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Moving to Chicago can be an intimidating experience, especially when it comes to finding the best elementary Chicago schools for your child! (We’ve written more about the Chicago Public School (CPS) system here…)

Many parents wonder to themselves “Can I send my children to a CPS public school?”.  At SchoolSparrow, we believe the answer to this question is an emphatic “Yes!”

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of best elementary schools in the Chicago area. These hidden gems are high-performing schools that get overlooked too often in typical school searches.

These schools get an A+ rating from us because their students perform awesomely on standardized tests when you normalize for parent income. This means their scores aren’t just a result of socioeconomic status: the schools themselves are making the difference!

1.Durkin Park Elementary School– Chicago, IL


2.William C. Goudy Technology Academy – Chicago, IL


3.Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School – Chicago, IL

Since Hayt scores only a 6 out of 10 on GreatSchools, it’d be all too easy to overlook this school. But when normalized for parent income, Hayt Elementary’s 3rd through 8th graders all score well above average, making it one of the best Chicago elementary schools!

Hayt Elementary is located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago with great access to the Red Line, the Lake, and tons of restaurants and shopping options on Clark Street. The median price of homes currently listed in 60660 is $250,000 (or $259 per square foot).

With the Loop only 20-25 minutes away, it’s a perfect location for those who love the city.

Address: 1518 W Granville Ave Chicago, IL 60660


4.John M. Palmer Elementary School – Chicago, IL


5.Madison Elementary School – Lombard, IL


Want to learn more? Read about how school rankings are misleading parents, how Chicago Public School placement actually works, and so much more on our blog!

Plus, check out the raw data for schools in your area on schoolsparrow website!


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