A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
Address
1034 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone
(773) 534-0034
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Walter Payton College Prep Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1400
77 responses
Average ACT
31
288 responses
AP Enrollment
52%
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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
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
96%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 89 responses
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  • Homecoming
    22%
  • Sweetness Day
    17%
  • Field Day
    17%
  • School parties and dances (field day, prom).
    16%
  • International Night
    10%
  • Dance-a-Thon
    10%
  • Not many school wide events & no one really cares
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
899
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.4%
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 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
98%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.43 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
98%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.43 responses
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Walter Payton College Prep Reviews

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Opportunity thrives at this school. Personally, I have been able to participate in a numerous amount of activities and programs that simply aren't available at other schools. The lunch isn't the best, but it is free. The culture here has been described as competitive, but the administration and numerous teachers have tackled this by removing class rank/valedictorian as well as abolishing grades in some classes. It still has room to improve, but I am confident that it is. One thing about Payton that you cannot find anywhere else is a robust Diplomacy Club dedicated to the strategical board game, Diplomacy. Students really do enjoy pursuing cool and quirky interests and they are facilitated through the school's unique Seminar Day and Enrichment offerings. Avid ultimate frisbee players, mathematicians, and board gamers are likely to thrive here.
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Walter Payton is a public school but it functions very similar to that of a private school. There is 200-300 students per grade, so you can really bond with your friends. The school is most amazing for its curriculum. The school only has Honors and AP courses, so students are definitely challenged in the classes. The school functions on a block schedule, this allows more time for students to complete homework outside of school. There are also seminar days every other Wednesday, where students are able to participate in non-academic seminars and explore their interests.
Great school! Very challenging academics if one applies oneself, which is representative of most students. Very competitive in the academic sense, but most students play sports, and in that sense teamwork is a very important aspect of the school.