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Northside College Preparatory High School is a public, magnet school in Chicago, IL. It has 1,088 students in grades 9-12. Students score above average on state standardized tests. There have been 255 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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High School Senior

On Teachers: So I guess I answered this in the last review, but the teachers make the education at my school. Truly. They are the best asset the school has. I've only had one teacher whose teaching methods didn't work for me, but we ended up finding a way to communicate (it just required a bit more out-of-school self-studying on my part). So, yes. I love my teachers. I don't know how I would have survived junior year without their friendliness and assistance throughout the year.

High School Senior

On Academics: I have always loved learning. And the teachers here are truly, truly amazing. Their dedication and knowledge and experience awe me on a daily basis. And they genuinely care. We have a pretty healthy range of options for electives for a small school, but the core classes are somewhat limited to two classes. But no matter, every class I take is always amazing and opens my eyes to new and interesting things. Workload is tough, but teachers always help, and extracurriculars are what really impact stress, and students have jurisdiction over that area. It's manageable as long as you ask for help when you need it. It'll always be given.

High School Senior

On Food: Our food is pretty terrible. I know we're a public school, but still. And when I say certain dietary options are "sometimes available" it means they exist, not that they're edible. My vegetarian friend found a dead fly in her packaged salad, there is actual mystery meat that no one knows the origin of, and the safest bet is always pizza, when they serve it and if you're lucky enough to have lunch at a time before they run out of it. A lot of kids use the vending machines, which sometimes is healthier, in my opinion, than what we get served. But it's expensive. So is the school lunch, for what we get.

High School Senior

On Health & Safety: I mean, my school isn't known for being a party school or one full with rebels, but there are students who engage in activities such as smoking or doing drugs. But, overall, I think that would make up about 30% of the population, with only 10% being regular users. Our school had a whole day dedicated to alcohol and other substance abuse two years ago, and I think it was kind of effective. But it's not something the school actively addresses anymore, it's more of a passive "we're here if you want to talk about it and to help you stop" not a preventative "don't do this because it's bad for you," if that makes sense.

High School Senior

On Overall Experience: While there are some minor issues I mentioned before about my school, when I look at the other options I have, I know that this is the place for me. The emphasis on education and the ability to be independent are great. That being said, I don't know how active parents are. It seems that parent involvement is just kind of a double-edged sword: obviously you want parents to be aware of and have a say in the educations of their children, but when not every student it represented, you get a skewed parent body, and the school caters to those parents who are more involved, and therefore caters more to certain students than others. But in terms of my education, I know this was the place for me. The teachers, for the most part, are amazing.


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Northside College Preparatory High School is a public, magnet school in Chicago, IL. It has 1,088 students in grades 9-12. Students score above average on state standardized tests. There have been 255 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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Test Performance

Northside College Preparatory High School performed better than 100% of other schools on Illinois math and reading standardized tests.

Average standardized
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Based on 43 students surveyed


Based on 141 students surveyed
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🏦 Where Students Go See more in Educational Outcomes ...

Student Polls

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 7 responses

  • 45% Very accepting.
  • 36% You get a great education and reputation.
  • 18% Colloquium and extracurricular opportunities.

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 62% Be ready to apply yourself.
  • 25% Work hard, manage your time, and have fun.
  • 12% Manage your time well.

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Good community
  • 38% Stress
  • 25% Work hard, play hard.

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 68% Yes
  • 32% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 8 responses

  • 62% We're really smart and nationally recognized.
  • 25% Very friendly and accepting
  • 12% Well-rounded people

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 5 responses

  • 60% A lot of homework and stress and expectations.
  • 40% Competitiveness

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