So, can you name the school that ranks as the best public high school in our area? We now know what schools are the best of the best.

The updated rankings are out, and the top schools have been announced. The website, Niche, crunched the data based on:

  • state test scores
  • college readiness
  • graduation rates
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • teacher quality
  • high school ratings

The site published data and rankings for public high schools in the entire state of Illinois. We went through 659 schools ranked and pulled out the Top 10 from Rockford and the Stateline area.
Congratulations to Rockton, IL! Hononegah ranks as the best high school in the Stateline area. Hononegah High School, in a recent report, also had the highest average teacher salary in the Stateline area. Does higher teacher pay equate to better schools?  Coincidence?

Here are the top 10 public high schools in the Rockford Area (followed by overall state ranking out of 665 schools)

1.  Hononegah High School (#72)
2.  Hampshire High School  (#111)
3.  Sycamore High School (#123)
4.  Forreston High School (#165)
5.  Marengo High School (#168)
6.  Auburn High School (#173)
7.  Galena High School (#181)
8.  Stillman Valley High School (#190)
9.  Byron High School (#194)
10. Rochelle Township High School (#195)

Also landing in the Top 20  were Guilford High School, Durand High School, Oregon High School and Lena Winslow High School.