25 Best High Schools in the Midwest

We used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, as well as SAT and ACT scores. Here are the top schools in the Midwest. See full results here.

Signature School

1. Signature School

Evansville, Indiana


Overall Rank: 6

FINAL SCORE: 9.1601

School Type: Charter

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 100%

AP/IB Tests per student: 2.95

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.78

SAT: 1822

ACT: 27.6


International Academy

2. International Academy

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


Overall Rank: 17

FINAL SCORE: 8.5485

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 46%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.39

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.97

SAT: 1946

ACT: 29.9

Lake Forest High School

3. Lake Forest High School

Lake Forest, Illinois


Overall Rank: 52

FINAL SCORE: 7.8276

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.7%

College Bound: 97%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 29%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.47

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.95

SAT: 1940

ACT: 25.9


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4. Edina High School

Edina, Minnesota


Overall Rank: 53

FINAL SCORE: 7.8237

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.4%

College Bound: 96%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 62%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.18

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.58

SAT: 1873

ACT: 26.2


Ottawa Hills High School

5. Ottawa Hills High School

Ottawa Hills, Ohio


Overall Rank: 58

FINAL SCORE: 7.7707

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 24%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.50

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.82

SAT: 1765

ACT: 26.3


Dublin Jerome High School

6. Dublin Jerome High School

Dublin, Ohio


Overall Rank: 60

FINAL SCORE: 7.7569

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.3%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 72%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.05

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.74

SAT: 1767

ACT: 26.4

Ladue Horton Watkins High School

7. Ladue Horton Watkins High School

St. Louis, Missouri


Overall Rank: 63

FINAL SCORE: 7.7291

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 49%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.78

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.82

SAT: 1920

ACT: 26.1

Metro Academic & Classical High

8. Metro Academic & Classical High

St. Louis, Missouri


Overall Rank: 79

FINAL SCORE: 7.6129

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 50%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.98

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.25

SAT: N/A

ACT: 26.3

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

9. Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

Kansas City, Kansas


Overall Rank: 95

FINAL SCORE: 7.4887

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 44%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.75

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.60

SAT: N/A

ACT: 21.7

Homestead High School

10. Homestead High School

Mequon, Wisconsin


Overall Rank: 98

FINAL SCORE: 7.4684

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.1%

College Bound: 94%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 31%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.62

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.86

SAT: 1871

ACT: 25

Indian Hill High School

11. Indian Hill High School

Cincinnati, Ohio


Overall Rank: 102

FINAL SCORE: 7.4443

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 97.2%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 47%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.19

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.89

SAT: 1763

ACT: 26

Novi High School

12. Novi High School

Novi, Michigan


Overall Rank: 107

FINAL SCORE: 7.4348

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 97.6%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 60%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.58

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.85

SAT: 1848

ACT: 23.7

Kirkwood High School

13. Kirkwood High School

Kirkwood, Missouri


Overall Rank: 108

FINAL SCORE: 7.4204

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 93%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 27%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.47

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.84

SAT: 1770

ACT: 23.9


Deerfield High School

14. Deerfield High School

Deerfield, Illinois


Overall Rank: 111

FINAL SCORE: 7.4062

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 97.0%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 29%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.60

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.91

SAT: 1930

ACT: 27

Chagrin Falls High School

15. Chagrin Falls High School

Chagrin Falls, Ohio


Overall Rank: 114

FINAL SCORE: 7.3967

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.5%

College Bound: 94%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 36%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.89

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.84

SAT: 1721

ACT: 25.4

Blue Valley High School

16. Blue Valley High School

Overland Park, Kansas


Overall Rank: 120

FINAL SCORE: 7.3552

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 97.5%

College Bound: 91%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 72%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.50

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.77

SAT: 1915

ACT: 25.3

Eagan High School

17. Eagan High School

Eagan, Minnesota


Overall Rank: 124

FINAL SCORE: 7.3414

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.4%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 25%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.39

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.91

SAT: 1883

ACT: 25.4

Decorah High School

18. Decorah High School

Decorah, Iowa


Overall Rank: 126

FINAL SCORE: 7.3406

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 26%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.31

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.72

SAT: N/A

ACT: 24.6

University High School Academy

19. University High School Academy

Southfield, Michigan


Overall Rank: 128

FINAL SCORE: 7.3150

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 46%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.26

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.42

SAT: N/A

ACT: 22.4

20. Glenbrook North High School

Northbrook, Illinois


Overall Rank: 132

FINAL SCORE: 7.2764

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.0%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 26%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.52

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.90

SAT: 1889

ACT: 20.6

William Fremd High School

21. William Fremd High School

Palatine, Illinois


Overall Rank: 137

FINAL SCORE: 7.2544

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 97.0%

College Bound: 96%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 37%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.62

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.90

SAT: 1900

ACT: 25

Brookfield East High School

22. Brookfield East High School

Brookfield, Wisconsin


Overall Rank: 143

FINAL SCORE: 7.2057

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.8%

College Bound: 90%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 41%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.58

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.70

SAT: 1947

ACT: 25.3

Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

23. Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

Kansas City, Missouri


Overall Rank: 149

FINAL SCORE: 7.1654

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 98.5%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 46%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.75

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.54

SAT: N/A

ACT: 22.4

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

24. Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Chicago, Illinois


Overall Rank: 151

FINAL SCORE: 7.1509

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 97.2%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 47%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.89

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.41

SAT: 1899

ACT: 27.8


Upper Arlington High School

25. Upper Arlington High School

Upper Arlington, Ohio


Overall Rank: 152

FINAL SCORE: 7.1461

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 97.0%

College Bound: 94%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 47%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.00

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.76

SAT: 1707

ACT: 25