The Middle Guys

Top 25 High Schools: Midwest

Newsweek ranks the best secondary schools in the Midwest.

Midwestern schools may not have a huge showing among our top 100 schools, but they do comprise 22% of the full list.

The best midwestern secondary schools were ranked using the same metrics as our overall list, with primary weighting given to graduation rate, the percent of graduates accepted to college, and the number of AP and IB tests given per student. As well, average SAT, ACT and AP scores, and the number of students enrolled in an AP or IB program was considered.

Signature School

Evansville, Indiana

Overall Newsweek Rank: 12

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.5

Northside College Preparatory High School

Chicago, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 25

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 99%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.4

International Academy

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Overall Newsweek Rank: 30

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.4

Walnut Hills High School

Cincinnati, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 53

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.3

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Chicago, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 55

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 99%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.9

Indian Hill High School

Cincinnati, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 82

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 96%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1

Walter Payton College Prep

Chicago, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 87

Graduation Rate: 96%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1

Solon High School

Solon, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 107

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.9

Wyoming High School

Cincinnati, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 120

Graduation Rate: 97%

College-bound Grad Rate: 94%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.2

Edina High School

Edina, Minnesota

Overall Newsweek Rank: 121

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 96%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.9

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Lincolnshire, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 128

Graduation Rate: 92%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.0

Madeira High School

Cincinnati, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 131

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 95%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8

Troy High School

Troy, Michigan

Overall Newsweek Rank: 134

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8

Jones College Prep

Chicago, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 138

Graduation Rate: 97%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.0

Dublin Jerome High School

Dublin, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 143

Graduation Rate: 98%

College-bound Grad Rate: 94%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1

Hinsdale Central High School

Hinsdale, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 144

Graduation Rate: 96%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.7

New Trier Township High School

Winnetka, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 158

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.4

Ladue Horton Watkins High School

St. Louis, Missouri

Overall Newsweek Rank: 166

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 92%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8

Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 167

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.5

Clayton High School

Clayton, Missouri

Overall Newsweek Rank: 179

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 92%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.6

Glenbrook North High School

Northbrook, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 182

Graduation Rate: 98%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.5

Oakwood High School

Dayton, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 195

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.6

Beachwood High School

Beachwood, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 199

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 96%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.6

Deerfield High School

Deerfield, Illinois

Overall Newsweek Rank: 211

Graduation Rate: 96%

College-bound Grad Rate: 96%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.5

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Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Overall Newsweek Rank: 216

Graduation Rate: 98%

College-bound Grad Rate: 93%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8