Northside College Preparatory High School
- Public, Magnet
- CHICAGO, IL
Northside College Preparatory High School Reviews
Rating 4.03 out of 5 581 reviews
Northside College Prep is a very competitive school that challenges it's students to be the best versions of themselves all the time. There is a lot of emphasis on learning by yourself/in groups rather than just through lectures, which is not a teaching method for everyone. Sports are not at the forefront at this school as academics are more important. Student body is diverse and there's a group for everyone.
Northside is the type of school where very academic kids thrive, however if you are not able to teach yourself then you will have a hard time succeeding.
I really liked the teachers, they were all very kind and always willing to help. I also really liked the schedule, the block scheduling makes the classes longer but you have them only twice a week which helps a lot with time management.
I personally really love this school, especially how it's holding up with the pandemic right now. This school is so lively with fun school events with really welcoming clubs too. The teachers are super polite and relaxed and will certainly help with anything you need. The school showed its trust for its students when they let us sit where we wanted to in lunch and how they're not always on our backs for homework assignments. The school itself is very clean and there are almost no fights there at all as far as I know. Even more so the school's hybrid learning is still great because everyone is doing their best to make sure that they're doing the best for their students. The arts programs is possibly one of the most important things in our school, you would see art all over the place made by Northside's own students, overall as a sophomore I am very happy I worked hard to get into this school, it was worth every moment I studied to get here.
Some of the teachers here are really bad, and I'm not exaggerating. Of course, there are amazing teachers here too...but the thing is, we cannot choose the teacher. Online learning has been terrible for me and my friends. We have been straight A's students since our freshman year; however, having terrible teacher(s) and online learning at the same time really negatively impacted our mental health and our GPA. We are always up after 1 am doing homework. To be honest, I cry almost every night before I go to sleep because of the stress. Nevertheless, I still appreciate the nice teachers and counselors who have been supporting me through out my high school career. I also want to mention that Northside has nice kids that are very unique. I met some of the most passionate people here. Moreover, I-Night is amazing. The clubs here are good quality with amazing leaders.
The negative aspects outweigh the positive aspects though.
The negative aspects outweigh the positive aspects though.
Northside College Prep is a fantastic high school with teachers and counselors that care about their students' well-being. The increased workload can become overwhelming if you don't keep up, but many teachers are always willing to work with students to find solutions. However, the administration isn't the best when it comes to communicating with the student body. There have also been a few issues with students showing prejudice against minorities.
I love how the school allows a day for all students to catch up on work and mental health. Our Wednesday's are for colloquium, advisory, and clubs,
Usually positive environment, but very stressful. Very little focus on sports - mostly on academics. Which teacher you get determines how well you do in the class, but most teachers are nice and teach well.
It is a place I feel safe in a receive a quality education. I like that I am surrounded by a group of learners that strive for greatness.
Loved the classes and most teachers but administration needs to deal with students complaints. Teachers seemed to care about students as well as the class content. Were very understanding and considerate given students varying circumstances and lives. Expected as much as they think you were capable of and pushed to see improvement. Very helpful when applying to colleges whereas I've heard many counselors were not.
Northside College Prep is a great school. Since I've been here the environment is cheerful, it's competitiveness is great and makes us stand out. Although academically we are great. It would help to have better athletics to attract athletes from across the city.
Northside is a peculiar school with peculiar students. For a school that is respected so much academically, you would not expect fine arts to be the strongest program. I was shocked by the amount of creative people at Northside. I was also shocked by the amount of problematic teachers. While we are probably better off than the average cps school, some teachers clearly hate their life, job, and students, while some teachers will bring so much positivity into your high-school experience. It is also worth mentioning that the school is challenging even to some students who can easily get in. If you want a challenging school experience that will make you a productive worker at the cost of some of your mental health, Northside is for you. You will not find a laid back high school experience here unless you are not afraid of letting your grades drop.You will find your people here at Northside despite the high proportion of human robots.Just be sure to keep in touch with out of school friends
Overall, Northside is a great school to go to. It is one of the top selective enrollment high schools in Chicago and the excellent teachers and staff are the best.
Northside is an academic oriented school that excels in their art and music programs. The staff is hospitable and the atmosphere is warming yet competitive.
Northside College Prep is a very academically challenging school with a very good school environment. It prepares you for college and supports their students in arts and music very well. The staff are very friendly and the teachers are very supportive.
It's an enjoyable experience. The academics are rigorous and most classes are honors or AP classes. The teachers will push you to achieve your potential but will also support you. The schedule also allows for extra time (colloquium days) to get help from teachers. There are many student clubs that people can join and there is basically anything from volunteering, to cultural dancing to student support groups. Northside prides itself on diversity because it picks students from all backgrounds and all parts of Chicago, not just the north side but also the west and south sides too.
Overall, Northside is a great school where students can go to learn about the world, learn about themselves, be active members in the community, facilitate discussion on hard topics, and more. Northside is and always will be like a second home to me because I was able to lead a few clubs there and really get involved. Northside has a vibrant culture, amazing, supportive teachers, and the tools necessary to help students succeed during college.