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Overall Niche Grade
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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 2,485 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.
Address
5701 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077
Telephone
(847) 626-2510

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
187 responses
Average ACT
27
336 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-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$70,544
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,184
National
$949
Median Home Value
$291,200
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.49 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.49 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 177 responses
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  • Homecoming
    14%
  • Football games
    14%
  • Dance Marathon Charity Event
    14%
  • International Feast
    13%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Sporting events
    12%
  • 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
2,485
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.52 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.52 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.52 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.74 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.74 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.74 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
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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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.
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Overall, Niles West High School is an amazing school with great teachers. The school fosters great diversity and encourages extra-curricular activities. The facilities are excellent, and the teachers make a genuine effort to help learn. The food is pretty bad though because we use this company called "Organic" Life which overprices cheap food. Everything else is superb!
Niles West is a public school located in Skokie, Illinois. The staff members are well-qualified and empathetic towards their students. Due to the vast opportunities available to students, almost everyone is involved in an extracurricular activity, whether that be water polo, ping pong club, or gospel choir. The diversity found in this school district allows for an open and accepting community towards students of any religion, sexual orientation, or race. Besides the welcoming community, the school offers many athletic opportunities and facilities, including a wrestling gym, field house, rock climbing wall, pool, stadium, football field, weight room, cardio lab, and lots of outdoor space. Honors and AP classes are available to all motivated students in almost any subject area. Counselors encourage students to achieve all that they are able, and academic prowess is revered by both students and teachers.