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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
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Northside College Preparatory High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Chicago, IL. It has 1,061 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 93% of students are at least proficient in math and 97% in reading.
5501 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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School District
Chicago Public Schools

Northside College Preparatory High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
93%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1380
332 responses
Average ACT
31
516 responses
AP Enrollment
60%
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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
    C-
Median Household Income
$62,583
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$989
National
$949
Median Home Value
$301,540
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
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.70 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.70 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 273 responses
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  • I-Day
    19%
  • Colloquium
    18%
  • Cubby Walk
    12%
  • Off-Campus Lunch
    11%
  • Sports Senior Days
    8%
  • Dance Show
    7%
  • Pep Rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,061
Free or Reduced Lunch
44%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.78 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.78 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.78 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,302
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.5%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.94 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.94 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.94 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,409/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.98 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.99 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.99 responses
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I am very lucky to attend Northside College Prep. Starting high school was a difficult transition- I had attended the same elementary school my entire life, so I had zero experience starting at a new school. However, I was lucky enough to find my niche. I joined the cross country team, and it was the best decision I could have made. I started the school year knowing people, which made the transition easier, and I found a hobby that I am passionate about. The best part about Northside is that it has a smaller community for everyone. I have found my place on the cross country and track teams; in the journalism class; and in the environmental club. There are places for everyone! From anime club, to the basketball team, to theater programs, Northside offers opportunities for everyone. Like any other school, Northside has its fair share of issues, but it provides countless opportunities for anything you might be interested in.
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Northside College Prep is an amazing school! Teachers here are good and counselors really help you prepare for college since it is a college preparatory high school. There are a lot of extracurricular activities like dance clubs and sports to join. However, we do not have a football team, but if you don't mind, it's okay! Since our school is part of the selective enrollment process in Chicago and is usually top in ranking, things can be competitive sometimes in terms of academics. However, this competitiveness can be encouraging and motivating you to do better and keep up your grades!
The abundant amount of resources and opportunities that Northside has to offer and its enriching experiences allow for a student to reach their full potential in whichever field they are hoping to pursue. The overall environment is overwhelmingly accepting and open-minded. The teachers are extremely supportive and understanding and with that, students are always eager to learn. However, something that I would like to see change is the toxic competitiveness that students often feel the need to participate in which result in excessive amounts of stress and anxiety. The pressure that students put on themselves takes away the joy that comes with the process of learning.