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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 1,056 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
96%
Average SAT
1370
168 responses
Average ACT
31
402 responses
AP Enrollment
57%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$50,434
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,200
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
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.62 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.62 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 233 responses
Report
  • I-Day
    20%
  • Colloquium
    18%
  • Cubby Walk
    12%
  • Off-Campus Lunch
    10%
  • Sports Senior Days
    8%
  • Dance Show
    6%
  • Talent Show
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,056
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.70 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.70 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.70 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,302
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.9%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.86 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.86 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.86 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.90 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.91 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.91 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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Northside is an incredibly amazing school. Colloquium, at the end of the day, makes everything worth it. The teachers are mostly all helpful and kind. There are also lots of opportunities to create new clubs and teams! HOWEVER, the vast majority of people in this school only care about ways they can boost their college app. It’s the only reasoning and only thing people talk about. It can make even the most confident and intelligent person feel self-conscious and unhappy.
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.