trier High School at #6. Glenbrook North was next at #11, Lake Forest High School at #13 and Glenbrook South at #17.
The Sun-Times list of top high schools in the state flip-flopped the top two North Shore schools, with New Trier ranked #4 and Deerfield #6. The next three North Shore high schools remain in the same order, though slightly different places with Glenbrook North as #10, Lake Forest High School #11 and Glenbrook South #16.
Elementary and middle schools
In elementary and middle schools, New Trier Township dominates the Tribune's top 50 list for Chicago area schools, with Greeley Elementary School in Winnetka making the first North Shore appearance at #14, followed by Middlefork Primary School in Northfield at #17 and Crow Island Elementary School in Winnetka at #18. Northbrook's Greenbriar Elementary School was the next North Shore school in the #20 spot.
The Sun-Times ranked elementary and middle schools separately.
Highland Park's Braeside was the first North Shore school on the paper's list of top elementary schools in the Chicago area, sitting in the #6 spot. Romona in Kenilworth was next at #11, Ravinia in Highland Park at #16 and Evanston's Orrington at #19.
Marie Murphy School in Wilmette was the first North Shore school to appear on the list of the state's top middle schools, at #11. Northbrook's Maple School was #16 and The Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth was #18.
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