Newsweek released its annual list of the 500 best U.S. high schools for 2015, which determines the high schools that best prepare its students for college. In conjunction with this list, however, Newsweek also released a list of high schools that are “beating the odds.

This term “beating the odds” describes high schools that prepare their students for college while at the same time overcoming obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage.

The following 21 Illinois schools are among the top 500 high schools in the nation labeled as “beating the odds” (their national ranks are labeled in parenthesis). Newsweek notes:

A “*” next to a school’s rank indicates that it meets our Equity measure by helping low-income students score at or above average on state assessments.

21. East Richland High School (#391) Olney, IL

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20. Curie Metropolitan High School (#371) Chicago, IL

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19. Metea Valley High School (#358) Aurora, IL

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18. Wheaton North High School (#350) Wheaton, IL

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*17. John Hersey High School (#331) Arlington Heights, IL

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16. Waubonsie Valley High School (#308) Aurora, IL

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*15. Adlai E. Stevenson High School (#256) Lincolnshire, IL

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14. William Fremd High School (#241) Palatine, IL

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13. Barrington High School (#239) Barrington, IL

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12. Naperville Central High School (#217) Naperville, IL

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11. Infinity Math Science & Tech HS (#213) Chicago, IL

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10. Lake Forest High School (#145) Lake Forest, IL

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*9. Glenbrook South High School (#118) Glenview, IL

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8. Naperville North High School (#116) Naperville, IL

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*7. Lane Technical High School (#110) Chicago, IL

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*6. Brooks College Prep Academy HS (#88) Chicago, IL

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5. Egyptian Senior High School (#72) Tamms, IL

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*4. New Trier Township HS Winnetka (#66) Northfield, IL

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*3. Jones College Prep High School (#13) Chicago, IL

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*2. Payton College Preparatory HS (#7) Chicago, IL

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*1. Northside College Preparatory HS (#2) Chicago, IL

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View the schools’ average SAT scores, ACT scores, counselor-to-student ratios, and graduation rates with the interactive graph below.

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