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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
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Walter Payton College Prep is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Chicago, IL. It has 1,073 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 97% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.

Walter Payton College Prep Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1390
253 responses
Average ACT
31
428 responses
AP Enrollment
76%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$55,198
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,077
National
$949
Median Home Value
$246,500
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.39 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 130 responses
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  • Homecoming
    20%
  • Sweetness Day
    18%
  • Field Day
    17%
  • School parties and dances (field day, prom).
    15%
  • International Night
    10%
  • Dance-a-Thon
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,073
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.46 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.46 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.46 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,254
Teachers in First/Second Year
13%
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 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
$15,409/ year
National
$12,239
98%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.56 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.56 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.56 responses
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Walter Payton College Prep Reviews

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Coming in, there are so many wonderful counselors who provide resources for any kind of student regardless of income, racial background or where you came from. While we pride ourselves of having "students from every area code," student relationships have risen in racial tensions. It seems that the only thing that keeps the peace is the mutual love for the school and it's outstanding perfomance in academics, such as the Honors and AP courses. Despite the social culture, you will not find any other opportunity to experience the rigor that is needed to ascend to college life, such as academic clubs like Robotics and Science Olympiad as well as Debate and Black Student Union. Go Grizzlies!
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I loved it here. Mr. Devine always brought the most positive vibes to school and in the hallways. Everyone was supportive of each other and student-teacher relationships were rather casual when needed while also maintaining focus on academic materials. Really sad that most of the administration is moving out, but they're going to even bigger places!
WPCP being a CPS Selective Enrollment School, your teen must live in Chicago.
We weren't sure we'd like the system of several classes one day, the rest the next; but they really get to dig in to a subject this way. Once every 2 weeks is "seminar day" - interesting things for the half-day, from pet shelter volunteering to judo, a local nature preserve to films.
Top-notch sci teachers, esp "Ms. Fig". 1 Lit teacher w/chip on her shoulder. Ms. Hudson is fab, for college prep/gen support; we love the comfort dog.
Sports: many choices, NO AstroTurf.
Theatre can't be beat, 2 productions/yr.
Tutoring run by members of the NHS.
8am's tough for teens, if later could = more sleep!