Local schools that made the "top 50" lists include New Trier High School, Greeley Elementary School, Middlefork Primary School, Crow Island Elementary School, The Skokie School, Carleton Washburne School, and Sunset Ridge School.
The two publications used different methods to determine school rankings.
The Tribune chose the top 50 high schools and grade schools in Chicagoland based on the percentage of students that met or exceeded state standards on the 2012 Illinois State Achievement Test (for third through eight grade students) and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (for high school students).
The Sun-Times rankings, on the other hand, used these same tests results but based their rankings on standardized average school test scores.
Tribune Chicagoland rankings (percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards)
Sun-Times Illinois rankings (standardized average percentile)
6th (89.5 percent)
- 4th in Chicago area and Statewide rankings
- (84.815 percentile)
Carleton Washburne School
- 30th in Chicago area rankings
- 33rd in Statewide rankings
- (78.887 percentile)
Sunset Ridge School
- 31st in Chicago area rankings
- 34th in Statewide rankings
- (78.669 percentile)
Greeley Elementary School
14th (99.4 percent)
- 48th in Chicago area rankings
- 51st in Statewide rankings
- (80.234 percentile)
Middlefork Primary School
17th (99 percent)
Crow Island Elementary School
18th (99 percent)
The Skokie School
35th (98 percent)
- New Trier High School Ranked 2nd Best in Cook County