Chicago Mag ranks OPRF 13th best in the 'burbs

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

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: 

Michael Romain


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Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: August 29th, 2016 2:49 PM

US News gives them 36th in the state

Trine Tsouderos from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2016 2:29 PM

To everyone wondering whether we are getting our money's worth because we spend so much but only rank 13th on Chicago Magazine's ranking, remember, this is one magazine's random, unscientific ranking. I used to work for People magazine, and participated in our annual Sexiest Man issue ranking. These rankings are really, really random. All you can say about this is that, generally, OPRF ranks pretty well among editors and staff at this magazine. That's nice and all, but how important is it?

Eric Brightfield  

Posted: August 26th, 2016 8:29 PM

I wonder how many young uns noticed that the cover photo was a re-deaux of the (31 yr old !) Breakfast Club movie poster

Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: August 26th, 2016 7:46 PM

welcome to the conversation Judith. Think there are a few of us wondering that as well.

Judith Alexander from Oak Park  

Posted: August 26th, 2016 4:44 PM

I'm wondering why the story doesn't mention that OPRF spends more than any other suburban Cook high school except New Trier (which also ranks 2nd in overall excellence). Isn't spending newsworthy, especially at this point, with an upcoming referendum?

Richard Fischer from OP  

Posted: August 26th, 2016 4:34 PM

@Ada Johnso. Seems like we should be wondering if we're getting our money's worth.

Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: August 25th, 2016 5:33 PM

I find it interesting that we pay more per student than any other school system besides New Trier (the muckety-muck school)...significantly more than many others in the top 20 - and we are ranked 13th. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. Still trying to wrap my thoughts around it.

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