For the second year in a row, Chicago Magazine ranked Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park, the third-best high school in suburban Cook County. 

The 2019 rankings “were based on data obtained from the Illinois State Board of Education data for the 2017-18 school year, the most recent available,” the magazine explained. 

Chicago Magazine used a variety of measures, including per-pupil spending, student performance on the SAT and other standardized tests, attendance and graduation rates. The following high schools rounded out the top five:


  • New Trier Township High School,  Winnetka
  • Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook
  • Proviso Mathematics & Science Academy, Forest Park
  • Glenbrook South High School, Glenview
  • William Fremd High School, Palatine


PMSA was also ranked third-best by Chicago Magazine in the publications’ 2018 rankings.

In 2016, the publication ranked PMSA the best suburban high school in Cook County. Chicago did not publish rankings that year.


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