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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
Northside College Preparatory High School is an elite, public, magnet school located in Chicago, IL. It has 1,047 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 98% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.
Address
5501 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Telephone
(773) 534-3954

Northside College Preparatory High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1370
149 responses
Average ACT
31
392 responses
AP Enrollment
57%
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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.59 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.59 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 220 responses
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  • I-Day
    20%
  • Colloquium
    18%
  • Cubby Walk
    12%
  • Off-Campus Lunch
    9%
  • Sports Senior Days
    8%
  • Dance Show
    6%
  • 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
1,047
Free or Reduced Lunch
43%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.67 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.67 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.67 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.9%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.83 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.83 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.83 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$15,765/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.87 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.88 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.88 responses
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Northside College Preparatory High School Reviews

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Northside College Prep has one of the most rigorous academic curricula in the nation; as it constantly places amongst the top 25 high schools. The social structure within the school's student body and staff is very liberal/left-winged, where almost everyone is accepting of each other.

Despite this, there is an extreme stigma on the grades acquired by students' peers, where if you don't have anything higher than an A- in a class, you're made an outcast; this creates an atmosphere which at times can be very hostile and rejecting of others. This example of grade-based stigmatization is further seen amongst the administration of the school, no one will help you unless you have at least a 3.8 GPA, this has led to students fending for themselves academically as well as psychologically.

The school's teachers, however, are phenomenal and 9/10 of them deserve the highest regards in terms of providing my peers and I with the support we needed at tough times and for making learning fun!
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Amazing and rigorous academics with dedicated teachers and extensive student body diversity. Going to ncp can be very stressful and competitive, but the experience has prepared me very well, and my counselour helped me plan out all sorts of backup plans senior year along with easing the application process. There is a safe space for anyone regardless of your interests, so many extracurricular activities! I feel very blessed and prepared. The rest of the world is certainly not as diverse as this school was, but it was great exposure as a young adult.
Northside is an interesting school. It is one of Top Schools in the US, which makes it infamous for it being academically challenging and difficult. Tales of despair and struggling make every 8th grader scared to join this small school. However when I entered it I was smacked with the truth, it is a visually intriguing school. The shape is very strange and the inside is even stranger, with art hanging everywhere and colors splashed on every wall. But the best part is the people; the students, teachers, and staff are amazing people! They are open with whatever you believe in and everyone shares their interests and make stereotypical high schools (High School Musical, Mean Girls, the whole gag) look like lies. It is an awesome school, and I'm glad that I am academically challenged for I get to meet people who changed my life.