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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
    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.
Address
211 South Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Telephone
(773) 534-7500
Website

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1340
220 responses
Average ACT
30
679 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
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.99 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.99 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 454 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.116 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.116 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.116 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.158 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.158 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.158 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
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.157 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.157 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.157 responses
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Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Reviews

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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.
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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.
I am a sophomore who has been attending Whitney Young for 4 years now and I truly believe it is the best school in the city of Chicago. It offers a wide range of challenging courses for students with all different types of interests. The principal Dr. Joyce Kenner strives to give all students the best high school experience possible and definitely succeeds. The diverse environment is very welcoming and fun. The students are very involved in the school community while managing to focus on academics and sports/extra-curricular activities (with the help of our fellow teachers). Speaking of sports, we have had 12 city championships in the past 2 years, and 9 in 2014! The school could use a few upgrades, but that's really up to the city (and we already get a ton of funding since we're a selective enrollment school). Overall, Whitney Young is a great high school and I encourage all prospective high school students in Chicago to apply.