Lane Tech Makes Newsweek’s List of Best High Schools

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, June 23, 2011
Newsweek named Lane Tech one of the top high schools in the country. Credit: Patty Wetli.

Newsweek’s annual ranking of America’s Best High Schools included a handful of Chicago public schools among the top 500. Northside College Prep, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave., came in at #24, Lane Tech, 2501 W. Addison St., at #216 and Lincoln Park High School at #424. Several suburban schools also made the list; among them, New Trier High School at #139.

Schools were assessed in a number of areas, including graduation rate, college matriculation rate and advanced placement tests taken per graduate. A pair of magnet schools in Dallas topped the list.

Whither Chicago’s other selective enrollment high schools? Whitney Young Academy and Walter Payton Academy were notably absent, perhaps as a result of Newsweek‘s methodology, which relied on schools to fill out and return surveys.

In other CPS news, the Chicago News Cooperative is reporting record salaries awarded to the district’s top administrators, including new CEO Jean Claude Brizard, just a week after the school board denied raises to teachers stipulated in their contract. Last week, CPS named Lilith Werner, the new principal of Lake View High School to replace Scott Feaman, who is retiring after 16 years in the position. Werner is currently principal of Marconi Academy on the West Side.

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