266 reviews
  1. Chicago Public Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public, Magnet
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    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
Website

Walter Payton College Prep Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1370
37 responses
Average ACT
31
228 responses
AP Enrollment
52%

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.21 responses
Poll
95%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 72 responses
  • Homecoming
    25%
  • Field Day
    17%
  • School parties and dances (field day, prom).
    17%
  • Sweetness Day
    15%
  • Dance-a-Thon
    11%
  • International Night
    11%
  • Not many school wide events & no one really cares
    4%

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%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.4%
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$14,509/ year
National
$11,890
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses

Walter Payton College Prep Reviews

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Walter Payton College Prep is a fantastic school with great academic, sports and extracurricular programs. Anyone who gets in would be very lucky to attend. It is a great school to foster community and grow as a person regardless of your background or identity. Being a Grizzly is awesome!
Even though I thought my middle school teachers and faculty were crazy about saying I should apply to Walter Payton (a school I didn't even know existed), 4 years later I couldn't be happier. The sheer amount of resources here is astonishing. The fact that teacher from my freshman year still remember me, or that I can pop into the office and have a conversation with Mr. Devine himself.

Over the years, there has been social tension slowly growing. Payton having a predominately liberal student body has shown itself in more ways than I thought it would. But besides that, the new friends of different cultures and college readiness I have gained there outweighs any cons.

Would I do it again? Is that even a real question? You bet I would.
I'm very privileged to go to this school. It has lots of connections and resources; Ex: Each year Global Navigators sets aside a minimum of about $10,000 for Payton students and last summer, 20 students traveled with CIEE. Most of the teachers are very passionate and happy to help but often, it has to be on your own initiative. The school culture is okay. There isn't much severe bullying and much of the student body is educated with regards to social issues. Of course, there are exceptions. The environment often feels cold and cliquish and more competitive than collaborative. I'm not a big fan of the counseling department because its members have often come off as careless and there have been times I was blown off, had my questions for help unanswered, and had random racial remarks made at me. Other than that, I think this school has prepared me well for college. The school is trying to fix these problems and I have faith that its culture can improve with time.