Country's Richest, Poorest Schools In Chicagoland Area

01/19/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Providence St. Mel on Chicago's West Side and Hinsdale Central High in the southwest suburbs represent the poorest and wealthiest of 12 schools profiled in a new book as among the nation's best.

The private college prep in poverty-stricken Garfield Park and the Hinsdale public high school serving the 32nd richest zip code in the nation are both offered as evidence that schools that emphasize character development along with scholastic performance can dramatically improve student achievement.

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