Evanston Township High School and six District 65 schools scored in the top 100 statewide in a new newspaper ranking.

The analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times of state achievement test results showed four Evanston elementary schools in the top 100 — Orrington at 22, Willard at 35, Rhodes at 79 and Dewey at 99 among 2,192 elementary schools ranked statewide.

The district’s other elementary schools were ranked as follows: Lincolnwood at 173, Kingsley at 208, King Lab at 282, Lincoln at 317, Walker at 398, Washington at 414, Dawes at 627 and Oakton at 1,027.

Among middle schools, two in Evanston were among the top 100 — Haven at 34 and Nichols at 93 among 1,395 middle schools ranked statewide.

The district’s third middle school and the middle school grades at its two lab schools were ranked as follows: Rhodes Lab at 133, King Lab at 165 and Chute at 235.

Evanston Township high School was ranked 93rd among 669 ranked high schools across the state.

The newspaper analysis of state test score results creates a standardized score for each school that can be compared with results for other schools.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Congrats to the students at Washington…

    and to Principal Ellison,Vice Principal Friedman, teachers,staff, and parents/guardians of Washington school for making it into the top 1/3 of all schools.

    This shows the tremendous progress and results achieved by everyone at Washington and the parental/guardian community. It wasn't too long ago when it seemed Washington was headed in the wrong direction. Excellent work by everyone involved.

    I am proud to be a parent of a Washington Thunderbird!!

  2. Best School list a joke

    All the list about school rating tells you which  schools have a majority of high income families,  they are showing the best test scores.  All the schools in the north suburbs make the list.  Orrington school always make the list above other district 65 schools, Orrington is 22 and Oakton is at 1027. Orrington's population is closer to other North Shore Schools while Oaktons population match a Chicago public school

    Can Oakton school be that much worst than Orrington in terms of teaching that such a wide gap is showing?

    Those that want a school in the 5th ward, would have a school showing similar results to Oakton if not worst, while the results would not be a reflection of the teaching, those that supported the school would soon be crying they need more money and that Orrington has something they don't have!

  3. ETHS

    Didn't ETHS use to rank in the top 10 (sometimes the top 5) on an annual basis not too many years ago. What has happened? 

    1. I know in the 80’s we were

      I know in the 80's we were always top10… I wouldn't send my cat to ETHS now!

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