Best Public Schools in Normal, IL


The city of Normal, Illinois is home to 16 schools, including 9 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 4 high schools, all part of the McLean County Unified School District 5, except for two schools that are part of the ISU Laboratory Schools district.

The standout schools in Normal are University High School, which ranks 10th out of 699 Illinois high schools and has exceptional academic performance, and Thomas Metcalf School, a K-8 school that ranks 201st out of 2,077 Illinois elementary schools. These two ISU Laboratory Schools consistently outperform the schools in the McLean County Unified School District 5. Additionally, Grove Elementary School stands out for its strong academic performance, with proficiency rates well above the district and state averages.

However, the data also reveals stark differences in academic performance and other key metrics between the top-performing schools and the lower-performing schools, such as Oakdale Elementary School and Fairview Elementary School. This suggests significant disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes within the district, which may be correlated with socioeconomic status, as schools with higher percentages of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch tend to have lower academic proficiency rates.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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