Using a formula based on spending per student, student-teacher ratio and scores on state tests, among other factors, the magazine issued rankings of the top ten elementary schools and top ten high schools in suburban Cook County.
The top three elementary schools were Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Middlefork School in Northfield and Greeley School in Winnetka. The highest-ranked high schools were Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, New Trier High School in Winnetka and Prospect High School in Mount Prospect.
While Evanston schools did not make Chicago Magazine's list, Evanston Township High School recently ranked No. 17 in the state on a list issued by U.S. News & World Report this May. And in 2010, Chicago Magazine published rankings of all the elementary schools in suburban Cook County. District 65's Willard Elementary School, Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School, Haven Middle School and Lincolnwood Elementary School made the top 100.