861 reviews
  1. Chicago Public Schools
  2. 7-12
  3. Public, Magnet
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
211 S Laflin St
Chicago, IL 60607
Telephone
(773) 534-7500
Website

Young Magnet High School Rankings

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

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1310
66 responses
Average ACT
30
497 responses
AP Enrollment
44%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.83 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.83 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 390 responses
Report
  • Taste of WY
    16%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • WY theatre productions
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    12%
  • 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
2,205
Free or Reduced Lunch
43%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.100 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.100 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.100 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.1%
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.142 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.142 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.142 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$14,509/ year
National
$11,890
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.141 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.141 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.141 responses

Young Magnet High School Reviews

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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.
First off, WY has over 200 active clubs. Its easy to join a club, and easy to create one. We have a club fair at the beginning of every year, as well as flyers everywhere and announcements all the time. We have clubs geared towards cultures like Asian American Club, African American Culture Club, etc. We have clubs geared towards volunteering like UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, etc. Clubs geared towards hobbies and interests like Yoga Club or Pastry Club. And then we have the most random silly clubs.

I will say that sometimes you can tell club leaders don't really take the club seriously, they may claim there are meetings every week and there isn't one for the rest of the year. But this rarely happens. One more thing, sometimes clubs seem kinda clique-y. Like a group of friends made a club and it feels kinda awkward to sign up for it because of these cliques. But again don't let that discourage you because these clubs are super fun, great place to learn new things and share interests, and really nice to put on college apps.

Some clubs take up a lot of time like the Theater Company, which makes you stay all night and come on weekends, but all of that hard work and dedication (from the entirely student run theater) makes our plays the best high school plays you'll ever see.

In terms of sports, its pretty competitive. If you're really passionate about a sport and don't make the cut, you could always play it for fun or try out the next year. You'll find something for yourself here!
There is a huge variety of classes! In every subject! There are just as many math, science, English, social science classes as there are art, music, and dance/PE classes.

Everyone has the opportunity to explore their interests. We do have required courses but once you reach 11th/12th grade, (for kids who came in 7th grade its 10th/11/12th grade), you get the freedom to choose the classes you wanna take.

For example we require 3 years of social science. Everyone takes World and then U.S History, but students can choose the third whether it be Law, Psych, Economics, etc. and they can go beyond those 3 years.

In terms of opting out of classes, its very rare. Sometimes juniors and seniors get opted out of their gym requirement, but they need to have a legit reason.