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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
    A-
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, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
About Whitney M. Young Magnet High School...
School District
Chicago Public Schools
Address
211 South Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Telephone
(773) 534-7500
Website

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1340
255 responses
Average ACT
30
721 responses
AP Enrollment
59%
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-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$50,434
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,200
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.100 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.100 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 460 responses
Report
  • Taste of WY
    17%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • WY theatre productions
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • The BLACKOUT
    11%
  • Art Fair
    9%
  • 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.117 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.117 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.117 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.159 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.159 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.159 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
$15,765/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.158 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.158 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.158 responses
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Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Reviews

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My experience at Whitney Young has been irreplaceable. I've learned so much about the world we live in just by attending. However, the social and political spheres reap the consequences of the diversity we celebrate. The school's administration actively ignores problems that are resultant, e.g., mental health, racism, bullying. This leads (the targeted) students to either normalize and not know how to respond to hate or to fight it and be silenced. In other aspects, though, Whitney Young promotes individuality, free expression and creativity. Our visual and performing arts programs are both very impressive albeit underfunded. Most of our sports rank first in city competitions annually. There are numerous teams and clubs. There are tutoring centers for every subject. Whitney Young has something for everyone. I only wish the school valued its students more than its image.
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It's decent! The teachers can be hit or miss, but overall I think that they tend to be good, and that they also tend to care a lot about their jobs and work.
Our sports teams are great, but they tend to be seen as more important than similarly high-preforming preforming & visual arts groups, which is a drag.
-People at this school care a lot about success
-Safe in general, but non existent security
-Administration cares a lot, but are quick to defend themselves when they need to apologize for certain things.
Whitney Young offers amazing and very informative classes, houses a wide variety of exciting extracurriculars for people of all passions, and allows people from all parts of Chicago to meet and collaborate. However, while the administration acquired lots of funding and produces high test scores, there is a culture of hyper-competitiveness in which unhealthy practices, like excessively-stressful workloads and lack of sleep/relaxation, are idealized to a high degree, and sometimes the administration cares more about students as scores and percentages than adolescents with their own personal lives and problems. It is rife with opportunities, but they come at a cost.