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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Richards Career Academy is a public school located in Chicago, IL. It has 250 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 10% of students are at least proficient in math and 10% in reading.

Richards Career Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
10%
Percent Proficient - Math
10%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
950
17 responses
Average ACT
18
28 responses
AP Enrollment
24%

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Living in the Area
C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D
Median Household Income
$34,007
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$810
National
$949
Median Home Value
$125,074
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Pep rally
    45%
  • Basketball
    36%
  • Soccer games
    18%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
250
Free or Reduced Lunch
90%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,254
Teachers in First/Second Year
16%
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,924/ year
National
$12,239
70%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Some people wish to have the best high school experience. For me I was the best High school experience. Each Year I applied for student government and of course for both junior and senior year I was Vice President. I was second in command for senior prom committee. I was on the bowling team. I won a $40K scholarship to a wonderful culinary school. I was on the national honor society. I was unofficially part of the dance team but I showed up to every practice and danced with the girls every time. I had a wonderful student teacher relationship with all my instructors. I was also part of Mayor Daley Book club. I enjoyed my high school. Of course there would be a few things I would like to go back and change but overall I was very happy with my experience at Richards Career Academy.
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This school is decent, however there are flaws within the building itself. Exposed pipes in the ceilings, unsanitary bathrooms, not enough teachers, students not getting along, and there is lack of school spirit. However, despite all these negative ideas, I personally enjoyed being a student here, because everyday was different, regardless of the schedule the students had.
When I was a sophomore I move at this school, at that year was really bad, the administration, the organization, everything... but in my junior year they change the principal, and she has been doing a lot of things, they have improve a lot, she has made changes in the library, the uniforms, the policies, and creative ideas for the students get involved more and more