A new set of rankings of public high schools pegs Evanston Township High School as among the top 20 in Illinois.

The 2015 ratings from a website called give ETHS an overall ranking of 15th among the nearly 3,400 public high school in the state.

The overall score combines ratings on academics, health and safety, diversity, and quality of teachers, facilities, activities and sports programs at schools, based on a blend of statistical measures and student and parent surveys.

It’s worth noting that while Niche has accumulated a substantial total number of survey responses, the number of responses for individual schools tends to be quite small — just a few dozen in the case of ETHS. More on the site’s methodology here.

In category ratings, ETHS ranked 18th for academics, 25th for diversity, 8th for best outcomes, and 14th for best extracurriculars.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Nice Going

    This is welcome news and it shows that ETHS is finally moving in the right direction. They are in reach of where they use to be, 25 years ago. The top 5 is once again in site.

    1. National rank

      Hi Cindy,

      Niche claims that ETHS ranks 74th out of 14,431 public high schools nationwide that are included in its rankings.

      So, to the extent you believe Niche's ratings, it would appear that ETHS does well against the competition nationally, regardless of the overall state of Illinois schools.

      — Bill

  2. It’s a win
    This is good for ETHS and Evanston whether or not you put any credence in the rankings. I would think it would lead to more people wanting to live here and more people wanting to send their kids to ETHS. It’s a win all around.

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