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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Niles West High School is a top rated, public school located in Skokie, IL. It has 2,435 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.

Niles West High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1220
269 responses
Average ACT
28
366 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$74,272
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,226
National
$949
Median Home Value
$308,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.51 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.51 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 183 responses
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  • Homecoming
    14%
  • Football games
    14%
  • International Feast
    13%
  • Dance Marathon Charity Event
    13%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Sporting events
    11%
  • Winter Dance
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,435
Free or Reduced Lunch
31%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.54 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.54 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.54 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$97,549
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.8%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.76 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.76 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.76 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$33,456/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.78 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.78 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.78 responses
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Niles West High School Reviews

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Niles West is a pretty good school. They recently changed the food service company this year so the cafeteria food isn't that bad! There are many resources available to students who want to improve their grades. Some teachers allow their students to see them outside of class to get assistance, and the lit center has tutors that can assist anyone who is struggling. The school has also been releasing some stricter hallway policies to create a safer environment so students can't leave their classroom without a pass or leave 5 minutes in the beginning or end of class. However, these hallways policies are a bit controlling and students are being escorted to the deans' offices for something a simple as not having a bathroom pass. I think all the teachers really care about teaching at Niles West, but sometimes teachers that teach the same course will have drastically different syllabuses.
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I have gone to Niles West for 3 years, and I had a wide variety of experiences here. First of all, I would like to acknowledge the security staff at this school. After having a real lockdown, the school finally decided to impose more safety drills because we essentially had no safety drills each year. The security staff has always been poor every year I attended because the school hires older retired police officers and others who seem unqualified for the job. The other day, they let my friend into the school after she arrived late without having to show any identification and the security officer even said, "Oh, you don't look like a student, but go ahead." Besides the security, the school has excellent athletic facilities and training staff! However, the football team is horrible.
Niles West High School, is what you could call a perfect high school. From the academics to demographics. Niles West makes you feel comfortable being here because of how diverse it is. There are so many people of different gender, ethnicity, and race and having that is very important. Not only does Niles West exceed in that category, their academics is amazing. There are so many opportunities for the students to be successful and numerous amounts of opportunities given to us. Academics is a big part of who we are, because that is what we are best at. Niles West makes you feel at home and like you can achieve the goal you’re working towards.