Oak Park and River Forest High School took the 13th spot in Chicago Magazine’s recent ranking of the top 20 high schools in suburban Cook County. The rankings appeared in the magazine’s September 2016 issue. 

This year, the authors of the rankings gave much less weight to standardized test scores and tried to take into account “hard-to-quantify factors for which test results can give only a vague indication, such as classroom environment, teacher-principal collaboration, and parent engagement.”

The magazine also considered per pupil spending, the percentage of freshmen on track to graduate, graduation rates and ACT proficiency in its rankings. 

OPRF ranked several notches below Evanston Township High School (6th) and one notch ahead of Niles North High School (14th), which is located in the district to which former OPRF superintendent Steven Isoye decamped earlier this year.

You can see the rankings and the article for yourself at: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2016/Best-Public-Schools/Suburbs/. 

Michael Romain

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