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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
    B
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Chicago, IL. It has 2,153 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
211 South Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
91%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1340
499 responses
Average ACT
30
910 responses
AP Enrollment
59%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$113,348
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,006
National
$949
Median Home Value
$407,502
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
94%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.117 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.117 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 532 responses
Report
  • Taste of WY
    17%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • WY theatre productions
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • The BLACKOUT
    11%
  • Art Fair
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,153
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.134 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.134 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.134 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$77,932
Teachers in First/Second Year
7%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.176 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.176 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.176 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$15,409/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.175 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.175 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.175 responses
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Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Reviews

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Choosing Whitney Young was a very difficult decision for me, as I have to commute an hour by train to get there. However, it is definitely worth it because of the wonderful environment I am a part of. There are so many talented students and genuine, amazing teachers that want to help you succeed in every way. This school is so diverse which is also one of the reasons why it’s so great. Students have the opportunity to create bonds with people outside of their race and ethnicity. It creates an open-minded environment where everyone has a place. Whitney Young not only has a strong athletic department, but a talented arts program. This includes theater, dance, choir, band, and anything else you can imagine. This school does such a good job at preparing its students for college. Overall, Whitney Young is an amazing school and I’m pretty sure all of the students would agree!
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Extremely diverse school that will certainly prepare you for college. College preparation is key for high schools and this one definitely fulfills that role. This school challenges and pushes its students to succeed. All around great school, lots of clubs and opportunities for all kinds of students. Sports and Arts are magnificent. Teachers are great mentors. Location is beautiful! Truly a unique school!
I like WY for its pride in racial diversity among the students and teachers. I love the school and the entire design of it, the classrooms not being too hard to find considering how large the school itself is. Even with three buildings it is pretty simple to get around. I love that most of the students are so nice and respectful and really take initiative in their learning, it’s such a healthy environment. My only complaint is the huge chunk of teachers who do not teach at this high school and then give hard tests that everyone fails. I’ve run into at least one of these teachers every year I’ve been attending Whitney, but maybe that’s just me. Anyways, good high school overall that I definitely do not regret attending!